Media Invite to Costa Venezia for a ship visit
Costa Venezia, by far the largest ship introduced to Asia has celebrated its maiden call to Singapore last weekend. The ship is designed specifically for the Asian market, offering Italian hospitality, culture, lifestyle and food.
Many of the ship’s interiors are in fact inspired by the city of Venice. The ship’s main atrium is reminiscent of St. Mark’s Square, its theatre inspired by the world-renowned Venetian La Fenice opera house while the main restaurants recall the traditional architecture of Venetian alleys and squares.
As Costa Venezia offers authentic Italian experience, there are also many facilities such as high end looking mahjong tables and specialty restaurants that cater to the Asian guests.
Asian dining such as hotpot, teppanyaki, dim sum and noodles are among the options available apart from the authentic Italian cuisine, lounge and bar snacks.
The following are the list of food & beverages options:
- Canal Grande
- Marco Polo Resturant
- Lido Marketplace
- Ristorante Casanova
- Frutti di Mare Resturant
- La Fiorentina Steak House
- Lu (Hot Pot)
- Yan (Teppanyaki)
- Napoli Pizza
- Various Delicacies
Lounges & Bar
- Piazza San Marco
- Lounge Delle Stelle
- Gondolo Lounge
- Bella Bar
I had the privilege to experience a traditional Venice lunch menu on board Costa Venezia. Started off with a bread basket. Had a slice of fragrant and buttery bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Almost mistaken as a crustacean dish, the Baccala Mantecato is said to be one of the most iconic dish in Venetian Cuisine. Baccala means Norwegian stockfish in Venice and it was probably marshed salt cod with a refreshing hint of saltiness.
The La sopa coada is a typical dish of the Treviso cuisine. A traditional recipe of many variation, this broth dish is prepared with alternate layers of soaked bread and boneless chicken. It was like a clear consomme with bold flavors.
The Spaghetti alla busara that originated from Dalmatian and Istrian region did not really left an impression. Perhaps mundane looking with just tomato sauce, the 2 small pieces of crustaceans did not help.
A Venetian recipe, the Masorin col pein is duck roasted after being filled with chicken liver pinenuts and amaretti. Love the thick slice of duck meat with the contrasting texture of liver and the thicken sauce.
Frittelle is a Venice carnival dessert which became the national cake of Venetian State. It has close resemblance to having fried donuts with custard cream. Crisp and perhaps a little too hard to chew comfortably on.
Besides the food, Costa Venezia also offers a wide variety of entertainment experience which creates a bridge between Asian and European culture.
Scheduled all day till night, performances include shows, acrobats, demonstrations, music and more. Head over to the deck to have fun with the 3 water slides, have a dip in the pools or even sing in one of the 11 themed KTV rooms.
Costa Venezia also has almost 8000 square foot duty-free shopping gallery with 2500 square foot dedicated to beauty products. Carrying over 30 international brands, many being first time at sea, it would definitely be a fulfilling experience as shop your way across the ship floor.
Be sure to check out Costa Venezia if you would like to consider experiencing the Italian style of hospitality!