Costa Crociere has a new cruise ship built

Costa Crociere has a new cruise ship built

September 13, 2017 - Today the first steel cut for the Costa Smeralda, Costa Crociere's newest cruise ship, took place on the premises of the MEYER shipyard in Turku / Finland. The ship, powered by liquefied natural gas, is scheduled to go into service in October 2019.

The name is a tribute to what is known as the "Emerald Coast of Sardinia" Costa Smeralda. It is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy. Similar to the one laid down a few days ago AIDAnova the 337 meter long and 42 meter wide ship will be supplied with liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Costa Crociere is part of the Carnival Corporation & plc, which operates a total of 103 ships. The company is the global leader in the cruise industry. The company's strategic plan provides for the construction of a total of seven ships powered by liquefied natural gas. For four of the ten brands, Carnival has seven ships built by the MEYER shipyard in Papenburg and Turku as well as the Italian Fincantieri shipyard.

Costa Smeralda - rendering


Costa Smeralda - rendering © Costa Crociere SpA

Like the AIDAnova, the Costa Smeralda will also be measured with more than 180.000 GT. The ship has a total of 2.612 passenger cabins; around 1.660 cabins have a balcony. The maximum number of passengers is given as 6.518. If everything goes according to plan, the new building will go into service in October 2019. An identical sister ship will follow in 2021.

The technical concept provides for the use of four dual-fuel engines on each of the ships. With this equipment the new buildings can be operated with the fossil fuel LNG both in the port and on the open sea. The LNG is stored in special tanks on board the ships. Liquefied natural gas burns with almost no emissions. Fine dust and sulfur oxides are almost completely avoided. Nitrogen oxides and CO2 emissions are also sustainably reduced. Shell Western LNG BV acts as a partner for the fuel supply

Bookings for trips with the Costa Smeralda in the Mediterranean will probably be accepted by the Italian shipping company at the beginning of 2018.