Four months on from the Concordia tragedy, Costa Cruises says that it has been encouraged enough by the positive response to its cruises in Asia to position one more large-scale cruise ship in the region from May 2013. Until now, the company has been operating the 1,680-guest Costa Classica in Asia, but this ship will be returning to sail the eastern Mediterranean in summer 2012.
In its place – scheduled to start operations from Shanghai today – is the 75,200-ton, 2,394-guest Costa Victoria. Then, in May 2013, the 85,700-ton, 2,680-guest Costa Atlantica will also be deployed for cruises in Asia. The deployment of two large vessels will mean a combined daily guest capacity of 5,074. Costa Cruises is offering what it calls “a unique product for the Asian market called ‘Italy at Sea’, with Italian-style hospitality, design, shopping, art and cuisine”.
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[pictured: Terrasse Card Room, Costa Victoria; courtesy Costa Cruises]