Costa Crociere reveals the name of the new ship on the occasion of the laying in the dock of the first building block in the Fincantieri shipyards in Sestri Ponente.

Together with her sister ship Costa Concordia, also under construction in Sestri Ponente, she will be the largest Italian cruise vessel.

Costa Crociere, the number one cruise company in Europe and South America, has announced the name of its new ship, which will join the continent’s biggest and most advanced fleet in May 2007. The new ship will be called the “Costa Serena”, and her name has been chosen to signify serenity between the people of different nations that the ship will welcome on board.

The announcement was made at the same time the first building block for the new vessel was laid, in the dock at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyards in Genoa. This first block, which is about 55 ft in length and 72 ft wide and weighs around 500 tons, is part of the Costa Serena’s aft end section.

Like her sister ship Costa Concordia, which is also currently under construction at Sestri Ponente and is due for delivery in July 2006, the Costa Serena will be Italy’s largest cruise ship at 112,000 gross tonnage, 951 feet in length, with 1,500 cabins and total guest capacity of 3,780.

Costa Crociere has invested a total of around 1 billion euros on the building of the Costa Serena and her sister ship Costa Concordia. A similar investment was made by the Italian company for the Costa Fortuna and Costa Magica, the current flagships of the Costa fleet, which took to the sea from the Fincantieri shipyards in Sestri Ponente in November 2003 and November 2004, respectively.