Costa Cruises to begin sailing from, to Maldives

Europe’s leading cruise company Costa Cruises has announced three and seven nights cruises from and to Maldives starting this November.

Last year, Costa Cruises became the first ever cruise liner to offer cruises directly from the Maldives to Mumbai.

This year, Costa Cruises is introducing shorter three nights cruise options. Maldivians can now choose to cruise on a three-night itinerary from Maldives to Colombo or from Cochin to Maldives. This is in addition to the seven nights Maldives to Mumbai and Mumbai to Maldives options.

The Italian cruise liner will be home-porting in Maldives capital Male a month earlier than last year, and will perform a series of weekly sailings from November to March 2018.

Nalini Gupta, Managing Director of Lotus Destinations, which represents Costa Cruises in India, said, “Costa Cruises expanding its sailing offerings to include shorter sailings of three nights from Maldives confirms its strong interest in region. The cruising market in the region has come a long way from only a select group cruising in far-away locations to today a much wider audience holidaying on ships cruising directly from Maldives and India.”

Mohamed Firaq, Managing Director of Inner Maldives Holidays, which represents Costa Cruises in the Maldives, said, “Cruise holidays is something that will soon change the perception of how Maldivians look at spending vacations and honeymoon getaways. We started exploring it a year ago and we are confident that our past guests and those new to cruising will find very appealing when planning the upcoming sails starting in November 2017 and continue until March 2018.”

“We received significant interest from Maldives for the Costa cruise sails which began in December last year and continued till March 2017 and we are looking forward to promote new itineraries and exciting destinations towards the new year holidays.”

Costa Cruises has deployed its Costa neoClassica ship on this itinerary.

This classic cruise ship has a total of 654 cabins, including sea view cabins and suites with private balconies. Fully-equipped with a casino, theatre, disco, ballroom and grand bar, it aims to provide plenty in entertainment. The wellness centre is spread across 1,300sqm with a gym, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room. It also has an outdoor jogging track, four Jacuzzis and two swimming pools. For those who would like to go shopping, the cruise ship has a huge duty free shopping centre, and offers a wide selection of books in the library for those who love to unwind with a book.

Enhancing the cruising experience further is the gastronomic options onboard; the food and wine on offer is based on Italian regional menus with a choice of dishes representing different regions of Italy and proudly reflecting the country’s rich and unrivalled culinary heritage. In addition to this vast range, guests can also take advantage of tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes. Cruisers will also be able to enjoy a variety of Indian cuisine and the restaurants onboard are fully equipped to cater to special dietary requirements of Indian travellers, including Jain food.

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