German headquartered shipbuilder Meyer Werft is due to complete two cruise ship milestones in less than a week with the float out of the innovative Costa Smerelda at its Turku plant in Finland last Friday and the conveyance along the Ems river in Germany of the Spectrum of the Seas due tomorrow.
The float-out of the 180,000gt, LNG-fuelled Costa Smeralda marks the beginning of the final stage of construction for the Italian styled cruise ship engineered and constructed in Finland. She will be finalised at the outfitting pier of Meyer Turku and be ready for delivery for Costa Cruises in October 2019. Costa Smeralda will be the first LNG powered cruise ship in the Costa fleet and one of the first globally.
“With LNG a breakthrough in fuel technology, Costa Smeralda represents a major innovation for the international market and an important step toward setting new standards for the entire sector. Costa Group is the market leader in Europe and China, and we continue to make sustainable tourism a key part of our industry leadership” said Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises.
Meyer Turku has been leading the LNG revolution in ship building for several years now, with already two LNG powered ships delivered. “We have been very excited to bring our expertise in designing, engineering and construction of LNG ships in service for Costa Smeralda. This ship is also going to be a step up in ship size for us, as we are continuing our production ramp-up to two times the level of previous high for the shipyard”, CEO of Meyer Turku, Jan Meyer, said.
The heart of the new Costa Cruises flagship will be the Colosseo, a three-level area in the middle of the ship where the best shows are put on. Piazza di Spagna, on the other hand, will be a large stairway on three decks facing astern with an open-air balcony on the top deck that has a glass floor that gives passengers the impression of flying over the sea.
The ship will also have her very own onboard museum: the CoDe - Costa Design Museum, curated by Matteo Vercelloni, is dedicated to the excellence of Italian design and will feature many of the names that have contributed to the ship's construction and its success.
“With the hull of the ship now completed, the next stage of the building process is proceeding to complete all these attractions and features, making sure at the same time that Smeralda will be a safe, reliable and comfortable ship to sail at sea. After the summer the commissioning and testing of the ships myriad of automatic systems will intensify both at the pier and at sea before delivery”, Meyer added.
Meanwhile at the Meyer Werft headquarters, the new cruise ship for Royal Caribbean International Spectrum of the Seas, is planned to leave Papenburg on Tuesday 19 March to be conveyed on the river Ems to Eemshaven (Netherlands). The ship is planned to arrive in Eemshaven on Thursday morning. Later the ship will go through several days of technical and nautical sea trials on the North Sea.
Spetrum of the Seas will proceed in reverse up the river Ems to the North Sea. This approach has proven successful in the past as it makes it easier to manoeuvre the ship. Two tugs will be providing assistance in the process.
The 169,300gt cruise ship is one of the largest cruise ships to be built in Germany. After completing the technical and nautical sea trials on the North Sea, the ship will be handed over to the owner early April 2019.