Costa Victoria in for a Facelift

Radical changes are imminent for Costa Victoria, one of the nine members currently comprising the Costa Crociere fleet. On January 6, 2004, at the end of her New Year's Eve cruise, the ship will leave the port of Savona bound for Bremerhaven in Germany, where it will arrive after five days at sea and undergo work at the Lloyd Werft shipyard.

During Costa Victoria's stay in the yard, which will last approximately 30 days, it will be drydocked for routine maintenance work, which is performed regularly every two years on all the company's vessels. At the same time, it will be subjected to extraordinary upgrading work, involving the addition of panorama verandas to 242 oceanview cabins on decks 9 and 10, as well as to 4 mini suites on deck 11 - in all, 43 percent of the ship's oceanview cabins.

This will be the first time that refurbishing of this kind has been carried out on a cruise ship that is already in service, and it will result in the further enhancement of the Costa fleet.

With the advent of the refurbished Costa Victoria and the new flagship Costa Fortuna - being built by Italy's Fincantieri - due to be christened at the end of November 2003, some 44 percent of the fleet's oceanview cabins will now be equipped with verandas overlooking the sea. Costa Victoria, which was built by the Lloyd Werft shipyard and entered into service in 1996, is 75,000 gt, 826 ft.

(252 m) in length and 105 ft. (32 m) in breadth. The ship can accommodate up to 2,394 passengers in 964 cabins.

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