Costa Cruises Receives Approval To Operate Cross-Straits Cruises

Costa Cruises has received approval from China’s Ministry of Transportation to operate 3 special cross-straits cruises between China and Taiwan. From April to May 2009, Costa Cruises’ newest addition to its fleet in Asia, the 52,926 GRT Costa Classica, will sail out of Shanghai’s new cruise terminal for the 7-day sailings.


The 3 special cruises will navigate a new route, calling at the Taiwanese ports of Hualien, Keelung and Taichung, offering a new and highly appealing destination to Chinese consumers. Guests onboard the Costa Classica will be able to enjoy luxury accomodation and gourmet dining in the 12 restaurants and bars. Entertainment and recreation options include the Colosseo Theater and solarium featuring 2 swimming pools, 4 jacuzzi hydromassage baths, a fitness center, jogging track and the Carracalla spa.


Costa Cruises has also officially applied to operate more cross-straits cruises in 2010 and will be increasing its investment in China, homeporting 2 ships in Asia, the Costa Allegra and the Costa Classica. In July 2006, Costa Cruises established a home port in Shanghai, becoming 1 of the first international cruise companies to schedule regular cruises in China.

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