Costa Cruises Unveils 2012 Itineraries

Italian cruise line Costa Cruises has unveiled plans for the deployment of its fleet for the 2012/2013 cruise season. Covering over 130 different itineraries and 250 destinations across Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East as well as a world cruise, the line is set to reaffirm its leading position in Europe and increase its total capacity with the arrival of a new flagship, the 114,500-GRT Costa Fascinosa.



Expanding on its operations in Asia, Costa Cruises will be replacing the 52,926-GRT Costa Classica with the larger Costa Victoria, which will increase its capacity in the region by 40 percent. The ship offers guests 246 veranda cabins to enjoy the scenery and ocean panoramas from the comfort of their own staterooms, as well as 5 restaurants, 10 bars and the chic Pompei Wellness Centre inspired by ancient Roman baths.


Following her arrival in Singapore from Dubai, Costa Victoria will sail up the South China Sea on 28 March 2012 to Shanghai, visiting Da Nang, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Laem Chabang and Sanya enroute. She will homeport in the Chinese city from April to November 2012, operating a series of voyages ranging from 4- to 7-nights between China, Japan and South Korea, calling at ports including Busan, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Hososhima, Jeju, Kagoshima, Osaka, Wakayama and Yokohama. The ship then repositions via Da Nang, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Keelung and Naha to Singapore, where she will explore Southeast Asia with a 14-night cruise around Malaysia and Thailand. 



Costa Cruises will be deploying 2 ships to the Caribbean in 2012, with the 2,680-guest Costa Atlantica sailing 10-night roundtrip voyages from Miami and the 2,826-guest Costa Luminosa operating 7-night island-hopping cruises. The former’s new itinerary takes guests to ports including Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Grand Turk, Key West, Nassau, Ocho Rios and Roatan before she repositions to Europe in April 2012.


Costa Luminosa will visit Antigua, Isla Catalina, Guadaloupe, La Romana, Martinique, St. Maarten and Tortola, arriving at a different port each day. Onboard, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the superb amenities of the Samsara Spa, including a solarium, thalassotherapy pool, sauna and Turkish hammam, as well as the Samsara cabins and suites with direct spa access.


Europe and the Mediterranean

5 of the line’s ships will operate in Europe on cruises exploring Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea. Designed to visit 6 of Europe’s top capital cities, Costa Cruises will be introducing an 8-night itinerary from Amsterdam onboard the Costa Magica with calls at Hamburg, Copenhagen, Oslo, Le Havre and Dover, while the Costa Deliziosa, Costa Fortuna, Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica will operate cruises taking guests to popular ports such as Helsinki, Riga, St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Talinn, as well as voyages to the Norwegian fjords and deep into the Arctic Circle.


The bulk of Costa Cruises’ fleet will again sail in the Mediterranean, with 15 ships deployed through the year including the line’s new 114,500-GRT Costa Fascinosa, which debuts on 7 May 2012 with a 3-night vernissage cruise and will operate 7-night eastern Mediterranean sailings from Venice and Bari to Greece and Croatia. Other highlights include the return of Trieste as a departure port, with the Costa Classica leaving every Saturday from May through November 2012 on cruises to the Greek islands, Athens and Dubrovnik. 


Middle East and Indian Ocean

The Costa Favolosa will spend her first winter season positioned in Dubai, while the Costa Mediterranea will be homeported in neighbouring Abu Dhabi. Both vessels will offer weekly cruises around the Arabian Gulf, calling at ports including Bahrain, Fujairah and Muscat. In January and February 2012, Costa Mediterranea will also embark on 3 exclusive voyages to India and the Maldives, visiting Cochin, Goa, Male and Mumbai.


Costa Cruises will also be sailing weekly roundtrips from Sharm el Sheikh year-round in the Red Sea, with port calls in Aqaba, Eilat, Safaga and Sokhna. The line will be deploying the Costa Allegra and Iberocruceros’ Grand Voyager until March 2012, with the Costa Marina taking over through to November 2012, offering its distinctive Italian-style service. Prior to her repositioning to Egypt, the ship will sail a series of Indian Ocean roundtrips from Mauritius exploring the Seychelles, Madagascar and Reunion Island.


World Cruise

Costa Cruises’ Costa Deliziosa will again embark on a world cruise following the success of the first edition of the voyage. Departing Savona on 6 January 2013, the 100-day westbound sailing marks the revival of what was once a highlight of the line’s operations spanning more than 60 years and retraces the routes used by navigators of the past.


The first leg to Los Angeles, dubbed “Cristoforo Colombo” after the famed Italian explorer’s voyages to the Americas, takes guests to explore the sights and sounds of Marseille, Barcelona, Madeira, St. Lucia, Grenada, Curacao, Aruba, Cartagena, Puerto Limon, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas. Departing California on 4 February 2013 for Singapore, the 38-night “James Cook” leg pays tribute to the Southern Hemisphere’s most famous explorer, with stopovers in Honolulu, Pago Pago, Suva, Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. On the final “Marco Polo” leg back to Savona, Costa Deliziosa celebrates the travels of the Venetian merchant with calls in Port Klang, Langkawi, Phuket, Colombo, Cochin, Goa, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Muscat, Salalah, Sharm el Sheikh, Alexandria and Civitavecchia.


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