COSTA Cruises is marking its entry into the Indian market with the launch of the Costa neoClassica from homeport Mumbai between December 16, 2016 to March 18, 2017.
The weekly itineraries will include destinations such as Goa, Cochin and Colombo. The Costa neoClassica will also be the first large cruise ship to sail between Mumbai and the Maldives.
The vessel has 654 cabins – including sea view cabins and suites with private balconies – and feature a casino, theatre, disco, ballroom, duty-free shopping centre, library and bar. Its wellness centre is spread across 1,300m2 with a gym, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room. It also features an outdoor jogging track, four jacuzzis and two swimming pools. Indian and Italian cuisine will be available onboard.
First launched in 1991 as the Costa Classica, the vessel has undergone several rounds of refurbishments over the years. It was relaunched as the Costa neoClassica along with its most recent upgrade in December 2014.
Nalini Gupta, managing director of Lotus Destinations (GSA of Costa Cruises India), feels the modern Indian traveller is now seeking a different kind of thrill and cruise holidays are now a must-do for them.
She added that "the fact that Indians can now embark directly from Mumbai not only makes the process hassle-free and visa-free, but also saves the traveller cost and time”.