First Domestic Luxury Cruise in India by Costa Cruises

Costa neoClassica

Costa neoClassica. Credit: GFDL/663highland

In collaboration with the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) and Mumbai Port, the Italian luxury cruise liner Costa Cruises has launched India’s first domestic luxury cruise.

The announcement was made in the first week of August at Mumbai. The luxury cruise will operate on the Mumbai-Kochi sector starting from November 2017.

Carnival Asia Рwhich operates Costa Cruises had brought the first luxury cruise to India one year ago. They launched Mumbai-Maldives cruise on their Costa NeoClassica (formerly Costa Classica) ship.

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation study shows there is a steep rise in Indians towards luxury and leisure lifestyles. The domestic cruise tourism industry is having boom and is expected to grow to 1.50 million by the year 2031.

There will be three options available for this cruise route, the Mumbai-Kochi will be of four nights, the Cochin-Maldives of three nights, and the existing option of Mumbai-Maldives via Kochi will be of seven nights.

Costa neoClassica will be the ship operating on this route. Built in 1991 the Ship is 722 ft (220 m) long,  beam 102 ft (31 m) and draft 25.5 ft (7.8 m) having a total of 654 cabins, out of these 428 are sea view cabins and 10 suites with private balcony. It can carry 1,308 passengers (normal) and 1,680 passengers (maximum) and 620 crew members. Costa neoClassica like any other luxury cruise ship has a casino, ballroom grand bar, auditorium, discotheque, gym with physio therapy treatment rooms, sauna, jacuzzi and steam, an outdoor jogging track and two swimming pools. One another attraction on board is it has a huge duty free shopping arcade.

Indians can enjoy authentic Italian veg and non-veg cuisine, 12-course dinner by chef Bruno Barbieri, the original famous Neapolitan Pizzas at Pizzeria ‘Pummid’Oro’. Last but not least it will also be offering special Jain menu!

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