Coming this Summer, Costa's Luminosa and Pacifica Aim to Dazzle with Sight and Sound

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MIAMI, March 10, 2009 -- On June 5, Costa will hold its first-ever dual inaugural as it christens the Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica.

Both ships offer significant innovations, with Luminosa focusing on visual entertainment, and Pacifica turning up the dial on auditory senses.

Costa Luminosa: "The Ship of Light"

Stylish and one-of-a-kind, the Costa Luminosa (92,700 tons; 2,260 dbl occ) is the first in a new class of ships for Costa, complete with 68% of accommodations featuring verandas -the most for a Costa ship. Decor will be highlighted by trendsetting contemporary design marked by iridescent colors, fine marbles, warm woods, mother-of-pearl details and world-class art. This includes a sculpture commissioned by renowned artist Fernando Botero, entitled "Reclining Woman 2004," which will be on display in the ship's Supernova atrium. An unpublished series of photographs of the Colombian artist at work in his studios in Paris and Pietrasanta will also be exhibited. Beyond Botero, guests will find 200 original paintings and 3,000 serigraphs and prints throughout the ship. Decadent design accents include 120 Murano glass chandeliers, 1,100 decorative tiles, 20 types of marble, granite and mosaics and 500 square meters of mother-of-pearl in the ship's specialty restaurant, the Club Luminosa.

"4D Cinema": Costa is touting Luminosa's new 20-seat 4D cinema, where sight, sound, touch and scent come together to form a multisensory experience for guests. This Costa "first" also features seats that roll in tandem with action as it unfolds onscreen.

For the main show lounge, the ship's Phoenix theatre will seat 800 guests and feature 14,000 lights, all working together to create incredible special effects while iridescent precious materials layered with gold create stunning visual surroundings.

PS3s: Costa is also bringing Sony PlayStation onboard with exclusive dedicated areas equipped with PS3 consoles and the latest-generation videogames.

Themed evenings and challenges on a mega-screen overlooking the pool deck will also be planned and guests may enjoy PS3 games from the comfort of their cabin with on-demand games.

Roller skating track: A roller skating track on one of the ship's top decks will allow guests to try roller skating with strap-and-go "Skorpion" skates that attach to one's shoes.

For sports aficionados, an 18-hole golf simulator let guests "hit the links at sea" on 37 virtual courses, while a putting green on one of the ship's top decks offers a real-life golf experience--both are Costa firsts. For race car fans, the ship features a Grand Prix race car driving simulator, one of the most accurate representations of Formula One racing available.

Spa-goers will enjoy Costa's renowned Samsara Spa which features special spa cabins (52 cabins and 4 Suites), with direct access to the spa via private elevator and stairway. This spectacular wellness haven will also feature a new Kinesis circuit by Technogym, a unique system based on natural movements through a patented system of pulleys for resistance training.

Costa Pacifica: "The Ship of Sound"

Inspired by music, the Costa Pacifica (114,500-tons, 3,000 dbl occ) is a sister ship to the Costa Serena and Costa Concordia and will feature a complete musical experience that may be felt throughout the ship. Interior design elements are inspired by music, including the atrium with its musical symbols and instruments as decor, while a soundtrack created especially for the ship by the famed Italian composer Mauro Pagani will offer a musical treat for guests during their cruise. A recording studio gives guests the opportunity to create their own hit records while lounges will feature live singers covering the best music from the past and present.

Exclusive Compilation Soundtrack by Mauro Pagani: Italian composer Mauro Pagani arranged an orchestra of 43 top-notch musicians to perform music for the exclusive Costa Pacifica musical compilation. This orchestra features 12 first violins, 12 second violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 1 double bass, 2 French horns, 2 bassoons, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 1 organ and 1 soloist oboe. He also formed a 14-piece Big Band composed of 5 saxophones, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, as well as drums, a double bass, piano and guitar. The resulting product: 29 incredible musical pieces from the past and present including classics by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Puccini and modern "classic" songs such as New York, New York, My Way and Girl from Ipanema as well as eight original tracks by Pagani. All tracks are featured on a double CD, which will also be available for purchase.

A recording studio in the Stardust Theatre will delight musical novices and professionals alike by allowing them to record their very own CD in a state-of-the-art studio. Featuring the latest, most sophisticated equipment, guests can record their favorite songs on a CD with the assistance of a special engineer, creating a fantastic souvenir.

Each corridor on the ship will feature its own music by masters from Chopin to Beethoven while each lounge will feature its own international music, chosen by Pagani. 22 musicians aboard the ship will be divided into orchestras, trios, duos and pianists who will play from eight grand pianos and one baby grand piano. More than 10 singers will perform live in the lounges.

Similar to the Costa Luminosa, the Costa Pacifica will also feature the Samsara Spa (91 cabins, 12 suites), Sony PlayStation areas, a Grand Prix race car driving simulator and expansive lido pool area with a retractable magrodome extending over two decks.

New Specialty Dining

Both new ships will feature specialty restaurants with menus created by the revered Ettore Bocchia, Executive Chef at the Michelin-star restaurant Mistral at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy. His exceptional creations explore the relationship of how temperature and the molecular structure of food and taste come together, creating rich cuisine that feels light. The two ships will also feature exclusive selections of Amarone Aneri Stella 2003, a decadent red wine reserved especially for Costa (only 133 bottles are available on each ship).

Costa Cruises is Italy and Europe's number one cruise line. For the past 60 years its ships have sailed the world, offering the best in Italian style, hospitality and cuisine and providing dream vacations with the best in fun and relaxation. In 2007 over 1.1 million guests chose to cruise with Costa, a record for the European cruise industry. The company's 12 fleet members, each with her own distinctive characteristics and unique style, all fly the Italian flag and sail each year to 250 destinations in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, South America, the United Arab Emirates, the Far East and the Indian Ocean.

The Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica are due for delivery at the end of April and the end of May 2009 respectively, and will be christened together in Genoa, Italy on June 5 this year. Three additional ships are on order. Costa Cruises has been certified by RINA (Italian Shipping Register) with the BEST4, an integrated system of voluntary certification of corporate compliance with the highest standards governing social accountability (SA 8000, issued in 2001), environment (UNI EN ISO 14001, 2004), safety (OHSAS 18001, 1999) and quality (UNI EN ISO 9001, 2000). All ships in the Costa fleet have been assigned RINA's Green Star notation certifying that they are operated in compliance with the highest environmental protection standards. Costa Cruises is an official partner of the WWF for the protection of the marine ecoregions of the Mediterranean, the Greater Antilles and Brazil. In Mediobanca's 2008 survey of over 3,700 Italian enterprises that recorded revenue of at least 50 million euros the previous fiscal year, Costa Crociere S.p.A. ranks 72nd in terms of sales and in 12th place in regards to profitability.