Costa Firenze is the new Costa Cruises ship due to come into service in October 2020. Currently being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Costa Firenze is a 135,500-gross-tons ship with capacity for over 5,200 guests; she is the sister ship of Costa Venezia, which was launched in Trieste, Italy, on March 1 this year.
Costa Firenze and Costa Venezia are the Italian company's first ships specifically designed for the Chinese market. Before being positioned in Asia, Costa Firenze will spend a month in the Mediterranean, in October 2020, allowing all of Costa's customers in Europe and around the world to be the first to experience the new ship. Cruises will be available for booking starting from May 7; there will be five five-to-seven-day cruises and one 51-day positioning cruise to China.
Costa Firenze is part of an expansion plan for the Costa Group that includes seven new ships to be delivered by 2023 (a total investment of over 6 billion euros). The next ship to come into service, in October 2019, will be Costa Smeralda.
Costa Firenze's first cruise will sail from Trieste to Savona, Italy, departing on October 1, 2020, calling at Bari, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; and Marseille, France. On October 8, 2020, the ship will leave Savona for a short cruise to Marseille, Barcelona and Savona. On October 12, 19 and 26, Costa Firenze will depart from Savona for three seven-day cruises, including calls in Naples (replaced by Civitavecchia (Rome) for the October 19 cruise), Messina, Italy, (replaced by Palermo for the October 19 cruise), Barcelona, Valencia and Marseille.
The final cruise available will be the positioning cruise to China: A 51-day itinerary starting from Savona on November 2, 2020 and ending in Hong Kong on December 22, 2020. From the Mediterranean, the ship will sail to Dubai, through the Suez Canal and the Red Sea, calling at Naples, Messina, Greece, Israel, Jordan and Oman. From Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the ship will continue to India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia. The final part of the cruise will be devoted to the Far East: Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and China. The itinerary can also be subdivided into three separate legs, Savona-Dubai (19 days), Dubai-Singapore (20 days) and Singapore-Hong Kong (14 days), which can also be combined with each other.
Like its sister ship Costa Venezia, Costa Firenze will offer a series of innovations designed specifically for the Chinese market, where the Italian company was the first to operate in 2006.