Costa sets sail on more cruises than ever in 2012
Costa Cruises has put together a bigger-than-ever range of vacation options for for 2012 with more than 250 destinations, at least 130 itineraries and around seven shore excursions on offer per port of call.
It has increased increased its total capacity by 12 per centcompared to 2011, sailing around the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, China and the Far East, United Arab Emirates, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Caribbean, South America and the new Round-the-World cruise.
Costa is synonymous not only with convenience and accessibility – thanks to a choice of around 60 ports of embarkation worldwide – but also with value for money, in particular the ProntoPrice formula, with greatly discounted rates exclusively available to early bookers.
There will be more than 2,200 shore excursions to choose from in 2012, with around 300 eco-tourism excursions that minimise the impact on the ecosystem, visiting parks and local communities.
The programme offers the following:
The return of the Round-the-World cruise
100 days in the wake of famous navigators
For the second year running, Costa is offering the Round World Cruise, on board the Costa Deliziosa. Costa is once again offering its customers the chance to experience the cruise of a lifetime. Depart from Savona on January 6 on a 100-day world voyage westbound, in the wake of the great navigators of the past.
A highlight of Costa’s operations is revived with Costa Deliziosa’s world voyage
From Savona to Los Angeles via the Caribbean, the Panama Canal and Mexico; from Los Angeles to Singapore with stopovers in Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia; from Singapore to Savona via Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Red Sea and Egypt.
This marks the revival of what was for so long a highlight of the Italian line’s operations spanning more than six decades, now with all the luxurious amenities of the Costa Deliziosa, the most exclusive and innovative member of the fleet.
Spring 2012 - new flagship Costa Fascinosa
The Costa Fascinosa, which is currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard, will be the 16th ship in the Costa fleet, and is the sister ship of the Costa Favolosa. She completes the Costa fleet expansion programme, which began in 2000.
As her name suggests, the Costa Fascinosa will be a glamorous ship; her interior design draws inspiration from global icons of allure such as Gilda, Tosca and Marlene. On board there is a 6,000sq-m wellness centre, Samsara Spa with direct access cabins and a dedicated restaurant. Also available is hi-tech fun with the 4D cinema, cutting-edge golf, Grand Prix driving simulators and PlayStation World with PS3.
The Costa Fascinosa will make her debut on a three-day vernissage cruise departing from Venice on May 7 and calling at Bari, Corfu and Dubrovnik. This will be followed by her inaugural cruise which leaves Venice on May 11 - a ten-day itinerary taking in Greece, Israel, Turkey and Croatia.
Throughout the 2012 summer season the Costa Fascinosa will be deployed on seven day cruises from Venice and Bari to Greece and Croatia.
Sixth year of UAE cruises and new cruises in India and the Maldives
The new Costa Favolosa in Dubai and the Costa Mediterranea in Abu Dhabi
The new flagship Costa Favolosa, which is set to leave the Marghera yard at the end of June 2011, will be positioned in Dubai throughout winter 2011/12, on seven-day cruises with two days in Dubai, one day calls at Muscat (Oman), Fujairah (UAE), Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Bahrain, plus an additional overnight stay back in Dubai.
A second ship, the Costa Mediterranea, will be based in Costa Cruises’ new homeport of Abu Dhabi. The itinerary , again lasting a week, takes in Abu Dhabi (two days), Muscat (Oman), Fujairah (UAE), Dubai (two days), Bahrain and back to Abu Dhabi.
In January and February 2012 the Costa Mediterranea will leave from Abu Dhabi on three exclusive 18-day cruises to India and the Maldives, which will also include calls at Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
15 Costa ships in the Mediterranean
Costa Cruises will be the number one cruise company in the Mediterranean again in 2012, with the mass deployment of some 15 ships during the year, which amounts to a ten per cent increase in capacity compared to 2011.
Trieste return as one of the domestic ports of departure. From May through November, the Costa Classica will leave there every Saturday and on Sundays from Ancona on cruises to the Greek islands, Athens and Dubrovnik. The addition of Trieste will bring the number of Italian ports of departure to 11 used regularly by Costa.
The Red Sea all year round
Costa Cruises will be further strengthening its presence in the Red Sea in 2012 deploying three ships: Costa Allegra and Grand Voyager from December 2011 through March 2012; Costa Marina from March through November 2012.
The Grand Voyager belongs to the fleet of Iberocruceros, the Costa Group brand dedicated to the Spanish and Portuguese markets. All three ships will be deployed on seven-day cruises departing from Sharm el Sheik with port calls at Eilat (Israel), Aqaba (Jordan), Safaga (Egypt), Sokhna (Egypt), and return to Sharm el Sheik.
The Caribbean: a new itinerary and wellness cruise
In winter 2011/12 the Costa Atlantica will be offering a ten-day cruise departing from Miami and porting at Grand Turk, Ocho Rios (Jamaica), Grand Cayman, Roatan (Honduras), Cozumel (Mexico) and Nassau (Bahamas). For the first time the Costa Luminosa will also be positioned in the Caribbean on seven-day cruises calling at a different island each day.
Also for the first time, the Costa Luminosa will bring to the Caribbean “wellness cruises” with all the amenities of the Samsara Spa: treatments, winter garden, solarium, thalassotherapy pool, sauna and Turkish bath, cabins with direct spa access and a dedicated restaurant.
Northern Europe: Five ships and Europe’s finest capital cities
Five ships will be deployed in Northern Europe, on cruises bound both for the Norwegian fjords and for the Baltic cities. The Costa Magica’s eight-day itinerary out of Amsterdam allows guests to visit six of Europe’s top capital cities in one cruise: Paris, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen and Oslo.
A new ship in Asia: Costa Victoria
Costa is expanding its operations in Asia and the Far East, increasing its offering by 40 per cent. The itineraries include short and long cruises from Singapore and Shanghai to Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand.
For the first time on these cruises the Costa Victoria will offer guests the chance to book 246 veranda cabins and enjoy the splendid scenery of the Far East from the privacy of their own staterooms.
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