Wednesday, September 14, 2011

COSTA SERENA in Funchal Madeira

The italian flagged cruise ship COSTA SERENA is seen arriving in Funchal's breakwaters on 21th March of 2010.
For long Costa ships have been visiting Madeira on round the Mediterranean and Atlantic Isles cruises based in Italy. A tradition, started with liners like EUGENIO C. and ENRICO C, that made it's way into the modern cruise market, effectively the main difference are the ships itself, nowadays giant cruise ships.The 114,500 GT COSTA SERENA was built in Fincantieri, Sestri Ponente and entered service in early 2007 as a sister ship of COSTA CONCORDIA. Eventually two more identical ships were launched in the following years with a third currently being constructed in Italy to be delivered next year.As of 2012 Costa Cruises will have a fleet of 16 ships and with the recent order of a new 130,000 GT cruise ship Costa keeps the status of the largest fleet in Europe, leader in that market and from this year on also in the brazilian cruise market.

4 comments:

  1. Great post João
    I always had a soft spot for COSTA, mainly because of EUGENIO C and FEDERICO C, today unfortunately I am not very keen on their ships, they´ve lost completely the status of Italian elegance supplied in the past but it is of course great to have followed this company for four decades

    Best
    Vitor

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  2. Glad again another post was of your delight.
    We can't compare the new ships to the past liners but i don't dislike the modern Costa ships. In the middle of that floating hotel design she has a slight italian grace on it.
    It is likely that the new ordered ship is going to look like the Carnival Dream class therefore not so pretty.

    Regards!
    João

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  3. Hi João
    It´s difficult to accept successors to EUGENIO C and FEDERICO C, you tend to dislike new buildings, particulary when they are dramatically different which is the case with new COSTA ships, I know ANGELINA LAURO and ACHILLE LAURO are also very different to MSC FANTASIA but I can see more Italian touches here, so my preference goes to MSC in this particular case..... Anyway ships as you know I love them all

    Best
    Vitor

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  4. I also like the new MSC ships, gentle giants if compared to others of their kind, but in this specific case i'll have to go for the Costa ships. As it's usually said it's just a matter of taste!
    Couldn't agree more, in the end the only thing that matters is to see and photograph these marvelous creations made by men.

    Regards!

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