Costa Cruises said it will offer the first roundtrip world cruise from China next year. The Costa Atlantica will depart Shanghai on March 22 on an 83-day cruise.

The 2,680-passenger ship will first stop at Vietnam, then take a westerly course to Thailand, Sri Lanka and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean before journeying north to Egypt and Europe for calls at Italy, France, Spain and Portugal.

Costa Atlantica will then sail a transatlantic crossing to New York before heading south to Miami and Central America, transiting the Panama Canal to enter the Pacific Ocean and continue on to the Hawaiian Islands and Guam.

Pier Luigi Foschi, CEO of Carnival Asia (Carnival Corp. is Costa’s parent company), called the cruise “the linchpin of our Asia strategy over the next couple of years.”

“We are always challenging ourselves to bring more innovative holiday options to this market,” Foschi said.

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