Third Ship For Costa Cruises’ neoCollection

Costa Cruises today announced the addition of a third ship to its Costa neoCollection product line. The 53,000-GRT, 654-cabin Costa Classica will undergo a major refit and renamed Costa neoClassica before joining the sub-fleet in December 2014 to offer a series of new itineraries in the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean.


Indian Ocean Itineraries from Mauritius

Beginning with a 26-day “From Egypt to the Spice Islands” voyage, Costa neoClassica departs Savona for her seasonal homeport of Port Louis in Mauritius. Enroute, the ship will transit the Suez Canal and call at ports including Sharm El Sheikh, Eilat (where guests have the opportunity to visit Jerusalem on Christmas Day), Aqaba (gateway to the ancient city of Petra), Safaga and Salalah, before cruising down the African coast with stops in Mahe, Diego Suarez and St. Denis.


Between 12 January and 22 February 2015, Costa neoClassica will offer a quartet of 14-day “Indian Ocean, Paradise on Earth” roundtrip cruises. Leaving Port Louis at 2100 hrs, she arrives to the turquoise waters and pristine beaches of the Seychelles on a 3-day call in Mahe after 2 sea-days, thereafter hopping over to Madagascar and Reunion Island before returning to Mauritius. Costa Cruises’ charter flights will ferry guests between Italy and the island nation.


Costa neoClassica heads back to the Mediterranean on a grand 32-day cruise themed “From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean of Antiquity”. Sailing from Mauritius on 9 March 2015, the ship visits Madagascar’s Tamatave, Diego Suarez and Nosy Be, retracing her route in reverse to the Seychelles, Oman, Egypt, Jordan and Israel. Entering the Mediterranean, the vessel calls at Heraklion, Piraeus and Katakolon in Greece, Split and Ancona prior to her arrival in Venice.


Venetian Homeport for Mediterranean Explorations

From April through June 2015 and from September through November 2015, Costa neoClassica will sail from Venice and Ancona on the 11-day “Venice and Italy’s Treasures” itinerary, with the route covering historical and cultural locales including Calabria, Corigliano Calabro, Syracuse, Ionian, Valletta, Kotor and Split. The ship also will sail 16-day “Voyage from Venice to the Black Sea” between April and September 2015, as well as week-long, roundtrip “Istanbul and the Greek Islands” cruises from 17 June to 15 August 2015 visiting Rhodes, Kos, Samos and Izmir. Air connections are available via Costa charter flights from Italy.


Designed to offer longer “slow cruising” itineraries to unique destinations, the Costa neoCollection cruises are highlighted by immersive, tailor-made tours for small groups of no more than 25 participants. The small ship sub-fleet of the highly successful Costa neoRomantica, Costa neoRiviera and the upcoming Costa neoClassica allows access to ports that would otherwise restrict larger vessels.


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