With Costa Atlantica’s first call at Singapore today, Costa Cruises doubled its fleet capacity in Asia and marked the opening of Carnival Asia’s new offices.
The 85,700-ton, 2,680-passenger Costa Atlantica will operate alongside the 75,200-ton, 2,394-passenger Costa Victoria, which is already cruising the region. The two ships will sail a total of 125 cruises in Asia in 2013, carrying approximately 220,000 guests.
“Since 2006, when Costa Cruises was the first Western company to market cruises in Asia, we have further strengthened and tailored our product to our local clients’ needs and wishes,” said Gianni Onorato, president of Costa Crociere S.p.A. “The successful results we have obtained until now have encouraged our company to further expand in the region.
“With the double positioning of Costa Atlantica and Costa Victoria, Asia becomes the third-largest source market for the Costa brand in terms of capacity.”
From May to June Costa Atlantica will sail three- and four-night cruises to Thailand and Malaysia from Singapore. In June, the ship will homeport at Keelung, Taiwan, for two special five-night cruises to Japan and South Korea. From July until year’s end, Costa Atlantica will sail from Shanghai on four- and five-night cruises to Fukuoka, Cheju, Kagoshima and Kobe, Japan, and Pusan and Incheon, South Korea.