Cruise

Costa scores world’s largest passenger ships

Hannah Edensor

Everything’s coming up Costa, with two new mega ships sailing its way, bringing with it the largest passenger capacity on earth.

According to the Miami Herald, Carnival Corp. last month announced a multi-billion dollar contract for four new ships, with two bound for the company’s German brand AIDA Cruises.

Then yesterday, the cruise giant announced that the other two vessels will be built for Italy’s Costa Cruises, giving them a record breaking 6600 passengers at maximum capacity.

The ships will be built in Turku, Finland by Meyer Werft, and per the Miami Herald, are scheduled to be delivered in 2019 and 2020, the same years AIDA will welcome its new vessels.

Each new cruise ship will exceed 180,000 gross tons, offering more than 2600 passenger cabins and 5200 lower berths to comfortably accommodate a total capacity of 6600 guests.

The ships will also be powered by liquefied natural gas, giving it a nice green edge. Pioneering a new era in the use of sustainable fuels, these new ships will use LNG to generate 100% of the ship’s power both in port and on the open sea – an industry-first innovation that will significantly reduce exhaust emissions, according to Cruise Fever.

“These new ships will be phenomenal additions to our fleet, and we’re looking forward to seeing our Costa and AIDA brands bring this ground-breaking new ship design to life for our guests in a way that is customised for each brand,” Carnival Corp.’s ceo Arnold Donald said in a statement.

Image: photo from March, Fincantieri chairman Vincenzo Petrone and Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald look over a model of a Holland America Line cruise ship with the company’s David Dingle and Micky Arison seen at right during the Cruise Shipping Miami conference: Al Diaz, Miami Herald

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