Costa to build new breed of ships, revolutionizes “green design” at sea2016-09-27
Exciting news for Costa! The construction of brand-new ships has been ordered.
The 180,000 ton ships are to be completed in 2019 and 2021 by Meyer Turku in Finland. The newest gems of Costa’s fleet will feature revolutionary technology; the first in cruise history to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the cleanest burning fossil fuel in the world. This represents momentous advancements as the industry fights to develop environmentally sound alternatives to the heavy fuel oil used with Diesel engines. The use of LNG to power the ships both in port and at sea will reduce exhaust emissions exponentially and bolster Costa’s aggressive sustainability goals.
These new ships will advance Costa’s position as the market leader of the cruise industry in Europe. The multibillion dollar project reflects Costa’s passion for innovation and ability to provide guests with an incredible vacation experience. As the brand continues to grow and evolve, it becomes stronger as it creates positive economic change for numerous countries across the globe.
New York based designer Adam Tihany has been hired as Creative Director for the new ships. The inspiration of the design: Italy’s Finest. Representations of the vibrant history and identity of Italy will be seen in each any every detail. Tihany’s sophisticated designs will be custom-tailored to fit Costa’s vision for this next generation of ships.
The line has also ordered two ships for Aida Cruises, the German brand of Costa Group, as well as another two for Costa Asia, designed specifically for the Chinese market. The four are scheduled to be completed in 2019 and 2020.