Round-the-world, the Red Sea and new flagship Costa Favolosa in 2011
Costa Cruises' 2011 programme features a range of new, exclusive and world first itineraries.
There is a return of the historic 100-night “round-the-world” trip on the brand new jewel of the fleet, Costa Deliziosa, seven-day Red Sea cruises departing from Sharm El Sheikh and brand new seven-night Mediterranean winter cruises.
New flagship Costa Favolosa will also mark her debut in summer 2011. The veritable “fairytale castle”, currently under construction in Marghera, will set sail from Venice on her inaugural cruise bound for Israel and Turkey.
Costa’s range of holiday options in 2011 includes more than 250 destinations and more than 130 different itineraries. In keeping with its tradition of pioneering strategy, the Italian company is offering its customers an array of innovative cruise routes - routes that are exclusive to Costa and a first for the global cruise industry as a whole.
Round-the-world cruise: 100 nights in the wake of famous navigators
Costa Deliziosa, the latest jewel of the fleet delivered by Fincantieri on January 29, 2010, is the first Costa liner to offer once again the historic “round-the-world” cruises, for so long a highlight of the Italian company’s operations spanning more than 60 years.
On December 28, 2011, Costa Deliziosa will depart from Savona on a 100-night world voyage. The cruise can also be broken down into three stand-alone segments: from Savona to Los Angeles via the Caribbean and the Panama Canal; from Los Angeles to Singapore with stopovers in Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia; and from Singapore to Savona via Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, the Red Sea and Egypt.
The full 100-night trip costs from £9,989.
During the winter 2010/2011 season, two ships, Costa Allegra and Costa Marina, will be offering seven-night cruises in the Red Sea. Both ships will depart from Sharm El Sheikh - Costa Allegra every Monday and Costa Marina every Thursday.
The itinerary includes three days in Sharm El Sheikh and one-day calls at Adabiyah (Egypt), Safaga (Egypt), Aqaba (Jordan) and Eilhat (Israel) before returning to Sharm El Sheikh. This offers a wonderful chance to enjoy a holiday in a unique setting amidst desert and crystal clear sea, entertainment and culture.
Costa Favolosa, the “fairytale castle”
Costa Favolosa, currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard, is the first of two sister ships due for delivery by 2012.Favola is Italian for “fairy tale” and the Costa Favolosa will indeed be a contemporary “fairy tale castle” in the sea - a perfect combination of magical atmosphere and state-of-the-art, hi-tech fun.
The main innovations on board include six new veranda suites with their own jacuzzis and a new entertainment area called Club Cavallo Bianco. This will comprise of a 4D Cinema, PlayStation World, a bar, children’s dance floor, games room and a new aqua park water playground for little ones, complete with its own galleon.
Costa Favolosa will leave from Venice on her maiden cruise on July 7, 2011 - a ten-night voyage of discovery to Israel, Greece and Turkey, with stopovers at Bari, Corfu (Greece), Haifa (Israel), Izmir (Turkey) and Dubrovnik (Croatia). Costa Favolosa will be operating on seven-night cruises from Venice and Bari to Turkey, Greece and Croatia throughout the summer season in 2011.
New Mediterranean destination
Costa Cruises is also introducing new options in the Mediterranean, in both winter and summer. The main news for the summer season is the addition of Valencia to the seven-night itinerary on Costa Magica, with the chance to visit Madrid thanks to the high speed train linking the two Spanish cities. For the first time, Costa Magica will also be offering seven-night winter cruises calling at Savona, Civitavecchia, Palermo, Tunis, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Marseilles.
Continental cruising with a difference
Two ships will offer 11-night cruises taking in three continents without leaving the Mediterranean - Costa Mediterranea in the summer and Costa Pacifica in the winter. They will stop at Italy and Greece (Europe), Turkey and Israel (Asia), and Egypt (Africa), which all provide ports of call on a historic route following in the footsteps of St. Paul. For those who want a longer holiday, the Costa Fortuna will depart from Santos (Brazil) on a 20-night transatlantic cruise to Venice, on 18 March 2011.
The Far East
In March - April 2011, Costa Classica will be offering a new 14-night itinerary, which can be enjoyed as a whole or broken down into two seven-night segments, in both cases departing from Singapore. The route takes in the highlights of Malaysia and Thailand.
Also confirmed for the second consecutive year is the exceptional cruise in Greenland, which will occur in summer 2011 when the Costa Deliziosa sets sail from Amsterdam.
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