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Iconic Funnel Installed on Upcoming LNG Mega Cruise Ship

The funnel has been installed on Costa Smeralda, one of the world’s largest cruise ships which will join Costa Cruises in October 2019.

Mega Cruise Ship Funnel Installation

At the moment the first ever fully powered Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) cruise ship for the word market is under construction at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland.

The iconic yellow funnel with the large blue”C’ for Costa Cruises was installed on Costa Smeralda and it marks a huge step forward towards completion.

There’s a lot of attention on the new ship which will take the Carnival-owned cruise line into a new era of cruising around different parts of the world. She will become the new flagship once delivered in October 2019 and the first in a new class for the fleet.

Costa Smeralda Funnel
Photo: Costa Cruises

Once completed Costa Smeralda will be a total of 180,000 gross tons making her among the worlds largest. There will be more than 2,600 rooms onboard all inspired by Italian culture and style.

The ship will debut on October 20, 2019, with a 15-day inaugural cruise from Hamburg to Savona. There are some major events to look forward to with the ship delivery from the shipyard to the cruise line and the naming ceremony which will take place in Savona on November 3, 2019.

As a bonus, we’ve included some footage of Costa Smeralda while under construction in Finland. She’s gradually coming together and all the blocks are just about together:

Costa Smeralda is coming!

[COSTA SMERALDA BREAKING NEWS]Our new Flagship is taking shape and soon everyone will see she's part of the Costa fleet!Have you figured out what we're talking about? 😉 #CostaSmeraldaIsComing #YouAskedForIt

Posted by Costa on Monday, February 25, 2019

The first voyage from Savona will depart on November 4 for a six-day itinerary including calls at Barcelona, Marseilles, and Civitavecchia. The new Costa cruise ship will continue to offer week-long sailings in the Western Mediterranean until April 2021.

Costa Smeralda is just one of many LNG mega ships ordered by the Carnival Corporation. The first one was delivered to German Aida Cruises in 2018 and even Carnival Cruise Line will introduce their version of the ship named Mardi Gras in 2020.

The Myer Turku shipyard is also construction a second identical ship for Costa Cruises which will arrive in 2021.

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