Sunday, March 8, 2009

Costa Pacifica Details Unveiled,

Inspired by music, the new Costa Pacifica – designed by renowned ship architect, Joe Farcus – will feature some of the line’s "Greatest Hits" both in music and product. For the first time on a cruise ship, guests will be able to enjoy a complete musical experience that is unique and matchless – not only will music provide the inspiration for the interior design and works of art on the new flagship, but it will also be heard, read and "experienced" throughout the liner. Guests will be accompanied on this exclusive musical journey by a soundtrack consisting of pieces specially arranged for Costa Cruises.

The central theme will be reflected in décor throughout the ship, including the main atrium, which will be decorated with musical symbols and instruments. The ship’s theatre will boast perfect acoustics and become the ideal venue for guests to enjoy the purity of sound, immersed in a unique atmosphere, and enhanced by the warm colors, Baroque design and adorned with a stunning Murano glass chandelier.

The Costa Pacifica will also feature the revolutionary Samsara Spa – one of the largest spas at sea, complete with accommodations that offer direct access to the wellness center as well as exclusive amenities. Costa was the first cruise line to introduce this innovative spa concept when launching the Costa Concordia in 2006. Elements of the spa’s invigorating treatments and stunning design are inspired by the meaning of "Samsara," which is associated with the path to spiritual enlightenment, bliss and balancing of life energies. A full menu of treatments based on Ayurvedic principles, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a specialty restaurant are just some of the spa’s innovative features.

The ship will also feature two pool areas on board, one expanding over two decks midship and another aft, both with retractable glass magrodomes. Guests may enjoy "dive in" movies with a giant movie screen in the central pool area featuring special technology that can be used for daytime projection of video clips as well as evening film screenings. The Costa Pacifica will also feature a Grand Prix race car driving simulator—the most accurate representation of Formula One driving available.

An à la carte restaurant, Club Blue Moon, offers an elegant and sophisticated setting for which guests may enjoy exceptional culinary occasions. Menus will be created by Ettore Bocchia, Costa Cruises’ Corporate Chef and Executive Chef at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Lake Como. Bocchia, a Michelin-Star restaurateur since 2005, is the founder of Italian molecular cuisine.

Pacifica – Itineraries for 2009

Throughout the 2009 summer season, the Costa Pacifica will offer seven-night Western Mediterranean voyages calling on the port of Rome (Civitavecchia), Savona (Italy), Marseille (France), Barcelona (Spain), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Tunis (Tunisia), Malta and Palermo (Sicily.) The maiden cruise will depart from the Savona on June 6, 2009, with a special two-day stopover in Palma de Mallorca. Guests on the maiden cruise who embark in Genoa on June 5 (limited number of cabins available) will be able to witness the Costa Pacifica’s christening ceremony, which will take place that day, together with the naming of the Costa Luminosa.

Costa Pacifica – Facts & Figures
  • Shipyard: Fincantieri - Genoa Sestri Ponente
  • Gross Tonnage: 114,500
  • Length: 290 meters
  • Breadth: 35 meters
  • Decks: 17 (13 passenger Decks)
  • Service speed: 21.5 knots (maximum speed: 23 knots)
  • Passengers: 3,780 (total guest capacity)
  • Cabins: Total of 1,504 cabins, including 91 Samsara, 521 veranda cabins, 58 suites with private balconies and 12 Samsara suites.
  • Restaurants: Five, including the private à la carte "Club Blue Moon," and the Ristorante Samsara for Samara spa guests.
  • Bars: 13, including the Cognac & Cigar Bar, the Coffee & Chocolate Bar and the Bar Sport
  • Swimming Pools: Four, two of which feature a retractable magrodome and one with a slide
  • Jacuzzis: Five
  • Sports Facilities: Multipurpose Court
  • Outside Jogging Track
  • Wellness Center: Samsara Spa on two levels (over 6,000 m²) with gym, spa baths, thalassotherapy pool, treatment rooms, sauna, Turkish bath, UVA solarium, cabins and suites.


  • Theater on three levels
  • Casino
  • Disco
  • Dance club and Piano Bar
  • Internet Point
  • Library
  • Shopping Center
  • Kids’ and teens’ areas: Mondovirtuale (videogames area), Squok Club (for children) with children’s pool
  • Grand Prix Race Car Driving Simulator
  • Large Screen on Central Pool Deck

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