The steel cutting ceremony for Costa Toscana took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland on 30 July 2019.
The ship, which will be a sister to Costa Smeralda, is the second new cruise ship for Costa Cruises to be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) is set to debut in 2021.
Jan Meyer, CEO, Meyer Turku, said: “Modern shipyard for modern ships. With the first Costa Cruises’ ship, Costa Smeralda, being delivered in October, both of these ships will have lots of beautiful design and interesting features – and, of course, very high quality work and best-in-industry engineering. We are very proud to build these ships for Costa”.
Neil Palomba, President, Costa Cruises, said: “The steel-cutting ceremony for Costa Toscana is another step forward in our sustainable development plan. LNG propulsion for cruise ships is a major innovation, pioneering a new era in the use of low-carbon fuels that will significantly reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment without compromising on safety, in line with our top priorities. Once again, Costa Cruises is paving the way for the industry as a whole: in accordance with our global vision aimed at sustainable development, we were the first to invest in this technology, which is now really starting to take hold. However, a lot remains to be done in terms of the ready availability of gas bunkering infrastructure to ensure the seamless transition to LNG. The Costa Toscana and her sister ship Costa Smeralda may be highly innovative products, but they will retain that inimitable Italian hospitality that has been Costa Cruises’ hallmark since the brand’s inception, conveying the exhilaration of ocean travel and providing enhanced guest experiences for repeat and first-time cruisers alike.”