Costa Cruises, Aida Cruises and Marella Cruises have all delayed the return of sailings in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Celebrations were held earlier in Savona for the naming ceremony of Costa Smeralda, Costa Cruises’ new flagship. The ship’s godmother and star of the event was international celebrity Penélope Cruz, who performed the ribbon-cutting duties with the traditional breaking of the bottle against the bow of the ship.
Passengers onboard Costa Smeralda have been released from quarantine after two Chinese guests tested negative for the coronavirus at the centre of a global outbreak.
Carnival Corporation will launch four new cruise ships in 2020 across four of its global cruise line brands. On the slipway are Iona for P&O Cruises UK; Enchanted Princess for Princess Cruises; Mardi Gras for Carnival Cruise Line; and Costa Firenze for Italian brand Costa Cruises.
Costa Cruises has taken delivery of Costa Smeralda, the brand’s first ship powered by liquefied natural gas. The handover ceremony was held at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, where the new flagship was built.
Costa Cruises and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri have celebrated the official float-out ceremony of Costa Firenze. The ship is the second for the brand designed and built specifically for the Chinese market.
The first steel was cut earlier at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland for the Costa Toscana. The ship is the second of two new sister ships ordered by Costa Cruises, the Italian brand of Carnival Corporation.
Costa Cruises is continuing to expand and renew its fleet of ships flying the Italian flag. At Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard, construction has begun on a new 135,500-ton ship with 2,116 cabins, due for delivery in 2020.
Costa Cruises has held the traditional coin ceremony for its newest ship, the Costa Venezia, named in honour of the city of Venice. As the first Vista-class ship specifically designed and built for China, Costa Venezia in 2019 will bring the rich culture, history and romance of Venice to its Chinese guests.
Costa Cruises has announced the launch of a new WeChat Mini Program on-board Costa Asia’s fleet in China. With WeChat, a leading online social communication platform in China, Chinese guests will be able to enjoy hassle-free mobile payment and enhanced on board experiences, starting on-board Costa Atlantica.
Costa Cruises has announced the Costa neoRomantica will be based in Asia. She will be deployed regularly in the region and operated by the Costa Asia brand, offering cruises designed for local guests.