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The Costa Serena will be based in Mumbai from November 4, 2023, to January 11, 2023. It will sail a newly designed itinerary of 2, 3, and 5 nights between Mumbai, Kochi, Goa, and the stunning Island of Agatti in Lakshadweep.

Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, Francesco Raffa, Director Asia Region & Growth Markets, Costa Cruises & Nalini Gupta, Lotus Aero Enterprises, GSA of Costa Cruises, and other senior Officials attended this historic event commemorating Costa Cruises’ 75th anniversary.

Throughout the 75-year history of Costa Serena, guests can relish an array of foreign experiences enhanced by the welcoming Italian hospitality. A local touch will also be featured: in particular, gastronomy and entertainment will be tailored to the tastes of Indian guests.

The last itinerary celebrating the completion of its India program will also explore the spectacular Maldives.

Costa Serena sailings in India are ideal for both families and couples. The cruises are also a great option for wedding ceremonies, groups, and corporate incentive travel, thanks to the ship being able to offer reserved areas and services.

Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of Ports stated, “We are offering our full support to the cruise line to home port their ships at Indian ports. We are ready to support further development of our port infrastructure to accommodate large cruise ships. It is a moment of pride for us that when the Mumbai Port completes 150 years, we have Costa coming back to offer domestic cruising options to Indian travellers.”

Francesco Raffa Director Asia Region & Growth Markets, Costa Cruises stated: “We are extremely happy to sail again in India where we’ve been operating since 2016. We are bringing to our Indian guests authentic Italian hospitality with a local personalization in terms of food and entertainment. India is an important market for Costa, both for our established Fly&Cruise programs to Dubai and the Mediterranean and our newly introduced local operations sailing domestically. We are grateful to the Indian government for the efforts to support the domestic tourism and on infrastructures development. India is working to develop the cruise industry and we are excited to sail together towards the vision of the Indian government.”

Nalini Gupta of Lotus Aero Enterprises added: “I am happy that Costa is back to the Indian shores with dedicated domestic itineraries after a temporary pause. We are looking forward to a great season ahead.  With Costa there will be the opportunity of easily accessible cruises with just their Aadhaar card. It will give Indian guests the opportunity to discover the country’s most beautiful locations from a unique point of view. Indians will be able to easily access an experience of vacationing right from home without the hassle of visas, flights while still getting that international holiday experience with the Indian touch.”

Costa Serena has a total of 1500 cabins, 505 of which have private balconies, and 14 passenger decks. To make the most of their cruise on board, guests can choose from a wellness centre and a gym with a sea view, a beauty salon, a theatre, restaurants serving Indian and international cuisine, bars, 4 swimming pools, 2 of which have self-propelled glass roofs, a shopping area, and a kids’ club for children and teenagers.

Source- Travel daily


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