The traditional coin ceremony has taken place for Costa Cruises’ brand new 180,000 gross tonne Costa Smeralda, which will be the largest cruise ship ever built for the cruise line and the first in the fleet to be fully powered by LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas).
The ceremony took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland and marked an important milestone in the construction of the new ships. Costa Smeralda is the largest cruise ship to be built at the shipyard in the past 10 years.
Costa Cruises has announced that the first of its two new build LNG-powered cruise ships, which is due to launch in October 2019, will be named Costa Smeralda. The second ship will follow in 2021.
The steel cutting for the first of the two new ships, Costa Smeralda took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland on 13 September 2017.
Costa Cruises has announced that its oldest cruise ship in the fleet, Costa neoClassica has been sold and will be leaving the fleet in March 2018.
The 1,300-passenger cruise ship was launched in 1991. Costa Cruises did not state who the ship had been sold to.
The sentencing of 16-years for the Captain of the Costa Concordia, which capsized in January 2012 killing 32 people, has been upheld by the highest court in Italy.
Following the verdict, Captain Francesco Schettino handed himself in to the Rebibbia prison in Rome.
Photographs have emerged which appear to show flooding on the upper decks of the 114,500 gross tonne Costa Pacifica.
The flooding to the open decks was caused due to sudden heavy rainfall on 24 January 2017, whilst the ship was berthed in Rio De Janeiro. No passengers or crew were injured as a result of the flooding.