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Costa Serena restarts first outbound from South Korea

From June to October 2023, Costa Serena will operate a program of 35 charter cruises in Asia
Costa Serena, which has returned to service in Asia, kick-started South Korea's resumption of outbound cruising since travel restrictions were lifted.

After two cruises between Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, Costa Serena departed from the port of Busan, South Korea, heading to Nagasaki and Yatsushiro, Japan.

Historic Asia sailing

'With the departure of Costa Serena from Busan, we celebrate a historic event for cruises in Asia. We are, in fact, the first company to resume outbound cruises dedicated to South Korea, and soon also to Taiwan, after the pause due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic,' said Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises.

He called it 'a very important moment for the recovery of the cruise industry in Asia', achieved 'due to our historic presence in Asia and established relationship with local partners and institutions,' Zanetti noted. 

Taiwan and South Korea

From June to October 2023, 114,000gt Costa Serena will operate a program of 35 charter cruises in Asia, in cooperation with local travel partners. Eight cruises, in June and October 2023, will be dedicated to the South Korean market; from July to October 2023 another twenty-seven cruises are planned for the Taiwan market.

The itineraries, lasting from 4 to 7 days, include Japanese ports, such as Otaru, Muroran, Hakodate, Aomori, Fukuoka, Sasebo, Nagasaki, Yatsushiro, Kagoshima, Naha, Ishigaki and Miyakojima.  Departures are scheduled from the ports of Busan, Sokcho and Pohang in South Korea, as well as from Keelung and Kaohsiung in Taiwan.