Costa Cruises’ Costa neoRiviera is to undergo a €50M transformation into AIDAmira, destined for the German brand AIDA Cruises
The agreement was signed with San Giorgio del Porto shipyard in Genoa, which will carry out a significant part of the work from 30 October to 28 November 2019.
The restyling work, which will take about a month, will transform Costa neoRiviera, a ship currently in service for the Costa Cruises brand, into AIDAmira, destined for AIDA Cruises. Both brands are part of the Costa Group. About 1,000 workers will be involved, 150 of them working directly for the shipyard.
Costa Group and Carnival Asia chief executive Michael Thamm said “This new investment in the city of Genoa, with a local partner like San Giorgio del Porto, is a further tangible sign of our link with Genoa and Liguria and of the positive impact our Group can have locally.
“We have carried out a study on this subject, which has given very impressive results: in just one year, the Costa Group has generated an economic impact in Europe of €12.6Bn (US$13.8Bn) and over 63,000 jobs. The shipbuilding industry accounts for the largest part of this impact, thanks to the plan to expand and renew our fleet, but also the contribution that comes directly from each guest, amounting on average to €74.60 (US$81.90) in every port visited, is particularly significant. Italy is among the top destinations for our guests, with 3.2M passenger movements, a figure that is going to grow also thanks to AIDAmira, which will call at three ports in southern Italy next summer.”
“We are honoured that the Costa Group continues to give us confidence and to believe in the know-how and technical skills of the Genoese shipbuilding industry and of San Giorgio del Porto in particular, despite the many infrastructure-related difficulties that continue to prevent the full development of ship repair and refitting activities. Costa’s decision to bring a job of this magnitude to Genoa could not be taken for granted and for this we are grateful to the company," said San Giorgio del Porto chief executive Ferdinando Garrè.
This will be the fourth ship in the AIDA Selection family. AIDAmira will have large outdoor spaces, five restaurants, seven bars, a wellness area measuring 1,100 m² and about 700 cabins, including 125 with a balcony or private sun terrace.