Costa Cruises christens LNG-powered Costa Toscana in Barcelona

Carnival Corporation’s Costa Cruises has christened its LNG-powered newbuild, Costa Toscana, in the Spanish port of Barcelona.

“Godmother of Costa Toscana is Chanel, a young singer, actress and dancer who enjoyed great success in Spain and in all Europe after her exhibition during the 2022 Eurovison Song Contest,” Costa Cruises said in a statement on Thursday.

Costa Cruise took delivery of this 337 meters long cruise ship in December 2021 from the Meyer Turku yard in Finland. The ship departed Italy’s port city of Savona on its maiden cruise in March.

It is a sister vessel to LNG-powered Costa Smeralda that joined the Italian brand of Carnival in 2019.

Also, Costa Toscana marks the restart of the Costa Cruises fleet after the pandemic pause.

Costa Cruises said this summer appears to be heading toward a “significant upswing” in travel.

According to research commissioned by Costa Cruises from Human Highway in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, nearly 14 million of Europeans “dream of taking a cruise” in the next 12 months.

“The sea seems to be the favorite place in all countries, while ingredients of the ideal vacation include rest, entertainment, gastronomy and discovering new destinations,” it said.

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