In Trieste there was the naming ceremony of Costa Venezia, the first Costa Cruises ship designed specifically for the Chinese market, built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone. The celebration has been shared with the whole city, thanks to a collaboration with the Municipality of Trieste, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and the Eastern Adriatic Sea Port Authority. The day began in a truly spectacular style with a fantastic display by the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale - “Frecce Tricolori”, which renewed the strong bond of the Italian Air Force with the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and Trieste. Starting at 3.30 pm, the famous Italian acrobatic team flied over the port of Trieste, where the ship Costa Venezia is anchored, making passages in tight formation, coloring the sky with white, red and green of the Italian flag.
The President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and the Mayor of Trieste involved the Italian Air Force to allow citizens to admire the flight of the Frecce Tricolori, which will be visible from Piazza Unità d’Italia and from the city centre. At 4.30 p.m., the Costa Venezia naming ceremony began in the ship’s Teatro Rosso and was displayed on the giant screen installed in Piazza Unità d’Italia. The ceremony followed the protocol set by maritime tradition, with the Italian national anthem being played, as the ship is registered in Italy, followed by the bell being delivered to the ship’s Captain Giulio Valestra and installed on the bridge, and the ship being blessed by his excellency Gianpaolo Crepaldi, Bishop of Trieste. The ship was greeted by the Italian Minister of Agricultural, Food, Forestry and Tourism Policies, Gian Marco Centinaio, Roberto Dipiazza, Mayor of Trieste, Massimiliano Fedriga, President of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the authorities of the Port of Trieste, Michael Thamm, Group CEO of Costa Group and Carnival Asia, Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Group Asia. The most exciting moment was the breaking of the bottle, during which the godmother was the protagonist: Gan Beiye and her family, a big fans to Costa since the family started their first Costa Cruises jouney in 2011.
They represent the ideal family for whom Costa Venezia is intended. At 7.30 p.m., around 2,000 guests of Costa Venezia from China, South Korea, Japan and several other European countries, will attend an exclusive gala dinner, enjoying a menu inspired by the Italian chef Umberto Bombana of the three-star Michelin restaurant “8 ½ - Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA”. At the Teatro Rosso, guests attended the premiere of “Venezia Innamorata” show inspired by the love stories of Giacomo Casanova, which has been created specifically for Costa Venezia. The first day of celebrations ended at midnight with an exciting show of over 3,000 fireworks, accompanied by music, which will last around 15 minutes. The fireworks will set off from three different places on the Molo Audace quayside. The activities dedicated to Costa guests will last until March 3, when the ship will depart for its vernissage cruise to Greece and Croatia: on the day after the naming, in fact, the guests staying on board will be able to enjoy a discovery tour of Trieste and surrounding area offered by the Municipality of Trieste and the Friuli Venezia Giulia Tourism Promotion Authority. On their return, there will be no lack of surprises: after dinner, the guests will be invited to attend the Bvlgari Fashion Show and, following that, a performance by Rondò Veneziano, an Italo-Swiss musical ensemble who fuse Baroque music with the characteristic elements of pop and rock music.
With a gross tonnage of in at 135,500 tons, 323 meters in length and a capacity for over 5,200 guests, Costa Venezia will be the biggest ship introduced by Costa to the Chinese market. It will offer a series of unprecedented innovations created specifically for Chinese customers, which will introduce guests to Italian culture, lifestyle and excellence, beginning with the interior, which is inspired by the city of Venice. Costa Venezia’s first cruise departed from Trieste on March 3, 2019, heading for Greece and Croatia. On March 8, back in Trieste for the departure of the inaugural cruise: an exceptional 53-day voyage following in the footsteps of Marco Polo, crossing the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and East Asia, before arriving in Tokyo. The vernissage and inaugural cruises has been the only departures available to European and American guests to enjoy a vacation on the new ship. From May 18, 2019, Costa Venezia will in fact be dedicated exclusively to Chinese guests, offering cruises in Asia departing from Shanghai.ON BOARD COSTA VENEZIA
Costa Venezia is part of an expansion plan that includes a total of 7 ships being delivered to the Costa Group by 2023, for a total investment of over 6 billion euros. With a gross tonnage of in at 135,500 tons, 323 meters in length and a capacity for over 5,200 guests, Costa Venezia will be the biggest 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. As Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia, explains: “Costa Venezia will help us to further develop the cruise market in China, which has a great unexplored potential. Suffice to say that, currently, 2.5 million Chinese people a year choose to go on a cruise vacation, which is less than 2% of the total number of Chinese people who travel abroad. Moreover, Costa Venezia further strengthens Costa’s bond with Italy: it is a ship built in Italy, by an Italian shipyard, which flies the Italian flag and which will make Chinese guests experience unforgettable Italian experiences. “
On Costa Venezia, Chinese guests will experience the uniqueness of Venetian and Italian culture. The ship’s theatre is inspired by the Venetian “La Fenice” theatre; the main atrium is reminiscent of “St. Mark’s Square”, while the main restaurants recall the traditional architecture of Venetian alleys and squares. Actual gondolas, made by the Squero di San Trovaso artisans, can also be found on board. Guests can also savor 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.