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The Cruise Shipping Edition
"New" Costa Victoria Due in Savona
The ship, renovated thanks to the installation of panorama verandas in 242 cabins and four minisuites, was pre- miered in mid-February
Costa Victoria, one of the 10 ships in the Costa Crociere fleet after a facelift involving the addition of panorama verandas with private views to 242 cab- ins. The balconies were installed during a one-month stop when Costa Victoria was dry-docked at the German Lloyd
Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, where
Costa Victoria was built by the Lloyd
Werft and entered service in 1996. The 827- x 105-ft. (252- x 32-m) ship is 75,000 gt, and can accommodate up to 2,394 guests in 964 cabins.
The interiors of the Costa Victoria were designed by the Italian architect
Pierluigi Cerri. and feature mosaics by
Emilio Tadini. she was built. The work involved the fitting of panorama balconies to 242 oceanview cabins on decks 9 and 10, as well as to four minisuites on deck 1 1 — in all, 43 percent of the ship's oceanview cabins. This was the first time that refurbishing of this kind had been car- ried out on a cruise ship that was already in service.
The installation of the new verandas, which measure about 4.5 sq. m. in the oceanview cabins and roughly 9 sq. m. in the minisuites, also provided the chance to revamp other areas on board the ship. The buffet terrace, located on the stern lido on deck 11. has been extended by 60 sq. m., while two panorama promenades — each about 140 m in length — have also been added to deck 11, one on either side of the ship.
With the advent of the upgraded Costa
Victoria, some 44 percent of the fleet's oceanview cabins are now fitted with verandas overlooking the sea.
Considering only the new design cruise ships built after 1996 (Costa Victoria,
Costa Atlantica, Costa Mediterranea and Costa Fortuna), this figure is even higher, at 72 percent.
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