Costa Romantica, a world-famous Italian-inspired luxury liner, will call at Hong Kong,
Sanya and Shanghai in China and some other Asian destinations.
Bringing the best Europe has to offer, Costa Romantica will be indulging Manileños’ penchant for first-class travel and service amid the fine trappings and conveniences of a luxury ship. Costa Romantica is now officially docking to and from Manila to ferry globetrotting denizens to top destinations in Asia.

Costa Romantica is the world-famous Italian-inspired luxury liner. Living up to its name, Costa Romantica dazzles with its richly embellished public rooms that feature rare woods and Carrara marble as exquisitely detailed by the finest European artisans. Guests will also be sailing with rare and original works of art like sculptures, paintings, murals, wall hangings and hand-crafted furnishings.

The comforts of an all-inclusive full-service hotel and resort can also be deemed on their fully contained spa which offers personalized beauty treatments and therapies. A fitness center is available for those who want to stay in tip-top shape while onboard the amazing cruise. There are two swimming pools if you want your physical activity to be far more “exposed,” if not relaxing.

On the other hand, the 650-seat L’Opera Theater, disco club, seven bars, casino and a shopping center can help travelers while away the time. Dates are also made perfect at one of Costa Romantica’s three restaurants and four Jacuzzis. And yes, there’s also a chapel. Go figure.

Costa Romantica was launched at Pier 13 in South Harbor, Manila with high society in complete attendance. Welcoming guests were sales and marketing director of Costa Cruises’ Pacific Asia Operations Dario Rustico, cruise director Luigi Congiu and ship captain Pietro Sinisi, VIP’s and guests from media were treated to their first glimpse of the 1,697-passenger ship’s elegant features and the journey of relaxation and inspiration; excitement and enthusiasm; legend and romance; and culture and heritage that Costa Cruises promises. The luxurious Boticelli Restaurant served a sumptuous lunch of prosciutto and vegetable salad, shrimp penne pasta, salmon or veal main course as well as generous servings of sparkling water and red and white wine and tiramisu for dessert.

The Ambassador of Italy to the Philippines Luca Fornari, together with his wife, Silvana, and Philippine-Italian Association President Zenaida Tantoco, re-emphasized the closer ties of Philippines and Italy in his speech.

While Tantoco talked about how the Philippine Italian Association helps promote understanding between Italy and the Philippines. She also impressed on how Costa Crociere plays an important partnership role with its commitment to the Philippines.

Costa Crociere’s Dario Rustico happily announced the numerous Asian destinations of Costa Romantica that includes Cheju and Pusan in South Korea; Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Okinawa in Japan; Hong Kong, Sanya and Shanghai in China; Keelung, Taichung and Taipei in Taiwan; and of course, Manila, the Philippines.

Costa Romantica will sail over a dozen Asian destinations including six days and five nights cruise in South Korea and Japan on August 25, August 30, September 4, 9, 14, and 19, October 7 and October 12. The cruise will also regularly ply routes from Shanghai (China), to Fukuoka-Kumamoto (Japan), Cheju (South Korea) and back to Shanghai. For 2010, Costa Cruises will have five more calls in the port of Manila for Costa Romantica and Costa Classica.

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