Still trying to recover from the difficult year it has been for Costa Cruises, the company has just begun laying the initial block for what will the company’s largest cruise ship and the largest Italian cruise ship ever.
The 132,500 ton cruise ship will be able to hold almost 5,000 passengers in its 1,854 cabins and will cost about $715 million to build.
The name of Costa’s newest and grandest cruise ship will be the Costa Diadema and will not be ready for its maiden voyage until the end of 2014.
After the Cost Concordia disaster and the Costa Allegra fire, the company has been left with 14 cruise ships with which to operate. The Costa Diadema will be larger than the Concordia class and 16% larger than Costa’s current largest cruise ship.
As more information about the Costa Diadema becomes available we will keep our readers updated.
Although Costa has been able to stay afloat with a recent surge in cruise bookings, the company was unable to maintain a steady flow of cruise sales after the Concordia sinking.
“The construction of the Costa Diadema is a tangible commitment to the future growth of our company,” Costa CEO Michael Thamm said at the event.
Ealier this year Costa released the Costa Fascinosa which holds 3,000 passengers and is billed as the most glamorous of Costa’s current ships. The Fascinosa weighs 114,500 tons and is currently in the largest class of ships for Costa.