The one where Carnival Corp ordered more ships…

(centre of the picture, from the left) - Attilio Dapelo, Director of Fincantieri Marghera shipyard; Mirca Pizzato, godmother; Pier Luigi Foschi, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer - Costa Crociere S.p.A, together with the supervisors of the shipyard

Fincantieri is scheduled to build three more ships for Carnival Corporation after their announcement to add to both Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises fleets.

Two 125,000 tonne ships with a capacity of 3,250 passengers are set to be delivered in March 2015 and March 2016 for AIDA with Costa effectively replacing Costa Marina with their new order set for delivery in October 2014.

Costa Marina has been in service for more than 20 years with her sale will effective from November 2011.

The newest ship to join the Italian line’s fleet is expected to have a total capacity of 4,928 passengers with 1,854 cabins and is scheduled for delivery in October 2014, subject to financing.

“This new order, the tenth in 10 years, not only consolidates the link between our Company and Fincantieri, but also demonstrates the leadership achieved by Costa Cruises in Europe and its ability to drive the cruise business and tourism in general, generating wealth for the country’s economy,” said Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman and CEO of Costa Crociere S.p.A.

The news follows the technical launch of Costa Fascinosa earlier this week in Marghera, Venice and brings the total investment in ships by Costa from Fincantieri Italian shipyards to over five billion euros since 2000.

“It’s true to say that such success is possible thanks to our partners, the Carnival Group and our friends at Costa, who encouragingly, despite the economic crisis, continue to invest and believe in the growth and development in the cruise ship market,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO Fincantieri Italian shipyards.

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