Costa, Royal Caribbean Float Out Upcoming Ships

August 4, 2006

The ships they are a-floatin'. Not one but two under-construction vessels were floated out today: Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas (the sibling to the biggest-ever Freedom of the Seas) and Costa Cruises' CostaSerena (sister ship to the just-launched CostaConcordia).

"Float out" is a shipyard term that means exterior work has been completed, and the dry dock can now be filled with water; the ship is then moved to a wet dock facility where interior construction ramps up. But the milestone is also often marked with a ceremony -- CostaSerena's float-out festivities, for example, included a blessing by Monsignor Luigi Molinari from the Archdiocese of Genoa.

The 112,000-ton, 3,000-passenger CostaSerena will enter service in May 2007; Liberty of the Seas, clocking in at 158,000 tons and carrying 3,634 passengers, is also scheduled to launch that month.