Costa Cruises has received its newest ship, Costa Firenze, during a digital handover ceremony that took place end December last year from Italian shipmaker Fincantieri.
“The handover of the new Costa Firenze is a sign of hope and restart for the whole cruise and tourism ecosystems. This ship represents the most tangible evidence of the will of our group to restart," said Michael Thamm, group CEO of Costa Group and Carnival Asia.
"Our hope is that people will soon be able to travel again and that more ships will set sail and contribute to the revitalisation of tourism in Italy, Europe and globally."
Costa Firenze is the fourth of seven new ships expected to be delivered to the Costa Group by 2023, marking an investment of more than 6 billion euros (US$7.3 billion).
Costa said its development plan is also significant in pushing jobs into the Italian cruise supply chain, providing work to employees from shipyards to external companies as 11 out of its current fleet of 14 ships were built by Fincantieri.
Costa Firenze has confirmed sailings in the Mediterranean this year, beginning with two week-long itineraries from 28 February. Stops include Genoa, La Spezia, Ibiza, Naples, Valencia, Barcelona and Marseille, with excursions to Florence and Rome.
Come October, the ship will move to Asia, joining sister ship Costa Venezia, which launched operations since March 2019.
Costa said the 5,200-pax ship's interior design is inspired by its namesake city of Firenze, the cradle of Renaissance art and culture, with common spaces and choice of colours that are reminiscent of a Florentine street or square.
Gastronomic offerings are based on the great Mediterranean cuisine, with a wide choice of dining options guaranteed by 13 bars and seven restaurants. The ship is perfect for families, with specific offers and some new features such as a real "adventure park" on board.