Costa Cruises takes delivery of Costa Toscana

Costa Toscana's first cruise will depart on 5 March 2022 from Savona, with a one-week itinerary in the Western Mediterranean.

Costa Cruises takes delivery of Costa Toscana
Photo: Costa Cruises

Today, at the Meyer shipyard in Turku (Finland), Costa Cruises has taken delivery of its newest ship, Costa Toscana, powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the maritime sector’s most advanced technology for reducing emissions.

The Costa Group - which includes the Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises brands - was the first in the world to pioneer  liquefied natural gas on cruise ships. Its LNG-powered ships include AIDAnova and Costa Smeralda, already in service; Costa Toscana, delivered today; and AIDACosma, coming soon.

Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises, said:

"Costa Toscana reinforces our commitment to sustainable  innovation by further contributing to the use of LNG applied to cruise ships, a technology that we pioneered. It is an innovation that is part of a constantly evolving path of ecological transition. Indeed, we are also working on testing further innovations, such as fuel cells and batteries, with the aim of eventually achieving  the first cruise ship with net zero emissions. At the same time, thanks to her excellent and innovative features and services, Costa Toscana will be able to attract new cruise guests,  supporting us in consolidating our presence in the Mediterranean and our gradual restart plan".

Costa Toscana's first cruise will depart from Savona, Italy, on March 5, 2022, with a week-long itinerary visiting Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Palermo and Civitavecchia/Rome. Following her debut, the new flagship will remain deployed in the Western Mediterranean throughout the year. During the summer season, she will call at Savona, Civitavecchia/Rome, Naples, Ibiza, Valencia, Marseille, while during the autumn season Palma de Mallorca will replace Ibiza.

Costa Toscana features a series of cutting-edge technological innovations designed to further reduce environmental impact. The entire daily water requirement is met by transforming seawater using desalination plants. Energy consumption is minimized thanks to an intelligent energy efficiency system. In addition, 100% separate waste collection and recycling of materials such as plastic, paper, glass and aluminum will be carried out on board, as part of an integrated approach aimed at implementing circular economy projects.

The driftwood used to furnish the islands of the new Archipelago restaurant has been collected thanks to the "Guardians of the Coast", the environmental education program for the protection of the Italian coastline promoted by the Costa Crociere Foundation. For every dinner served at Archipelago, Costa Cruises will donate part of the proceeds to the Costa Cruises Foundation to support environmental and social projects.

Costa's new flagship is a tribute to Tuscany, the result of an extraordinary creative project, curated by Adam D. Tihany, designed to enhance and bring to life in a single location the best of this wonderful Italian region, which gives its name to the ship, its decks and main public areas.