Costa Cruises first of two $950 million cruise ships, Costa Smeralda, has returned to the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, following a series of sea trials.
The 6554-passenger ship, which is powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) is to launch later than originally planned.
The ship’s first cruise will now depart Savona, Italy on 30 November 2019. Costa Smeralda will offer seven-night cruise itineraries which will visit ports of call such as La Spezia, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Civitavecchia.
Costa Smeralda will become the new flagship of the Costa Cruises fleet when delivered to the cruise line. The ship measures 337 metres in length, 42 metres wide and has a service speed of 17 knots. She will be joined by a sister ship, Costa Toscana which is set to debut in 2021.