Costa Cruises has received official approval from the
PRC Ministry of Transportation to operate three special cruises across
the Straits between the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan.
Operating from April to May this year out of
Shanghai’s new cruise terminal, the historical cruises underline Costa Cruises
strong position in the development of this
promising emerging market.
The three cruises will navigate a
new route which was originally designed for Amway (China). Departing from Shanghai, the itineraries include calls
at ports in Hualian, Jilong and Taizhong in Taiwan and will
last for seven days and six nights.
The newest member of the
Costa fleet in Asia, Costa Classica, will be deployed for the
three Shanghai to Taiwan sailings.
are very honored to be operating the first cruises directly
between China and Taiwan, as this ushers in a brand new chapter
for Costa Cruises’s development in China,” said Massimo Brancaleoni, Vice President of Costa Cruises Asia
value China as one of the most important and promising oversea
markets for Costa globally, and strongly believe that the
relaxing of the policy on cross-Straits direct sea transport will
have a very positive impact on the Chinese cruise holiday
This route will offer a new and highly
appealing destination to Chinese consumers and, at the same time,
stimulate fast, profitable development of the coastal cities
economies, including Shanghai and Xiamen, both of which have
recently launched new cruise terminals.
Costa Cruises has also sent an official
application to the Department of Transportation to secure more
direct cruise trips in 2010.
With more than 60 years of
international cruise holiday experience, Costa Cruises decided to
establish a home port in Shanghai in July 2006, becoming one of the
first international companies to schedule regular cruises in
The year 2009
will see yet another important milestone for Costa Cruises’ rapid
development in Asia. As well as introducing its first direct
cruises between Taiwan and China, Costa will also be increasing
its investment in China.
From this April, Costa's Asian fleet
will welcome its second member, the Costa Classica. As one of the
most popular ships in Costa's entire fleet, the elegance and
sophistication of Costa Classica will up the ante for Costa's
world-famous Italian-style cruising in Asia. More importantly, it
will allow even more Asian tourists to enjoy a wonderful and
memorable cruise holiday.
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