Featuring its own patch of ‘Venetian sky’ indoors and landmarks like St. Mark’s Square, Costa Cruises’ newest ship Costa Venezia is making its way through Southeast Asia before it will be home-ported in Shanghai.
The 5,260-capacity vessel, which arrived in Singapore on Saturday (April 13) as part of an inaugural 53-day voyage from Trieste, is also the largest ship introduced by the cruise line to Asia.
From May 18, Costa Venezia will be dedicated to Chinese guests, offering four- to five-night itineraries departing from Shanghai to popular ports in Japan, such as Fukuoka, Sasebo, Nagasaki, Kagoshima and Yatsushiro.
The ship will offer guests a distinctly Italian experience marked by its interiors, food and entertainment combined with Asian culinary and lifestyle offerings to cater to its Chinese guests.
On a ship tour, the Venice-themed ship showed off plenty of classic white and golden interiors, with glass fixtures. But also surprising was the amount of garden greenery in indoor restaurants as well as outdoor deck areas.
The ship also features a main theatre modelled after Venice’s iconic La Fenice opera house.
The ship’s Asian guests will likely appreciate having the option of Asian comfort food, including hotpot, teppanyaki, dim sum and noodles.
There’s also an alleyway lined with statues of Hollywood celebrities for selfies, and a sprawling 8,000 sq ft duty free shopping area spanning two decks, the largest on a Costa ship, with over 30 international and Asian beauty brands.
“Costa Venezia has been designed specifically with Asian travellers in mind. While we continue to offer authentic Italian experience, there are many facilities and specialty restaurants that are catered to Asian guests,” said Roberto Verdino, deputy country manager for Japan, Korea and South-east Asia of Costa Group Asia.
Entertainment offerings on board range from musicals to themed parties and its signature Carnival of Venice masked ball. Guests can also enjoy a fashion show of Italian jeweller Bvlgari’s fine jewellery line.
Sports fans will be able to enjoy a Juventus soccer experience with limited edition Juventus commemorative merchandise and facilities such as an outdoor soccer field, indoor academy and museum showcasing memorabilia of the professional club’s famous footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Adventure seekers will also appreciate the ship’s offerings such as outdoor and indoor swimming pools and jacuzzis, an aqua park with water slides, a mini golf course, a high-rope garden, outdoor fitness facilities, a wellness complex with gym and spa, clubs for teens and kids.
A sister ship designed for the Asian market, expected to be launched next year, is currently being built by Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri in Marghera.