Costa puts hopes on new flagship after cruise disaster

By Stephen Jewkes | VENICE (Reuters) – Cruise operator Costa Crociere took delivery of a new flagship liner on Saturday, hoping the glamour of Italy’s biggest ship will mark a new era for a company whose reputation was marred by the deadly Concordia
disaster. The 114,500-tonne Costa Fascinosa, built by state-owned shipyard Fincantieri, has space for 3,500 passengers. An even bigger vessel, with 5,000 berths, should be ready in 2014 for a company that says bookings have recovered from the crisis.
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