Costa Cruises is continuing to expand and renew its fleet of ships flying the Italian flag. At Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard, construction has begun on a new 135,500-ton ship with 2,116 cabins, due for delivery in 2020.
Costa Cruises has held the traditional coin ceremony for its newest ship, the Costa Venezia, named in honour of the city of Venice. As the first Vista-class ship specifically designed and built for China, Costa Venezia in 2019 will bring the rich culture, history and romance of Venice to its Chinese guests.
Costa Cruises has announced the launch of a new WeChat Mini Program on-board Costa Asia’s fleet in China. With WeChat, a leading online social communication platform in China, Chinese guests will be able to enjoy hassle-free mobile payment and enhanced on board experiences, starting on-board Costa Atlantica.
Costa Cruises has announced the Costa neoRomantica will be based in Asia. She will be deployed regularly in the region and operated by the Costa Asia brand, offering cruises designed for local guests.
Costa Cruises will enter the Indian market with the launch of Costa neoClassica. For the first time, Indians can look forward to embarking from Mumbai and going to enchanting destinations within India such as Goa and Cochin and also to the very popular Maldives and Colombo. Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly sailings from December 16th.
Costa Cruises is to launch a new summer cruise on board the Costa Luminosa, allowing guests the unique opportunity to visit Moscow for a day. The ‘Jewels of the Baltic’ itinerary is available throughout August 2016, with weekly sailings from Stockholm. Costa Luminosa calls at Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Tallinn, before returning to Stockholm
The Costa Group has announced that starting in April 2017 the Costa neoRomantica will be based in Asia year-round. She will be the fifth Costa ship deployed regularly in Asia and operated by the Costa Asia brand, offering cruises marketed for local Guests.
Ralph Remkes has joined Costa Group in the position of general manager Northern Europe, reporting to Massimo Brancaleoni, senior vice president of worldwide sales. In this position Remkes leads the recently created Northern Europe region with a coordination centre at the Costa offices located in Amsterdam.
The Costa Group has signed an agreement with Fincantieri to build two new ships for the Costa Asia brand. The ships, each weighing 135,500 gross tons and a passenger capacity of 4,200 guests, will be manufactured in Italy. They will be specifically designed for the Chinese market, joining the fleet in 2019 and 2020.
While many cruise lines now offer vegan or vegetarian options as part of their on-board culinary offering, Costa Cruises have gone one step further and created a dedicated vegan and vegetarian menu that will be available on cruise ships. Created in response to the growing demand for such cuisine, the menu cuts out all dairy products and even eggs, instead using ingredients derived from plants that will produce the same bold Italian flavours that reflect Costa’s proud Mediterranean roots.
German ship yard Meyer Werft has signed on to build two new cruise ships for Italian line Costa Cruises, billed as the largest ships ever built in terms of guest capacity. The move is part of a four ship deal signed by Costa-parent Carnival Corporation. In June, Carnival Corporation announced the other two ships included in the multi-billion dollar contract are destined for its German brand, AIDA Cruises.