€22m upgrade for Costa Cruises ships

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Carnival-owned Costa Cruises has spent €22m upgrading five of its ships, adding fuel-saving and eco-friendly features.
The Italian cruise line’s flagship, Costa Serena, is the last of five ships to be dry-docked in Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard for the environmental improvements and routine refurbishments.

New air-conditioning regulators have been installed which will increase efficiency and save fuel.

An ecological silicone-based coating has been applied to the hull to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms, which will improve the hydrodynamic performance of the ship and reduce environmental impacts.

Other improvements include new carpeting, curtains, upholstery and other items in public areas.

The cruise line has a fleet of 12 ships, and will take delivery of two new vessels – Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica – at the end of April and May 2009.

Three more new ships are on order, which will bring the fleet to 17 by 2012.

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