Costa Cruises Takes Delivery of Second LNG-Powered Cruise Ship

Costa Cruises, a luxury cruise line with more than 100 ships sailing annually and over 3 million guests each year is taking delivery of their second LNG-powered ship. The company has announced that the new vessel will be in service by 2021 and hopes to reduce its carbon footprint through this move.

Costa Cruises took delivery of the second LNG-powered cruise ship on Tuesday. The new vessel will be used to provide an alternative to diesel fuel, which is becoming more expensive. Read more in detail here: cruise line news.

At the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, Costa Cruises received delivery of the cruise line’s second LNG-powered cruise ship. The ship finished her sea testing in late October and was formally turned over to Costa on December 2, 2021.

Costa certifies that it is at the vanguard of the transition to liquefied natural gas, the most modern emission-reduction technology available in the marine sector. The Costa Toscana will set sail from Italy in March 2022 on her first trip.

The Costa Toscana is delivered to Costa Cruises.

Costa Toscana, the cruise line’s newest vessel fueled by liquefied natural gas, was delivered to Costa Cruises today by Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland (LNG). You may see a video of the ship’s development as it progressed through the stages:

Despite the fact that the vessel was supposed to be delivered in 2020, it was pushed back to June 2021 owing to the epidemic. The Excellence-Helios-class cruise liner Costa Toscana completed a series of sea testing at the end of October, following which it returned to port for final adjustments before being formally handed over.

“Thanks to her exceptional and unique features and services, Costa Toscana will be able to attract new cruise customers, assisting us in reinforcing our position in the Mediterranean and our gradual restart strategy,” says Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises.

On March 5, 2022, the Costa Toscana will set sail from Savona, Italy, with stops in Marseille, France, Barcelona, Spain, Palermo, Sicily, and Civitavecchia, Italy. The newest Costa flagship will thereafter spend the whole year in the western Mediterranean. She will stop in Savona, Civitavecchia, Naples, Ibiza, Valencia, and Marseille during the summer, while Palma de Mallorca will replace Ibiza in the fall.

Costa Toscana at Meyer TurkuMeyer Turku hosts Costa Toscana (Photo Courtesy: Meyer Turku)

The cruise company announced the deployment of Costa Toscana in Brazil and South America in October 2020, which is a shift from last year’s European itinerary. Since then, the pandemic has compelled the cruise company to make modifications, resulting in Costa Toscana’s year-round presence in the Mediterranean.

Taking the Lead on LNG in a Changing Industry

The Costa Group, a conglomerate of cruise lines under the Carnival Corporation umbrella, is establishing itself as a real industry leader by switching to LNG. It was the first firm to deploy liquefied natural gas on cruise ships anywhere in the world.

AIDAnova and Costa Smeralda are the two LNG-powered ships now in service; Costa Toscana was delivered today, and AIDACosma will be delivered shortly. LNG allows for a near-total reduction of hazardous pollutants.


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“By contributing to the use of LNG on cruise ships, a technology that we pioneered, Costa Toscana reaffirms our commitment to sustainable innovation.” It’s an invention that’s part of an ever-evolving ecological transition route. Indeed, we are evaluating further technologies, such as fuel cells and batteries, with the goal of ultimately creating the first cruise ship with zero emissions,” – Mario Zanetti remarked.         

Tuscany: A Tribute

Adam D. Tihany, who previously designed Seabourn Cruise Line’s newest cruise ships and excursion ships, designed the Costa Toscana. Furniture, lighting, textiles, and accessories were all developed expressly for the Costa ship by 15 Italian partners who represent the very best of Italian expertise.

The 5,322 people on board the 185,500 gross ton cruise ship will have access to a whopping 21 restaurants, lounges, and bars devoted to the culinary experience.

Costa Toscana at the Meyer Turku

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