The Costa Serena returned to Asia earlier this month, marking the return of the entire Costa Cruises fleet.
With guests arriving earlier than planned, the 2007-built vessel started charter operations for Southeast Asian and Far Eastern travel agencies.
As part of the first voyage, a program of short cruises was offered departing from Laem Chabang, Thailand.
The operation will visit Vietnam, Cambodia, and other destinations in Thailand, followed by a series of charter cruises in South Korea.
In addition to Busan, Sokcho and Pohang, the program extends to the end of June.
A trip to Taiwan is planned for the Costa Serena in July. The vessel is scheduled to offer a series of four- to seven-night cruises to Japanese ports, including Sasebo, Kagoshima, Otaru, Hakodate, Naha, Miyakojima, and Ishigaki, during the remainder of the summer season.
The Serena was the only vessel in the company’s fleet to remain out of service after the other two left. In March, the ship returned to Singapore after spending most of the operational pause in the Middle East.
During her drydocking at the Southeast Asia port, the Serena underwent technical maintenance, upkeep and classes as well as preparing to welcome guests back.
As part of Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard in Genoa, the Costa Serena was originally launched in 2007.
This 112,000-ton ship can accommodate over 3,000 passengers and boasts an array of public areas and facilities, including one of the largest wellness centers at sea, two retractable glass-roofed swimming pools, and four restaurants.
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