Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri has delivered a cruise ship, named Costa Firenze, to Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corporation.
Inspired by the Florentine Renaissance, Costa Firenze was designed and built in the Marghera shipyard.
With 135,500 gross tonnage, the new cruise ship will be able to accommodate more than 5,200 passengers.
Costa Firenze is part of the seven new ships to be delivered to the Costa Group by 2023, with a total investment of over €6bn.
It is the fourth such ship to be delivered.
Costa Group and Carnival Asia group CEO Michael Thamm said: “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. Our hope is that people will soon be able to travel again and that more ships will set sail and contribute to the revitalization of tourism in Italy, Europe and globally.
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“Looking beyond the pandemic, Costa’s goal is to design the future of sustainable and zero emission cruising and we hope that our long-lasting partnership with Fincantieri can bring our companies to work together on a roadmap that can lead to this ambitious yet essential objective.”
Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono said: “Costa Firenze is the third cruise ship we have delivered since September and we are pleased that the name of this unit recalls one of the most famous cities of art in Italy and in the world. The delivery is an important moment because it is the concrete demonstration that the company is getting back to its normal production activity.
“I would also like to underline that the financial and economic situation of Fincantieri has not changed significantly compared to what we communicated in the previous quarters. The company has proven to be very resilient, avoiding the cancellation of orders and strengthening relations with the customers of the cruise sector.
“We are a growing company, we gained an international reputation and reliability, making further development easier, and we can count on an order book guaranteeing long-term visibility with opportunities to increase efficiency, productivity and profitability.”
The new ship will hit waters in the Mediterranean next year.
After October 2021, Costa Firenze will join her sister ship Costa Venezia in Asia.
Presently, out of 14 ships operating in the Costa Cruises fleet, as many as 11 have been built by Fincantieri.