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Costa Victoria undergoing $18m upgrade at Sembawang

Costa Victoria dedicated to the Asian market
Costa Victoria is currently undergoing a $18m upgrade at Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore. The new look Costa Cruises vessel will be unveiled on November 11, when she departs from Singapore on her first post-refurb cruise.

Refurbished with new balconies, terraces and windows, the new look Costa Victoria marries traditional nautical elements with essential design, says the cruise line. Almost all of the ship’s interiors are being re-styled in a contemporary European flair.

‘Our investment in Costa Victoria means she is going to offer our valued Asian passengers the absolute finest and most enjoyable cruising holiday, which speaks to our long-term commitment to the Asia market,’ said Buhdy Bok, svp Pacific Asia & China of Costa Crociere. ‘As the first international cruise company to enter the China market in 2006, Costa Cruises is proud of how we’ve developed alongside China and have been able to satisfy the rapidly growing demand for cruise holidays with innovative and high-quality cruising options.’

Costa Victoria’s dining experiences include a Buffet terrace where passengers can dine al fresco and relaxed Pizza and Noodle area. The boutique shopping area is also being upgraded. When Costa Victoria first entered the China market in May 2012, it was marketed as Asia’s first fashion cruise with emphasis put on the array of European designer ware at duty-free prices.

Costa Victoria will sail a series of 7,9,10,11 and 14 night cruises out of Singapore in South East Asia into January 2014, before heading to North Asia.