CLASS: Concordia Class
TONNAGE: 114,500 GT
LENGTH: 290.2 m (952 ft) m
TOTAL CREW: 1,100
OCCUPANCY: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
Costa Pacifica is a Concordia-class cruise ship for Costa Crociere. She was handed over to Costa Crociere on 29 May 2009. Her sister ships, Costa Concordia and Costa Serena, were launched in 2006 and in 2007, with Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa launched in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Onboard facilities include the Samsara Spa and PlayStation World, an area boasting PS3 consoles, and the first recording studio at sea. The ship was inaugurated in a dual christening ceremony, along with Costa Luminosa on 5 June 2009.
Concept and construction
Costa Pacifica is the third ship of the Concordia-class, preceded by sister ships Costa Concordia Costa Serena and was followed by Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa on 2011 and 2012, all part of the expansion program of Costa which entailed an investment of 2.4 billion Euro, and is currently the largest fleet expansion program in the world.
Costa Pacifica was ordered on 14 December 2005, by Carnival Corporation, the parent company of Costa Crociere. The order was four ships, which includes; Carnival Dream, for Carnival Cruise Lines; Nieuw Amsterdam for Holland America Line; and Ruby Princess for Princess Cruises, at a total cost of US$3 billion.
The bow section of Costa Pacifica was built at the Fincantieri Palermo shipyard and was launched on 24 July 2007. The section was then towed to Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente in August 2007 for further work, which also marked the announcement of the ship's name. She was launched at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard on 30 June 2008. She returned to Sestri Ponente from her sea trials on 30 March 2009, for the fitting-out process. Almost 3,000 workers helped in the construction of Costa Pacifica.
She was later christened at Genoa, Italy on June 5, 2009, in a dual christening ceremony, together with Costa Luminosa. The dual christening ceremony was the world's first which set a Guinness World Record in the new category "Most ships inaugurated in one day by one company".
Costa Pacifica has 1,504 staterooms; 521 with private balconies and 91 spa staterooms; 58 suites with private balconies and 12 spa suites. There are five onboard restaurants, which include the reservations-only Club Blue Moon and Samsara Restaurant. There are 13 bars, including a Cognac & cigar bar and a coffee and chocolate Bar. Four swimming pools, two with retractable covers, one with Toboga, and four jacuzzis. The onboard Samsara spa, a two-level, 6,000 m2 (65,000 sq ft) wellness facility with gym, a thalassotherapy pool, treatment rooms, sauna, Turkish bath and a solarium. A poolside screen is located in the pool deck. Costa Pacifica also has a three-level theater, a Grand Prix simulator, a recording studio and a PlayStation World area, where PS3 consoles are available. Costa Pacifica is the first cruise ship to have an onboard recording studio, fitted with sophisticated equipment.
The maiden voyage of Costa Pacifica was on June 6, 2009, an eight-day cruise and departed in Savona, with a special 48-hour layover in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
In the entire 2009 summer season, Costa Pacifica offered seven day cruises in the Western Mediterranean, with calls at Rome, Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma, Tunis, Malta and Palermo.
During the 2009-2010 winter season, Costa Pacifica departed from Rome and Savona, offering 10- and 11-day cruises in Egypyt, Israel and Turkey. In Summer 2010, she offered seven day cruises in the Western Mediterranean, with calls at Rome, Savona, Barcelona, Palma, Tunis, Malta and Catania.
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