|CostaFortuna, the Italian cruise line's latest ship-in-progress, is a step closer to its November launch date after beginning sea trials this week. The 105,000-ton, 2,720-passenger ship - the largest in the company's history - will, during the sea trial process, undergo a variety of operational tests on systems, engines and equipment. The testing lasts until September 6, when CostaFortuna returns to Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard. |
CostaFortuna, similar to ships in sister company Carnival Cruise Line's Destiny class, will have 11 bars, four restaurants, a three-tiered main show lounge, three swimming pools, casino, spa and disco. The ship's design - overseen by Carnival's Joe Farcus - is inspired by legendary Italian ocean liners.
CostaFortuna is the first of a twin set; sister ship CostaMagica will be launched at the end of 2004.