The vessel will be finalised at the outfitting pier of Meyer Turku and be ready for delivery to Costa Cruises in October this year. It will be Costa Cruises’ first LNG-powered cruise ship, and one of the first ones to sail the seas.
Costa Smeralda is 337 m long, 42 m wide, has four main engines, and is capable of carrying approximately 6554 passengers.
Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises, said: “With LNG a breakthrough in fuel technology, Costa Smeralda represents a major innovation for the international market and an important step toward setting new standards for the entire sector. Costa Group is the market leader in Europe and China, and we continue to make sustainable tourism a key part of our industry leadership.”
CEO of Meyer Turku, Jan Meyer, added: “We have been very excited to bring our expertise in designing, engineering and construction of LNG ships in service for Costa Smeralda. This ship is also going to be a step up in ship size for us, as we are continuing our production ramp-up to two times the level of previous high for the shipyard.
“With the hull of the ship now completed, the next stage of the building process is proceeding to complete all these attractions and features, making sure at the same time that Smeralda will be a safe, reliable and comfortable ship to sail at sea. After the summer the commissioning and testing of the ships myriad of automatic systems will intensify both at the pier and at sea before delivery.”
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