Built by Ficantieri at its Monfalcone shipyard, she will offer
Chinese clients the best of Italy, strengthening Costa's leadership in China.
The ship is part of an expansion plan that includes 7 new ships arriving for
the Costa Group by 2023, with an investment of over 6 billion euros.
Monfalcone, February 28,
2019 – Today, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Italy, Matteo Salvini and of the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure
and Transport of Italy, Edoardo Rixi, Costa Cruises officially took delivery of
Costa Venezia, the Italian company's first ship designed specifically to
offer the Chinese market the best of Italy.
Costa Venezia is part of an expansion plan that
includes a total of 7 ships being delivered to the Costa Group by 2023,
for a total investment of over 6 billion euros.
With a gross tonnage of in at 135,500 tons, 323
meters in length and a capacity for over 5,200 guests, Costa Venezia will be
the biggest ship introduced by Costa to the Chinese market, where the Italian
company was the first to start operating in 2006 and is currently the leader.
It will offer a series of unprecedented innovations designed specifically for
Chinese customers, introducing guests to Italian culture, lifestyle and
excellence, starting from the interiors, which are inspired by the city of
As Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group
and Carnival Asia, explains: "Costa Venezia will help us to further develop
the cruise market in China, which has a great unexplored potential. Suffice to
say that, currently, 2.5 million Chinese people a year choose to go on a cruise
vacation, which is less than 2% of the total number of Chinese people who
travel abroad. Moreover, Costa Venezia further strengthens Costa's bond with
Italy: it is a ship built in Italy, by an Italian shipyard, which flies the
Italian flag and which will make Chinese guests experience unforgettable
Italian experiences. "
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said: "For us "Costa
Venezia" is the emblem of what we are able to do and where we intend to arrive,
but she is also the product of the historical partnership with Carnival
Corporation and Costa Crociere, which enhances the tradition of Italian
manufacturing and know-how, projecting them towards other borders". Bono
continued: "As a consolidated industry leader, our contribution to the
cruise industry, considering the units we delivered and those we have on order,
will count on 143 ships in the coming years, with 1 cruise passenger in 3
sailing on our jewels. As soon as "Costa Venezia" will enter into service in
China, putting on show what we are able to realize in a still unexplored
market, I am sure that a new chapter will be opened in the successful history
President & CEO of Carnival Corporation, stated: "The delivery of Costa
Venezia is a further step in the growth of a strong and sustainable cruise
industry in China, which someday, we believe will be the largest cruise market
in the world. The growth of the Chinese cruise industry will continue to open
the world to millions of Chinese travelers and bring ever increasing prosperity
to its people".
"As the first ship built specifically
for the Chinese market, Costa Venezia marks the start of a new era, not only
for Costa and Fincantieri but also for the Chinese cruise industry as a
whole", says Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Group Asia.
"From conception to delivery, everything about Costa Venezia has been
designed having the Chinese customer in mind. Costa Venezia will continue to
offer the authentic Italian experience that is a hallmark of Costa, but with
further innovations that have never been seen before and which are designed to
meet the needs of the local market even better".
On Costa Venezia, Chinese guests will experience
the uniqueness of Venetian and Italian culture. The ship's theatre is inspired
by the Venetian "La Fenice" theatre; the main atrium is reminiscent
of "St. Mark's Square", while the main restaurants recall the
traditional architecture of Venetian alleys and squares. Actual gondolas,
made by the Squero di San Trovaso artisans, can also be found on board. Guests
can also savor the delicacies of Italian cuisine, shop in the on-board shops
with many famous "Made in Italy" brands and enjoy the internationally
renowned Italian entertainment, with a masked ball that will recreate the
magical atmosphere of the famous Carnival of Venice. They will also feel at
home with a wide choice of Chinese food on offer, the Chinese-style karaoke,
many parties including the "Golden Party", full of surprises and
gifts to be won every ten minutes.
The Costa Venezia naming ceremony is planned for
March 1 in Trieste, with a spectacular air show by "Frecce Tricolori" acrobatic
team and a firework display involving the whole city. The vernissage
cruise will depart from Trieste March 3, 2019, bound for Greece and Croatia. On
March 8, the ship will be back in Trieste for the start of its inaugural
cruise: an exceptional, 53-day trip following the tracks of Marco Polo
through the Mediterranean to the Middle East, South East Asia and the Far East
before docking in Tokyo. The vernissage and inaugural cruises will be the only
departures available to European and American guests wishing to enjoy a
vacation on the new ship. From May 18, 2019, Costa Venezia, in fact, will be
dedicated exclusively to Chinese guests, offering cruises in Asia departing
After Costa Venezia, the group's next ship to come
into service, in October 2019, will be Costa Smeralda, the new Costa Cruises
flagship and the first ship for the world market to be powered by LNG. A second
ship designed exclusively for the Chinese market, a sister ship to Costa
Venezia, is currently under construction by Fincantieri in Marghera and is
expected to be delivered in 2020.
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