Genoa - Costa Cruises has started selling tickets for the inaugural cruise of Costa Venezia, the Italian company’s new ship currently being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone. The cruise will set off from Trieste on 8 March 2019, on a 53 day, eastward-bound itinerary in the footsteps of Marco Polo that will end in Yokohama, in Japan, on 29 April 2019.
The cruise will take guests on a voyage of discovery through different cultures, landscapes and flavours, just like the Venetian explorer. The ship will leave the Mediterranean and cross the Suez Canal and the Red Sea before entering the Persian Gulf, calling at Dubrovnik, Bari, Greece, Israel, Jordan and Oman on the way.
After stops at Dubai and Abu Dhabi the ship will then head towards India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. The last leg of the cruise will be the Far East: Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and finally Japan. The itinerary can be split into three different legs, Trieste-Dubai, (20 days) Dubai-Singapore (18 days) and Singapore-Yokohama (17 days), or combinations of the three legs. The inaugural cruise is currently the only cruise holiday option available on the new ship.
Costa Venezia is the first Costa ship to be designed and built specifically for the Chinese market, and after its first voyage, it will be dedicated exclusively to the local market. So it will be a unique opportunity to try a different cruise experience from the one usually available to European and American guests. A different cruise experience that starts with its interior design, which will be a veritable “virtual” trip to Venice.
In 2006 Costa Cruises was the first international cruise company to enter the Chinese market, in which it has become a leader. In China cruises with Costa are known as “Italy at sea”, because they offer local guests an Italian and European-style holiday experience, with top quality cuisine, entertainment and hospitality.