Costa Cruises has celebrated the maiden call of Costa Venezia to Hong Kong with a lion dance eye-dotting ritual, a marching band and ship performers, showcasing highlights from Costa Venezia's original musical production, "Venezia Innamorata".
Mario Zanetti, president of Costa Group Asia, said, "As a ship built specifically for the Asian market, Venezia heralds the start of a new chapter for Costa, and also the Asian cruise industry as a whole.
Clemente Contestabile, Consul General of Italy in Hong Kong, Aaron Liu, acting commissioner for tourism, Tourism Commission, HKSAR Government, Captain Tihomir Muzic, Mario Zanetti, president of Costa Group Asia, Antony Lau, Executive Director, Hong Kong Tourism Board.
“From conception to delivery, everything about Costa Venezia has been designed having the Asian customer in mind.”
The 5,260-passenger Costa Venezia is the largest ship introduced by Costa to Asia, where the Italian company was the first to start operating in 2006.
Costa says the ship has the largest beauty space at sea, measuring more than 2,500 square feet and including over 30 international brands, with the first-at-sea Clé de Peau Beauté and Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent, La Prairie, Bvlgari, Chanel, Dior, La Mer, SK-II and more.
In addition, Bvlgari will present the first production of its kind at sea: The Bvlgari Jewellery Show, “an evening of elegance and glamour highlighting the Italian jeweller's masterful craftsmanship”.
Themed parties such as the "Golden Party" and "Carnival of Venice" masked ball recreate the magical atmosphere of "The City of Canals" onboard.
The ship's theatre is inspired by the Venetian La Fenice opera house; the main atrium is reminiscent of St. Mark's Square, while the main restaurants recall the traditional architecture of Venetian alleys and squares.
Costa Venezia features more than 8,000 square feet of retail space amid a two-deck Venetian-style shopping pavilion.