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Largest cruise ships enter service as industry restarts more crossings

The Costa Toscana is Italy’s largest cruise ship and makes its maiden voyage from Savona, Italy on March 5, 2022 (Costa)

Posted on March 4, 2022 at 8:36 p.m. by

The Maritime Executive

Two of the world’s largest cruise liners are embarking on their maiden voyage. The introduction of the ships months after they were delivered by their builders comes as the industry seeks to complete its restoration, with many companies expecting their full fleets to be back in service by this summer. While maintaining their strict health protocols, including vaccination requirements for passengers and crew, and a drop in COVID cases in many parts of the world, the cruise industry plans to approach service levels. pre-pandemic. Large companies said they would return to positive cash flow and profitability after more than two years since the start of the pandemic.

Royal Caribbean International has completed preparation and previews of its newest cruise ship, the wonder of the seas, which at 236,857 gross tons is the largest cruise ship ever built. She departed tonight, March 4, on her maiden voyage with fare-paying passengers from Port Everglades, Florida. This is more than three months after it left the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France and left France at the end of January. The huge vessel took two years to assemble at the shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, and it spent a further two months in Marseille, France to receive its final outfitting. It will cruise the Caribbean for a few weeks before repositioning to the Mediterranean for the summer and beginning year-round service from Port Canaveral in November 2022.

Wonder of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world (Royal Caribbean)

The fifth cruise ship in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class, the new cruise ship is nearly five percent larger than the Oasis of the seas that Royal Caribbean launched more than ten years ago. She is also slightly larger than the fourth ship in the class which was introduced three years ago. The wonder of the seaswhich is 1,188 feet long, also has increased passenger capacity with a maximum of 6,988 passengers in addition to 2,300 crew.

The ship introduces several design changes for the class, including the first enclave for suites with a larger and larger Ultimate Family Suite that can accommodate up to 10 passengers. The suite area also features an exclusive restaurant, lounge and sun terrace with plunge pool and bar. The cruise ship has more than 20 restaurants, bars, and amenities, including surf simulators, the tallest waterslide at sea, a zipline, climbing walls, and an outdoor park with 20,000 plants.

Starting tomorrow, March 5, Costa Cruises presents its largest cruise ship in the company’s more than 70-year history and the largest cruise ship registered in Italy. It is also the sixth major LNG-powered cruise ship as part of the alternative fuel industry’s adoption. Known as the Costa Tuscanythe cruise ship weighs 185,010 gross tons, making it slightly larger than its sister ship Costa Smeralda.

The Costa Tuscany was built by Meyer Turku in Finland and delivered to Costa in December 2021. The cruise line, which is part of Carnival Corporation, says the commissioning of the new ship comes as the cruise line prepares to hand over all its vessels in service during the summer of 2022. After the introduction of the Costa Tuscany, Costa has seven other ships that will resume operations. By summer 2022, its entire fleet of 12 ships will be back in service.

“The departure of Costa Tuscany represents a new step in the journey that will bring our fleet back to full capacity this summer,” said Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises. “We are seeing a growing demand for our cruises. Additionally, as the overall situation improves, we anticipate a simplification of our enhanced health and safety protocols, based on our ongoing pandemic monitoring. I believe that cruises will soon return to normal, with new protocols that will allow our customers to fully enjoy the experiences on board and ashore, with the return, for example, of free excursions for customers.

Costa Toscana is the largest cruise ship in Italy and the sixth major cruise ship to run on LNG (Costa)

The Costa Tuscany departs from Savona, Italy, for its inaugural cruise to Marseille, Barcelona, ​​Valencia, Palermo and Civitavecchia. He will continue to sail in the Mediterranean for the summer season. The ship can accommodate 6,730 passengers and 1,646 crew. The interior design is called a tribute to Tuscany, including furniture, lighting, fabrics and accessories, all from top Italian designers.

The vessel also features a series of cutting-edge technological innovations designed to further reduce environmental impact. Daily water needs are met through the use of watermakers while energy consumption is kept to a minimum through intelligent energy efficiency systems. In addition, 100% of the separate waste collection and recycling of materials such as plastic, paper, glass and aluminum will be carried out on board.