Tuesday 13 September 2011

Costa neoRomantica to sail to Australia

COSTA CRUISES will introduce new cruises out of Australia with the newly renovated ship, Costa neoRomantica. As part of its new itineraries, Costa neoRomantica will stop at Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane, Hobart and Burnie ports in Australia, as well as Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin and Fjordland in New Zealand.

From September 19 2012, Australians and New Zealanders will have the opportunity to choose from nine different sailings with either embarkation or disembarkation in Melbourne*, Singapore, Mauritius, Dubai and Savona (Italy). Costa neoRomantica will offer a wide range of cruise options ranging from 21 to 88 nights from Italy to Melbourne, visiting the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Far East and Australia.

Costa neoRomantica's first grand cruise will start from  September 19 2012, and will depart from Savona to reach Melbourne on December 13, calling in to the ports of Naples, Egypt, Suez canal, the Red Sea, Israel, Jordan, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Mauritius, India, Maldives, Seychelles, Madagascar and Reunion, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali, Lombok (Indonesia), Darwin, Brisbane and Sydney.

The 21-night Christmas holiday sailing has been designed for Australians, leaving from Melbourne on  December 13 2012 and visiting Sydney, North Island Coast, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Fjordland and Hobart, before finally returning to Melbourne.

Itineraries will be available from Savona, Dubai, Mauritius and Singapore to Melbourne, and cruises from Melbourne to each of these destinations will also be on offer.

On January 3 2013, Costa neoRomantica will depart from Melbourne to return to Italy via four 21-night to 25-night grand cruises: Melbourne to Singapore; Singapore to Mauritius; Mauritius to Dubai and Dubai to Savona, with scheduled arrival on April 1, 2013.

Comments Dario Rustico, Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Costa Cruises' Pacific Asia Operations,

"Following the previously announced visit of one of our newest and most innovative ships - Costa Deliziosa - which is scheduled to visit Sydney, Melbourne and Perth this February 2012, we are excited to announce our intention to double our presence in the market during local summer season 2012/2013 when both Costa Deliziosa and Costa neoRomantica will be sailing through Australia and New Zealand.

"Costa Deliziosa, during its 100 night around the world cruise, will visit Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland while Costa neoRomantica's very "premium" Christmas cruise will depart from Melbourne to New Zealand, with great voyages to Italy through Asia, the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Mediterranean sea, offering a wide array of destinations and cruise durations to Australians.

"We are eager to show off these ships and to welcome as many Australians and New Zealanders as we can, ensuring they remain impressed by the overall quality of our interiors as well as by our service, hospitality and cuisine."

Costa Cruises is investing approximately 90 million euros in the transformation of the Costa Romantica to the Costa neoRomantica. The renovation will start at the end of October 2011 with expected completion at the end of February 2012.

Costa Romantica's makeover will include the construction of new areas on-board, and the introduction of new services that will offer an enhanced cruise experience to guests. 

Appealing to the wine connoisseurs, one new area on the ship will be a wine bar, with 100 different labels and a wide selection of cheeses from around the world. There will also be a coffee bar for desserts and coffee, and a new restaurant with menus designed by award-winning chefs.  

Amenities will include the Samsara Spa, a 4,200-m² wellness area with gym, a swimming pool for thalassotherapy, treatment rooms, sauna and Turkish bath. For evening entertainment there will be a show lounge bar with dance floor, a cabaret club and a nightclub.

During dry-dock in Genoa, two new half-decks will be added to the ship, along with 111 new cabins, 120 cabins and several suites with private balconies. Total guest capacity will increase from 1,697 to 1,800, the number of cabins will increase from 678 to 789 and the total displacement will be approximately 56,000 gross tonnage.

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*On 13 December 2012 sailing, Guests can embark and disembark in Melbourne.


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