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Costa Cruises enters India, to begin homeport cruises from Mumbai

Updated: Jul 19, 2016 13:08 IST

New Delhi, July 19 (ANI): Europe's number one cruising company Costa Cruises announced its most anticipated launch of Costa neoClassica in India at a press conference in Mumbai.

For the first time, Indians can look forward to embarking from Mumbai and going to enchanting destinations within India such as Goa and Cochin and also to the very popular Maldives and Colombo.

Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly sailings from Dec 16th to March 18th.

"We are delighted to bring cruising to Indians at their doorstep. For many travelers, 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," said President of Costa Group Asia, Buhdy Bok.

"It is a proud moment for us to have Costa neoClassica to be home-ported 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 and commerce and the prosperity of Mumbai city in particular," said Chairman of Mumbai Port, Sanjay Bhatia.

Cruise Tourism has been termed as one of the most potential and sustainable segments and now with the launch of cruising between Mumbai and the Maldives, Costa Cruises has confirmed its strong interest in India.

Costa neoClassica will be the very first large cruise ship that cruises between Mumbai and the Maldives. This classic cruise ship has a total of 654 cabins (with a capacity for 1700 passengers), including sea view cabins and suites with private balconies.

Fully-equipped with a Casino, Theatre, Disco, Ballroom, Grand Bar, it aims to provide plenty in entertainment. The wellness center is spread across 1,300 sq. m with a gym, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room.

On board Costa neoClassica, guests will also have the chance to taste the real original Neapolitan pizza at Pizzeria 'Pummid'oro', thanks to an agreement with the Universita delle Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo, Costa Cruises offers pizza prepared using only sourdough and selected ingredients such as San Marzano DOP tomato.

In addition, cruisers will be able to enjoy a variety of Indian cuisine and the restaurants on board are fully equipped to cater to special diet requirements of Indians, which includes Jain food.

Nalini Gupta, Managing Director, Lotus Destinations (GSA of Costa Cruises India) feels the modern Indian traveler is now seeking a different kind of thrill and cruise holidays are now featuring on the Indian traveler's 'must-experience' list.

"The fact that Indians can now embark directly from Mumbai, not only makes the process hassle-free and visa-free, but also saves the traveler costs and time," added Nalini. (ANI)