Costa adds Fort Lauderdale as homeport this winter

By ,   May 21, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Costa Cruises will base Costa Deliziosa at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale FL for a series of Caribbean voyages, beginning December 2015.

The 2,800-passenger 92,500-ton ship will join the other Florida-based ships of the line, Costa Luminosa and Costa Mediterranea, which sail from Miami.

The Deliziosa will leave Mediterranean waters on November 27 with a 24-day transatlantic crossing. The ship will sail her first Caribbean itinerary December 21, according to a statement from the line. From Dec 28, Costa Deliziosa will offer seven 10-day Caribbean voyages before heading back to the Med on March 6, 2016.

The ship will call at ports in Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Some itineraries include a visit to Amber Cove, the new destination near Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic being developed by Carnival Corp. (Costa parent company). Rates start at $800 per person.

Deliziosa joined Costa Cruises in 2010. The ship's move follows the move in 2014, when the 2,114-guest Costa Mediterranea joined the 2,260-guest Luminosa in Miami, nearly doubling the capacity of the fleet in the region.