Costa neoRomantica was originally built in 1993 in Italy at the Fincantieri shipyard. In November 2011 the vessel underwent a major refurbishment at the cost of €90 million. The most significant part of the refurbishment was the addition of two brand new decks on the bow which increased the number of balcony cabins considerably. Together with the additional balcony cabins which were added midships on deck 6 and 7, the total number of cabins which offer balconies now exceeds 80.
Dream Designs Colchester has had a close connection with Costa Cruises since 2009. We have had our drawings presented aboard Costa Atlantica, Costa Magica, Costa Luminosa, Costa Deliziosa and Costa Pacifica, whilst the vessels were berthed at Harwich International Port.
Our staff noticed that a number of Costa vessels would be visiting Harwich International Port, particularly Costa neoRomantica. We worked hard with Costa Cruises to arrange a visit aboard but unfortunately all of our attempts were unsuccessful. Despite this in late August 2012 we took the decision to especially assign a drawing of Costa neoRomantica.
Whilst there Harry and Gavin took the opportunity to capture some photographs of Costa neoRomantica. Harry then noticed a member of the ship’s crew and hurried over before noticing it was in fact the Captain. He then briefly introduced himself to the Captain and informed him of our especially assigned drawing
At approximately 18:15 the pilot arrived at the Cruise Terminal before he boarded Costa neoRomantica. Shortly after the remainder of the passengers boarded the ship upon returning from their Shore Excursions. Unexpectedly Costa neoRomantica then began to depart Harwich International Port, some 25 minutes earlier than scheduled.
“I was quite astonished to meet with Captain Paolo Fusarini outside the Cruise Terminal at Harwich International Port and be able to officially present my drawing of Costa neoRomantica to him in person.”
“I was delighted when Captain Paolo Fusarini kindly presented me with a model of the ship in return for my drawing. He promised to find somewhere on board to display the drawing and said he would upload a photograph to the Dream Designs Colchester Facebook page.”