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Meyer Turku starts Costa Toscana hull assembly

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Officials gathered to mark the start of hull assembly. Third from right is Costa President Neil Palomba. Next to him is Turku Mayor Minna Arve, godmother for the coin ceremony, and Jan Meyer is beside her
Assembly work on the hull of LNG-powered newbuild Costa Toscana began with a flourish today at the Meyer shipyard in Turku.

Costa Toscana is the sister of Costa Smeralda, which entered service in December.

Coin ceremony with Turku's mayor

The start of hull assembly was celebrated with a ceremony involving the top management of Costa Cruises and Meyer Turku. Turku Mayor Minna Arve served as the godmother for the occasion. Several commemorative coins were placed in the keel for good luck.

Over the next few weeks, the ship will begin to take shape in the drydock, where a large section of the hull has already been positioned. This 100-meter section corresponds to the floating engine room unit containing the engines.

LNG

‘LNG is currently the solution that allows the best and most immediate results to be achieved in terms of reducing the environmental impact of ships,’ Costa President Neil Palomba said.

‘We are always building on the experiences from previous ships, but Costa Toscana will also have totally new design in many features to inspire the passengers Today is the day when this all starts to become visible in the form of one beautiful ship,’ Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer said.

Destined for the Western Med

Costa Toscana’s inaugural cruise is set to leave Hamburg on June 28, 2021. The 14-day voyage will end at Savona. During summer 2021 and until the first week of November, the ship will sail weeklong Western Mediterranean cruises with stops at Savona, Naples, Cagliari, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Marseille.

From mid-November 2021 to Easter 2022 inclusive, the weeklong itinerary will change to Savona, Marseilles, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Palermo and Civitavecchia (Rome).

Cruises are open for booking.

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