Awaiting the arrival of new ships ordered for Costa Cruises and Costa Asia, the Italian company has decided to reposition Costa Victoria to the Mediterranean and to sell Costa neoClassica.
As of 30 march 2018 Costa Victoria will return to regular cruises in the Mediterranean. The ship has been operating mainly in China since 2012 offering cruises dedicated to the local market. During the summer 2018 she will offer a 7-night itinerary dedicated to the beaches and entertainment of the Balearic Islands, originally planned for Costa neoRiviera, with stops in Savona, Olbia, Minorca, Ibiza (overnight), Palma de Mallorca and Tarragona (overnight). The itinerary will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy the unique experience of PortAventura World, the largest destination resort in Europe with the Ferrari Land theme park.
The decision regarding Costa Victoria has been taken to maintain the offer in a highly popular region of the Mediterranean unchanged. Awaiting the arrival of four new ships starting from 2019, which will permit Costa Cruises to grow further in Europe and Asia (two ships are for the Costa Cruises market and two for Costa Asia), the Italian company has accelerated the renewal of its fleet, formalizing the sale of Costa neoClassica, one of its longest-serving ships. As of March 10 2018, once its schedule of cruises between India and the Maldives is complete, Costa neoClassica will no longer be part of the Costa fleet.
From June 2018, Costa neoRiviera will then replace Costa neoClassica, offering 7-night itineraries dedicated to the Greek islands, with Bari as the only home port.
Before returning to operate in the Mediterranean, Costa Victoria will perform scheduled dry-dock refurbishing works at the Chantier Naval de Marseille.