Costa Cruises has taken delivery of the cruise company’s second LNG-powered cruise ship at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland. The ship completed its sea trials towards the end of October and was officially handed over to Costa on December 2, 2021.
The ship confirms that Costa is at the forefront of the switch to liquefied natural gas, the most advanced technology available in the marine industry to reduce emissions. Costa Toscana will make its maiden voyage in March 2022 from Italy.
Costa Cruises takes delivery of Costa Toscana
Today, the Meyer Shipyard in Turku, Finland delivered Costa Toscana at Costa Cruises, the cruise company’s newest ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). You can watch a video of how the ship came to life through the steps:
Although the delivery of the ship was scheduled for 2020, the delivery date has been postponed to June 2021 and again due to the pandemic. Costa Toscana completed a series of sea trials at the end of October, after which the Excellence-Helios-class cruise ship returned to port to have the final touches applied before the official handover of the vessel.
Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises: “With its excellent and innovative features and services, Costa Toscana will be able to attract new cruise lines, helping us to consolidate our presence in the Mediterranean and our gradual restart plan.”
Costa Toscana the first cruise, which will depart from Savona, Italy on March 5, 2022, will stop in Marseille, France; Barcelona, Spain; and Palermo, Sicily; and Civitavecchia, Italy. The new flagship Costa will then remain in the Western Mediterranean all year round. During the summer, it will stop at Savona, Civitavecchia, Naples, Ibiza, Valencia and Marseille, in the fall Palma de Mallorca will replace Ibiza.
The European route has changed since last year; in October 2020 the cruise line announced the deployment of Costa Toscana in Brazil and South America. Since then, the pandemic has forced the cruise line to make changes that have allowed the Costa Toscana to remain in the Mediterranean all year round.
LNG pioneer in a changing industry
The Costa Group, a group of cruise lines under the umbrella of Carnival Corporation, is growing as a true trailblazer in the cruise industry, bringing vital change to LNG. It was the first company in the world to pioneer the use of liquefied natural gas on cruise ships.
There are already two LNG-powered ships in service: AIDAnova and Costa smeralda; Costa Toscana was delivered today, and AIDACosma will be delivered soon. LNG allows the almost complete elimination of harmful emissions.
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“Costa Toscana reinforces our commitment to sustainable innovation by further contributing to the use of LNG applied to cruise ships, a technology that we have pioneered. It is an innovation that is part of a constantly evolving ecological transition trajectory. In fact, we are also working to test other innovations, such as fuel cells and batteries, with the aim of eventually achieving the first net zero emission cruise ship ”, – said Mario Zanetti.
Costa Toscana was designed by Adam D. Tihany, who previously designed Seabourn Cruise Line’s latest cruise and expedition ships. The furniture, lighting, fabrics and accessories have all been made in Italy and have been designed exclusively for the Costa ship by 15 partners who represent the best of Italian excellence.
A whopping 21 restaurants, lounges and bars will be dedicated to the culinary experience of the 5,322 passengers aboard the 185,500 gross tonne cruise ship.