Europe's number 1 cruising company, Costa Cruises has announced its 3 nights and 7 nights sailings from and to Maldives starting this November.
Costa Cruises was the first ever cruise liner to offer cruises directly from Maldives to Mumbai Last year and this year, Costa cruise is introducing shorter 2 nights sailing options.
This leaves guests from the Maldives the option to cruise on a 3 nights itinerary from Maldives to Colombo or a 3 nights itinerary from Cochin to Maldives. Guests also have the choice to opt for 7 nights Maldives to Mumbai & 7 nights Mumbai to Maldives.
The Italian cruise liner will be home-porting in Male a month earlier than last year and will perform a series of weekly sailing from November 2017 to march 2018
“Costa Cruises is expanding its sailing offerings to include shorter sailing of 3 nights from Maldives which confirms it’s strong interest in the region.” Said Ms. Nilani Gupta, Managing Director of Lotus Destinations (Representative of Costa Cruises in India)
“The cruising market in the region has come a long way from only a select group cruising in far away locations to today a much wider audience holidaying on ships cruising directly from Maldives and india” She added
According to Costa since announcing the launch of cruising from Maldives last year, they have seen interest and bookings from a wide a variety of travel groups including families, senior citizens, honeymooners and experiential holiday agencies. There has also been a lot of interest from corporates who are set to book the first few sailings. The built-in infrastructure on the ship makes it particularly easy for cooperates to hold large events in one location.
For this special occasion the classic cruise ship Costa neoClassica, will take cruisers through some of the marvels of the indian ocean . This classic cruise ship has a total of 654 cabins including sea view cabins and suites with private balconies.
The Costa neoClassica is fully equipped to entertain its guests with a casino, theatre, disco, ballroom and a grand bar. A wellness centre spread across 1,300 sqm with a gym, four Jacuzzis and two swimming pools are also on board to enjoy a day of wellness while those who would like to go shopping can enjoy a shopping spree at the cruise lines very own duty free shopping centre. Those who would rather unwind and relax while enjoying a good book will be delighted to know that the cruise offers a wide selection of books in the library.
“Cruise holiday is something that will soon change the perception of what Maldivian's look for when spending vacations and honeymoon getaways. We started exploring this concept a year ago and we are confident that our previous guests and those new to cruising will find it an appealing choice when planning their next holiday.” Said Mr. Mohamed Firaq, Managing Director of Inner Maldives Holidays.
“We received significant interest form Maldives for the costa cruise sails which began in December last year and continued till march 2017 and we are looking forward to promote new itineraries and exciting destinations towards the new years holidays” Added Mr.Firaq
Enhancing the cruising experience further is the grand gastronomic adventures that the cruise line has to offer. Ranging from exquisite wine and food from Italian regional menus to a vast range of scrumptious vegetarian and vegan dishes and a wide variety of indian cuisine.
Since its inception in 1998, Inner Maldives Holidays has been a multi-award winning company in the travel and tourism industry of the Maldives. The company specialises in providing professional travel services to the tourism industry of the country. Standing today as a dynamic and strategically diversified group of companies with primary interests in tourism, aviation, logistic, solutions and trading, Inner Maldives is the winner of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Travel Agency’ at the World Travel Awards 2007 and 2009. The company has been also featured in New York Times as “one of the nation’s biggest tour companies” (04/01/2005) and is also highly recommended by Lonely Planet.