Genoa yard to tranform Costa neoRiviera into AIDAmira

Ferdinando Garrè, CEO of San Giorgio del Porto shipyard (left) with Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia

Costa neoRiviera will undergo a makeover in Genoa and emerge as AIDAmira, destined for AIDA Cruises.

The restyling is costing 50m and involves over 1,000 workers.

An agreement has been signed by Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia, and Ferdinando Garrè, CEO of San Giorgio del Porto shipyard which will carry out a significant part of the work from October 30 to November 28.

‘This new investment in the city of Genoa, with a local partner like San Giorgio del Porto, is a further tangible sign of our link with Genoa and Liguria and of the positive impact that our Group can have locally,’ noted Thamm.

Boost for Genoese shipyard industry

‘We are honored that the Costa Group continues to give us confidence and to believe in the know-how and technical skills of the Genoese shipbuilding industry and of San Giorgio del Porto in particular, despite the many infrastructure-related difficulties that continue to prevent the full development of ship repair and refitting activities. Costa’s decision to bring a job of this magnitude to Genoa could not be taken for granted and for this we are grateful to the company,’ said Garrè.

Costa neoRiviera will complete its last eleven-night cruise in the Mediterranean on October 29, 2019 in Savona. The next day the ship will arrive in Genoa to start the work.

At the end of the operations, a completely renewed ship will leave the San Giorgio del Porto shipyard and arrive in Palma de Mallorca on November 29 to be renamed AIDAmira.

AIDA Selection

AIDAmira becomes the fourth ship in the AIDA Selection series. It will have large outdoor spaces, five different restaurants, seven bars, a wellness area measuring 1,100sq mtr and about 700 cabins, including 125 with balcony or private sun terrace.

After a 4-night vernissage cruise in the Western Mediterranean, the ship will be positioned to South Africa, offering 14-day cruises from Cape Town.

From May to September 2020, she will offer two different one-week itineraries, which can be combined into a 14-day cruise, departing from Corfu: one to Athens, Santorini, Crete and Brindisi, and the other to Malta, Catania, Crotone, Olympia and Kefalonia.


Posted 30 September 2019

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