Published on : Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Costa Cruises continues to expand and renew its fleet of ships and at the Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard whose construction has started on a new 135,500-ton ship with 2,116 cabins which is due for delivery in 2020.
It will be designed specifically for the Chinese market like its twin Costa Venezia.
Four new ships will enter service for Costa, with an overall increase in capacity of 43 per cent between a period of 2019 and 2020.Costa Venezia is currently under construction in the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone and will arrive in February 2019.
The flagship Costa Smeralda, the first cruise ship for the world market powered by LNG, built by Meyer Turku shipyard (Finland) will arrive in 2019.
Its sister ship Costa Venezia is due in 2020 which will be followed by that of the Costa Smeralda in 2021.
The fleet’s innovation programme will include the return to the Mediterranean of the Costa Fortuna, a ship currently operating in Asia. This will start in March and offer one-week cruises departing from Genoa.
The Costa neoRiviera will be transferred to the fleet of AIDA Cruises, the Costa Group’s German brand by the end of 2019.The ship will be named AIDAmira after being remodeled and depart on its maiden voyage on December 4th, 2019, from Palma.
Costa Victoria operating regularly in the Mediterranean since March 30th, have undergone renovation work worth €11 million. The renovation was carried out at the Marseilles Shipyards with a majority of the work focused on the cabins, the internal and external public areas and the creation of a new “tapas and paella bar”.
During the next summer season, the ship will offer a week-long itinerary dedicated to the beaches and entertainment of the Balearic Islands and Spain.
Under this growth programme, the number of ships in the Costa fleet will increase to 17 in 2021.At present the Costa Group has seven new ships on order with an investment of over €6 billion.