Costa Asia of Carnival Group, the largest leisure travel company in the world, announced the successful return of China’s first cruise to the South Pacific Islands. Costa Atlantica set sail on this 46-day voyage from Tianjin International Cruise Terminal on November 30, 2016, taking more than 2,000 passengers across two continents, visiting 12 islands innine countries.
“In line with China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, Costa Asiahas put in tremendous effort, together with Caissa Touristic,to design this new itinerary,” stated Buhdy Bok, President of Costa Group Asia. “After the success of the World Cruise in 2015 and this 46-day cruise to the South Pacific, we will keep providing our esteemed Chinese guests with the most creative and high-quality cruise products.”
As the first-ever large cruise ship from China to visit the South Pacific Islands, Costa Atlantica’s voyage remarkably enhanced cooperation between China and South Pacific island countries in tourism exchanges, cultural communication and shared economic growth. This importance was recognized as Costa Atlantica arrived in Vanuatu, Tonga, French Polynesia, American Samoa, New Caledonia, and Papua New Guinea, where passengers were welcomed with the highest honors by local governments and citizens.Heads of state and government officials explored Costa Altantica onboard and exchanged gifts with Captain Nicolo Alba to express friendship.
Costa Asia allows passengers realize their dreams of visiting the far-reaching, exotic destinations of the world. Over 100 passengers from the World Cruise in 2015 chose to sail along once again on Costa Atlantica. From newlyweds to long-time married couples, both cruise veterans and first-time passengers experienced an exciting journey with Costa Asia’s distinctive “Italy at Sea” flavor.
The 46-day cruise carried guests across the equator and International Date Line where they discovered the South Pacific and unfrequented islands first hand.Under the crew’s meticulous attention and considerable preparations, passengers celebrated the holidays onboard in the opulent Italian atmosphere through a series of extraordinary events including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day celebrations.
Costa Asia’s cruise to South Pacific Islands, the first of its kind in China,marks another important milestone for Costa Asia and China’s cruise industry. Costa Atlantica will continue providing its legendary offers to more Chinese guests, now homeporting from Tianjian then Shanghai beginning in March 2017.