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Costa Voyager to Replace Costa Allegra on Planned Itineraries

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (March 6, 2012) — Costa Cruises is replacing the 28,500-ton, 1,000-passenger Costa Allegra with the 24,400-ton, 927-guest Costa Voyager, starting March 18.

Following the incident aboard Costa Allegra Feb. 27, the company has not determined how long it will take to repair and bring Costa Allegra back into service and restore planned cruises. Costa Cruises continues to conduct inspections and technical evaluations to ascertain what caused the generator-room fire.

Costa Voyager is a new-generation ship that entered service in 2000 and was renovated in November 2011. The ship has 416 cabins, three restaurants, four bars, a spa with fitness center, solarium, swimming pool, two Jacuzzis, theater, casino, disco and shopping center.

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From March 18 to July 1 Costa Voyager will sail itineraries in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, dedicated to guests from the French market. July 13 Costa Voyager departs on a nine-day cruise from Amsterdam to Savona. From July 23 to August 20 the ship will sail one-week cruises in the Mediterranean Sea with calls at Barcelona, Spain; Villefranche, France; Livorno and Capri, Italy; Malta; Cagliari, Italy, and Minorca, Spain. Beginning Aug. 28 Costa Voyager offers additional cruises of different durations in the Mediterranean for the French market.

Costa Cruises is temporarily suspending Costa Voyager’s Corals and Ancient Treasures Red Sea itinerary. Guests who have booked this itinerary will be re-protected on equivalent cruises.

Among the options offered are:

 Seven days in the UAE on the “Jewels of the Emirates” cruise on Costa Favolosa round-trip from Dubai with calls at Muscat, Oman; Fujairah and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Khasab, Oman.

Seven days in the Caribbean on the “Pearls of the Caribbean” itinerary on Costa Luminosa, boarding at Guadalupe with calls at Martinique and St. Maarten; La Romana and Catalina Island, Dominican Republic; Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and Antigua. 

Any of the seven-day itineraries in the western or eastern Mediterranean on Costa Atlantica, Costa Classica, Costa Fascinosa, Costa Favolosa, Costa Magica, Costa neoRomantica or Costa Serena.

Alternatively, guests booked on a Costa Allegra cruise may cancel without penalty and receive a full refund and a voucher equal to 30 percent of the rate paid toward the purchase of a future cruise.

Source: Costa Cruises

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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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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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