In addition, it will receive three new ships for AIDA Cruises until 2023
Costa Cruises has announced today the start of the construction of a new ship at the shipyard Fincantieri de Marguera (Italy), a ship that it will receive in 2020 within the framework of its renewal and fleet expansion plan and with which it will add four new ships between 2019 and 2021. With these four vessels, your offer will increase by 43%.
The new ship in charge will be designed specifically for the Chinese market, like its twin brother (‘Costa Venezia’) and will weigh 135,500 tons and 2,116 cabins. The ‘Costa Venezia’, currently under construction in the same shipyard, will be delivered in February 2019, the shipping company has detailed in a press release.
For its part, the ‘Costa Smeralda’, the new flagship of the shipping company, will be ready next year. It will be the world’s first cruise ship propelled by LNG and built by the Meyer shipyard in Turku (Finland). He will join a second sister ship that will start operations in 2021.
As for the program of renewal of the fleet that will begin in March 2019, it will include the return of the ‘Costa Fortuna’ to the Mediterranean, a ship that currently operates in Asia and will sail on the week-long itineraries that the shipping company offers departing from Genoa.
Since March of this year, the ‘Costa Victoria’ has sailed regularly in the Mediterranean after undertaking a reform of eleven million euros made in the shipyards of Marseille (France).
At the end of next year, the ‘CostaneoRivera’ will be transferred to AIDA Cruises, the German company owned by the Costa Group after its remodeling and refurbishment. It will be renamed AIDAmira and will make its inaugural trip in December next year from Palma de Mallorca.
With this program, it will have 17 ships in service compared to the 14 that it currently has. In addition, it has seven orders for new ships, with an investment forecast of over 6,000 million euros. To these four ships, will be added three vessels propelled by LNG that will belong to the fleet of AIDA Cruises and that will be delivered between the autumn of 2018 and 2023.