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April 8, 2011

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Fabulous Costa, the new flagship of Costa Cruises, will be christened on July 2 in Trieste

In planning a public event which will be a tribute to 150 years of the Unification of Italy

Fabulous Costa, the new flagship of Costa Cruises nearing completion at the plant in Marghera shipyard of Fincantieri, will be christened on July 2 in Trieste. This was announced today in Trieste, the President and CEO of Costa Cruises, Pier Luigi Foschi, during a press conference attended by the chairman of the Port Authority of Trieste, Marina Monassi, the mayor of Trieste, Roberto Dipiazza, the President of the Province of Trieste, Maria Teresa Bassa Poropat, and the President of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Renzo Tondo.

The event will be public, open to the city, and will be a tribute to the 150 anniversary of the unification of Italy. "The christening of the Costa Fabulous in Italy, Trieste - confirmed Foschi - Italian is a tribute to excellence and history of our beautiful country, which this year celebrates its 150 years."With this aim, the event sees the support and cooperation of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Province of Trieste, Trieste City Council, the Port Authority of Trieste and the Prefecture. "I am delighted - Foschi said - that the institutions have understood the profound meaning of this choice and it will start a close and effective collaboration that will create an exceptional event for the city itself and its territory."

The show will celebrate the baptism that will accompany the characters of the Italian identity: art, beauty, music, characters, history, through an extraordinary experience that involves the whole environment around the square, the sea, to buildings, the sky.

Costa Cruises said as the event of baptism would further strengthen the link between the cruise line and Trieste: Costa was the first company to believe in the potential of tourism in the city offering cruises from Trieste in 2006. In 2012 the Italian company will point back to Trieste as a port of departure for his regular cruises. Costa Classica, which in 2008 was the last ship of the Italian company to a stop in the city, return to Trieste every Saturday from May 19 24 November 2012, from 9.00 to 18.00, for cruises of eight days in Greece and Croatia.The season will be even longer than in 2008, the last year of Costa Cruises in Trieste: the mass scale will be 28 (+75% compared to 2008) for a total of 65,000 passenger movements (+75% compared to 2008). Costa Cruises is also involved with Tami, the company has recently obtained the concession for the Passenger Terminal of Trieste.

Costa Fabulous, with 114,500 gross tons and a capacity of 3,800 passengers, will be the largest vessel flying the Italian flag and the 15th ship of the fleet of Costa Cruises. The total investment costs supported by this new ship for Costa Crociere is approximately EUR 420 million. "The birth of a new ship - said Pier Luigi Foschi - is very important moment for our company, as a concrete and tangible sign of our success and international leadership that follows the ongoing commitment to innovate and renew the concept of travel and hospitality, combining the experience of over 60 years of cruising throughout the world with the ability to capitalize on its all-Italian excellence. "

After Costa Fabulous in spring 2012, the airline will take delivery of the twin Costa Fascinosa always currently under construction in Marghera.

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