From the current issue of the Frommer's newsletter:
Costa Floats First Section of Costa Pacifica
Costa Cruise Line (tel. 800/GO-COSTA; www.costacruises.com) continued its busy building streak this month, launching the 416-foot bow section of the new Costa Pacifica at Fincantieri's Palermo shipyard. In August, the section will be towed to the firm's Sestri Ponente shipyard in Genoa, where construction will continue.
Costa Pacifica, which will measure 114,500 gross tons and carry some 3,000
passengers, will be a sister ship to Costa Concordia and Costa Serena, launched in 2006 and 2007, respectively. In addition to Pacifica, Costa also has the 92,700-ton Costa Luminosa and an as-yet-unnamed sister ship being built for delivery in spring 2009 and March 2010.