Saturday, 19 July 2014

Trieste plays a big part in the future for Costa

Costa Cruises have made plans for three major new initiatives for Trieste. In November this year, Trieste will be the first port to welcome the new €550 million flagship, Costa Diadema. Currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard, Costa Diadema’s preview cruise will depart from Trieste on 1 November with an overnight stop until 1 pm the following day. During the stay a special event organised by Costa Cruises and the Municipality of Trieste will be staged to present the ship to the city.

Starting April 2015, Costa will begin a new programme of cruises from Trieste on Costa Mediterranea (85,700 gross tonnage and 2,680 total guests), which will spend two days and an overnight stopover in the city: a great opportunity for promotion of local tourism. The ship will visit Trieste some 35 times on weekly port calls from 10 April to 5 December 2015, arriving in Trieste at 9am every Friday and departing at 7pm on Saturdays. The route also includes Split, Kotor, Kefalonia, Corfu and Dubrovnik.

Thanks to a strategic partnership with Italian state railway operator Trenitalia, in 2015 Costa’s guests will benefit from high-speed train transport links to Trieste. Using the new “Rail&Cruise” formula, cruise passengers will be able to purchase rail tickets on the Frecciabianca high-speed train service between Turin and Trieste stopping in Novara, Vercelli, Brescia, Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Venice. 

Costa’s guests will travel in reserved carriages and will also be offered a series of additional services included in the fare including transportation of their baggage from their doorstep to their cabin, transfers from the station to the port and vice versa, assistance from Costa ground staff at their station of departure and on the train, and baggage insurance.  

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