Pacifica is a Concordia-class cruise ship for Costa Crociere.
She was handed over to Costa Crociere in 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 included are the
Samsara Spa and the 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 sisters, Costa Concordia and Costa Serena and will
be followed by Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa on 2011 and
2012, all part of the expansion program of Costa which entails
an investment of 2.4 billion Euro, and is currently the largest
fleet expansion program in the world.
Costa Pacifica was ordered in 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 in 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 in 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
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, who set a
Guinness World Record, at 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 5 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, 2 with retractable covers, 1
with Toboga, and 4 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 have a three-level Theater. There is also the
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 most sophisticated equipments.
The maiden voyage of Costa Pacifica was on June 6, 2009, an
8-day cruise and departed in Savona, with a special 2-day
layover in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
In the entire 2009 summer season, Costa Pacifica offered 7-day
cruises in the Western Mediterranean, with calls at Rome, Savona,
Marseilles, 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 Egypt, Israel
and Turkey. In Summer 2010, she offered 7-day cruises in the
Western Mediterranean, with calls at Rome, Savona, Barcelona,
Palma, Tunis, Malta and Catania.