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Thursday, November 7, 2019 

Carnival subsidiary Costa Cruises and shipbuilder Fincantieri have celebrated the official float-out of 'Costa Firenze', the second Costa ship designed and built specifically for the Chinese market, at the Marghera shipyard.

The ship is scheduled for delivery in September 2020. Costa Firenze is the sister ship of Costa Venezia, built by Fincantieri at Monfalcone shipyard and launched in Trieste on March 1 this year. At 135,500 gt, 323m in length and a capacity for over 5,200 guests, Costa Firenze and Costa Venezia are the biggest ships introduced by Costa to the Chinese market, where the Italian company was the first to start operating in 2006. They are part of an expansion plan that includes a total of seven ships being delivered to the Costa Group by 2023, for a total investment of over €6 billion.

Costa Firenze is a further proof of Costa Cruises’ long-term commitment to China market,” said Vanessa Li, VP Marketing of Costa Group Asia. “We aim to bring the beauty of the Italian lifestyle to Chinese guests, offering them an authentic Italian vacation experience. Together with Costa Venezia, which is enjoying great success, the arrival of Costa Firenze will help boost the development of Chinese cruise industry. The potential for future growth remains enormous: cruise travelers in China currently represent less than 2% of Chinese people who holiday abroad".

“Today we celebrate a milestone in the construction of Costa Firenze through which the ship owner will strengthen commitment in an emerging market,” said Luigi Matarazzo, Fincantieri GM Merchant Ships Division. “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”.

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