Costa Gets Another New Ship and It's Small (Sort Of)!

June 12, 2006
Costa parent Carnival Corporation has just placed an order for a new ship. What's intriguing is that Costa, which has been heading in the big-bigger-biggest direction for the past few years, is actually going to get a vessel that's small enough to fit through the Panama Canal.

The Panamax sized ship, to be built at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard at Marghera, will measure 92,700 tons and hold 2,260 passengers (double occupancy). The first ship -- Carnival Corporation has an option for a second -- will enter service in spring 2009. Cost? A cool 420 million Euros (about $530 million U.S.).

The line's CostaConcordia debuts next month -- and was the last ship for Costa on Cruise Critic's future cruise ship orders calendar. Until today.

In the same announcement, Carnival also ordered a new ship for Aida, the German-based cruise line that actually operates under the Costa umbrella. That vessel, to be built at Germany's Meyer Werft, will measure 68,500 tons, with 2,050 passengers. It will be delivered in spring 2010. Aida, whose fleet growth would appear to be on steroids, already has three new ships in the construction pipeline at Meyer Werft; they're slated for debut in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Aida's newest vessel will cost 330 million Euros (about $416 million U.S.).