Costa Cruises is investing approximately €90 million to completely refurbish and rename Costa Romantica later this year.
The work will be undertaken in October 2011 by San Giorgio del Porto shipyard in Genoa with an anticipated completion date of January 2012.
Renamed Costa neoRomantica, her total capacity will increase from 1,697 to 1,800 passengers with a new gross tonnage of 56,000.
Two new half-decks will be constructed with 111 new cabins and 120 cabins and suites featuring private balconies.
The refurbishment will also incorporate the construction of a wine bar offering 100 different labels along with an array of cheeses from around the world, a café, show lounge, fine dining club restaurant, cabaret and nightclub.
‘Samsara Spa’, a 4,200 square metre wellness centre featuring a gym, thalossotherapy pool, Turkish Bath, treatment rooms, 50 spa cabins and six suites along with a dedicated spa restaurant, will also be featured as part of the refurbishment.
Swedish company, Tillberg Design, has partnered with London-based Syntax as the interior designers for Costa neoRomantica with a brief to create a sophisticated, elegant and contemporary ambience.
She will sail on an 11-day post refurbishment voyage to the Canary Islands, departing from Savona, Italy before repositioning to northern Europe for new two-week itineraries.