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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.

Cruises confirm their positive contribution to the European and Italian economy. In particular, the Costa Group, a leader in this sector, both in Europe and China, with 3,2 million guests, generated a total economic impact in 2018 of EUR12,6 billion in Europe, creating over 63,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

On February 28, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Costa Cruises officially took delivery of Costa Venezia, the Italian company's first ship designed specifically to offer the Chinese market the best of Italy.

July 07 was a red-letter date in the history of Costa Cruises as a party celebrating the cruise line’s 70th anniversary saw an attempt to win a Guinness World Record for longest slide within an hour.

Costa Cruises celebrated the traditional coin ceremony for its new ship, Costa Smeralda, at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, one of the world’s biggest shipbuilding complexes.

Hermann Klein has been appointed managing director of Carnival Maritime, starting September 01.

According to the 2018 Cruise Travel Report prepared for Cruise Lines International Association, based on a survey by JD Power, cruising is the top vacation choice for every age range, especially millennials.

Costa Cruises has unveiled 4GOODFOOD, a programme aiming to halve food waste on board its ships by 2020.

Costa Cruises announced major shipboard improvements on Costa Magica and Costa Pacifica to further enhance the cruise experience before they reposition to the Caribbean for their scheduled winter cruises.

Costa Cruises held the traditional coin ceremony at Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, where it unveiled its new ship Costa Venezia, the first Costa ship built and designed specifically for Chinese guests.