June 26, 2018 - On Friday last week, the first newbuild of the Costa Group exclusively destined for China floated in the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone / Italy. The ship is 323 meters long and measured at 135.500 GT. It carries a maximum of 5.100 guests.
Costa Venezia - rendering © Costa Crociere SpA
Costa Cruises was one of the first international cruise companies to enter the Chinese market. Costa ships have been sailing regularly in China's waters since 2006. The company is convinced that it can participate in the further growth of the Chinese market. That is why the Costa Venezia is the first Costa ship to be specially developed and built for China. The shipping company intends to offer travelers authentic Italian experiences during their stays on board. The new building is dedicated to the city of Venice. Evidence of this are the Venetian decorations and the Venetian gondolas, which are specially made for the new building.
Costa Venezia - Piazza San Marco - Rendering © Costa Crociere SpA
An old seafaring tradition preceded the official floating. The godmother Chiara Ustulin, an employee of the shipyard, cut a ribbon and smashed an obligatory bottle of champagne on the side of the ship. The building dock was then flooded.
Costa Venezia - Gondola Lounge - Rendering © Costa Crociere SpA
Like comparable cruise ships from other shipping companies, Costa Venezia offers leisure and entertainment offers specially designed for the Chinese. The ship theater is said to resemble Venice's La Fenice theater. The 3-storey atrium reflects the Piazza San Marco. The restaurants are based on the architecture of Venetian streets. In such an atmosphere, Italian luxury shops for affluent Chinese consumers should not be missing. In addition to the upscale Italian cuisine, the Chinese cuisine will also be represented on board.
Costa Venezia - Ristorante Casanova - Rendering © Costa Crociere SpA
From May 18, 2019, the Costa Venezia will only be available to Chinese guests on trips from Shanghai. European cruise enthusiasts can test Costa's Chinese way of life on a mini cruise departing from Trieste. A vernissage cruise to Greece and Croatia will follow on March 3, 2019. After that, the 8-day maiden voyage starts on March 52th, which is also the transfer voyage. The Costa Venezia will be followed by a sister ship in 2020. It is being built by the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera / Venice.