naming ceremony for the ship, currently under construction at Fincantieri, will
take place on March 1, 2019 with a firework display involving the whole city of
Trieste. Costa Venezia will offer the best of Italian hospitality to Chinese
customers, strengthening the leadership of Costa in China. It is part of an
expansion plan that includes 7 new ships being delivered to the Costa Group by
2023, with an investment of over 6 billion euros.
December 7, 2018 – The
naming ceremony for Costa Venezia
will be held in Trieste on March 1, 2019. The ship, currently
under construction at the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard, is the first Costa Cruises vessel designed
specifically to offer the best of Italy to the Chinese market.
Costa Venezia is part of an expansion plan that includes seven new ships being delivered to the
Costa Group by 2023, for a total investment of over 6 billion euros. With
a gross tonnage of 135,500 tonnes, a length of 323 meters and capacity for over
5,100 guests, Costa Venezia is the biggest ship ever introduced to the Chinese
market by Costa. It will offer a series
of previously unseen innovations designed specifically for Chinese customers,
introducing guests to Italian culture, style and taste, starting from the
interiors inspired by the city of Venice.
programme for the Costa Venezia naming celebrations in Trieste, which is
currently being finalized with the addition of further important events that
may be announced in the coming months, envisages getting the whole city
involved by way of a firework display that will be visible from Piazza Unità
d'Italia and giant screens for viewers to follow the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The event will be attended by around 1,500
guests from China, South Korea,
Japan and several European countries, and they will also have the opportunity
to discover Trieste and its surrounding area, as the ship will be moored in the
city until March 3, when it will depart for its first cruise. This is a further
positive effect for the region in addition to the benefits of the construction
of the ship, taking place in the Monfalcone shipyard as this involves thousands
of workers in the shipyard and along the supply chain.
"We are very happy to be celebrating the
naming of Costa Venezia in such a beautiful Italian city as Trieste. Costa was
the first company to operate in China in 2006 and over the years we have
established ourselves as a leader, offering a product focused on Italian
excellence. Costa Venezia will feature other unprecedented innovations,
designed specifically to offer Chinese customers a real Italian experience,
marking a new era for both Costa and the whole Chinese market, which is among
the most promising in the world in terms of future growth" - according to Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Group
Mayor of Trieste Roberto
Dipiazza stated: "It is a great
pleasure for the city of Trieste to host the naming ceremony of this new ship
by Costa. With great pride, both from an institutional and personal point of
view, I applaud this new jewel, which is the result of the work of the best
talents in shipbuilding and Italian design who reside in our region and city.
Our expertise, our values are well rooted in the Costa Group. This new ship,
along with the other "queens" that we had the pleasure of admiring in our Gulf,
will be another ambassador of Made in Italy in the world. There is a strong
bond of mutual respect between Trieste and the Costa Group, that I am sure will
continue to strengthen in the future".
Costa Venezia will make it possible for its Chinese guests to experience the uniqueness of Venetian and Italian culture. The ship's theater will be inspired by Venice's "La Fenice" theater; the main atrium will be reminiscent of "St. Mark's Square", while the restaurants will imitate the typical architecture of Venetian alleys and squares. On board there will also be real gondolas, made by craftsmen in the Squero di San Trovaso, while an enchanting costume party will recreate the magical atmosphere of the famous Venice Carnival. Guests will be able to savor the delicacies of Italian cuisine, go shopping in the on-board shops which stock many famous Italian brands and enjoy the internationally-renowned Italian entertainment. They will also feel at home thanks to a wide choice of Chinese cuisine, Chinese-style karaoke and parties like the "Golden Party", full of surprises and gifts to win every ten minutes.
The first Costa Venezia cruise, its vernissage, will depart from Trieste on March 3, 2019 and sail to Greece and Croatia. On March 8, the ship will be back in Trieste for the start of its maiden cruise: an exceptional 53-day journey following in the steps of Marco Polo across the Mediterranean, the Middle East, South East Asia and East Asia, and ending in Tokyo. The vernissage and maiden cruises will be the only departures available for European and American guests wanting to enjoy a vacation on the new ship. From May 18, 2019, Costa Venezia will be dedicated exclusively to Chinese guests, offering cruises in Asia departing from Shanghai.
Venezia will be the second Costa ship named in Trieste: in 2011, in the
splendid setting of Piazza Unità d'Italia, celebrations were held for the
naming of Costa Favolosa. 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 global market fuelled 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, with delivery expected in 2020.
The Costa Group is the leading cruise company in
Europe and Asia, headquartered in Genoa (Italy). The 26 ships of the brands
Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia together have a total capacity of more
than 74,000 beds. The fleet will be further strengthened by 7 new vessels by
2023. The company has a global workforce of 27,000 employees working onboard
and in its 20 offices in 14 countries.
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