Grand Mistral To Become Costa neoRiviera And Cruise From Dubai

Costa Crociere has announced the transfer of the 1,600-passenger Grand Mistral from the fleet of subsidiary Iberocruceros. The ship will be renamed the Costa neoRiviera and deploy to the Middle East for her inaugural season under Costa Cruises’ colours.

Refurbished in 2005 and further enhanced with new suites and cabins in 2007, the Grand Mistral’s onboard facilities include 3 restaurants, 6 bars and 2 shopping arcades, with recreation from 3 swimming pools, jacuzzis, a beauty and wellness center, show lounge and disco. Prior to entering service as Costa neoRiviera in November 2013, the line will remodel her exterior decks and interior public areas to replicate the atmosphere of the Italian and French rivieras.

Following her makeover, Costa neoRiviera will homeport in Dubai from 24 November 2013 to sail an innovative 7-night itinerary. Roundtrip from the emirate, the weekly voyages will visit neighbouring Abu Dhabi and Muscat, with an overnight and late departure from each port allowing ample time for sightseeing and shore excursions. These include a day at the private Al Maya Island Resort in Abu Dhabi, visiting Oman’s Nizwa Fort, dune bashing and an overnight stay in a Bedouin tented camp.

Costa neoRiviera’s continues a tradition of Middle Eastern cruising for Costa Cruises, which has established a considerable presence in the region out of Dubai. She joins her fleetmate Costa Fortuna, which will be deployed in the emirate from 20 December 2013 through 21 March 2014.

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