Costa Favolosa

The Costa Favolosa is one of the largest cruise ships of Costa Cruises, an Italian cruise ship company that belongs to the Carnival group. There is a sister ship, the Costa Fascinosa. This liner was ordered in 2007 at the shipyard Fincantieri in Marghera, Italy and was inaugurated in 2011. The liner is 290 meters long and 35.5 meters wide, with 17 bridges and capacity for 3,800 passengers and 1,110 crew members. There are 4 restaurants and a buffet; 13 bars, including one for coffees and chocolate; a spa; a theater with three floors; a 4D cinema; a gym and a sports field; a casino, a discotheque; a simulator of formula 1; a cigar lounge; an indoor and outdoor pool; panoramic glass elevators and lots of artwork all over the ship (over 6,000). There are 1,508 cabins. There is also an atrium in the center of the ship that runs the full height of the ship. You will find activities for the whole family with areas for children and teenagers.

Tips

If you prefer cabins in the wellness section, ask for a Samsara cabin. You will find a paying restaurant in the same area.

If you are traveling with young children, you have a mini club, divided by age, where you can entrust your children to a qualified staff while you enjoy other activities.

The Corinth Canal, Greece

The Corinth Canal is an artificial waterway carved through the Isthmus of Corinth, Greece, which connects the Gulf of Corinth, in the Ionian Sea (West) and the Saronic Gulf, in the Aegean Sea (East). Since the 7th century BC, this union had been desired and at the time they used a system in wood to guide ships. Already in 67, Nero had thought of the construction of the canal which had begun but was immediately stopped because of his death. In 1882 that construction began, but everything they had calculated took a lot more time and cost and unfortunately the work was stopped 7 years later when there was a good part done. Finally the canal is inaugurated in 1893 but it become functional a year later. The channel is 6.343 meters long and 24.60m wide, with a depth of 8 meters. While passing by, the ships save 400 km, avoiding the peninsula of Peloponnese. There are other two submersible bridges (Isthmia and Posidonia) at each end that since 1988 allow to cross the channel. There is also a road bridge and two railway bridges. Due to its narrowness, the canal is little frequented.

Tips

To have a good view and enjoy the passing ships, go on one of the bridges, Isthmia or Posidonia, from where you will have a magnificent vision.

Take advantage of your trip to visit the site of Ancient Corinth (paying) and the Archaeological Museum. If you are driving, it only takes 20-30 minutes to get there.

There are yachts you can take to cross the canal, it’s well worth it.