Costa Cruises has announced the launch of Costa neoClassica in India, which will serve destinations such as Goa and Cochin, Maldives and Colombo.
Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly sailings from 16th Dec 2016 – 18th March 2017.
It will be the first large cruise ship that cruises between Mumbai and the Maldives. The ship has a total of 654 cabins with a capacity for 1700 passengers, including sea view cabins and suites with private balconies.
Buhdy Bok, president of Costa Group Asia said: “We are delighted to bring cruising to Indians at their doorstep. For many travellers, the holiday often starts after some sort of a long journey. Now like never before, Indians will have the opportunity to start holidaying – right from their door-step – from India’s largest metropolis, Mumbai.”
Sanjay Bhatia, chairman of Mumbai Port added: “It is a proud moment for us to have Costa neoClassica to be homeported at India’s premier Mumbai Port. The Mumbai Port has long been the principal gateway to India, playing a crucial role in sea trade and the development of the national economy, trade & commerce and the prosperity of Mumbai city in particular.”
Features include a casino, theatre, disco, ballroom and wellness centre which is spread across 1,300 sqm and has a gym, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room. It also has an outdoor jogging track, 4 Jacuzzis and 2 swimming pools.
The dining offering is based on Italian regional menus including authentic Neapolitan pizza at Pizzeria Pummid’oro, thanks to an agreement with the Università delle Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo. In addition, cruisers will be able to enjoy a variety of Indian cuisine such as Jain food.