Costa takes guests on ‘slow cruises’

Costa Cruises has introducing a new collection of cruises for travellers who want to experience destinations longer.

Launching in February next year, the line will take guests on ‘slow cruises’ as part of its neoCollection.

The concept will be available on Costa neoRiviera and Costa neoRomantica. It features longer itineraries and extended port time.

The two ships were selected because they are the smallest in the line’s fleet with 624 and 789 cabins. This will offer cruisers an intimate cruise that’s capable of visiting destinations not accessible to larger ships.

“Make the most of every minute and holiday in a more leisurely way,” the line said.

The first cruise on board neoRiviera will take guests on a 62-day voyage from 9 February 2014 from Dubai to India and then South Africa.

On 1 June 2014, neoRomantica will sail 13 and 15 day cruises in Northern Europe and the Baltic.

Earlier this year, Costa Cruises’ parent company, Carnival chairman Micky Arison said the line’s passenger numbers have no returned to pre-Concordia levels. He said

Costa Cruises has struggled to return its passenger numbers to pre-Concordia levels. He said setbacks were due to the Concordia crash, which killed 32 people and the European economic crisis.