Costa Cruises Launches neoCollection

Italian cruise line Costa Cruises has announced the launch of the Costa neoCollection, a new style of slow cruising promising longer, leisurely itineraries and extended time in port.


Exclusive to the Costa neoRiviera and Costa neoRomantica, the cruises focus on creating a more intimate and exclusive onboard atmosphere. Centered around local gastronomy and small-group immersive shore excursions, the line has worked with the Universita delle Scienze Gastonomiche in Pollenza to develop new menus featuring authentic cuisine while land tours are limited to 25 passengers and designed to highlight cultural and natural sights.


Costa neoRiviera

The smaller ships allow itineraries visiting ports inaccessible to larger vessels, while longer calls provide maximum time on shore. The programme begins with a 62-day “Grand Africa Tour” sailing from Dubai on 9 February 2014, visiting the Indian coast, the Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Cape Town, Mozambique, Namibia, St. Helena, Senegal, Cape Verde, Canary Islands and Morocco before ending in Savona. In the Mediterranean, Costa neoRiviera will offer the 12-day “Mediterranean Heart” itinerary calling at Toulon, Salerno, Livorno, Valletta, Porto Empedocle and Barcelona, while the “Mediterranean Spirit” itinerary explores the region’s historically evocative islands as well as Italy’s Amalfi Coast, with stops at Toulon, Propriano, Olbia, Trapani, Valletta, Capri, Salerno and Portoferraio.


Costa neoRomantica

Cruisers seeking cooler climates and landscapes will find the Costa neoRomantica offering 13- to 15-day summer cruises in the Baltic and Scandinavia. Sailing from Amsterdam, the 13-day “Northern Capitals” sailings will see the ship visit Bornholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg (where she spends 2 full days in port), Tallinn, Stockholm, Visby and Copenhagen. The 13-day “Kingdom of Light” itinerary allows guests opportunities to marvel at the stunning landscape of Norway’s majestic fjords and the midnight sun, calling at Hellesylt, Geiranger, Trondheim, Honningsvag, Tromso, Leknes, Olden and Bergen. The ship will also sail a 14-day “Beyond the North Cape” voyage on 7 July 2014, an exclusive cruise roundtrip from Amsterdam that ventures deep into the Arctic Circle to the Svalbard Islands.


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