‘Costa Fortuna’ is to get a major makeover in a Singapore shipyard from 10th to 16th December, 2018.
With a total investment estimated at €8 mill, the work will involve the restyling of many public areas and the introduction of new services.
The 103,000 gt ship, which can accommodate 3,470 pax, is currently operating in the Asian market but will return to Europe from the end of March, 2019 to offer one-week cruises in the Mediterranean departing from Genoa each Friday.
A substantial part of the work will involve the creation of areas associated with providing typically Italian products and experiences. These new services will also be available for cruises in the Far East from December, 2018 to February, 2019, departing from Singapore and available for sale in all markets.
Independent Italian concern Artefice Group will be responsible for the restyling of ‘Costa Fortuna’ with the exception of the Costa Shop, which will be in the hands of Dordoni Architetti, the Milanese firm that recently designed the cabins for the brand’s new flagship ‘Costa Smeralda’.
Deck 10 will welcome the Pizzeria Pummid’Oro, which will serve pizzas. This pizzeria will only use San Marzano DOP tomatoes, selected flours and sourdough thanks to a partnership with the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, which, together with Costa Cruises, promotes a sustainable diet.
On Deck 9, beside the central swimming pool, the new Gelateria – Bar Amarillo ice cream parlour will be installed. In renewing this area, Artefice has taken inspiration from traditional Italian bathing establishments, using pastel colours.
In addition, a new photo shop will be installed on Deck 4, with an exhibition gallery featuring the new ‘My Moments’ concept, which is due to make its début at the end of October on ‘Costa Pacifica’ and in December on ‘Costa Diadema’.
The completely refurbished central atrium will be dominated by three large sails illuminated by LEDs in different colours.
Also to be restyled is the Conte Verde, which will be transformed into a multi-functional space in which to visit the lounge bar or hold conferences and meetings, and the Conte Rosso, where guests will be welcomed by a ‘constellation’ of lights.
The Sala Leonardo will also sport a new look, fitted with more modern lighting and an extended dance floor. Restyling work will be carried out on the outdoor swimming pools and jacuzzis, as well as the two main restaurants, which will also fitted with new and more efficient lighting systems.
In the suites, guests occupying these cabins will be able to relax under the water jets from brand new emotional showers complete with lights, which will replace the jacuzzis.
Finally, the Club Restaurant galley will be adapted to offer the special menu for guests choosing to stay in the suites and Costa Club Perla Diamante members, subject to availability.