Costa Cruises demonstrates its commitment to responsible innovation once again with the Group's third LNG-powered ship, featuring the most advanced technology currently available in the maritime sector to reduce emissions.
Costa Toscana was delivered on 2 December at the Meyer shipyard in Turku (Finland) and joins Costa Smeralda and Aidanova, both already in service, and the soon-to-be-delivered AIDACosma, bringing the total number of the Group's LNG-powered ships to four.
Costa Toscana will set off on its first cruise on 5 March 2022 from Savona on a one-week itinerary in the western Mediterranean. The ship pays homage to Tuscany and its design is the result of an extraordinarily creative project by Adam D. Tihany, a celebration of everything that is "Made in Italy": its furniture, lighting, fabrics and accessories - both classic and specially designed for Costa Toscana - are the work of fifteen partners who exemplify the very best of Italian quality.
Costa Toscana, like its sister ship Costa Smeralda, is a genuine travelling “smart city”. Besides the great innovation of being powered by liquefied natural gas, the ship has a series of cutting-edge, high-tech new features designed to further reduce its environmental impact. Desalinators are used to convert sea water to provide all of the ship's daily water requirements. Energy consumption is reduced to a minimum with the help of a smart energy efficiency system. In addition, 100% of waste on board will be sorted and materials such as plastic, paper, glass and aluminium will be recycled as part of an integrated approach that aims to bring circular economy projects to life. The driftwood decorating the islands in the new Archipelago restaurant was salvaged as part of “Guardians of the Coast”, the environmental education programme for the protection of the Italian coastline run by the Costa Crociere Foundation. For every dinner eaten at the Archipelago, Costa Cruises will donate part of the proceeds to Costa Crociere Foundation to support environmental and social projects.