PHOTO: The Costa Fascinosa (photo via Costa Cruises)
What does a billionaire get for his soon-to-be-wed son? In one case, a wedding bash in which an entire luxury cruise ship from Costa Cruises was reserved just for this celebration.
Every wedding is a special day that commemorates a significant occasion, but some nuptial events are more memorable than others. We think it is safe to say that this is one wedding ceremony that none of the guests will soon forget.
Earlier this spring, Indian retail magnate Rizwan Sajan chartered the Costa Fascinosa – said to be the most elegant and glamorous of all the vessels in the Costa Cruises fleet.
But he didn’t just book a few rooms or a group of suites. Instead, he reserved the entire 3,800-passenger ship. Not surprisingly, this wasn’t just your ordinary run-of-the-mill pleasure cruise. The occasion was the wedding of Sajan’s son Adel to Sana Khan, an actress and model. The couple are said to have been high school sweethearts.
The ceremony itself took place on the upper deck, serving as the highlight of a voyage that stopped at notable ports such as Barcelona and Cannes. Each guest was allotted a pair of cabins—a balcony cabin or suite, along with an internal cabin (which many of the guests used as a dressing room and a place to store their wardrobe and luggage).
The celebration had a Bollywood theme, and staff members paid careful attention to detail in designing all of the décor and special elements. Nothing was overlooked—even the room keycards were specially designed to reflect the theme. The 1,000 guests included celebrities from the world of Bollywood cinema, along with pop music stars from India and around the globe.
Dozens of chefs prepared elaborate gourmet meals, while the Costa chef handled the wedding cake. While onboard, guests had access to all of the ship’s amazing amenities and facilities, such as the 13 bars—including a cognac & cigar Bar and a coffee & chocolate bar—five restaurants, and four pools. The couple and their guests could recover from all of the activity and festivities by indulging in some soothing treatments at the Samsara Spa, a sprawling facility spread out over two levels and offering gyms, a sauna, a Turkish bath, five Jacuzzis and a UVA-ray solarium.
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The groom’s father, who is founder and chairman of a building materials company called the Danube Group, said the one-of-a-kind event was the culmination of years of planning, as the wedding of his only son was a milestone he had looked forward to for a long time.
You don’t have to be the heir to a billionaire from Dubai to feel like a dignitary while enjoying a voyage with Costa Cruises. Each and every passenger gets the VIP treatment while onboard the ship. No matter what the occasion, you will always be part of an exclusive club with access to all of the many amenities each vessel in the fleet has to offer.