Friday, May 3, 2013

Costa Atlantica cruises from Singapore

Spirit-class cruise ship Costa Atlantica made its maiden call in Singapore yesterday. The cruise ship, which can carry 2,680 passengers  will offer 3- and 4-night cruises from Singapore to Malaysia and Thailand over the next 2 months. Today (Saturday May 4th), she will cruise from Singapore to Phuket and Langkawi for a 5 nights 4 days cruise. Marketed as “Venice at The Sea”, cruise experience in Costa Atlantica ideal ship for  who love design, elegance, symmetry of shapes and muted colours. Each passenger deck on Costa Atlantica is named after a movie by the Italian director Federico Fellini.

Costa Cruises, the largest Italian travel group and Europe's number 1 cruise company, has announced their plan to deploy Costa Atlantica in South East Asia in September 2012. Costa Cruises is partnering with Singapore Tourism Board and Changi Airport Group to promote cruise holiday in Asia. The company has already deployed Costa Victoria in South East Asia. With the addition of Costa Atlantica, the company will increase its daily passanger capacity to 5,074 passengers.

The 85,700-ton, 2,680- total guest Costa Atlantica cruise ship is dedicated to Italian cinema and arts and will operate alongside the 75,200-ton, 2,394-total guest Costa Victoria already cruising in the area. Thanks to the double positioning, Costa will offer 125 cruises in Asia in 2013, with a total capacity of around 220,000 Guests.

In a press release Gianni Onorato, President of Costa Crociere S.p.A.said that "since 2006 when Costa Cruises as the first company in the world to market cruises in Asia, we have further strengthened and tailored our product to our local clients’ needs and wishes. The successful results we have obtained until now have
encouraged our Company to further expand in the region. With the double positioning of Costa Atlantica and Costa Victoria, Asia becomes the third largest source market for Costa brand, in terms of capacity.”

Meanwhile Carnival Asia, part of cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation, will be based in Singapore at Marina Bay Finance Centre. Carnival plans to expand in Asia with its Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises brands. Costa Cruises is under control of the Carnival Corporation.

According to the Chief Executive Pier Luigi Foschi, Carnival Asia is aimed to convert South East Asia to "Caribbean of Asia" in cruising using Singapore as a major hub, as Miami currently is for the Caribbean. "There is good weather, lots of islands to visit and a lot of experiences. South East Asia is not too different from the Caribbean in terms of these basic conditions."

Costa Atlantica cruises from Singapore
Costa Atlantica cruise ship will homeport in Singapore and offer cruises to Malaysia and Thailand
in May and June.
Costa Atlantica will cruise from Singapore to Malaysia and Thailand in May and June 2013. Here are Costa Atlantica's Singapore, Malaysia & Thailand cruise itineraries:

Singapore - Phuket - Langkawi - Singapore, 5D4N, 4,18, 25 May 2013, 1, 8 June 2013
Singapore - Malacca - Penang - Singapore, 4D3N, 8, 15, 22, 29 May 2013, 5 June 2013
Singapore - Phuket - Langkawi - Singapore - Malacca - Penang - Singapore, 8D7N, 11 May 2013

In June, Costa Atlantica will homeport in Keelung (Taiwan) for 2 special 5-night cruises to Japan and South Korea; from July till the end of the year, she will depart from Shanghai to offer 4- and 5-night cruises to some of the most beautiful destinations in Japan and South Korea, such as Fukuoka, Cheju, Kagoshima, Kobe, Pusan and Incheon.

Costa Atlantica’s interior design celebrates Italian cinema and the arts: Fellini and La Dolce Vita, Madame Butterfly, the historic Caffè Florian in Venice, Via della Spiga in Milan, the Tiziano Restaurant. A significant majority - 58 suites and 660 cabins -of the 1,057 total cabins have balconies. A spa, four Jacuzzis, four pools, a theatre, disco and children’s area will keep Guests entertained between the frequent excursions. Berlitz, the world's most trusted guide to cruising,

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