Costa Cruises to send fifth ship to Asia


Costa Cruises will be homeporting another ship in Asia starting in April 2017. The Costa neoRomantica will be based in Asia all year-round and will be the fifth from the line to sail the region.

She will be sailing from Europe to Shanghai where she will go into dry dock to be refurbished for the Asian market.

“The deployment of a fifth Costa ship in Asia in 2017, in addition to the two new fleet members that will be built specially for Costa Asia, will allow us to continue to significantly grow the Asian cruise market in particular China, which is set to become the second largest in the world by the end of the decade,” said Costa Group CEO Michael Thamm.

The Costa neoRomantica has 28 suites with private balconies as well as 46 cabins with private balconies.

Onboard, there are four restaurants including the Samsara Restaurant which has an a la carte menu and offers traditional Italian cuisine. Sporting the Italian-style of cruising, there is also a pizzeria and grill area. There are also five bars including and Wine and Cheese Bar for an after dinner appertivo.

For entertainment, the Costa neoRomantica has the Casino Excelsior, Grand Bar Piazza Italia, Tango Disco, Show Lounge Bar and duty-free shopping.

There are three Costa ships already cruising in Asia, while a fourth, the Costa Fortuna, will arrive in Shanghai 22 April 22, 2016. In addition, the Costa Group recently announced an order for 2 new ships for Costa Asia, to be built by Fincantieri in Italy, with delivery in 2019 and 2020.