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Costa Cruises Celebrates Float-Out of Newest Ship, Costa Smeralda

Built at Meyer Turku shipyard, Costa Smeralda will launch in October  2019 as the Italian brand’s first ship powered by liquefied natural gas

Just 15 days  after delivery of Costa Venezia, the first Costa ship designed specifically for  Chinese market, Costa Smeralda’s float-out marks another major milestone for  Italian company

New vessels  underscore Costa’s commitment to fleet enhancement and ship-building strategy  of innovating exceptional guest experiences, environmental responsibility and  sustainable growth

Genoa/Turku, March 15, 2019 – 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 official float-out ceremony of its new ship, Costa Smeralda,  at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, one of the biggest shipbuilding complexes in the world.

As part of today’s float-out ceremony, the new Costa flagship officially reached the sea for  the first time.  The celebration, hosted  by the senior management of Costa Cruises and Meyer Turku, followed the  seafaring tradition of flooding the basin where the ship’s construction took  shape in recent months.

Entering into service  in October 2019, upon completion  of the interiors, Costa Smeralda will be the first Costa ship powered by  liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel. She will  represent an environmental breakthrough that will improve air  quality by preventing emissions  of particulate matter and sulfur oxides almost entirely at sea and in port. It  also significantly reduces the emission of nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide. Costa  Smeralda and its sister ship, to be launched in 2021, will contribute to the  ambitious sustainability goals, such as  reducing its carbon footprint of 25 percent by 2020, set by Costa and Carnival  Corporation.

“We celebrate this  symbolic moment for our new ship with great enthusiasm,” said Neil  Palomba, President of Costa Cruises, part of Costa Group, which also includes  AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia. “Costa  Smeralda represents a major innovation for the international market and an  important step toward setting new standards for the entire sector, with LNG  being a breakthrough in fuel technology. Costa Group is the market leader in  Europe and China, and we continue to make sustainable tourism a fundamental  part of our industry leadership.”

"It has  been very exciting to design and build Costa Smeralda together with our colleagues  at Costa Cruises. I believe Smeralda will be a truly unique and innovative ship  both in engineering and design and I feel confident that passengers will enjoy  all the attractions onboard. For us shipbuilders the float-out of a ship is  always very special occasion as the ship will now be in her element at the  outfitting pier and we will start the finalizing phase of the  construction", said CEO of  Meyer Turku Jan Meyer.

Added Palomba: “I  am particularly proud of Costa Smeralda, as she will be unique in terms of innovative  design and on-board services. She will pay tribute to the many things about  Italy that people around the world love and appreciate. She has been designed  with great passion and detail to deliver on our brand promise of providing our  guests with an unforgettable vacation experience. We look forward to Costa  Smeralda inspiring and welcoming new consumers and veteran cruise-goers into  the exciting and immersive environment of a next-generation cruise ship.”   

Featuring over 2,600 staterooms, Costa Smeralda will  take its guests on a veritable “tour of Italy,” with lots of areas devoted to  fun, flavours and festivity.

The ship's name, Costa Smeralda, recalls one of the  most beautiful tourist destinations in Sardinia (Emerald Coast), as well as the  names of the decks and public areas dedicated to famous places and squares of  Italy. The ship will feature 11 restaurants, 19 bars, an amazing spa area with  16 treatment rooms, a water park with slides, four swimming pools and an area  fully dedicated to kids. Costa Smeralda will also have her very own Costa  Desing Museum, “The CoDe,” dedicated to the excellence of Italian design.

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 Advanced  Air Quality System (AAQS) in the small confines of a cruise ship. Considered an  environmental breakthrough, AAQS are already installed on over 70 percent of  ships in the Costa Group and Carnival Corporation fleet. The use of LNG and AAQS  both play an important role in further improving the impact of Costa Group’s  marine operations.

Delivery of a second  vessel, the sister ship of Costa Smeralda, also built by Meyer-Turku, is  expected in 2021.

In total, the Costa Group has 28 ships in service, which equates to more than 85,000 beds. The fleet will be further strengthened by five new vessels by 2023, including two for  Costa Cruises, one for Costa Asia and two for Germany-based AIDA Cruises. Once the  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.

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 2021, offering one-week cruises  including Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Civitavecchia/Rome  and La Spezia.

Cruises on Costa Smeralda are now available for bookings.

For further information:

 

Costa Cruises
  Gabriele  Baroni – Communication Director – M +39 349 7668013 baroni@costa.it
  Davide Barbano  – Media Relations Manager – M +39 334 6525216 barbano@costa.it
  Cristiano de  Musso – Head of Corporate Communication – M +39 334 6805095 demusso@costa.it

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