Costa's expansion plans move ahead as Serena nears completion

Less than one month after the inauguration of the Costa Concordia, Costa Cruises has floated out sister ship, the Costa Serena, at the Fincantieri Sestri Ponente shipyard in Genoa on Aug. 4.

Costa CEO Pier Luigi Foschi said the occasion marked a further step forward in the development of our company as we aim to expand in Europe and worldwide.

The Serena will have the same features as the Concordia including a Samsara Spa, a Grand Prix driving simulator and two swimming pools under a retractable glass roof.

The 112,000-ton Serena is scheduled to debut in May 2007 and will sail year-round Mediterranean itineraries. A third ship in this class is expected to be delivered in spring 2009.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Johanna Jainchill at [email protected].

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