Today, on 6 November 2019, Costa Cruises, the Italian company of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest leisure travel company, and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, one of the largest shipbuilding groups in the world, celebrated the official float-out ceremony of Costa Firenze, Costa’s second ship designed and built specifically for the Chinese market.
The ceremony was held at Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, where the ship is being built with planned delivery on September 30, 2020, once the interior fittings have been completed.
Costa Firenze is the sister ship of Costa Venezia, built by Fincantieri at Monfalcone shipyard and launched in March of this year.
Featuring gross tonnage of 135,500 tons, 323 meters in length and a capacity for over 5,200 guests, Costa Firenze and Costa Venezia are the biggest ships introduced by Costa to the Chinese market, where the Italian company was the first to start operations in 2006 and is currently the leader. These two cruise ships are part of an expansion plan that includes a total of seven ships being delivered to the Costa Group by 2023, with a total investment of over 6 billion euros.
As part of today’s float-out ceremony, Costa Firenze officially reached the sea for the first time. The celebration followed the protocol provided by the seafaring tradition for such occasions, by flooding the basin where the ship took shape in recent months, following the cutting of the ribbon and the breaking of the bottle.
After being delivered in the end of September 2020, Costa Firenze will be heading to Singapore, starting offering cruises for Chinese customers from October 20, 2020.