The Costa Smeralda is a new cruise ship that the Meyer Turku shipyard is building for Costa Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation.

The new vessel is expected to be delivered by the end of 2019. Costa Smeralda will be the first LNG-powered cruise ship in the fleet of Costa Cruises.

Construction of Costa Smeralda began with its first steel cut at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, in September 2017. Meyer Turku collaborated with the Meyer Werft Papenburg shipyard to develop and integrate the LNG propulsion plant for the ship. Jeffrey Beers International, Dordoni Architetti, Partner Ship Design, and Rockwell Group designed the interiors of the ship.

The float-out ceremony for Costa Smeralda was held in March 2019, marking the beginning of the final stage of construction. The vessel will embark on her maiden voyage from Savona in December 2019.

Costa Smeralda design and features

Costa Smeralda will feature the Trastevere, a three-level area at the centre of the ship and the Piazza di Spagna, a large stairway on the three decks. The Piazza di Spagna and Trastevere include bars and shops to provide the guests with multiple entertainment options.

The vessel will be 337m-long and 42m-wide and will have a gross registered tonnage of 180,000t. Costa Smeralda will be able to carry 6,554 passengers and 1,646 crew members and will be able to sail at a service speed of 17k.

“The ship will offer 2,610 cabins, which come in four categories: an internal cabin, an internal cabin with window, a cabin with a balcony and a cabin with a terrace.”

All cabins will include an interactive flat-screen satellite TV, air conditioners with adjustable thermostats, a minibar, 24/7 steward service and hair dryers. Free wi-fi and 24-hour room service will be available to the guests.

The suites on the cruise ship will offer wine as a welcome drink, a fruit basket, Jacuzzi bath, private VIP area in the terminal, priority disembarkation and boarding, connoisseur drinks package, reserved front row in the theatre, and special access to the spa for an entire day.

Dining on Costa Smeralda

The ship will offer a taste lab named Laboratorio del Gusto, where the visitors can share their own recipes and experience the dishes made by Chef Bruno Barbieri.

Restaurants will include Tutti a Tavola, which will feature an exquisite interior and Bacaro, a Venice-style floating lagoon restaurant offering savoury delicacies and drinks.

The Amarillo ice cream shop on the cruise ship will offer the best Agrimontana-based ice cream on board. Pizzeria Pummid’oro, an Italian restaurant, will offer 14 varieties of pizzas including four seasons, Napoli, calzone and Margherita.

Teppanyaki will provide a unique Japanese and oriental style dining experience to the guests. The cruise ship will also feature Aperol Spritz bar.

Entertainment and wellness facilities on board Costa Smeralda

Costa Smeralda will feature Sanremo Theatre, which will host performances by international artists. It will also include a mini-club for under-threes staffed by the Squok club experts. Costa Boutique will provide visitors with different shopping options.

The ship’s poolside will include a silent party zone for the guests to enjoy music while partying at the indoor pool, without creating noise. A virtual band on board the ship will allow the visitors to experience three concerts a week.

Other entertainment facilities will also include a games room, 16 treatment rooms, a thalassotherapy pool, a water park, a beauty salon, a Hammam, and the Costa Design Museum.

Costa Smeralda itineraries

Costa Smeralda will embark on its seven-night round-trip inaugural voyage from Savona and travel to destinations that include Marseilles, Barcelona, Palma de Majorca, Civitavecchia and La Spezia.

The ship will continue to sail around the Western Mediterranean on multiple seven-night cruises during 2020 and 2021.