Costa Smeralda cruise ship profile
Costa Smeralda is the second ship built in a series of cruise ships built by Carnival Corporation for its various subsidiary cruise lines. Consequently, not only is Costa Smeralda the sister ship to Costa Toscana but she is a near sister to ships in other cruise lines including: AIDAnova,, AIDAcosma, Arvia, Iona, Carnival Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration and Carnival Jubilee.
This class of ship utilizes liquified natural gas for power, which is more environmentally-friendly than traditional fuels. Due to the complexities of employing this new technology, Costa Smeralda was delayed approximately two months beyond her scheduled delivery date.
At over 180,000 gross tons, Costa Smeralda is a very big cruise ship. Accordingly, it offers a large number of facilities, entertainment and dining venues. These include such things as an aqua park, a casino, a large spa, several specialty restaurants. kids clubs, four swimming pools, five whirlpools, slides and two large theaters.
Although owned by Carnival Corporation, Costa is an Italian cruise line. Most passengers are usually Italian, Italian is the first-language of the ship and the ship has an Italian resort atmosphere. Indeed, the ship is names after Sardinia's Emerald Coast.
The line, however, welcomes other nationalities and is quite popular across Europe. Many crew members speak English and there are English versions of the menus. Most announcements are repeated in several languages.
Overall, this is a contemporary ship, family-friendly, causal mega-ship.
TONNAGE: 185,010 gross tons
LENGTH: 1,105 feet
BEAM: 137 feet
DRAFT: 28 feet
SPEED: 21.5 knots (service)
POWER PLANT: Liquified Natural Gas (LNG)
PROPULSION: 2 pods
LINE: Costa Cruises
BUILDER: Meyer Turku (Finland)
CAPACITY: 5,224 (double occupancy)
ENTERED SERVICE: 2019
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