Continental European market leader in the cruise
sector to receive the largest ever built ships based on guest capacity. The
first-ever cruise-ships powered at sea by Liquefied Natural Gas.
About 750 Italian crewmembers are expected to be
hired to work on the two ships.
28, 2015 – Costa Cruises today announced an order to build two next-generation
cruise ships, with the largest guest capacity in the world. They will feature a
revolutionary “green design”: the two ships will be the first in the cruise
industry (together with the two new ships previously announced for Aida
Cruises, the German brand of Costa Group) to be powered at sea by Liquefied
Natural Gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel, representing a
major environmental breakthrough.
The two ships
will be built by Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, with delivery in 2019 and
2020. Each of them will exceed 180,000 gross tonnage, offering more than 2,600 passenger
cabins for a total of 6,600 passengers onboard.
Costa order is
part of a multibillion dollar contract with two Meyer shipyards in Turku (Finland)
and Papenburg (Germany), including also two new ships for Aida Cruises. The
contract with Meyer is the result of a larger previously announced memo of
understanding between Carnival Corporation & plc, the home company of Costa
Group, and leading shipbuilders Meyer Werft, Meyer Turku and Fincantieri S.p.A.
for nine new ships between 2019 and 2022.
“These ships will expand the leadership position for
the Costa Group, the market leader in all the major continental European
markets,” said Michael Thamm, CEO of the
Costa Group. “The multibillion dollar
contract with Meyer mirrors our strategy to constantly innovate our vacation
offers and to deliver unmatched cruise experience to our guests.”
two Costa ships are real innovation for the market, setting new standards for
the whole industry: they will be the first green ships powered with LNG and
they will offer an extensive number of guest-friendly features. Furthermore
they will be the expression of the new positioning Italy's finest.” – explains Neil Palomba,
President of Costa Cruises – “The order also confirms that Costa brand
will continue to grow, becoming even stronger and keep on generating a positive
economic impact in the main countries where it operates, including Italy”.
new era in the use of sustainable fuels, Costa new ships will be the first in the
cruise industry to use LNG in dual-powered hybrid engines to power the ship
both in port and on the open sea. LNG will be stored onboard the ships and used
to generate 100 percent power at sea – producing another industry-first
innovation for Costa. Using LNG to power the ships in port and at sea will significantly
reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment and support the
company’s aggressive sustainability goals.
are honoured that Costa Group has entrusted us with the technical design and
construction of their next generation ships for Europe, featuring a
revolutionary green cruising design implemented to meet specific Costa Group’s
needs.” - commented Jan Meyer CEO of
Meyer Turku Oy and added: “We are
building the ships with a strong team in Turku and with the support of mostly
European suppliers, who are the best in their field. Among those leading
suppliers, there are also a number of Italian companies, which we have worked
well with in Finland as well as in Germany. We are aiming to continue this
The new order represents a remarkable opportunity also for
Italy. According to Costa Cruises forecast, about 750 Italian crewmembers are
expected to be hired to work on the two ships. Furthermore Italy will be featured
in the onboard guest experience: the new ships will be ambassadors of Italy’s
finest at seas, allowing thousand of international guests to discover the
excellence of the Country in terms of style, hospitality and enogastronomic
The new ship
order will allow the Costa Group to continue to build on its leadership
position in the continental European cruise market – a market in which five out
of ten cruise guests in 2014 sailed onboard a Costa Group ship.
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