Costa Cruises has taken delivery of Costa Smeralda, the brand’s first ship powered by liquefied natural gas.
The handover ceremony was held at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, where the new flagship was built.
Costa Smeralda becomes Costa-owner Carnival Corporation’s fourth new ship of 2019 and its second LNG-powered vessel.
The ship is the first of two new sister ships for Costa Cruises that can be powered in port and at sea by LNG.
The second vessel, Costa Toscana, is currently under construction at Meyer Turku and scheduled to be delivered in 2021.
In total, following the delivery of Costa Smeralda and the launch of AIDAnova at the end of 2018 as the world’s first cruise vessel to be powered by LNG, Carnival Corporation has an additional nine next-generation LNG-powered cruise ships on order.
“Costa Smeralda will be a further boost to the use of LNG in cruise ships, a technology our company has pioneered in the cruise sector,” said Neil Palomba, president of Costa Cruises, which has represented Italian style and hospitality for more than 70 years.
“It is an exciting evolution in maritime transport, as it guarantees a significant reduction in our environmental impact.”
Palomba added: “Costa Smeralda is a significant…