First fly-cruise for Filipino tourists set

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During the 2014 Easter holidays, TravelPeople and Costa Cruises would organize a dedicated fly-cruise for Filipino guests from Shanghai to Japan and Korea, in the first-ever charter cruise from the Philippines market.

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For the first time ever, Costa Cruises and TravelPeople with the support of Department of Tourism, have joined hands in launching a charter cruise on the newly restyled Costa Victoria (75,200 gross tonnage and 2,394 total guests). The new Costa Victoria will welcome Filipino guests during the Holy Week (Easter) holiday between April 14 and 19, 2014, from Shanghai on a six-day cruise.

Upon completion of an $18-million upgrade in November 2013, the new Costa Victoria gives an enhanced interpretation of “Italy at Sea” while being perfectly in sync with the unique tastes and needs of Asian travelers.

“With the first-ever charter in the Philippines market, we are thrilled to bring not only the new Costa Victoria, but also the extraordinary experience of ‘Italy at Sea’ a step closer to Philippines, which is an important market for Costa Cruises,” said Buhdy Bok, senior vice president for Asia-Pacific and China at Costa Cruises.

“Cruising as a holiday option is steadily gaining strong ground in the Philippines, so we took this challenge of bringing more Filipino travelers to experience the beautiful cities of Japan, Korea and China on board the equally charming Costa Victoria.” Said Tina Cortez, president of TravelPeople Ltd. Inc.

TravelPeople is embarking on a first in Philippine cruising, doing a half charter cruise this Holy Week. On April 14 to 19, Costa Victoria is sailing with half of its ship filled with Filipino cruise passengers.

Departing from Shanghai, the first stop is Cheju, the island dubbed “Korea’s Hawaii.” Guests will then arrive Fukuoka, which houses numerous designer boutiques that guests can visit before journeying to Kagoshima, one of the leading tourist destinations in Japan.

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