Costa Atlantica To Cruise Asia In 2013

Italian cruise line Costa Cruises has announced it will raise capacity in Asia for the 2013 cruise season, sending the 85,700-GRT Costa Atlantica to the region. The 2,680-passenger ship joins the Costa Victoria, which is being deployed to the Far East this year together with the Costa Classica, to double the line’s offering as it looks to diversify beyond its native Europe.


From May to June 2013, Costa Atlantica will operate out of Singapore on a series of Southeast Asian itineraries. She will visit ports including Koh Samui, Kuantan, Laem Chabang, Langkawi, Malacca, Penang and Port Klang on 3-, 4- and 7-day cruises, which can be combined into a 14-day voyage.


The ship then repositions to Shanghai, homeporting in the Chinese city from June through October 2013. She will sail short cruises to Japan and South Korea from China, calling at Busan, Fukuoka, Hososhima, Jeju Island and Kagoshima.


Launched in 2000, Costa Atlantica celebrates Italian cinema and the arts, which serves as the inspiration for her interiors. Each passenger deck is named after a movie by Italian film director Federico Fellini, with images from masterpieces “La Dolce Vita” and “Madame Butterfly” and recreations of Venice’s historic Caffe Florian. 1,057 cabins and suites, 4 restaurants and 12 bars, as well as a host of wellness and entertainment facilities ensure guests cruise in comfort and are kept occupied at sea.


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