Costa Cruises Returns to Japan

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Costa Cruises has resumed its popular 4-, 5- and 6-night Japan & South Korea aboard the Costa Classica. These itineraries, which sail roundtrip from Shanghai, China, are the cruise line’s first to the destination  following the March tsunami.

Through October, Costa Classica will home port in Shanghai, operating 12 cruises to Japan and South Korea. The selection of itineraries includes 4-night cruises to Fukuoka, Japan, and Cheju, South Korea; a 6-night cruise to Pusan, South Korea, and Fukuoka and Kagoshima, Japan; and a 5-night cruise to Fukuoka and Nagasaki, Japan, and Cheju.

Next year, Costa will substantially expand operations in Asia with the inaugural deployment of the 2,394-guest Costa Victoria, which will replace the 1,680-guest Costa Classica. The larger ship will offer 246 veranda cabins and increase Costa’s capacity in the region by 40 percent.

In 2012 Costa Victoria will call at new Japan destinations, including tropical Hososhima/Miyazaki; Wakayama, which boasts the country’s largest hot springs resort; Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city; the popular sightseeing cities in the Kanto Area; Yokohama and Tokyo, the nation’s capital.

For more information, call (800) GO-COSTA or visit