Costa Cruises, technical launch for Costa Toscana, the new LNG ship ready in December
Costa Crociere, an Italian company of Carnival Corporation & plc, a cruise group active all over the world, celebrated today the technical launch of the new Costa Toscana flagship at construction sites Meyer in Turku (Finland).
Costa Toscana, like its twin Costa Smeralda, is powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the most advanced power technology in the maritime sector to reduce emissions, both at sea and during stops in port. The Costa Group – which includes Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia – was the first in the world in the cruise industry to believe in this technology, ordering a total of 5 new LNG-powered ships, of which two, Costa Smeralda and AIDAnova, have already entered service. They are part of an expansion plan that includes a total of seven new shipsto be delivered for the Group by 2023, for a total investment of over six billion euros.
During the technical launch ceremony, Tuscan coast officially touched the sea for the first time, with the flooding of the basin where it took shape in recent months. It will enter service in December 2021, once the interior design has been completed.
Mario Zanetti, Chief Commercial Officer of Costa Cruises and General Manager of Costa Group Asia, commented: “Although the current scenario is still complicated, the Costa Group is confirming the investments for the expansion of its fleet. We are confident in the recovery of our sector, and we are excited about the arrival of new ships such as Costa Toscana, which best represents the elements we want to focus on for the future. First of all, an excellent and innovative product, able to attract new customers, which will be essential especially when people can return to travel freely and will have a great desire for a holiday. Looking beyond the pandemic, the second element we are focusing on is completing the sustainable transformation of our fleet and operations. In addition to LNG technology, we are also developing other innovative solutions, such as powering ships from land during the stop in port and batteries, which allow us to approach the goal of zero emissions over time ”.
“The technical launch is always a very special occasion for us shipbuilders, as it is the moment when the ship finally reaches its natural environment. It is also the beginning of the final stage of staging, where all the exciting colors, spaces and attractions on board begin to take their final shape. In the coming months the ship will be moored on the quay to complete the interiors, will carry out sea trials in the autumn and will therefore be ready for delivery “- he has declaredTim Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku.
Tuscany coast was designed to be a real “smart city” itinerante, where sustainable solutions and circular economy concepts are applied to reduce the environmental impact. Thanks to the use ofLNG it will be possible almost totally eliminate the emission into the atmosphere of sulfur oxides (zero emissions) and particulate matter (95-100% reduction), also significantly lowering nitrogen oxide (85% direct reduction) and CO emissions2(up to 20%). The entire daily requirement of the ship’s water will be satisfied by transforming that of the seathrough the use of desalinators. Energy consumption will be minimized thanks to a system of intelligent energy efficiency. In addition, the 100% separate collectionand the recycling of materials such as plastic, paper, glass and aluminum, which will be part of an integrated approach, aimed at the realization of circular economy projects.
The new flagship is a tribute to Tuscany, the result of an extraordinary creative project, curated by Adam D. Tihany, created to enhance and bring to life the best of this wonderful Italian region in a single location, which gives its name to the ship, its decks and main public areas. To create it Tihany made use of the collaboration of an international pool of prestigious architectural firms – Dordoni Architetti, Jeffrey Beers International e Partner Ship Design – called to draw the different areas of the ship.
All Made in Italy, furniture, lighting, fabrics and accessories, standard and designed specifically for Costa Toscana by 15 highly representative partners of Italian excellence. The on-board offer will be perfectly integrated in this extraordinary context: from Solemio Spa, to the areas dedicated to entertainment; from thematic bars, in collaboration with major Italian brands, to 16 restaurants and areas dedicated to the “food experience”,including the restaurant dedicated to families with children and the LAB Restaurant, where you can test your cooking skills under the guidance of Costa Chefs. The “heart” of the new flagship will be the Colosseum, a space amidships spread over three decks, dedicated to the best shows. The luminous screens, positioned both on the walls and on the dome, will offer the possibility of creating a different story in each port of call and in every moment of the holiday. Also not to be missed is the large staircase overlooking the stern, on three decks: the ideal place for the entertainment of guests, both large and small, with an open-air balcony on the last deck whose glass floor brings life to life. emotion of flying over the sea.
To relax and enjoy the sun will be available qfour swimming pools, one of which is covered with salt water, with the novelty of the beach club, which will recreate the atmosphere of a real bathing establishment. Comfortable and elegant, even beyond 2,600 cabin perfectly reflect the Italian style and taste. The category of cabins with “terrace overlooking the sea” will offer a splendid annex where you can have breakfast, sip an aperitif or simply enjoy the view.
Costa Toscana will make its debut in Brazil in the 2021-22 season. In particular, an inaugural New Year’s cruise is planned departing from Santos on 26 December 2021, for a one-week itinerary that will visit Salvador and Ilhéus, and return to Santos on 2 January 2022. From 2 January to 10 April 2022 Costa Toscana will propose another 15 cruises with the same itinerary, with boarding in Santos and Salvador. The 15 cruises also include the Carnival and Easter departures, which will be the ship’s last cruise before the Brazil-Italy crossing, departing from Santos on April 17, 2022.