February 12, 2020 - Yesterday, the assembly work on the hull of the Costa Toscana began at MEYER WERFT in Turku, Finland. she is the second ship in the Costa fleet after the Costa Smeralda to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). LNG is the cleanest fossil fuel in the world.The 14-day maiden voyage of Costa Toscana starts from Hamburg and is planned for June 28, 2021.
After the symbolic first steel cut on July 30, 2019, the second symbolic act was performed yesterday. In the presence of the mayor of the city of Turku, Ms. Minna Arve, the traditional minting ceremony of the cruise ship, measured at around 180.000 GT, took place. As part of the ceremony, a number of commemorative coins were placed on the blocks in the shipyard's dry dock. A large part of the hull is already positioned in the dock. It measures 100 meters and corresponds to the size of the "Floating Engine Room Unit" (FERU), which contains the ship's engines.
Costa Toscana - Floating Engine Room Unit © Costa Crociere SpA
Costa Toscana and the Costa Smeralda, which entered service in December 2019, are assigned to the Helios ship class. Both ships eliminate sulfur dioxide emissions (zero emissions) and fine dust emissions (95-100%) during ship operation. At the same time, the emissions of nitrogen oxides (85% direct reduction) and CO2 (reduction of up to 20%) are significantly reduced. Costa Toscana and Costa Smeralda are part of an expansion program that includes the delivery of a total of seven new ships to the Costa Group by 2023. The total investment volume is over six billion euros. Five of the new buildings will run on LNG.
Sister ship Costa Smeralda - aerial view © Costa Crociere SpA
According to the status of the planning, Costa Toscana will start on June 28, 2021 from Hamburg on a 14-day maiden voyage. In the summer months from 2021 to the first week of November, the ship will complete one-week Mediterranean cruises. From mid-November 2021 up to and including Easter 2022, the one-week trips will be expanded to include two of Italy's most popular art cities. The destinations of these rounds are Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Palermo and Civitavecchia. Cruises with Costa Toscana can be booked online or through travel agencies.