Costa Crociere Targets Indian Market

Italy’s Costa Cruises has announced its upcoming entry to South Asia, with plans to dedicate a ship to the Indian Ocean region for its inaugural season. Beginning in mid-December this year, the 1,300-guest Costa neoClassica will offer sailings between Mumbai and Male, marking the first time a major cruise line is operating regular cruises in this part of the world.


A pair of 7-night itineraries will be available to passengers and can be combined to form a 14-night roundtrip. Beginning in the Maldives, the ship will remain for 2 days in Male among the blue waters, shimmering beaches and white atolls of the island nation. She then sails north towards Colombo, Sri Lanka, where guests will visit the 25-hectare Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage ashore before heading to Goa, known worldwide for its spectacular beaches and Portuguese colonial architecture. Continuing north, Costa neoClassica will arrive in Mumbai and stay in the city for 2 days so guests can fully savour its sights, sounds and colours. Her journey continues back down the Indian coast to New Mangalore and Cochin, where guests will have the opportunity to partake in excursions during the ship’s 2-day stay, including an auto rickshaw visit to Kumbalangi village and a houseboat ride in the Kerala Backwaters. A short sailing then sees Costa neoClassica arrive back in Male.


Built in her native Italy in 1991, the ship was recently refurbished in 2014 to undertake the “slow cruising” concept of the Costa neoCollection. Her relatively small size is suited for the pathfinding role for Costa Cruises, with 654 cabins, gourmet Italian cuisine and a range of wellness and entertainment facilities.


Costa neoClassica is scheduled to spend 3 months in India until mid-March 2017, replacing her previously-planned deployment to Dubai.


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