The ship is scheduled to be operational in October 2019, with a sister vessel set to follow in 2021.
Neil Palomba, the President of Costa Cruises, claimed that the newbuild NB-1394 will be named Costa Smeralda, adding: “The two new Costa Cruises ships are a true innovation and set new standards for the entire sector. They will be among the first cruise ships powered by LNG, spurring the development of this green technology.”
Jan Meyer, the CEO of Meyer Turku, said: “In the last two years, we have had very intense design collaboration with our customer and the outcome is a really fresh and new design fused with the latest of technology. We are happy to bring our experience with building LNG-powered passenger ships to bear. Today is a very special moment in shipbuilding, when all the ideas, creativity, technology and signature design that is going into Costa’s new ships, are finally starting to become reality.”
Costa Cruises vessels will be partially built using Meyer Turku’s new machinery and construction processes. With an investment plan of €185 million, Meyer Turku claims that it is planning to become the world’s most modern cruise ship yard.
Meyer added: “These new facilities will prepare us for the increasing international competition. 183 900 GT Costa Smeralda is also a step up in ship size – we need the new facilities to answer to the demand of our customers and to increase our competitiveness for the future.”
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