The delivery today of Costa Toscana, the Costa Group’s third ship powered by liquefied natural gas, marks Costa Cruises’ commitment to sustainable innovation. Costa Toscana’s first cruise will depart on 5 March 2022 from Savona, with a one-week itinerary in the Western Mediterranean.
Costa Cruises has taken delivery of its newest ship, Costa Toscana, at the Meyer shipyard in Turku (Finland). the new vessel is powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the maritime sector’s most advanced technology for reducing emissions.
The Costa Group – which includes Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises – was the first in the world to pioneer liquefied natural gas on cruise ships. Its LNG-powered ships include AIDAnova and Costa Smeralda, which are already in service. The third vessel, Costa Toscana, was delivered today, the fourth ship, AIDACosma, is scheduled to be delivered soon.
LNG represents a breakthrough in improving the environmental performance of cruise ships, both at sea and during calls in ports. Its use enables the almost complete elimination of sulfur oxide emissions (zero emissions) and particulate matter (95-100% reduction), while also significantly reducing nitrogen oxide emissions (direct reduction of 85%) and CO2 (reduction of up to 20%).
Costa Toscana reinforces Costa Cruises’ commitment to sustainable innovation by further contributing to the use of LNG applied to cruise ships. It is an innovation that is part of a constantly evolving path of ecological transition. A such the industry is working on testing further innovations such as fuel cells and batteries with the aim of eventually achieving zero emissions.
Costa Toscana’s first cruise will depart from Savona, Italy, on March 5, 2022, with a week-long itinerary visiting Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Palermo and Civitavecchia/Rome. Following her debut, the new flagship will remain deployed in the Western Mediterranean throughout the year. During the summer season, she will call at Savona, Civitavecchia/Rome, Naples, Ibiza, Valencia, Marseille, while during the autumn season Palma de Mallorca will replace Ibiza.