Costa Cruises will send its 56,800 GT Costa neoRomantica to China in April 2017, expanding its presence in one of the fastest growing cruise markets.
The 1,800 guest ship will be based in Shanghai year-round, becoming the fifth Costa ship to be based in the region during 2017.
Costa neoRomantica will arrive in Shanghai on April 10, 2017, after a 23-day from Mauritius. The ship will enter a dry dock in Shanghai to enhance the vessel for Asian guests. The first cruise from Shanghai will depart on 24 April, 2017.
Costa will also launch two brand new ships in Asia in 2019 and 2020, which will be built at Fincantieri.
“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.
At present there are three Costa ships already cruising in Asia, while a fourth, the Costa Fortuna, will arrive in Shanghai on April 22, 2016. The Costa Group was the first mainstream cruise company to enter the Chinese cruise market back in 2006.