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Costa Favolosa

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Costa Favolosain Piraeus, Athens
NameCosta Favolosa
OwnerCarnival Corporation & plc
OperatorCosta Crociere
Port of registryGenoa,  Italy
OrderedOctober 2007
BuilderFincantieri, Marghera, Venice
Cost510 million
Laid down5 November 2009
Launched6 August 2010
Christened2 July 2011
Maiden voyage4 July 2011
In service4 July 2011
StatusIn service
General characteristics
Class and typeModified Concordia-class cruise ship
Tonnage113,216 GT
Length290 m (951 ft 5 in)
Beam40 m (131 ft 3 in)
Draught8.5 m (27 ft 11 in)
Depth14.18 m (46 ft 6 in)
PropulsionDiesel-electric: Two shafts: 2 fixed pitch propellers
Speed24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Capacity3,780 passengers

Costa Favolosa is a cruise ship ordered for Costa Crociere in October 2007. Based on the Concordia-class design, Costa Favolosa was laid down by Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard on 5 November 2009 and launched on 6 August 2010. Part of a five-ship expansion of the Costa Crociere fleet, the vessel entered service in July 2011.[3]

Design and description

Model replica of Costa Favolosa
Costa Favolosa Horn sound.

The vessel is based on the Concordia-class design already in service with Costa Crociere.[4] At 114,500 GT,[3] she can carry up to 3,800 passengers in 1,506 cabins; six more than previous Concordia-class ships.[2][5]

Construction and career

Costa Favolosa and sister ship Costa Fascinosa were ordered in October 2007 as part of a 2.4 billion expansion of the Costa Crociere fleet, with five ships entering service between 2009 and 2012 to increase the company's passenger capacity by 50%.[2][6][4] Costa Favolosa cost 510 million to build.[5]

The names of the two ships were selected via competition. The first phase saw 16,000 pairs of names submitted by travel agents and their customers from around the world, after being asked to suggest names. These names were to evoke the idea that the ships were magical and glamorous places. 25 name pairs were shortlisted and placed on the company's website, where over 42,000 visitors voted on their favourite. Favolosa (Italian for "fabulous") and Fascinosa ("fascinating" or "glamorous") were selected as the winning name pair.[2]

Costa Favolosa Diamanti Bar at inside.

The first section of the cruise ship was laid down at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard on 5 November 2009.[2] The ship was launched from the builder's dry dock on 6 August 2010.[7] Costa Favolosa is the fifteenth ship in service with Costa Crociere.[2]

COVID-19 pandemic

In March 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ship departed from Guadeloupe. Six of the disembarked occupants of the ship tested positive for COVID-19.[8] On 26 March, as the ship stopped three miles (4.8 km) offshore from Miami, Florida, the United States Coast Guard reported the evacuation of seven sick crew members, out of the 1,009 who stayed aboard.[8][9][10]

An update by CNN on 3 April 2020 stated that the ship was then docked near Miami. Seven crew members and the sick passengers had been evacuated. Other passengers had disembarked in Guadeloupe.[11]

On 8 April 2020 an Indian crew member died from the disease after the ship was disembarked and was sent into Miami Hospital on 29 March.[12]

On 8 May it was reported that four of the 78 Belgian nationals who were vacationing on the ship had died.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Costa Favolosa". VesselTracker. 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Costa Favolosa and Fascinosa". Cruise Industry News. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b "The Costa Favolosa, The Largest Italian Cruise Ship, Entered Service in Venice" (Press release). Fincantieri. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Company profile". Costa Cruises. Archived from the original on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Costa Crociere orders two new cruise ships from Fincantieri" (Press release). Costa Cruises. 18 October 2007. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  6. ^ Niemelä, Teijo (31 January 2010). "Costa Deliziosa handed over". Cruise Business Review. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  7. ^ Niemelä, Teijo (6 August 2010). "Costa Favolosa launched in Marghera". Cruise Industry News. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  8. ^ a b Bartiromo, Michael (26 March 2020). "2 Costa cruise ships heading toward Florida with dozens of sick crew members on board". Fox News. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  9. ^ Massarelli, Katelyn (26 March 2020). "Multiple sick crew members on Costa Magica, Costa Favolosa to be evacuated off Miami". NBC-2. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  10. ^ Hines, Morgan (26 March 2020). "Two Costa cruise ships to anchor with sick crew in Miami for 'life-critical' care". USA Today. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  11. ^ Street, Francesca (3 April 2020). "Cruise ships are still scrambling for safe harbor". CNN. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  12. ^ More Coral Princess cruisers leave ship; Costa Favolosa crew member dies of coronavirus, USA Today, 7 April 2020
  13. ^ "Gestorven na droomcruise die nooit had mogen uitvaren" [Passed away after dream cruise that never should have left port]. (in Dutch). 8 May 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.

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