Carnival Venezia (former Costa ship) officially joins CCL-Carnival Cruise Line fleet

   March 23, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

Transitioning from sister line Costa Cruises, Carnival Venezia officially joined CCL-Carnival Cruise Line's fleet on Wednesday, March 22nd.

In Cadiz (Spain), Costa Captain Tihomir Muzic handed over the cruise ship to Carnival Captain Claudio Cupisti. Additional leadership team members from both companies were in attendance.

Carnival's President Christine Duffy said they were pleased to welcome Carnival Venezia to the fleet, which following a dry dock, would debut as their first ‘Fun Italian Style’ ship this May.

“A big thank you to everyone from our sister line Costa and all those within the Carnival family who will work to add the Carnival touches to this ship over the next two months.”

Carnival Venezia has max capacity 5145 passengers plus 1393 staff/crew. She is scheduled to depart on her 15-day Transatlantic crossing (Carnival Journey) from Barcelona Spain on May 29th, 2023, and is set to begin year-round sailing from New York’s Manhattan Cruise Terminal on June 15th, 2023.

A variety of options are available, with ten different cruise durations and 22 itineraries featuring visits to 25 ports of call across 14 countries.

The 2019-built (as Costa Venezia) cruise ship Carnival Venezia was Costa Cruises' first liner constructed and designed specifically for China's market. Venezia and the sistership Costa Firenze (2020) were both produced by the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri - Venezia at Monfalcone Shipyard (near Trieste), Firenze - at Marghera Shipyard (near Venice). Each vessel has GT tonnage of 135,500 tons, 2116 cabins, and a passenger capacity of 4200 (max / double occupancy 5260 pax).