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Thursday, 11 April, 2019, 14 : 15 PM [IST]
Costa Victoria to be home ported in Mumbai from November
By Ambarin Chougle | Mumbai

After the successful completion of third India season of Costa Cruises, the cruise liner is set to home port Costa Victoria from November 8, 2019 in Mumbai. The announcement was made recently when the ship of lights, Costa Luminosa, on its 109 days itinerary, was docked in at the Mumbai port. 

To cater to the increasing demand of luxury cruising from Mumbai, this winter season, Costa Victoria with excess in capacity than Costa neoRiveria, is ready to make an inaugural call in Mumbai. The sailings of 4 nights from Mumbai to Kochi and 7 nights Maldives to Mumbai start at a price of INR 33,000 per person and INR 46,000 per person, respectively. 

Speaking about the expectations from Costa Victoria, Nalini Gupta, MD, Lotus Destinations, Representative of Costa Cruises in India, told TravelBiz Monitor, “Expectations are high. We are hoping that we will receive double the numbers we received last year. Indians have loved this ship on its Singapore itineraries. We are aiming to bring back the cruise to India again and again with the help of ambassadors for Costa Cruises from India.  This will help to sell Costa, not only for India but for the whole network. We have a lot of foreigners coming on the ship so it also helps market India as a destination. We are taking efforts to customise it as per the needs but we need everyone’s involvement to make it better.”

Costa Victoria has 14 decks (12 for guest use), 3 swimming pools, 4 jacuzzis, 10 bars, 5 restaurants, fully-equipped casino, theatre, disco and a ballroom. It aims to provide entertainment with a wide offer of magic shows, operas and dancers and showcase spectacular performances to the well-travelled folks.

Costa Cruises also offers packages to kids below 18 years of age and is the company says that they are the only cruise line to do so. It gives a cruise-free policy on a sharing cabin, whereby kids have to pay only port taxes and minimal gratuities.

Costa neoRiveria, which sailed on a similar itinerary, hosted more than 10,000 Indian guests on board. The India season for Costa in 2018 witnessed a diverse range of travellers, from weddings, corporate incentive groups, individual travellers and large families.

Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust, says “Costa Cruises has been one of our premium clients regularly docking at Mumbai Port, proactively helping to build the Indian cruise market. The Mumbai Port is in the process of setting up a state-of-the-art cruise terminal, scheduled to be inaugurated in November/December 2019. We look forward to welcoming even bigger and more Costa ships in the near future.”