Costa's Magica Begins Sea Trials

July 19, 2004

Costa Cruises' CostaMagica takes to the open ocean today as it undergoes sea trials -- one of the last stages in this newest vessel's process of construction. The 105,000-ton, 2,720-passenger ship, which left Fincantieri's shipyard in Genoa's Sestri Ponente, will head south to Palermo, where it will remain in dry dock through the rest of the month.

This is just the first stage of its sea trial endurance exercise. In early August, the ship will head back out to sea, where it will complete its official technical trials -- a series of tests that gauge the operating efficiency of its physical plants, equipment and engines. CostaMagica will then head back to Genoa.

The ship, a sister to last year's launchee, CostaFortuna, CostaMagica also features interiors designed by Carnival Cruise Line's ubiquitous Joe Farcus. Instead of a theme paying homage to classic Italian liners as was used on CostaFortuna, its magical sister will feature public rooms decorated in an ode to Italian destinations, such as Positano, Portifino, Capri, Bellagio and Sicily, among others.

CostaMagica's inaugural is slated for November 10. The ship, which will be homeported in Savona, near Genoa, will (mostly) sail an 11-night Eastern Mediterranean itinerary on a year-round basis.