Favolosa on course for maiden voyage

Costa Favolosa, the latest cruise ship from Costa Cruises, has completed the final set of tests prior to being launched in Italy.

The 114,500-ton ship finished sea trials last week, Costa Cruises said May 20, and is now being fitted out ahead of the official launch on July 2.

The launch party, which will take place in Trieste, has been timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification and is set to include a spectacular ceremony around Trieste's Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia.

Favolosa is capable of carrying 3,800 guests and is set to be the largest ship flying the Italian flag when it eventually departs from Venice on its 'vernissage' voyage, a three-day cruise calling in Croatia and Slovenia.

On board, it includes several new features, including six new "Veranda Suites" which offer private jacuzzis and a new entertainment area for teenagers, complete with a 4D cinema, PlayStation World and a bar serving ice-cream, drinks and popcorn.

Favolosa will also be the second Costa Cruises vessel to take part in the line's unique "ViceVersa" program.

On the inaugural cruise, which departs July 7, members of the Costa loyalty program CostaClub will be able to swap beachwear for uniforms to go behind the scenes and experience life as a shiphand.

The program, which debuted in January 2011, allows passengers to serve other guests, escort tours, cook in the ship's kitchens and sing or play musical instruments.

Favolosa's launch will come just weeks after the maiden voyage of Seabourn Quest, a new 450-passenger vessel due to be named by Hollywood star Blythe Danner June 20.

http://www.costafavolosa.com

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