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New ship to operate week-long cruises in Red Sea during 2012

Costa Voyager joins The Costa Cruises’ fleet

Costa Cruises, the largest Italian travel group and Europe’s no.1 cruise company, has announced the arrival of a new ship in the Costa fleet – the Costa Voyager. Costa Voyager, formally part of the Iberocruceros fleet, will offer guests 416 cabins in total, (houses 927 guests) including 16 panoramic suites and 12 suites with private balconies. Relaxation and fun will be guaranteed by three restaurants, four bars, a theatre, wellness centre and gym, treatment rooms, sauna and Turkish bath, swimming pool, disco, shopping centre and children’s club (Squok club).

The arrival of the Costa Voyager enhances the Italian company’s versatile fleet of ships, with a range of dimensions and differing characteristics, offering customers a series of brand new itineraries. More specifically, the technical characteristics of the Costa Voyager make her especially suitable for cruises to the Red Sea, a relatively new destination for Costa Cruises and one that will be offered throughout 2012.

Costa Voyager’s first cruise will be a 15-day journey from Savona, departing on 20 November 2011 and travelling to Sharm el-Sheikh in the Red Sea. From 5 December 2011 to the end of 2012, Costa Voyager will be offering week-long cruises in the Red Sea, departing on Mondays from Sharm el-Sheikh and calling at Eilat (Israel), Aqaba (Jordan), Safaga (Egypt) and Sokhna (Egypt).

The Costa Voyager itinerary combines relaxation and culture, from an extraordinarily beautiful sea to cultural and archaeological treasures. From Eilat, excursions organised by Costa Cruises will take guests to a natural oasis in the Negev desert, the fortress of Masada and the wonderful landscapes of the Dead Sea. From Aqaba, visit the pink city of Petra, carved into the mountain. From Safaga there are excursions to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, visiting the tombs of the Pharaohs or enjoying the natural beauty of Hurghada and the crystal waters of the island of Mahamya. From Sokhna you can travel to beautiful beaches.

Before entering into service for the Costa fleet, the ship will be undergoing renovation work at the San Giorgio shipyard in the Port of Genoa, from 9 to 19 November 2011, costing an estimated 2.5 million euros. Once the work has been completed, Costa Voyager will begin to operate for the Costa Cruises fleet, offering the excellent Italian service that is a distinctive feature of Costa cruises.

The Costa Voyager will not be the only member of the Costa fleet in the Genoese shipyards. From 29 October 2011 through until mid-February 2012, work is being carried out at the San Giorgio del Porto and T. Mariotti yards on the radical refurbishment of the Costa Romantica. The 90 million euro restyling will turn her into a completely new ship; with the name changing to the Costa neoRomantica.

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