Two more Costa ships are moving to the US to join Carnival Cruise Line from 2023.
Costa Venezia will make the move next spring, and Costa Firenze in spring 2024.
It had previously been announced that Costa Luminosa will join the Carnival fleet this September, when it will be rebranded Carnival Luminosa.
However, Costa Venezia and Costa Firenze will retain their original names and interior design and sail under a new brand, Costa by Carnival.
“Given the slow restart of the Asian operations and the strong restart of cruises in the US, we decided to seize this opportunity to allow the many North American guests to appreciate our unique ships’ features, creating synergies within this important market,” said Costa Cruises President Mario Zanetti.
The cruise line said it is informing its trade partners and guests about these changes and will communicate ‘shortly’ which ships will replace Costa Venezia and Costa Firenze on their planned itineraries.
This includes an exclusive programme in Turkey, departing from Istanbul.
In a statement, Carnival President Christine Duffy said Costa by Carnival was ‘an exciting opportunity for us to operate two additional beautiful Vista-class ships and bring a unique experience to those who love the culture, food and vibe of Italy.
“There are lots of ways we plan to create an immersive fun experience for our guests who choose to sail on these ships, which have beautiful Italian-design elements, dining and retail that will deliver Carnival fun the spirit of Italy from our sister line Costa Cruises.”