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Costa to Base Deliziosa in Fort Lauderdale Next Winter

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Costa Cruises | Theresa Norton | May 15, 2015

Costa to Base Deliziosa in Fort Lauderdale Next Winter

PHOTO: The Costa Deliziosa. (Courtesy of Costa Cruises)

Costa Cruises will base one of its newer ships, the 2,800-passenger Costa Deliziosa, at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale for the winter of 2015-16.

For the past three years, the Italian cruise line had based its ships seasonally in Miami.

The 92,500-ton ship, which entered service in 2010, will operate seven-, nine- and 10-day cruises throughout the Caribbean, calling on ports in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. Some itineraries include a stop at Amber Cove, the new cruise destination near Puerto Plata on the Dominican Republic being developed by Costa parent company Carnival Corp. Rates start at $799 per person.

The new deployment was revealed during a Costa Cruises webinar with travAlliancemedia, parent company of Travel Pulse, Vacation Agent and Agent@Home. The webinar can be viewed on demand here.

The Costa Deliziosa has 1,130 cabins in total, including 662 with private balconies and 52 with direct access to the Samsara Spa. The ship also has 106 suites, all with private balcony, and four suites with direct spa access.

The ship also boasts four restaurants, including the Samsara Restaurant at an additional charge and by reservation, and 11 bars.

The Samsara Spa encompasses two levels and has a gym, thalassotherapy pool, treatment rooms, sauna, Turkish bath, and solarium. Fun features include a 4-D cinema and a Grand Prix race car simulator.

Costa is promoting the cruises as “A Taste of Italy in the Tropics,” especially as it introduces the “Italy’s Finest” campaign that includes partnerships with iconic Italian brands such as Illy coffee, Barilla pasta, Ferrari sparkling wines and Nutella.

Costa also recently introduced a new video titled "How Do You Say Holiday in Italian?". You can view it here:


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