The official christening ceremony for Costa Venezia is due to be held in Trieste, Italy on March 1, 2019. The new cruise ship, which is currently under construction at Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard, is the first vessel of Costa Cruises designed specifically to offer Italy's best to the Chinese market.
Costa Venezia is part of company's expansion plan including 7 new ships scheduled for delivery to Costa Group by 2023, for an investment of more than EUR 6 billion. With a GT of 135,500 tonnes, length of 323 metres and capacity for more than 5,100 passengers, Costa Venezia is the largest ship ever introduced by Costa to the Chinese market. She will feature a series of innovations, introducing travelers to Italian style, taste and culture, starting from ship's interiors inspired by Venice.
The program for the naming celebrations of Costa Venezia in Trieste envisages getting the whole port city involved by way of firework display that is expected to be visible from Piazza Unita d’Italia and huge screens for viewers to follow the ceremony.
The event will be attended by about 1,500 guests from China, Japan, South Korea, and a number of European countries. They will also have the chance to discover Trieste and surrounding area, as the liner will be moored in the port until March 3, when Venezia will depart for her first cruise sailing to Croatia and Greece. On March 8, the ship is scheduled to be back in Trieste for the start of her maiden voyage: a 53-day trip following in the steps of Marco Polo to the Mediterranean, Middle East, South East Asia and East Asia, ending in Tokyo.
From May 18 Costa Venezia will be exclusively dedicated to Chinese guests, offering voyages in Asia departing from Shanghai.