Costa Cruises will embark on its inaugural season of sailings from India on Friday (16 December 2016).
The company’s Costa neoClassica cruise ship will homeport in Mumbai this winter, performing a series of weekly sailings to ports in India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
The seven-night itineraries will depart Mumbai and visit Kochi and Mangaluru on India’s west coast, before heading to the Maldives. On the return journey the ship will visit Colombo and Goa before arriving back in Mumbai.
The 1,700-passenger Costa neoClassica will offer a series of facilities for Indian travellers, including a large wellness centre, duty-free shopping, a casino and restaurants serving local cuisine, including Jain food.
Costa said that it has seen “a surge of bookings” since it first announced the new sailings, especially for the Christmas and New Year’s Eve voyages.
“There has also been a lot of interest from corporates who are looking to book large groups in the first quarter of 2017. Theme-based bookings seem to be a trend, with large groups who are keen to experience a special kind of holiday. For example, there is a health-themed/yoga sailing on this route which is gaining a lot of interest. There have also been large group bookings from senior citizens,” the cruise line revealed.
Costa’s South Asian season runs until 18 March 2017.