Costa Marina to sail 14-day cruises from Mauritius

Costa Cruises said it will become the first major cruise line to operate Indian Ocean cruises departing from Mauritius with sailings beginning in December.

The Costa Marina will run six regularly scheduled cruises from Mauritius, an island nation east of Madagascar in the southwest Indian Ocean, between Dec. 22 and March 1.

"Following the opening of new routes in Asia and Dubai last year, next winter we will also offer cruises from Mauritius, itineraries which are already proving to be popular judging from the advance bookings," said Pier Luigi Foschi, Costa CEO, in a statement.

Foschi made the announcement while in Mauritius, along with Xavier Luc Duval, the island's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism, Transport and Communications.

The 25,600-ton, 1,000-passenger Costa Marina will operate 14-day cruises departing Saturdays offering two-day calls in Mauritius and Mahe, the Seychelles; and one-day calls at Mombasa, Kenya; Mayotte and Nosy Be, Madagascar; Toamasina, Madagascar; and Reunion Island.

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