Costa Crociere S.p.A., the largest cruise company in Europe, announced at the Fourth China Cruise Industry Development Summit held in Sanya that it will introduce a new ship, Costa Romantica in 2010, to take the place of Costa Allegra.
Pier Luigi Foschi, the chairman and CEO of Costa Crociere, said China is an important market for Costa. The company aims to contribute more memorable cruise vacations to Chinese tourists while expanding its fleet.
Costa Romantica is the sister ship of Costa Classica which entered the China cruise market in April 2009. The 53,000 tonnage Costa Romantica can accommodate up to 1,697 passengers. and, compared to the Costa Allegra, she is larger and more comfortable. Passengers will be able to enjoy art works of Roberto Sambonet, Susumu Shingu, and Alberto Andreis on the ship.
Shanghai and Tianjin will be the home ports of Costa Romantica. Kumamoto in Japan and Pusan in South Korea will be the cruise destinations. From June 27, 2010, Costa Romantica will be based in Tianjin operating 11 voyages and transfer to Shanghai from August 25, 2010 operating 13 voyages.