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Costa Romantica cruise ship continues restyling effort in Italian shipyard

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Costa Romantica being transformed. (photo: Costa Cruises)

A recap from San Giorgio del Porto shipyard where Costa Romantica is undergoing a $120-million dollar transformation. Along with the transformation, the ship will be renamed Costa neoRomantica. 

The extensive makeover includes creation of new shipboard areas and the introduction of services that represent a major evolution in the Costa product. The renovation includes adding two half-deck extensions, 111 new standard cabins and 120 cabins and suites with private balconies. Costa neoRomantica’s total guest capacity will increase to 1,800, the number of cabins from 678 to 789, and the refit will increase the ship’s size to approximately 56,000 gross tons. Costa Romantica currently is 53,000 gross tons and can carry up to 1,697 guests.

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Among new areas being added is a wine and cheese bar offering 100 vintner labels and a selection of cheeses from around the world, a coffee and chocolate bar, an Italian pizzeria, a cabaret lounge and a nightclub.

Costa neoRomantica also will have Costa’s branded Samsara Spa, a 45,200-square-foot wellness facility with a gym, thalassotherapy pool, treatment rooms, sauna, Turkish bath, 50 spa cabins and six spa suites as well as a dedicated spa restaurant.

The restyled ship will debut Feb. 20, 2012.

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Construction Begins on Another Carnival Corp Ship

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Carnival Corporation has officially marked the beginning of construction of the first of its seven next-generation cruise ships that will be fully powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The new vessels will be the first in the cruise industry that can use LNG to generate 100 percent of their power in port, and on the open sea, which will significantly reduce exhaust emissions.  The seven ships are set to be delivered from 2018 to 2022, and will be built by Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku.  This first ship to begin construction – AIDAnova – marked the beginning of construction with a keel-laying ceremony at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg.  President and CEO of Carnival Corporation Arnold Donald, as well as representatives from three of the company’s brands and shipyard officials gave the official “full steam ahead” signal for the keel-laying.  The vessel is set to be delivered by Meyer Werft Papenburg in fall 2018.

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Following AIDAnova‘s introduction, Costa Cruises will debut the next LNG-powered ship which will debut in 2019.  The steel-cutting ceremony for that vessel will be happening within the week.  LNG-powered ships for Carnival Cruise Line and P&O Cruises will follow in 2020.  Costa and AIDA will each receive another ship in 2021, followed by an additional vessel for Carnival Cruise Line in 2022.

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Over Half of Carnival’s Ships Now Environmentally Friendly

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Carnival Corporation has announced that they’ve completed the installation and certification of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems on a total of 60 ships across their brands.  The company is on track to develop and deploy the systems on over 85 vessels through 2020 – greatly improving the quality of air emissions from their ships and lessening their environmental footprint.

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Announced in 2013, the company broke new ground in engineering a technology to function in the confined spaces of a cruise ship to reduce sulfur compounds and particulate matter from a ship’s engine exhaust at any operating state: at sea, during maneuvering, and in port.  It enables the company to meet international regulations and mitigate costs for low-sulfur fuel while furthering their sustainability goals.

The systems are currently installed and certified on 17 Carnival Cruise Line ships, 13 Holland America vessels, 10 Princess Cruises ships, 7 Costa ships, five AIDA Cruises vessels, 4 P&O Cruises UK ships, 3 Cunard vessels, and 1 P&O Cruises Australia ship.

The installation schedule for the remaining cruise ships will be announced in the future.

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An Industry First: Costa is Producing Cheese at Sea

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Costa Cruises has announced a new product produced right onboard a number of their ships: mozzarella cheese.

In a collaboration with Latteria del Curatino, Costa is the first cruise line in the world to serve its guests mozzarella made onboard like in a real creamery.  It’s already available on Costa Diadema and Favolosa, and will arrive on six other ships in the next few months.

“Latteria del Curatino” is an Italian brand created by two Campania-based dairy companies: Comat, an international leader in dairy plants and machines; and Podere dei Leoni creamery, a leading producer of certified quality buffalo mozzarella.

Mozzarella is made onboard using Comat’s steam and electricity powered machine.  The key ingredient is curd of cow and buffalo milk that comes from the Salerno area.  The stretched curd is produced by the machine, then rolled into a ball (mozzato) to create a traditional mozzarella, or is moulded by the cheesemakers to become buffalo mozzarella, fiordilatte, burrata, stracciata, zizzona, sfoglia, and scamorza cheese.  As well as providing guests with a fresh and yummy specialty, the new service will eliminate waste by producing only the exact quantity of cheese needed.

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photo: Costa Cruises

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The mozzarella and other traditional Italian cheese specialties produced onboard are the stars of the “Goccialatte” menu in the onboard pizzerias.  Some items include mozzarella rolls, beef carpaccio with a chicory salad and smoked scamorza, and Neapolitan peasant bread, porcini, fiordilatte cheese and guanciale.

Over the following months, the cheese specialties will also enrich the dishes in regional menus served in onboard restaurants.  The daily cheese production will be overseen on each ship by two cheesemakers who have attended a training course held by expert cheesemakers from Latteria del Curatino.

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