February 28, 2019 - Today Costa Crociere took over Costa Venezia at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone. She is the shipping company's first ship specifically designed and built for the Chinese cruise market.
The shipping company, which belongs to the Carnival group, claims to be the market leader in the Chinese cruise market. Costa Crociere started as the first western cruise company in China. That obliges: The current new building was built with the aim of offering Chinese passengers unprecedented innovations: such as Italian experiences, Italian culture and Italian lifestyle.
Costa Venezia - rendering © Costa Crociere
The interior design is inspired by the city of Venice. For example, the on-board theater was based on Venice's La Fenice theater. The atrium of the ship borrows from St. Mark's Square, while the restaurants reflect the typical architecture of Venetian streets and squares. There are even Venetian gondolas made by craftsmen especially for the Costa Venezia.
Costa Venezia - Gondola Lounge - Rendering © Costa Crociere
The travelers enjoy the delicacies of Italian cuisine, buy well-known Italian brands in the on-board shops, or enjoy Italian entertainment such as Venetian costume parties. The Italian dishes are expanded to include a large selection of Chinese dishes. And what shouldn't be missing: karaoke and the "Golden Party", in which surprises and gifts await every ten minutes, make the guests feel at home on board.
Costa Venezia - Canal Grande Restaurant - Rendering © Costa Crociere
From May 18, 2019, the Costa Venezia can only be booked for Chinese guests. Then she will set off from Shanghai on cruises in Asia. Only two departures could be booked by European and American guests. One concerns the so-called Vernissage cruise. It starts on March 3, 2019 in Trieste. The other is the 8-day transfer voyage to Tokyo beginning March 53th. - A second ship developed exclusively for China is expected in 2020. The shipping company assumes that the Chinese cruise market still offers considerable potential. Only 2,5 million Chinese choose a cruise every year. Costa would like to continue to participate in the growth of the Chinese market.