Costa Smeralda delayed once more
Meyer Turku announced further postponement of the delivery of the LNG-powered newbuilding to the end of December
Meyer Turku has pushed ahead once more the delivery of Costa Smeralda, the first LNG-powered ship for the Italian cruise line.
The Finnish shipbuilder explained that the 183,900 GT newbuilding will be delayed due to the high complexity and the sheer size of the ship project.
In September the shipyard predicted an hand over in mid-November, already a month later than the planned October delivery date, adding that “the complexity and sophistication of the ship is very high, so that they opted for a slower progress speed than needed, despite counter-actions”.
Costa Smeralda is now expected to enter into operation on December 21, sailing from Savona.
The new flagship of the Italian fleet will make anti clockwise Western Mediterranean itinerary until 16 May 2020 calling at Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Civitavecchia and La Spezia.