Carnival Cruise Line is teaming up with sister Carnival Corp brand, Italian Costa Cruises to create a new concept for Carnival’s North American guests, "COSTA by CARNIVAL," which debuts in the spring of 2023 as Costa Venezia joins the Carnival fleet sailing from New York. Costa Venezia will be followed by Costa Firenze, arriving in the spring of 2024 to sail from Long Beach.
“Costa Venezia and Costa Firenze will bring Carnival’s guests the ambiance and beauty of Italy,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We’re going to invite our guests to Choose Fun with Carnival, Italian Style!”
Mario Zanetti, president of Costa Cruises, said, “We are excited to see these iconic ships make their debut in the U.S. under the leadership and operation of our sister brand. Costa providing the beautiful ship with its’ Italian design and Carnival delivering FUN, Italian Style!” Zanetti added that Costa will be informing clients impacted by this news.
According to Duffy, the ships will continue operating their regular Costa itineraries until they are assigned to Carnival for dry dock work and deployment. Deployment and itinerary plans are being finalized, with the Venezia announcement "coming soon" given its spring 2023 launch date for Carnival.
Costa Venezia and Costa Firenze are sister ships to Carnival Vista, Carnival Horizon and Carnival Panorama, weighing 135,500 gross tons and accommodating up to 5,260 guests.