Eva Herzigova To Be Godmother Of the Costa Concordia

Czech supermodel to christen latest addition to the Costa fleet
in a glittering ceremony in Rome on 7 July.

Genoa – June 21, 2006 – Supermodel Eva Herzigova will be the godmother of the Costa Concordia, the new flagship of the Costa fleet, which will be christened on July 7 in the Port of Rome (Civitavecchia) under the patronage of the Latium Regional Administration, the Provincial Administration of Rome, the Municipality of Rome and AltaRoma.

The personification of beauty, charm and elegance, Eva Herzigova will be the star of the event when it reaches its climax: it will be her task to actually christen the Costa Concordia by breaking a bottle of champagne against the side of the ship in accordance with strict naval tradition.

The Costa Concordia, the largest cruise ship flying the Italian flag (112,000 gross tonnage and total Guest capacity of 3780), is set to become another Italian Made symbol: she was built in the historic Italian Fincantieri shipyards in Sestri Ponente (Genoa), while her interiors have been decorated by some of Italy’s leading designers and feature works by top Italian artists. Two of the ship’s five restaurants will have menus devised by the Italian culinary innovator Ettore Bocchia, executive chef at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio and a Michelin restaurateur.

The christening ceremony for the new Costa flagship will be a tribute to Made in Italy and the nations symbols, in particular the city of Rome, which will be celebrated in a show entitled “The Waters of Rome ”. The artistic director of the performance is Valerio Festi.

Fashion, which has always been associated with Italian style around the world thanks partly to catwalk queens like Eva Herzigova, will also be starring at the christening show under the patronage of AltaRoma and with the collaboration of the Italian fashion house Gattinoni.

The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Italian television personality Antonella Clerici, currently host of the Italian version of the hit gameshow Deal or No Deal.

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