Costa already has three ships on our Future Cruise Ship Orders chart. CostaSerena will be the first to launch; the 112,000-ton, 3,004-passenger ship is -- like its sister CostaConcordia that debuted this year -- the biggest in Costa history. It will premiere in spring 2007. Following suit is a new design, smaller than CostaSerena. Still not named, the 92,700-ton, 2,260-passenger ship will launch in spring 2009. At this point details are sketchy, but here's a note: today's newbuild announcement will be a sister ship to this one. Right on its heels in summer 2009 -- a third member of the CostaConcordia family also without a moniker as yet -- will launch.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor