The vessel, styled to reflect Florence’s both modern and historical architecture, will call Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, Catania, Palermo and Cagliari. From the end of July to the end of August, passengers will also be able to visit Valletta, Malta as part of the itinerary.
A gradual return to normality, says Zanetti
‘Costa Firenze is the perfect ambassador of Italian style, which we have combined with a series of product innovations designed especially for families and couples,’ said Mario Zanetti, president, Costa Cruises. ‘This is the fourth Costa ship to resume service this summer, confirming the gradual return to normality of our company and the cruise industry, which is of great economic and employment importance for our country.’
Designed and built at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard, Costa Firenze features 13 restaurants and eight bars. The food and wine available on board represents the widest selection in the fleet; each evening menu features a ‘destination dish,’ a recipe linked to the places visited, created exclusively for the line by Bruno Barbieri.
Costa vessels in operation
Costa Firenze is the fourth Costa ship to sail in 2021, after Costa Smeralda, Costa Luminosa and Costa Deliziosa.
Costa Fascinosa is scheduled to return to service on September 23 from Savona for 10-day cruises to Lisbon, and Costa Diadema, on September 26 from Savona, with long cruises to Turkey and Greece or Spain and Portugal.
In winter 2021-22, seven Costa vessels will sail, including new flagship Costa Toscana due for delivery in December this year. Collectively, they will offer cruises in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South America, United Arab Emirates, Canary Islands and a world cruise.
Costa Firenze, Costa Smeralda and Costa Toscana will sail in the Western Mediterranean next summer, and Costa Deliziosa, Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Costa Diadema, Costa Fascinosa, Costa Favolosa and Costa Fortuna will operate in Northern Europe, offering cruises to Baltic cities and the Norwegian fjords.