Cruise Ship Has Italian Launch

Another luxury cruise liner has joined the ever-expanding worldwide cruise fleet.

Costa Cruises’ new flagship, Costa Favolosa, has taken to the sea for the first time at a technical launch ceremony in Italy. She is the fourth of five new ships due for delivery between 2009 and 2012 and will set sail on her first cruise in July next year.

The addition of the Costa Favolosa’s sister ship Costa Fascinosa will complete the Italian company’s fleet expansion programme when she launches in Spring 2012.

Costa Cruises says that its expansion programme has been continuing despite the economic downturn and the cruise line is set to end the year with a total of 2.1 million guests – an increase of 17 per cent over 2009.