Costa Cruises has celebrated the float out of Costa Firenze which is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
Costa Firenze Floats Out
The Carnival-owned cruise line has celebrated a major construction milestone for Costa Firenze at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Italy. The large vessel official floated out on to the water for the very first time and a traditional ceremony was held.
The dockyard was filled up with water following the cutting of the ribbon and the breaking of the bottle against the ship’s hull. At the center of the celebration was the float-out godmother Franca Pierobon, an employee at the shipyard.
Luigi Matarazzo, Fincantieri General Manager Merchant Ships Division, said:
“Today we celebrate a milestone in the construction of Costa Firenze through which the ship owner will strengthen commitment in an emerging market.”
“For us Costa Firenze is the emblem of what we are able to do and where we intend to arrive, but she is also the product of the historical partnership with Carnival Corporation and Costa Crociere, which enhances the tradition of Italian manufacturing and know-how, projecting them towards other borders. Thanks to the effort of the Marghera shipyard, in a moment of exceptional growth of the cruise industry, we confirm our global leadership in this sector”.
Costa Firenze is the second from the cruise line to be purpose-built for the Chinese market. She is the sister to Costa Venezia which entered service earlier in 2019. The ship is 135,500 gross tons measuring 323 meters in length and a passenger capacity of over 5,200.
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The ship is scheduled to be delivered to Costa on September 30, 2020, and she will be heading to Singapore offering cruises to Chinese cruisers starting on October 30, 2020.