The Costa Group has announced that it is upping its capacity in Asia starting in April 2017 with the year-round deployment of Costa neoRomantica out of Shanghai.
The ship, which has a capacity of 1,800 guests, will be the fifth for Costa regularly deployed in Asia and operated by the Costa Asia brand, offering cruises marketed for local guests.
The Costa neoRomanticawill arrive in Shanghai on April 10, 2017, after a 23-day positioning cruise departing on March 18, 2017, from Port Louis, Mauritius; and calling at Port Victoria, Seychelles; Malè, Maldives; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Phuket, Thailand; Singapore; Da Nang, Vietnam; and Hong Kong, China.
Then, Costa neoRomantica will be dry docked in Shanghai, to perform renewal works that will customize the ship for its new Asian guests. The first cruise dedicated to the local market is scheduled to sail from Shanghai April 24.
At present there are four Costa ships already cruising in Asia following the April 22 arrival of Costa Fortuna in Shanghai. In addition, the Costa Group recently announced an order for two new ships for Costa Asia, to be built by Fincantieri in Italy, with delivery in 2019 and 2020.