Coin ceremony for the first Chinese Costa cruiseship
Costa Venezia will enter service in 2019 bringing new authentic Italian experience to Chinese guests
Costa Cruises held the traditional coin ceremony for its new ship Costa Venezia at Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone (Italy); she will be the first Costa ship built and designed specifically for Chinese guests, entering into service in 2019.
“Costa Cruises is thrilled to have a new ship that is built to offer the best experience to Chinese consumers,” said Michael Thamm, CEO of Costa Group and Carnival Asia. “The Costa Venezia demonstrates our strong commitment and confidence in the world’s fastest growing cruise market. Her arrival in 2019 will further enhance our offerings for Chinese guests to reinforce our leading position in China.”
Costa Venezia will be 135,500 tons, offering 2,116 passenger cabins for a total of 5,260 passengers. The design of the ship will be dedicated to the city of Venice. Chinese guests onboard will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience immersing themselves in a multi-sensory “virtual” trip in Venice, featuring food, art, music and entertainment. Come nightfall, guests may join an onboard version of the Carnival of Venice, the city’s famous festival known for its elaborate masks.
In 2006 Costa Cruises was the first international cruise company to enter China, and it has established a leading presence in the market. With the kick off of “Costa’s New Decade” in China, it will strive relentlessly to exceed guest expectations by continuously innovating to deliver the most delightful onboard experiences.
With the arrival of Costa Venezia, Costa Cruises will reposition Costa Fortuna, one of the five ships now operating in Asia, back to the Mediterranean to reinforce its cruise options in this strategic region.
The inaugural cruise of Costa Venezia will be departing in early March 2019 from Trieste (Italy) to Shanghai, visiting countries such as Greece, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan, following Marco Polo’s famous journeys between Italy and China. Tickets for the world inaugural cruise will be available also for European guests.
A second ship specially designed for Chinese guests, sister to Costa Venezia, will be delivered by Fincantieri in 2020.
Costa’s new ships for Asia will be the 13th and 14th cruise ships built in Italy by Fincantieri for Costa, with a total investment worth more than 6 billion euro.
In addition Costa has an additional 4 new ships (2 for Aida Cruises and 2 for Costa Cruises) to be delivered by 2021, that will be the first-ever cruise-ships powered at sea by Liquefied Natural Gas, built by Meyer shipyards in Turku (Finland) and Papenburg (Germany).