Costa Cruises is set to double its presence in Asia by
the end of March with the arrival of Costa Classica, one of the most
popular liners in the 12-strong fleet.
Costa Classica, the 14-storey, 53,000
gross-tonnage ship, with a guest capacity of 1,680 and 590
crewmembers, is currently making its eastbound journey from Dubai
after completing its Middle East winter itineraries. It is
scheduled to cruise into Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong for the very first time
on April 9, joining the Costa Allegra as the second Costa ship
to be stationed in Asia.
Before making its permanent home in
Asia, Costa Classica is taking its guests on a culturally rich
and diverse journey with port calls in India, The Maldives, Sri
Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Hainan
Island, before reaching Hong Kong for a historic welcoming
Since the arrival of Costa’s first ship in Asia,
the Costa Allegra, in 2006, more than 50,000 guests have
enjoyed an Italian-style cruise experience on over 100 cruises.
With the second cruise ship in the Asian market, Costa will
offer nearly 55,000 additional berths with a total of over 60
cruises, thus bringing its overall capacity in the region to
Dario Rustico, Costa Cruises’ Sales and
Marketing Director of Pacific Asia Operations, said, “The arrival of Costa Classica in Hong Kong on
April 9, 2009 reinforces Costa’s commitment to the cruise
industry in the Asia Pacific. As the first international cruise
line to deploy two ships to the region throughout the year, we
strongly believe in its long term potential. We will continue to
further develop the markets to make cruising the number one
holiday choice and the positioning of Costa Romantica in Asia scheduled for March 2010 is further testament to our ongoing
From July to
October this year, Costa Classica will offer a series of
4-to-6-day cruise holidays that will include the popular ports
of Tianjin, Shanghai, Japan and Korea.These cruise packages
will be priced from just HK$5,0991, inclusive of the round trip
airfare from Hong Kong to the ports of embarkation.
These shorter Asia cruise itineraries have proven extremely popular
among Costa’s Asian guests, who are responding to the Costa cruise
product in ever-increasing numbers.
For those seeking to set
sail for a longer period, Costa will complement its shorter
cruises with 14 to 17 night cruises on the Costa Classica and
Costa Allegra that will appeal to international cruisers.
The Costa Classica entered service in 1991 and was built by
Fincantieri at its Marghera shipyard (Venice)and refurbished
The ship measures 220 meters in length, offers a total
guest capacity of 1,680 and features 1,304 lower berths. She has
659 cabins including 10 suites, 2 swimming pools and 4
The art collection of the ship includes masterpieces of
the worldwide renowned artists Arnaldo Pomodoro and Emilio Tadini.
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