The ceremony for the start of construction of the new Costa Cruises meganavio was advanced by the Sales and Marketing manager of the Brazilian network, Alex Calabria. Formerly unnamed, the ship was officially baptized on the solemnity: Costa Smeralda. And the debut of meganavio is already dated, October 2019; ie the construction must be completed in a maximum of two years.
The meganavio will have a capacity of 6,554 thousand passengers, 337 meters of total length of 337 meters and a weight of 183,9 thousand tons. In addition, it will be Costa’s first to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), a fuel considered today the “cleanest in the world, and that emits less polluting gases,” explained Calabria.
With live broadcast on Costa Cruises’ Facebook page, the opening of the construction, which takes place at the Meyer Turku (Finland) shipyard, was hosted by company president Neil Palomba and the CEO of Finnish shipyard Jan Meyer.
The Costa Smeralda, however, is not the only mega-ship planned by the company for the coming years: the second, still without a name and date to start construction, is expected to be delivered by 2021, also with capacity for about 6,600 passengers and powered by LNG.