The departure of Costa Smeralda is been rescheduled: the new date is December 21st. Costa Crociere stated that “unfortunately they received communication from the Finnish shipyard Meyer of Turku of a further delay in the construction of its new flagship Costa Smeralda”.
Following this delay, the first Costa Smeralda cruise will depart from Savona, the ship’s homeport, on 21 December 2019. The itinerary, which will be repeated from December until 16 May 2020, remains unchanged: a week in the western Mediterranean with boarding in Savona (Saturday), Marseille (Sunday), Barcelona (Monday), Palma de Mallorca (Tuesday), Civitavecchia (Thursday) and La Spezia (Friday).
Costa Cruises says to be sincerely sorry for what happened and is providing to inform the travel agencies and guests who had booked the cruises onboard the Costa Smeralda from 30 November to 20 December 2019.
It is the second delay in the delivery of the new flagship of the shipping company.
The ship will be fed, both in port and at sea, with liquefied natural gas (Lng), the cleanest fossil fuel in the world for a low environmental impact.
The Meyer shipyards in Turku had already delayed the delivery of the ship by about a month, which had led Costa Cruises to set the start of its cruise program on November 30, 2019. Now the program has been delayed for another three weeks.
The flagship will be a tribute to the best of Italy: the names of bridges and public areas have been dedicated to famous places and squares in our country.
The food and wine offer will be from the Italian tradition through the collaboration with excellent partners. The ship will have 11 restaurants, one designed for families, 19 bars, a spa area with 16 treatment rooms, a water park with slides, 4 swimming pools and an area dedicated to children. Costa Smeralda will also have a museum onboard, the CoDe – Costa Design Museum, dedicated to the excellence of Italian design.