Costa Cruises has officially celebrated the naming ceremony for its latest cruise ship, the Costa Smeralda. Penélope Cruz served as the ship’s godmother during a ceremony in Savona, Italy, executing the ribbon-cutting obligations with the common breaking of the bottle against the bow of the ship in the existence of the Grasp of Costa Smeralda, Paolo Benini. Also starring at the celebration was the Italian multi-starred chef Bruno Barbieri, who introduced a distinctive gala cocktail.

The celebration continued with an acrobatic present referred to as Dream carried out in the Colosseo, the ship’s theater. A fireworks display screen launched from a barge in entrance of the Priamar Fortress capped off the night. 

The Costa Smeralda is the cruise line’s new flagship, as nicely as the initially in its fleet run by liquefied normal gasoline (LNG), which the cruise line claimed virtually gets rid of sulfur dioxide emissions, greatly lowers emissions of particulate issue and nitrogen oxides and cuts CO2 emissions by 20 per cent. The vessel also incorporates a range of new-to-the-fleet venues, this sort of as the CoDe – Costa Structure Museum, as nicely as the Ristorante LAB, which hosts cooking classes and demonstrations. 

Costa Smeralda entered support on December 21, 2019. The ship is functioning on a one particular-week itinerary in the Western Mediterranean with phone calls at Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Civitavecchia/Rome and La Spezia. This summertime, the new flagship will also be calling at Cagliari, although a stopover in Palermo is planned starting in wintertime 2021/22.

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