Costa Cruises officially took delivery of the Costa Firenze on Tuesday (Dec. 22), which was designed and built by Fincantieri at the Marghera shipyard.
Inspired by the Florentine Renaissance, the latest addition weighs 135,500 tonnes and can accommodate more than 5,200 passengers.
Indeed, the interior design of Costa Firenze is a celebration of the Tuscan city of the same name (Florence), the cradle of Renaissance art and culture.
“The common areas reflect the harmony of a walk in a street or in a Florentine square, even in the choice of colours. The gastronomic offer is Mediterranean-inspired, with a wide choice of dining options guaranteed by 13 bars and seven restaurants," says Costa.
The ship is intended to be perfect for families, with specific offers and some new features such as a real adventure park on board. It also pays special attention to sustainability.
First the Mediterranean, then Asia
The Costa Firenze will sail the Mediterranean for the first time in 2021, offering two different one-week itineraries in the Western Mediterranean.
The first itinerary, available from February 28, 2021, includes the Italian destinations of Genoa, La Spezia (with excursions also from Florence) and Naples, as well as Valencia, Barcelona and Marseille.
The second itinerary, available from May to October 2021, includes the destinations of Genoa and Civitavecchia (with excursions to Rome) as well as Naples, Ibiza, Barcelona and Marseille.
After October 2021, the ship will travel to Asia to join its sister ship Costa Venezia, which has been in service since March 2019.
The delivery of the Costa Firenze is part of the development plan which foresees the delivery of seven new vessels for Costa by 2023. The Costa Firenze is the fourth of these new vessels to be delivered to the member company of the Carnival group Corporation & plc (three to come).
A sign of hope and recovery
“The delivery of the new Costa Firenze is a sign of hope and recovery for the entire cruise and tourism ecosystem. This ship is the most tangible proof of our group's desire to restart. Our hope is that people will soon be able to travel again and that other ships will return to sea and contribute to the revitalization of tourism in Italy, Europe and the world," said Michael Thamm , CEO of Costa Group and Carnival Asia.
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