From November 2023 to January 2024, Costa Serena will offer a total of 23 2- to 5-day cruises visiting Mumbai, Cochin, Goa, and for the very first time, the stunning Lakshadweep islands. Guests from India can enjoy an international vacation with Italian hospitality; gastronomy and entertainment will be tailored to their preferences.
Costa Cruises will launch a new cruise programme that is dedicated solely to India. In the presence of Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Government of India; Roberto Alberti, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Costa Cruises; Francesco Raffa, Director Asia Region & Growth Markets of Costa Cruises; Alessandro De Masi, Consul of Italy in Mumbai; and other senior officials, the announcement was made in Mumbai.
The ship chosen by the Italian company for India is the Costa Serena, which will expand its deployment in Asia after itineraries from Thailand, South Korea, and Taiwan. From 4 November 2023 to 1 January 2024, there will be a total of 23 new sailings in India, designed in collaboration with Costa’s General Sales Agent in India, Lotus Aero Enterprises. They will only visit domestic destinations, allowing Indian guests to explore some of the most beautiful places in their country from a unique perspective. The two-, three-, and five-day itineraries will visit Mumbai, Cochin, and Goa, as well as the Lakshadweep, a gorgeous tropical archipelago with white beaches and a magnificent coral reef.
The Government of India’s Union Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, stated, “India’s waterways are a treasure chest just waiting to be discovered by tourists; our country is filled with scenic locales and attractive destinations. I am delighted to learn that Costa Cruises has a new voyage programme dedicated solely to India. This programme is also in line with Shri Narendra Modi ji’s vision of ‘Dekho Apna Desh’, an initiative introduced by the honourable prime minister as an appeal to Indians to favour domestic tourism.
Roberto Alberti, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Costa Cruises, stated at the event, “We have a strong and lasting relationship with this wonderful country: we have previously sailed our ships in India, and many of our onboard colleagues are from India.” We select and recruit them through specialised training institutions located within the nation. We are committed to providing our Indian guests with a one-of-a-kind vacation experience aboard the Costa Serena, and we cannot wait to begin our operations in November. The Costa Serena will be the largest cruise ship operating domestic routes in India.”
Source- travel daily