Actually, it was more of a float up because it will take about 24 hours to fill the giant dry dock and tow the ship to an outfitting pier where its interior will be completed in time for delivery in October.
This is also an important milestone because Costa Smeralda is the first Costa ship, and the first to be sold globally, that will be powered both at sea and in port by clean-burning liquified natural gas (LNG).
The complete story appeared in the March 15 issue of Cruise News Daily.
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|Water begins to flood the dry dock|
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