On Friday, March 1, the whole city will be
involved in the celebrations for Costa Venezia,
the first Costa
ship built specifically for the Chinese market.
An unforgettable show
for all the city's inhabitants and the 2,000 guests expected.
During the day Costa Cruises and
Fondazione Banco Alimentare donated the food prepared, but not served, in the
restaurants on board to two associations in the area that care for people in
At 4.30 p.m., the Costa Venezia naming
ceremony began in the ship's Teatro Rosso and was displayed on the giant
screen installed in Piazza Unità d'Italia. The ceremony followed the protocol
set by maritime tradition, with the Italian national anthem being played, as
the ship is registered in Italy, followed by the bell being delivered to the
ship's Captain Giulio Valestra and installed on the bridge, and the ship being
blessed by his excellency Gianpaolo Crepaldi, Bishop of Trieste.
The ship was greeted by the Italian Minister
of Agricultural, Food, Forestry and Tourism Policies, Gian
Marco Centinaio, Roberto
Dipiazza, Mayor of Trieste, Massimiliano Fedriga, President of the
Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the authorities of the Port of
Trieste, Michael Thamm, Group CEO of Costa Group and Carnival Asia, Giuseppe Bono, CEO
of Fincantieri, Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Group Asia.
Trieste, March 1st,
2019 – Today in Trieste
there was the naming ceremony of Costa Venezia, the first Costa
Cruises ship designed specifically for the Chinese market, built at the
Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone. The celebration has been shared with the whole
city, thanks to a collaboration with the Municipality of Trieste, the Friuli
Venezia Giulia Region and the Eastern Adriatic Sea Port Authority.
The day began in a truly spectacular style with a fantastic
display by the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale - "Frecce Tricolori",
which renewed the strong bond of the Italian Air Force with the Friuli Venezia
Giulia Region and Trieste. Starting at 3.30 pm, the famous Italian acrobatic
team flied over the port of Trieste, where the ship Costa Venezia is anchored,
making passages in tight formation, coloring the sky with white, red and green
of the Italian flag. The President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and the
Mayor of Trieste involved the Italian Air Force to allow citizens to admire the
flight of the Frecce Tricolori, which will be visible from Piazza Unità
d'Italia and from the city centre.
The most exciting moment was the breaking of the
bottle, during which the godmother was the protagonist: Gan Beiye and
her family, a big fans to Costa since the family started their first Costa
Cruises jouney in 2011. They represent the ideal family for whom Costa
Venezia is intended.
At 7.30 p.m., around 2,000 guests of Costa
Venezia from China, South Korea, Japan and several other European countries,
will attend an exclusive gala dinner, enjoying a menu inspired by the Italian
chef Umberto Bombana of the three-star Michelin restaurant "8 ½ - Otto e
Mezzo BOMBANA". From 9.00 p.m., at the Teatro Rosso, guests will attend
the premiere of "Venezia Innamorata" show inspired by the love stories of
Giacomo Casanova, which has been created specifically for Costa Venezia.
The first day of celebrations will end at
midnight with an exciting show of over 3,000 fireworks, accompanied by
music, which will last around 15 minutes. The fireworks will set off from three
different places on the Molo Audace quayside.
The activities dedicated to Costa guests will
last until March 3, when the ship will depart for its vernissage cruise to
Greece and Croatia: on the day after the naming, in fact, the guests staying on
board will be able to enjoy a discovery tour of Trieste and surrounding area
offered by the Municipality of Trieste and the Friuli Venezia Giulia Tourism
Promotion Authority. On their return, there will be no lack of surprises: after
dinner, the guests will be invited to attend the Bvlgari Fashion Show
and, following that, a performance by Rondò Veneziano, an Italo-Swiss
musical ensemble who fuse Baroque music with the characteristic elements of pop
and rock music.
The naming ceremony of Costa Venezia was also an
opportunity to make Trieste the protagonist of the programme of Costa Crociere
and Fondazione Banco Alimentare for the recovery and reuse for social purposes
of surplus food produced on board of the ships of the fleet.
With the aim of sharing the happy occasion of the
naming ceremony of the ship, in fact, the food prepared, but not served, in the
restaurants on board was destined to two associations that, in the area, care
for people in need: Casa La Madre and Casa il Teresiano, which
give hospitality and assistance to people with fragility and socio-economic
difficulties, at risk of social exclusion.
The program by Costa and Fondazione Banco Alimentare,
launched in July 2017, has already allocated 100.000 portions of "ready-to-eat"
food with a very high nutritional value. The cruise company, the first in the
maritime sector, is committed to grow and to evolve the project at the same
time as the expansion in many ports in Italy and around the World.
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. It will offer a
series of unprecedented innovations created specifically for Chinese customers,
which will introduce guests to Italian culture, lifestyle and excellence,
beginning with the interior, which is inspired by the city of Venice.
Costa Venezia's first cruise will depart from Trieste
on March 3, 2019, heading for Greece and Croatia. On March 8, it will be back
in Trieste for the departure of the inaugural cruise: an exceptional 53-day
voyage following in the footsteps of Marco Polo, crossing the Mediterranean,
the Middle East, Southeast Asia and East Asia, before arriving in Tokyo. The
vernissage and inaugural cruises will be the only departures available to
European and American guests to enjoy a vacation on the new ship. From May 18,
2019, Costa Venezia will in fact be dedicated exclusively to Chinese guests,
offering cruises in Asia departing from Shanghai.
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