On Thursday, December 2, at Meyer Werft's shipyard in Turku Finland, Costa Cruises took delivery of its newest ship - Costa Toscana, the most advanced technology in the maritime sector for reducing emissions.
The first cruise of Costa Toscana is scheduled to depart from Savona (Italy) on March 5, 2022, with a week-long itinerary calling at Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Palermo, Civitavecchia/Rome. After her debut, the new flagship is expected to remain deployed in the Western Mediterranean throughout 2022. During the summer, the liner will call at Savona, Civitavecchia, Naples, Ibiza, Valencia, Marseille. During the autumn Palma de Mallorca is to replace Ibiza.
The 2021-built Costa Toscana cruise ship is LNG-powered and from the new Helios-class vessels ordered by Carnival Corporation. The ship order agreement with Meyer Werft was signed in July 2015 and included the construction of all 4 units. The contract was finalized in April 2016. Of these 4 vessels, 2 are for Costa and 2 for AIDA (Carnival's German brand). Other Excellence-Class liners (Costa Toscana's sisterships) are Costa Smeralda (2019), Carnival Mardi Gras (2021), Carnival Celebration (2022), Carnival Jubilee (2023), P&O Iona (2020), P&O Arvia (2022), AIDAnova (2018), AIDAcosma (2021).
Costa Group, managing AIDA and Costa, was the world's first to pioneer LNG as fuel for cruise ships.