Thailand’s flourishing cruise industry was given another boost following the decision to base a prime international cruise ship in Bangkok.
Costa Cruises commenced its first ever homeport season in Laem Chabang port, which will see 2,394-passenger Costa Victoria operate cruises around Gulf of Thailand. According to the company the move reflected its “commitment to build the cruise market in the region”.
“As one of the cruising pioneers in Asia Pacific, Costa Asia is excited to expand into Thailand by launching its first homeport cruises from Laem Chabang,” said Buhdy Bok, Costa’s president for Asia.
“Guests based in Thailand can now embark and disembark from right at their door-step for short cruises, enabling them to enjoy our unique ‘Italy at Sea’ experience. We believe in the long-term potential of Thailand as a sourcing and destination market,” he added.
Costa Victoria arrived in Bangkok on January 11, 2017 following a cruise from Singapore. Until 25 January the ship will offer a series of three 4-night cruises around Gulf of Thailand, including calls in Koh Samui, Sihanoukville and Phu Quoc Island (Vietnam). It will then sail to China on a 4-night voyage.