Tied in with the deployment announcement, Costa Cruises also signed an agreement with the Commissioner for Italy at Expo Dubai 2020 to be a gold sponsor of the Italian Pavilion.
The agreement was signed Thursday in Civitavecchia, on board Costa Smeralda, by Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises, and Commissioner Paolo Glisenti, in the presence of the UAE Ambassador in Italy, H.E. Omar Obaid Alshamsi.
The event saw the participation of the artist Annalisa.
‘We are really proud to be part of the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, which is another tangible and concrete sign of the restart of Italian tourism and economy,’ said Zanetti.
Expo Dubai, which will open its doors on October 1, 2021, ‘will be a meeting place for discussions on crucial issues for the future, such as the development of sustainable and inclusive tourism, on which our company intends to act as example for the entire sector, creating value for the local economies in our destinations, under the banner of innovation, respect for cultures and for the environment,’ added Zanetti.
Commissioner Glisenti commented, ‘In the Italy Pavilion, dedicated to our country that over the centuries and still today sails towards new lands of knowledge and culture, we will welcome the many cruise tourists who will join us.’
Costa Firenze’s week-long cruises will visit the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Oman, with calls at Abu Dhabi, Doha, Muscat and a multi-day long stop in Dubai. Specific packages to allow visits to the Italy Pavilion and the Expo will be available for guests.
Costa Firenze will make its first voyage July 4, with an all-Italian itinerary that includes Savona, Civitavecchia, Palermo, Naples, Messina and Cagliari.
From September 12 until mid-October, the ship will offer one-week international cruises, calling Savona, Civitavecchia, Naples, Ibiza, Barcelona and Marseilles.
Costa Firenze was due to move to Asia in October 2021 to join sister Costa Venezia.