Though the Italy-based cruise line is best known for offering some of the industry's most comprehensive and diverse European itineraries, Costa is no stranger to the Caribbean. In fact, Costa has had more than two ships dedicated to the Caribbean during the high season in the past. However, Fortuna and Mediterranea will bring more tonnage and more lower berths than ever before.
A spokeswoman for the line tells us that Costa is introducing Fortuna in the Caribbean as a way to "showcase another member of our fleet" to the region's cruisers.
CostaFortuna will sail the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean throughout the 2007/2008 season. Western Caribbean calls include Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios and Grand Turk. In the Eastern Caribbean, ports include San Juan; St. Thomas; Catalina Island and La Romana, Dominican Republic; and Nassau. "Southeastern" Caribbean voyages visit San Juan, St. Maarten, Tortola and Nassau.
CostaFortuna will also be the only ship to sail to Bermuda from Ft. Lauderdale; one special sailing departs the Florida port on April 6, 2008, featuring two overnights in King's Wharf.
Meanwhile, CostaMediterranea returns to the region with new Saturday-to-Saturday itineraries. Western Caribbean cruises call at Key West, Cozumel, Roatan, Grand Cayman, Jamaica (Ocho Rios) and Grand Turk. Eastern Caribbean routes include San Juan; St. Thomas; Catalina Island and La Romana, Dominican Republic; Nassau; and Grand Turk.
Costa celebrates its 60th in 2008.
--By Melissa Baldwin, Associate Editor