Costa Cruises announces third ship in South America


Costa Cruises has announced a third ship will sail in South America between November 2020 and April 2021. The Costa Luminosa will support Costa Fascinosa and Costa Pacifica, which had previously been announced to be positioned in the region. The three ships will offer itineraries to Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.

“The arrival of Costa Luminosa for the 2020/2021 season reflects Costa Cruises’ desire to strategically invest in the South American market, a market with a great potential for growth,” said Dario Rustico, general manager for Central and South America at Costa Cruises. “For this reason, we want to gradually increase our presence in the region.”

Costa Fascinosa will have its principal homeport at Santos, Brazil, and leave for South America from Savona, Italy, in mid-November 2020. The cruises will sail toward the north of Brazil, stopping at destinations like Buzios, Salvador, Ilheus and Ilha Grande.

Costa Pacifica cruises will concentrate mainly on Argentina, Uruguay and the southern part of Brazil, with port calls at Buenos Aires (Argentina); Ilhabela, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande (Brazil); and Montevideo (Uruguay). The ship departs to South America from Genoa, Italy, on 13 November 2020.

Costa Luminosa will also leave from Santos and offer seven-night cruises to Itajai (Brazil), Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The ship will sail from Venice, Italy, to Santos for positioning on 8 November 2020.


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