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costa smeralda at palacrociere
Costa Smeralda is depicted at Savona's Palacrociere. The ship's inaugural cruise is now expected to sail from there on Dec. 21

Costa Smeralda delivery is set back again

Meyer Turku has notified Costa Cruises of a further delay in delivering the LNG-powered Costa Smeralda. The 180,000gt ship is now planned to enter service on Dec. 21 from Savona.

Size and complexity

‘The delay is due to the high complexity and the sheer size of the ship project,’ the Finnish yard said, apologizing to those who are impacted.

Costa said it is notifying travel agents and customers booked on cruises from Nov. 30 to Dec. 20.

Original hand-over date was mid-October

Costa Smeralda was originally due in mid-October, a date set back to mid-November by the shipyard on Sept. 16.

Once in service, the ship is scheduled to sail weekly round-trips from Savona to Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Majorca, Civitavecchia (Rome) and La Spezia until May 16.