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Costa launches 2012 cruise holiday ideas

Costa launches 2012 cruise holiday ideas

Costa Cruises has confirmed its 2012 itineraries, with the line set to offer several new and unique programmes.

With increasing interest in destinations such as the Mediterranean and North Europe, Costa Cruises has added extra programmes to satisfy the demand from guests.

The new Costa flagship - Costa Fascinosa - which is being completed by Fincantieri at Marghera (Venice) Yards, will make her debut in spring 2012.

The company is introducing two new vernissage cruises before the already scheduled inaugural cruise to satisfy the demand to experience this new ship on its first few voyages.

Costa is also expanding its Mediterranean offering.

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 (Turkey), Mykonos, Santorini and Heraklion/Crete Island.

From September 14th until November 2012, the ship will continue her seven-night cruises from Rhodes with a more cultural itinerary, including Cyprus, Turkey, Israel and Greece.

From June to September 2012, Costa Serena will be offering seven-night cruises including Savona, Rome (Civitavecchia-Italy), Costa Smeralda (Olbia-Italy), an overnight call in Ibiza (from which it is possible to reach the island of Formentera), Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands) and Marseilles (France) – 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 (Greece), Corfu (Greece), Kotor (Montenegro) and Split (Croatia).

The new seven-night Western Mediterranean summer itinerary of Costa Concordia will call at Savona (Italy), Barcelona (Spain), Malta, Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands), Catania (Italy) and Naples (Italy). 

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 2012, 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.

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.

In order to satisfy the increased demand for this area, in summer 2012, Costa Luminosa and Costa Fortuna will be offering additional seven-night cruises to the Fjords.

During winter 2011/12, Costa Romantica will be completely refurbished to become a brand new ship, Costa neoRomantica.

After an initial 11-night Canary Islands cruise, from the end of March until mid September 2012, the ship will be dedicated to a new programme of 14-night cruises, with exclusive itineraries covering North Europe: four cruises to discover the most interesting destination on the Atlantic Sea, such as Amsterdam, Bruges, Le Havre, St. Malo, Bordeaux, Oporto and Lisbon; six unique cruises that for the first time will bring together the best destinations of the Fjords and Baltic Capitals and two cruises to Spitsbergen Island.

Costa Cruises will also introduce new long-distance cruises on ancient navigators’ routes, dedicated to cruise fans.

From September 19th 2012, Costa neoRomantica will offer a new 21-night Grand Cruise from Italy towards the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Far East and Australia and return. Destinations included in these grand cruises include Israel, Jordan, Oman, India, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.