Costa Cruises has officially taken delivery of Costa Firenze. The new ship is inspired by the Florentine Renaissance and was built and designed at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard.
Costa Cruises‘ new ship Costa Firenze is inspired by the Florentine Renaissance at its height, and embodies the taste for beauty, finding its exaltation in the city of Florence.
Costa Firenze’s interior design is a celebration of the Tuscan city, cradle of Renaissance art and culture. The common spaces reflect the harmony of a stroll through a Florentine street or square, even in the choice of colors. The charming atrium of the ship “Piazza della Signoria”, for example honors the Florentine square. The colors, patterns and shapes of the interior design evoke those of the architecture of the Florentine Renaissance, as seen in the Palazzo Vecchio Restaurant or the Medici Restaurant. Costa Firenze offers a total of 13 bars and seven restaurants.
The ideal family vacation
Costa Firenze represents a perfect vacation, especially for families. Many new areas are dedicated to children and teenagers so they can enjoy unforgettable experiences with their parents. An example is ‘La Laguna Water Park’, a real water park with 3 slides and a pool with water games for the little ones. The ‘Rope Garden Adventure Park’ – an adventure park suspended over the sea – is guaranteed to bring loads of fun for teenagers. They will also enjoy the ‘Teen Playground’ with ‘Foot Billiard’, a billiard table to play with your feet, and the five-a-side football field.
Not only families will find Costa Firenze a truly unique ship. Many offers are designed for couples, especially for foodies. On board, guests can choose from a wide selection of restaurants that satisfy the most demanding palates, such as La Fiorentina Steak House .Here guests can taste the famous Florentine steak. The Palazzo Vecchio and Dei Medici restaurants offer menus dedicated to Mediterranean cuisine. The Frutti di Mare restaurant and the Seafood Shack offer special seafood snacks to enjoy outdoors. Those who prefer to experience more exotic tastes can try Teppanyaki, Dim Sum or Hot Pot restaurants.
For lunch or dinner with the family guests can choose between the Pizzeria, the Burger Bar an the Lanai BBQ – an open-air barbecue. For a quick but tasty break there’s the Gelateria, with authentic Italian ice cream made on board every day.
Costa Firenze also offers many spaces for intimate moments, such as a couple’s happy hour at sunset at the Aperol Spritz Bar in the Rose Garden. This large open-air balcony features swing chairs and soft lighting creating a romantic atmosphere in the middle of the sea. The 9 bars on board offer a truly quality choice, thanks to partnerships with prestigious Italian brands. In addition to the Aperol Spritz Bar, guests will enjoy the brand-new Frescobaldi Wine Experience, where they can enjoy a truly unique wine tasting experience.
Where does Costa Firenze sail?
While custom build for the Asian market, Costa Firenze will spend 2021 exploring the Mediterranean offering two different 8-day and 7-night itineraries in the Western Mediterranean.
The first itinerary, available from February 28, 2021, includes three magnificent Italian destinations: Genoa, La Spezia, from which excursions also depart to visit Florence and admire its artistic beauty that inspired the ship, and Naples. Then, the ship cruises to Valencia, a city of arts and science characterized by futuristic structures and beautiful beaches, and Barcelona, a city of art known for its unique and symbolic buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí. The itinerary continues towards the south of France to stop in Marseille, another pearl of the Mediterranean, and then return to Genoa.
The second itinerary, available from May to October 2021, stops in Genoa, Civitavecchia, from which excursions depart to visit Rome, and Naples. The navigation then continues towards the coasts of Spain, with calls at the vibrant island of Ibiza and Barcelona, to visit its artistic and architectural beauties. The last stop before returning to Italy is Marseille.
Following her maiden season in Europe, the ship will sail towards China to sail the Eastern seas.
With 135,500 gross tonnage and a capacity of more than 5,200 guests, Costa Firenze is part of the development plan that includes seven new ships to be delivered for the Costa Group by 2023, for a total investment of more than €6 billion. Costa Firenze is the fourth of these new ships to be delivered with three more to come. Of the 14 ships currently operating in the Costa Cruises fleet, 11 were built by Fincantieri.