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Costa Cruises to resume services in Taiwan in July

2023-02-04
Focus Taiwan
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Costa Chief Commercial Officer Roberto Alberti (center) is seen at a news conference on Thursday in Taipei. CNA photo Feb. 2, 2023
Costa Chief Commercial Officer Roberto Alberti (center) is seen at a news conference on Thursday in Taipei. CNA photo Feb. 2, 2023

Taipei, Feb. 2 (CNA) The Costa Cruises ship Costa Serena will resume services in the Taiwan market in July, the cruise line announced on Thursday.

The announcement made Costa the first cruise line to unveil plans to launch or resume an international sea route that includes Taiwan, and Costa Serena the first cruise ship to use Taiwan as its home port after the nation lifted border restrictions in October last year.

The decision came amid rising demand for cruise trips in Asia after several international cruise lines resumed services in the region, Costa Chief Commercial Officer Roberto Alberti told a news conference in Taipei.

Alberti also said that Costa, under new circumstances, was returning to Asia after the company announced in October last year that it would withdraw from the market.

Prior to suspending its services in Taiwan amid global COVID-19 outbreaks, Costa had operated in the country for seven years since 2013, he added.

Lin Keng-yu (林耿宇), senior marketing manager at Costa Cruises Taiwan Branch, said the company had planned 24 tours with nine travel agencies between July 1 and Sept. 25 to take customers to Okinawa, Kyushu and South Korea on 4-5-day trips.

Tickets start at NT$19,900 per person, similar to prices before the COVID-19 pandemic, Lin said.

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