CostaMagica Debut Date Set

March 19, 2004

The folks at Costa Cruises have finally zeroed in on a launch date for the debut of CostaMagica, their latest biggest-ship-ever. This ship will debut on November 10, just about a year after the launch of sibling CostaFortuna. CostaMagica is currently under construction at Fincantieri's Genoa, Italy shipyard.

The ship is very similar to CostaFortuna, and passengers can expect Joe Farcus-influenced design style. Farcus, of course, is the famed "pathfinder" of quirky design for Carnival Cruise Lines, and now that Costa is a Carnival subsidiary, he has turned his attention to the Italian-based line's newest vessels.

Costa Magica and Costa Fortuna both lay claim to being the largest ships built for an Italian company -- both 105,000-ton vessels boast a capacity of 2,720 guests. Of Costa Magica's 1,358 staterooms, 63 percent are oceanview while 58 percent feature private verandahs; 58 suites are available -- each fitted with a Jacuzzi bathtub.

After inaugural festivities in November, Costa's new flagship will sail Eastern Mediterranean itineraries year-round from the cruise lines new, custom-designed port facility in Savona (just outside of Genoa).