Finland’s Meyer Turku shipyard says there will be a further delay to the delivery of Costa Smeralda, Carnival subsidiary Costa Cruises’ 180 000 GT, LNG fueled new flag ship.
Meyer Turku says “the delay is due to the high complexity and the sheer size of the ship project.”
This is pretty much what it said back in September when it announced that delivery was being pushed back from mid-October to mid-November. That caused Costa Cruises to cancel a series of inaugural events and cruises and reschedule the start of the 6,552 passenger vessel’s inaugural program.
The cruise line says that, as a result of this latest delay, the first Costa Smeralda cruise will depart from Savona on December 21, 2019. The itinerary, which will be repeated until May 16, 2020, remains unchanged: Savona (Saturday), Marseilles (Sunday), Barcelona (Monday), Palma de Majorca (Tuesday), Civitavecchia (Thursday) and La Spezia (Friday).
Guests booked on Costa Smeralda cruises from November 30 to December 20, 2019, are being notified that these can no longer take place.