Costa to Offer Cruises From Dubai

Ana Figueroa In an industry first, Costa Crociere will offer cruises that depart from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) beginning in December. Costa Crociere operates the AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruise Lines brands. The new Dubai-based cruises will be offered during the 2006-2007 winter season on the Costa Cla

By: Ana Figueroa

In an industry first, Costa Crociere will offer cruises that depart from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) beginning in December. Costa Crociere operates the AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruise Lines brands. The new Dubai-based cruises will be offered during the 2006-2007 winter season on the Costa Classica and AIDAcara.

“The local authorities in Dubai have been involved in an important development program aimed at making the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf a major travel destination for international tourists,” said Costa Crociere chairman and CEO Pier Luigi Foschi. “I believe the arrival of an international operator like Costa Crociere in Dubai can make a significant contribution towards achieving this objective.”

Costa Crociere is the first leading cruise operator to schedule itineraries from Dubai intended for an international clientele. The seven-day cruises will include two nights in Dubai and one-day stopovers in the ports of Muscat (Oman), Fujairah (United Arab Emirates), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and Bahrain. Costa Classica will depart on Saturdays, and the AIDAcara will leave on Fridays. In total, the two ships will offer 25 cruises, 17 on the Costa Classica (from Dec. 23 to April 14, 2007) and eight on the AIDAcara (from Dec. 22 to Feb. 9 2007).

The two ships will arrive in the Gulf via two cruises on the Suez Canal and the Red Sea. Costa Classica departs Savona on Dec. 5 and will reach Dubai on Dec. 22 with stopovers in Naples, Alexandria (Egypt), Port Said (Egypt), Sharm el Sheik (Egypt), Aqaba (Jordan) Safaga (Egypt), Hodeidah (Yemen), Mukalla (Yemen), Salalah (Oman) and Muscat (Oman). The AIDAcara will reach Dubai in two separate cruises: The first departs from Palma de Majorca on Dec. 1 and arrives at Sharm el Sheik on Dec. 9; the second departs from Sharm el Sheik on Dec. 9 and arrives in Dubai on Dec. 21.

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