Another cruise ship from China
Costa Cruises has announced some updates to its 2022-2023 calendar for two of the most recent ships in its fleet: Costa Venezia and Costa Toscana.
Costa Venezia debuted in 2019, and was designed for the Asian market where it started life sailing from China. Now Costa Cruises will remove the ship from Asia and move it to the Mediterranean, at least for now.
From May 2022, Venice will offer three different itineraries all round trip from Istanbul, Turkey. Each route has been designed for a longer duration in ports, giving customers more opportunities to explore and enjoy the destinations.
From May 1 to November 13, 2022, Costa Venezia will offer two one-week itineraries dedicated to Turkey and Greece, alternately. They can be combined into a single 15-day âsuper tourâ with eight stopovers of over 10 hours each.
The first itinerary includes a two-day and one-night stopover in Istanbul, the Turkish destinations of Izmir and Bodrum, the island of Mykonos and Athens, Greece.
The second route will include 2 stops of two days and one night in Istanbul and Kusadasi, Turkey, before heading to Rhodes and Heraklion, Greece.
In the winter of 2022-2023, the ship will offer a third 12-day itinerary in Turkey, Egypt, Israel and Cyprus. The program will include Istanbul for two days and one night, Bodrum, Limassol, Haifa for two days and one night, Alexandria in Egypt and Kusadasi.
Shore excursions on these Costa Venezia cruises will include options such as a private concert in a Roman amphitheater in Ephesus, sleeping in rock-carved houses in Cappadocia, experiencing the natural pools of Pamukkale, and more.
VeniceThe new routes will be available for booking in the first half of October.
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The new Costa Cruises flagship, Costa Toscana, is currently under construction and is expected to be delivered as planned in December. The liquefied natural gas-powered vessel is expected to enter service on March 5, 2022.
Tuscanythe routes from March 5 on remain unchanged; it is planned to operate weeklong cruises in the western Mediterranean, visiting Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, ââValencia, Palermo and Civitavecchia (the port of Rome).
The ship’s routes initially planned from December 18 to early March 2022 will instead be operated by Costa Luminosa, which cancels out Luminousprogram of long winter cruises in the Mediterranean due to restrictions imposed in Israel.
Among the route adjustments for Costa Venezia and Tuscany, Costa Cruises Commercial Director Roberto Alberti said: âWhile waiting for the return of cruises to Asia, we have decided to bring the Costa Venezia back to the Mediterranean to offer a truly unique and unprecedented cruise program, which will only be available with Costa. “
âThe heart of this new product is Turkey, along with Istanbul, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In accordance with our plan for the gradual resumption of operations, we have also decided to move the commissioning of our new flagship, Costa Toscana, until March 2022.
Another Nixes China ship
In other recent news, Royal Caribbean announced last week that its upcoming Oasis-class ship, Wonder of the seas, will not debut in China as planned. Instead, the ship will begin its cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to the Caribbean from March 2022. In May, Wonder will move to the Mediterranean for the summer season.
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