On Board liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel. The first of these, Costa Smeralda, is nearing completion at the Meyer Turku shipyard and will enter service in October, followed by Costa Toscana, which is expected to be delivered in 2021. In total, following AIDAnova’s launch at the end of 2018 as the world’s first cruise vessel to be powered at sea and in port by LNG, Carnival Corporation has an additional 10 next-generation “green” cruise ships on order, with expected delivery dates between 2019 and 2025.
The introduction of LNG to power cruise ships is a ground-breaking innovation that supports the company’s environmental goals with the virtual total elimination of sulfur dioxide emissions (zero emissions) and particulate matter (95 to 100% reduction). The use of LNG will also substantially reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide. The gas will be stored in special tanks on board and will be used to generate the energy required for navigation and onboard services, thanks to dual-fuel hybrid engines. “The steel-cutting ceremony for Costa Toscana is another step forward in our
sustainable development plan,” said Neil Palomba, president of Costa Cruises. “LNG propulsion for cruise ships is a major innovation, pioneering a new era in the use of low-carbon fuels that will significantly reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment without compromising on safety, in line with our top priorities.” With gross tonnage of over 180,000 and more than 2,600 staterooms on each ship, Costa Smeralda and Costa Toscana are part of the Costa Group’s fleet expansion plan that includes a total of seven new ships scheduled to enter service by 2023.
Countdown for MSC Grandiosa The countdown is on for the launch of MSC Cruises’ first Meraviglia-Plus ship, MSC Grandiosa, in Hamburg, Germany on November 9th with TV star Michelle Hunziker hosting the glamorous events. MSC Cruises developed the Meraviglia generation ships to meet every need of today’s cruise guest. MSC Grandiosa will become MSC Cruises’ new flagship and the largest ship in the fleet, offers the brand’s richest array of facilities and services to date. With 11 dining venues, 21 bars and lounges, world-class entertainment, an authentic Mediterranean-style promenade at the heart of the ship and much more, MSC Grandiosa is the ideal ship for any guest. Highlights include:
A Ship for the Environment
In line with MSC Cruises environmental stewardship program founded
on a deep commitment to ecological principles, MSC Grandiosa pushes the boundaries of cruise ship environmental performance, featuring some of the latest environmental systems and innovative marine technology. The ship operates with significantly increased energy efficiency and is equipped with state-of-the-art recycling facilities and waste management systems, as well as advanced technology for cleaner ship emissions.
MSC for Me and ZOE
After debuting on MSC Bellissima earlier this year, ZOE, developed in partnership with HARMAN international and Samsung Electronics, is MSC Cruises’ industry-leading voice-enabled artificial intelligence (AI) that will be found in every cabin on MSC Grandiosa as part of the MSC for Me digital ecosystem. Speaking seven
languages, she can answer hundreds of questions about the cruise and give information about onboard facilities, help book services and provide guidance and suggestions. In addition to ZOE, guests will be able to take advantage of a number of other new MSC for Me features introduced in 2019 including guest-to-guest chat via the MSC for Me app, Friends and Family Locator service*, and to begin planning before they board, guests can browse and purchase pre-paid packages at the best prices.
New Cirque du Soleil at Sea Shows
MSC Grandiosa will be the third MSC Cruises ship to feature Cirque du Soleil at Sea, with two new shows designed exclusively for MSC Cruises guests, and only available on MSC Grandiosa.
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