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Second Costa LNG Cruise Ship to Debut in South America in 2021

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Cruise Hive Weekly News: December 5, 2020

This week was jam-packed with cruise news and the majority of it was not so good. Major cruise lines have suspended operations even further.

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During an online conference call today, Costa Cruises announced details on two ships that will sail in South America including the second LNG-powered Costa Toscana.

Costa Cruises to Restart South America Cruises

The announcement which was made by the brand’s general manager for Central and South America, Dario Rustico details two cruise ships that will sail in South America for the 2021-2022 season. This includes Costa Favolosa from November 2021 and the second LNG-powered mega-ship named Costa Toscana from December 2021.

Rustico said:  

“The arrival of Costa Toscana is a historic moment for Costa Cruises, for the entire cruise industry and for Brazil.”

“The debut in Brazil of our most innovative ship strengthens the special 72-year long bond between Costa Cruises and South America. Costa Toscana promises to be a highly popular attraction in 2022, enabling our guests to enjoy memorable experiences, five-star dining, high-tech entertainment, and the pure joy and relaxation that comes with being on the open sea.”

Costa Toscana Debut

The cruise ship which is currently under construction at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland will help restart cruises in South America. The vessel will depart on her inaugural voyage from Santos, Brazil on December 26, 2021. The ship will sail a 7-night voyage to Salvador and Ilhéus, returning to Santos on 2 January 2022.

From 2 January to 10 April 2022, Costa Toscana will offer another 15 cruises with the same itinerary, with embarkation in Santos and Salvador. The 15 cruises also include Carnival and Easter departures. The latter will be the last tour of the ship before the Brazil-Italy crossing, departing from Santos on 17 April 2022.

Related: Construction Begins on Carnival-Owned Costa Mega Ship

Once completed, Costa Toscana will be an impressive 180,000 gross tons and feature more than 2,600 staterooms. She will be the sister ship to Costa Smeralda which is already in service.

Costa Favolosa 5-Month Extention

Costa Favolosa will also be sailing South America from the end of 2021. The ship will be cruising the region for a total of 144 days starting from November 20, 2021. She will offer five cruises, from three to six nights, calling at Búzios, Salvador, Ilhabela and Balneário Camboriú, with embarkation from Santos.

From 13 December 2021 to April 2022, Costa Favolosa will depart from Rio de Janeiro for her traditional “Prata” itinerary. A total of 15 eight-night cruises will be available, with embarkation – for the first time – in Itajaí, in addition to Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

Also Read: Cruise Line Cancels Entire Season in South America Impacting Three Ships

Also, the Costa Favolosa offerings will include a 18-night repositioning voyage from Italy to Brazil departing Savona, Italy on November 2, 2021. The return voyage from Brazil to Italy will depart on April 16, 2021 from Rio de Janeiro on a 15-night cruise.

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