Costa boosts Indian Ocean deployment

By ,   October 2, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Costa Cruises announced that the company was doubling the number of its voyages in the Indian Ocean for the winter season 2016-2017.

The first of a total of eleven cruises departs on October 14, 2016. The last is scheduled on March 4, 2017. All sailings are 2-week long aboard Costa neoRomantica.

The first voyage will depart from Mauritius and then head to the Seychelles Islands, where the cruise ship will berth for a couple of days. Then it will continue to Madagascar, with calls at Diego Suarez, Tamatave and Nosy Be. The next stop will be Reunion island before sailing back to Mauritius, with one final overnight visit.

The increase in the number of Costa voyages in the Indian Ocean is the result of an agreement signed earlier this week in Paris between the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism, Vanilla Islands Organization and Costa Cruises, during IFTM-Top Resa travel trade show.

The agreement calls for investments for promoting cruise tourism, improving port infrastructures and guest facilities, as well as for excursions offered to passengers and flight connections.