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Encore Prepares for the Launch of the ‘Dream Come True’ Costa Smeralda

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Costa Smeralda is coming, and Encore Cruises is ready. Costa Cruises’ new flagship of its fleet will set sail on its inaugural voyage in the fall, sailing Western Mediterranean itineraries starting in November.

Costa’s largest ship ever, the Smeralda will hold more than 5,000 guests at double occupancy and will feature lots of lively public spaces to appeal to travellers who like big, bustling mega-resorts while also embracing all the charms of Italy, the cruise line’s home country.

There’s the three-level, piazza-like space called ‘Trastevere’ found at the ship’s bow and will offer bars, a gelateria and musical entertainment. There’s also the Piazza di Spagna, a three-deck area at the back of the ship with a glass floor that gives those standing on it the feeling of flying over the sea.

Offering class Italian flair throughout, the Smeralda will have 11 eateries in all, including Pizzeria Pummid’Oro, a family restaurant called Tutti a Tavola, and a Japanese-inspired teppanyaki restaurant, along with multiple bars and the Nutella Café for dessert lovers.

One of the ship's most unusual features however will be the 4,305 sq. ft. onboard design museum dubbed ‘CoDe’ or Costa Design Museum, which will be dedicated to Italian design. And as far as entertainment goes, Costa has a tailor-made, onboard talent show called 'The Voice of the Sea', which is based on a popular tv show broadcast shown in over 180 countries around the world.

The ship will operate five- to seven-night sailings in the Western Med that feature calls at Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Marseille, Savona, Civitavecchia and La Spezia, and guests have the option to embark and disembark at several of these ports.

At the forefront of environmental protection, the innovative Costa Smeralda will be one of the first superliners to be fueled by a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) combustion system, the cleanest fossil fuel in the world.

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