Shanghai Homeport For Costa Serena

Costa Cruises, the Italian cruise line owned by industry giant Carnival Corporation, today announced it is scaling up its presence in the Far East. The line is sending the 114,500-GRT Costa Serena to China for a year-round deployment, joining fleet mates Costa Atlantica and Costa Victoria.


From April 2015, the ship will be based out of Shanghai, operating 3- to 5-night roundtrip itineraries in northeast Asia. While no details of the sailings have been released, she is expected to closely follow the itineraries of her sisters in Asia and make calls to key Japanese and South Korean ports including Busan, Jeju, Kobe and Yokohama.


Built in 2007, Costa Serena was christened by French actress Marion Cotillard in Marseille as the “Ship of Gods” and has been featured in the National Geographic television mini-series “Cruise Ship Diaries”. Her decor draws inspiration from Greek and Roman mythology with Italian classical arts showcased by more than 5,990 works of art onboard, while the 13 decks offer spectacular entertainment and wellness facilities in the form of a 4D cinema, F1 racing simulator, water park and the 6,000-square meter Samsara Spa.


China is fast becoming the next battleground for cruise lines as they compete for business from the country’s travellers. Carnival Corporation is dedicating an unprecedented 4 ships (Costa Serena, Costa Atlantica, Costa Victoria, Sapphire Princess) to the region, while rival Royal Caribbean will have 3 vessels sailing Asian waters, including the groundbreaking Quantum of the Seas.


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