Costa Cruises opened its sixth consecutive season in the Emirates  with the inaugural call in Dubai of the flagship Costa Favolosa.

A welcoming ceremony has celebrated the first arrival of the flagship at the port, at the presence  of  Awah Al Ketbi, CEO of AL Ketbi Consultancy, the company which is running Costa representative office in Dubai, and Captain Mauro Muratore, joined by government officials and VIP Guests from DTCM (Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing), tourism and maritime sectors.

The Costa Favolosa is the largest and most advanced ship ever deployed in the Emirates, a cruise destination offered by Costa for the first time in the world back in 2006.

In Winter 2011/12, from 16th December 2011 to 6th April 2012,  Costa Favolosa will be sailing in the exotic seas of the Arabian Gulf on 7-night cruises with 2 days in Dubai, one-day stopovers in Muscat (Oman), Fujairah (UAE), Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Khasab (Oman) and ending with a further overnight stay in Dubai.  This “Jewels of the Emirates” cruise with an itinerary reminiscent of “A Thousand and One Nights”, offers a tantalizing mix of past and future, unspoiled oases and stunning futuristic architecture, dune surfing, mosques and skycrapers. This year’s route features the additional port call of Khasab (Oman), which boasts towering cliffs and deep blue water.

Thanks to the positioning of the Costa Favolosa, Costa will make 58 port calls in the United Arab Emirates in winter 2011/2012 and expects to clock up approximately 233,000 passenger movements.