Costa Cruises has celebrated the official float-out of the Costa Firenze at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.
Costa Firenze is the sister ship of Costa Venezia, built by Fincantieri at its Monfalcone (Italy) shipyard and launched in Trieste (Italy) on 1 March 2019. Both ships will serve China, where Costa Cruises launched service in 2006.
Each ship has a gross weight of 135,500 tonnes, is 323m (1,060ft) long and has capacity for more than 5,200 guests. They are part of an expansion plan that will see seven ships delivered to the Costa Group by 2023, representing a total investment of more than €6bn (US$6.65bn).
“Costa Firenze is further proof of Costa Cruises’ long-term commitment to the China market,” said Vanessa Li, vice president of marketing for Costa Group, Asia. “We aim to bring the beauty of the Italian lifestyle to Chinese guests, offering them an authentic Italian vacation experience. Together with Costa Venezia, which is enjoying great success, the arrival of Costa Firenze will help boost the development of the Chinese cruise industry. The potential for future growth remains enormous: cruise travellers in China currently represent less than 2% of Chinese people who holiday abroad.”
The Costa Firenze is inspired by the city of Florence, Italy. This influences the interior design as well as dining options, entertainment and hospitality offered to guests. Costa Firenze will also offer aspects designed specifically to appeal to Chinese guests.
“For us, Costa Firenze 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,” said Luigi Matarazzo, general manager of Fincantieri’s merchant ships division. “Thanks to the effort of the Marghera shipyard, in a moment of exceptional growth for the cruise industry, we confirm our global leadership in this sector.”
The ship is currently being built, with delivery scheduled for 30 September 2020. The ship will then head to Singapore ahead of entering service on 20 October 2020.
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