Reliable sources have been whispering in my good ear that
Fincantieri Shipyard, feeling it has mastered the mundane business
of shipbuilding, is going to take a whack at the cruise business.
Agita Cruises is the working title of the new line. The name,
which is an Italian word that, loosely translated, means "warm
heart," is considered to be a shoo-in for the venture, as
Fincantieri execs reportedly feel that Agita accurately evokes the
feeling both agents and passengers can expect from the
Agita expects to hit the water with three spanking-new vessels:
the Sooner, the Later and, with a wink at another recent Cruise
market entrant, Disney, the Never-Never. All three million-ton
ships will be built simultaneously, starting this afternoon. Maiden
voyages for the quartet are scheduled for Friday, though shipyard
sources predict that delivery on the vessels, all of which will
sail out of Kansas City, could be delayed until Monday or 2009,
depending on whether or not shipbuilding crews feel like building
ships this week.
Insiders predict that passengers will be eager to book passage
on the Agita line's maiden voyages. As one veteran cruise customer
said, "We don't care if there's really a ship, we just like to
throw our time and money down a sinkhole whenever a surefire
opportunity presents itself."