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13/05/19 11:12

The new ‘chinese’ cruiseship of Costa dedicated to Florence

Costa presents Firenze, the new ship arriving October 2020, a sister ship to Costa Venezia

Costa Firenze is the new Costa Cruises ship due to come into service in October 2020.

Currently being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Venice, Costa Firenze is a 135,500 GTs ship with capacity for 5,200 guests; she is sister ship of Costa Venezia, which was launched in Trieste on March 1st this year.

Costa Firenze and Costa Venezia are the Italian company's first ships specifically designed for the Chinese market. Before being positioned in Asia, Costa Firenze will spend a whole month in the Mediterranean, in October 2020, thus allowing all of Costa's customers in Europe and around the world to be the first to experience a truly unique vacation on board the new ship.

“Given the success of the inaugural cruises of Costa Venezia, we have decided to keep Costa Firenze in the Mediterranean for a whole month before its positioning in Asia” says Neil Palomba, President of Costa. “Costa Firenze is part of an expansion plan for the Costa Group that includes a total of 7 new ships being delivered by 2023, for a total investment of over 6 billion euros. The next ship to come into service, in October 2019, will be Costa Smeralda, a real tribute to Italy’s finest and our excellence”.

Costa Firenze's first cruise will sail from Trieste to Savona, departing on October 1st, 2020, calling at Bari, Barcelona and Marseilles. One week later she will leave Savona for a short cruise to Marseilles, Barcelona and Savona. On October 12th, 19th and 26th, Costa Firenze will depart from Savona for three 1-week cruises including Naples (replaced by Civitavecchia for the October 19 cruise), Messina (replaced by Palermo for the October 19 cruise), Valencia, Barcelona and Marseilles.

The final cruise available will be the positioning cruise to China: a 51-day itinerary starting from Savona on November 2nd and ending in Hong Kong on December 22nd.

From the Mediterranean, the ship will sail to Dubai, through the Suez Canal and the Red Sea, calling at Naples, Messina, Greece, Israel, Jordan and Oman. From Dubai to Abu Dhabi, futuristic cities built in the desert, the ship will continue to India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The final part of the cruise will be devoted to Far East: Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and China. The itinerary can also be subdivided into three separate legs, Savona-Dubai (19 days), Dubai-Singapore (20 days) and Singapore-Hong Kong (14 days), which can also be combined with each other.

Like its sister ship Costa Venezia, Costa Firenze will offer a series of innovations designed specifically for the Chinese market, where the Italian company was the first to operate in 2006 and is currently the leader, allowing guests to discover Italian culture and lifestyle.

“Costa Venezia and Costa Firenze are the proof of Costa Cruises’ long-term commitment to China market” stated Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Group Asia. “Costa is also dedicated to bringing the Italian Aesthetic lifestyle to Chinese guests while delivering Italian culture and experience to them. Together with Costa Venezia, the arrival of Costa Firenze will help boost the development of Chinese cruise industry.”

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