Costa Smeralda will enter service in 2019 as the first cruise ship to be
marketed globally that will be fully powered by LNG, the world's cleanest
burning fossil fuel
Through fleet enhancement and development of new ships, Costa Cruises continues
to implement its strategy of innovating guest experience, environmental
responsibility and sustainable growth
4, 2018 – Costa
Cruises, the Italian brand of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:
CUK), the world's largest
leisure travel company and cruise operator, today celebrated the
traditional coin ceremony for its new ship, Costa Smeralda, at the Meyer
shipyard in Turku, one of the biggest shipbuilding complexes in the
Entering into service
in 2019, Costa Smeralda will be the first cruise ship to be marketed
broadly to consumers around the globe, particularly in Europe and Italy, that
will be fully powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world's cleanest
burning fossil fuel.
With dual-fuel engines, Costa Smeralda will be fully
powered by LNG while in port and at sea – an environmental breakthrough that
will improve air quality as LNG
prevents emissions of particulate matter and sulfur oxides almost entirely at
sea and in port. It also significantly reduces the emission of nitrogen oxides
The Costa Smeralda represents further evidence of
the pioneering and innovative spirit that characterizes the Costa Group, the
market leader in Europe and Asia for cruising with AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises
and Costa Asia.
During the ceremony, some commemorative coins were
positioned along the keel of the ship as a symbol of good fortune for members
of the crew, passengers and future voyages. This symbolic moment, which is part
of shipbuilding tradition, was celebrated with an event attended by the senior
management of Costa Cruises and the Meyer Turku shipyard. Elisabetta Moraci, a 28-year-old
Italian from Messina, Second Deck Officer in the Costa fleet, served as godmother
of the event.
"We celebrate this
symbolic moment for our new ship with great enthusiasm," said Neil Palomba,
President of Costa Cruises. "With LNG a
breakthrough in fuel technology, Costa Smeralda
represents a major innovation for the international market
and an important step toward setting new standards for the entire sector. Costa Group is the
market leader in Europe and Asia, and we continue to make sustainable tourism a
key part of our industry leadership. Our strategy of ongoing innovation and
continuous improvement will provide a significant boost to the development of LNG
as an alternative fuel technology in the cruise industry."
Costa Group, along
with its sister brands within Carnival Corporation's global portfolio, has been
an industry leader in promoting and developing sustainable and environmental solutions.
In addition to the use of LNG for cruise ships, Costa Group and Carnival
Corporation's global cruise brands have been industry leaders in pioneering the
use of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) in the small
confines of a cruise ship. Considered an environmental breakthrough, EGCS is installed on about 60 percent of
ships in the Costa Group and Carnival Corporation fleet. The use of LNG
and EGCS will both play an important role in further improving the impact of
Costa Group's marine operations.
"The coin ceremony marks the beginning of the hull assembly for the
ship. From here our design and steel construction efforts will start to turn
into an actual ship, so a very exciting time for us shipbuilders. We are very
happy that Costa Cruises has entrusted with the design and the construction of
this sophisticated LNG powered ship with a unique architectural design that
truly expresses the Costa spirit. Now we are bringing our designs and plans to
life", said CEO of Meyer
Turku Jan Meyer.
Added Palomba: "In addition to
being a ship that represents the latest advancements in fuel technology and
environmental impact, Costa Smeralda and its to-be-named sister ship expected
in 2021, will be unique in terms of the services offered on board and the
design. She will represent the best expression to date of our brand promise to
deliver ‘Italy's finest' to our guests, which characterizes and differentiates Costa
Cruises internationally. Costa Smeralda will create further opportunities to welcome
new and existing guests into the exciting and immersive environment of a
next-generation cruise ship, offering them an unforgettable vacation
In total, the Costa Group has 26 ships in service,
which equates to 74,000 beds. Seven new ships, will be coming into service
between 2018 and 2023, including two for Costa Cruises, two for Costa Asia and three
for AIDA Cruises, representing a total investment of over six billion euros.
Once these seven new ships have entered service, the Costa Group's capacity
will have increased by over 50 percent to meet rising consumer demand for
cruising over the next several years.
With a gross tonnage of over 180,000 tons, Costa Smeralda will offer over 2,600
rooms and will enter service in October 2019. Delivery of a second vessel,
the sister ship of Costa Smeralda, also built by Meyer-Turku, is expected in
Costa Smeralda and its
sistership will be the first ships to be marketed broadly to global consumers
that will use LNG to generate 100 percent of their energy, both in ports and at
sea, contributing to environmental protection and to achieving the ambitious
sustainability goals set by Costa Cruises and its parent company Carnival
Corporation & plc.
Costa Smeralda's début
is expected on October 20, 2019, with a 15-day maiden cruise from Hamburg to
Savona. The itinerary includes two-day stopovers in some of the cities with the
richest history and culture in Europe, including Hamburg, Rotterdam, Lisbon,
Barcelona and Marseille.
The Costa Smeralda christening
ceremony will be celebrated in grand style in Savona on November 3, 2019. The six-day
inaugural cruise will depart from Savona on November 4, 2019, and sail to
Barcelona, Marseilles and Civitavecchia (Rome). Costa Smeralda will then
continue to sail around the Western Mediterranean until April 2020, offering one-week
cruises including Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca,
Civitavecchia and La Spezia.
Cruises on Costa
Smeralda are available for immediate booking.
The Costa Group is the leading cruise company in
Europe and Asia, with headquarters in Genoa. The 26 ships in its fleet,
belonging to the Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia brands, have a
total capacity of over 74,000 beds. The fleet will grow further with the
arrival of 7 new ships by 2023. The company has 27,000 employees working on the
ships and in 20 offices in 14 countries.
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