Following the first departure from Meyer Werft (Turku, Finland) on December 3, Costa Cruises' Costa Toscana headed for the Mediterranean and arrived in Barcelona (Spain) as scheduled on December 13.
Toscana is Costa fleet's second LNG (Liquid Natural Gas)-powered ship. After a short stay in port, the vessel headed to Civitavecchia-Rome. Her official start is on March 5 with the maiden voyage out of Savona (Italy). The 7-day itinerary visits Barcelona, Marseille, Valencia, Palermo (Sicily Italy), Civitavecchia.
Costa's newest flagship is a tribute to Tuscany and the result of a creative project curated by Adam D. Tihany. The purpose of the Costa Toscana design was to bring the best of the Italian region, which gives its name to the liner, decks and public areas, to a single location.
The 2021-built Costa Toscana cruise ship is 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 new cruise ships. The contract was finalized in April 2016. Of these 4 vessels, 2 are for Costa Cruises and the other 2 for AIDA Cruises (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).