Costa Cruises offers something unique in the Med and Northern Europe in 2012
Costa Cruises features several new and unique programmes in 2012, and with booming interest in the Mediterranean and North Europe, extra programmes have been added.
The new Costa flagship Costa Fascinosa will make her debut in the spring 2012,and two new preview cruises will set sail before the scheduled inaugural cruise because of the huge interest in its first few voyages.
The first mini cruise, departing Venice on May 2, will call at Dubrovnik, Capri and Savona. The second departs Savona on May 7 calling at Corfu, Kotor and Venice.
The refurbished and renamed Costa neoRomantica will be sailing in northern Europe
New summer itineraries in the Mediterranean will be dedicated to the most popular holiday preferences: beach, fun and culture.
The first itinerary is a fly and cruise programme, homeporting in Rhodes and is a beach oriented seven-night itinerary in the Aegean Sea, visiting six different Greek islands.
From the end of June to mid-September 2012, Costa Atlantica will depart from Rhodes every Friday to Kos, Samos, Izmir, Mykonos, Santorini and Heraklion/Crete Island.
From September 14 until November, the ship will continue her seven-night cruises from Rhodes with a more cultural itinerary, including Cyprus, Turkey, Israel and Greece.
Another brand new summer itinerary is dedicated to beaches and fun. From June to September, Costa Serena will be offering seven-night cruises including Savona, Rome, Costa Smeralda, an overnight call in Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca and Marseilles – with shore excursions to Provence.
A new itinerary is also scheduled in the Eastern Mediterranean to discover the beautiful Dalmatian Coast. During the entire summer season, Costa Classica will be offering a seven-night itinerary including a full day in Dubrovnik that will allow excursions to Medjugorje, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world.
Costa Classica’s new itinerary consists of: Trieste, Ancona, Dubrovnik/Medjugorje, Kefalonia, Corfu, Kotor and Split.
The new seven-night Western Mediterranean summer itinerary of Costa Concordia will call at Savona, Barcelona, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Catania and Naples.
More itineraries in the Black Sea, Portugal and Israel
Israel, Black Sea and Portugal are all increasingly popular destinations and itineraries have been altered to reflect this.In April 2012 and for departures between September to November, Costa Pacifica’s 11-night cruises, which previously featured Egypt, will be replaced by a Greece/Israel/Turkey itinerary with two days in Israel at Ashod and Haifa to visit Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
Costa Mediterranea will also be offering two additional 13-night Black Sea cruises as well as four new 10-night cruises to Lisbon and Casablanca with an overnight in Lisbon.
In autumn 2012, Costa Fortuna will be replacing 10-night cruises to Egypt with the already existing nine-night cruises to Lisbon and Casablanca.
Cagliari replaces Tunis
The Italian port of Cagliari will be replacing Tunis for the seven-night Western Mediterranean summer cruises of Costa Allegra, the seven-night Western Mediterranean winter cruises of Costa Concordia and for all Costa Deliziosa mini cruises in December 2011 and April 2012.
More cruises in the Fjords
In summer 2012, Costa Luminosa and Costa Fortuna will be offering additional seven-night cruises to the Fjords.
New itineraries for new ship Costa neoRomantica
After an initial 11-night Canary Islands cruise, from the end of March until mid-September, the refurbished and renamed Costa neoRomantica will be dedicated to a new programme of 14-night cruises, with exclusive itineraries covering North Europe.
Four cruises will discover the most interesting destination on the Atlantic Sea, such as Amsterdam, Bruges, Le Havre, St Malo, Bordeaux, Oporto and Lisbon, while, for the first time, six cruises will bring together the best destinations of the Fjords and Baltic Capitals and two cruises to Spitsbergen Island.
Grand Cruises to the Indian Ocean, Far East and Australia
Costa Cruises will also introduce new long-distance cruises on ancient navigators’ routes, dedicated to cruise fans.
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