Costa Cruises has expanded into the Gulf of Thailand with the deployment of Costa Victoria to Laem Chabang.
This is the first time the cruise operator is home porting in Bangkok.
“As one of the cruising pioneers in Asia Pacific, Costa Asia is excited to expand into Thailand by launching its first homeport cruises from Laem Chabang (Bangkok),” said Budhy Bok, Costa Group Asia President. “We believe in the long-term potential of Thailand as a sourcing and destination market.”
The 2,394-passenger cruise ship started her repositioning cruise on January 8 in Singapore and arrived in Laem Chabang on January 11, where it went on three 4-night sailings to Sihanoukville in Cambodia, Phu Quoc in Vietnam and Koh Samui in Thailand.
The response for these inaugural sailings has been “overwhelming”, according to Eunice Lee, sales & marketing director for Costa Cruises Asia.
She said, ”Not only is it a manifestation of Costa Cruises’ determination to building her market in IndoChina but it is also deemed as a boost for the cruise industry in Thailand. The general feedback from passengers on these sold-out sailings has been positive and encouraging. We are hopeful for further expansion into the Thai market in the coming seasons.”
Costa Victoria will be sailing from Nansha, China to Japan’s Ishigaki and Okinawa in the upcoming months.
Source: Travel Weekly Asia