Costa Cruises has announced a new program for the next seasons for Costa Venezia and Costa Firenze as the company teams up with Carnival Cruise Line creating a new concept for Carnival’s North American guests when COSTA by CARNIVAL debuts in the spring of 2023.
Costa Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line are introducing a new concept in North America: COSTA by CARNIVAL. As part of the new concept Costa Venezia will join the Carnival fleet, to be followed Costa Firenze in the spring of 2024.
Carnival will operate Costa Venezia and Costa Firenze with an offer that will marry Costa’s Italian style with the great service, food, and entertainment that Carnival’s guests enjoy. The ships will continue operating their regular Costa itineraries until they are assigned to Carnival for deployment.
“We are excited to see these iconic Costa ships make their debut in the US under the leadership and operation of our sister brand. Costa providing its beautiful ships with their Italian design and Carnival delivering FUN, Italian Style!” Mario Zanetti, President Costa Cruises said. “Given the slow
restart of the Asian operations and the strong restart of cruises in the US, we decided to seize this opportunity to allow the many North American guests to appreciate our unique ships’ features, creating synergies within this important market”.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line says the new concept is an exciting opportunity for Carnival to operate two additional beautiful Vista class ships and bring a unique experience to those who love the culture, food and vibe of Italy. “There are lots of ways we plan to create an immersive fun experience for our guests who choose to sail on these ships, which have beautiful Italian design elements, dining and retail that will deliver Carnival fun leveraging the spirit of Italy from our sister line Costa.”
Costa Venezia will join the Carnival fleet sailing from New York. Costa Firenze will arrive in the spring of 2024 and sail from Long Beach. Costa Venezia is currently offering an exclusive program departing from Istanbul visiting ports in Turkey and Greece. Costa Firenze is sailing in the Western Mediterranean with stops in France, Italy and Spain.