Intended specifically for the growing Asian cruise trade, the 135,500gt Costa Venezia was last week delivered to Costa Cruises by Italian builder Fincantieri at the Monfalcone shipyard.
At the end of this week the vessel will depart with European passengers for a 53-day cruise to Tokyo after which its owners plan to use the ship in the Chinese cruise market. Costa Venezia is part of an expansion plan that includes a total of seven ships being delivered to the Costa Group by 2023, for a total investment of over €6Bn.
With a capacity for over 5,200 guests and at 323m in length, Costa Venezia will be the largest 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 Venice. Features include an atrium modelled on St Mark’s Square and actual Venetian-made gondolas incorporated into the design.
Guests can also savour 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.
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.