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Two new Costa Cruises ships will carry more passengers than ever before

Costa Cruises has ordered two next-generation cruise ships each able to carry a staggering 6,600 passengers - more than any other ship to date.

The two ships will be built at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, for delivery in 2019 and 2020, and both will exceed 180,000 gross tons and offer more than 2,600 passenger cabins.

They will also be environmentally friendly, featuring a revolutionary “green design” as the first ships in the cruise industry (together with two new ships previously announced for AIDA Cruises, Costa Group’s German brand) to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest-burning fossil fuel.

Costa Cruises new LNG ships
Each of the two new ships, illustrated here, will carry a record 6,600 passengers

Costa’s order is part of a multibillion-dollar contract with two Meyer shipyards in Turku and Papenburg, Germany, including the two new ships for AIDA Cruises.
The contract is part of a previously announced memorandum of understanding between Carnival Corporation, the parent company of Costa Group, and leading shipbuilders Meyer Werft, Meyer Turku and Fincantieri S.p.A. for nine new ships to be delivered between 2019 and 2022.

“These ships will expand the leadership position for the Costa Group, the market leader in all the major continental European markets,” said Michael Thamm, chief executive officer of Costa Group. “The multibillion-dollar contract with Meyer mirrors our strategy to constantly innovate our vacation offers and to deliver an unmatched cruise experience to our guests.”

Neil Palomba, president of Costa Cruises, continued: “The two Costa ships are a real innovation for the market, setting new standards for the whole industry: they will be the first green ships powered with LNG and they will offer an extensive number of guest-friendly features. Furthermore, they will be the expression of the new positioning Italy’s finest.

“The order also confirms the Costa brand will continue to grow, becoming even stronger and continue generating a positive economic impact in the main countries where it operates, including Italy.”

Pioneering a new era in the use of sustainable fuels, Costa’s new ships will be the first in the cruise industry to use LNG in dual-powered hybrid engines to power the ship both in port and at sea.

VITAL STATISTICS

Delivery: 2019, 2020
Builder: Meyer Turku Oy (Finland)
Flag: Italian
Gross Tonnage: 183,200 tons
Total passenger cabins: 2,605
Total crew (max): 1,647
Total lower berths: 5,176
Total passengers (approx.): 6,600
Balcony cabin ratio: 63.7%
Length: 1,105 ft
Width: 137 ft
Draught: 28 ft
Speed: 17 knots
No. of main engines: 4

Posted on 1st August 2015 at 11:09 am in Cruise News | New Ships | Cruise Lines | Costa Cruises |

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