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Costa Cruises Celebrated Float Out of Costa Firenze

Costa Cruises, the Italian company of Carnival Corporation, one of the world’s largest leisure travel company, and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, one of the largest shipbuilding groups in the world, recently celebrated the official float-out ceremony of Costa Firenze, the cruise liner’s second ship designed and built specifically for the Asian market.

The ceremony was held at Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, where the ship is being built with scheduled delivery on September 30, 2020, once the interior fittings have been completed.

Costa Firenze is the sister ship of Costa Venezia, built by Fincantieri at Monfalcone shipyard and launched in Trieste on March 01 this year.

The projects for construction of the two ships require thousands of shipyard workers and ancillary employees. Employment benefited not only the shipyards but also interior design and other vendors, of which mostly are Italian.

As part of yesterday’s float-out ceremony, Costa Firenze officially reached the sea for the first time. The celebration followed the protocol provided by the seafaring tradition for such occasions, by flooding the basin where the ship took shape in recent months, following the cutting of the ribbon and the breaking of the bottle by the float-out ceremony’s godmother Franca Pierobon, an employee of Marghera shipyard.