Earlier this month, Costa baffled us by announcing that Costa Mediterranea would be redeployed for the winter 2008/2009 season -- without knowing (or divulging) where the ship was actually going.
Well, the suspense is over.
The line has revealed Costa Mediterranea's new home for winter of next year, and it turns out the ship will be in ... South America. Though the itineraries are not yet published on Costa's Web site, we do know that Costa Mediterranea will homeport in Brazil for the first time, joining Costa Magica in Santos. Costa Mediterranea will bring the line's count of ships in South America to three (Costa Marina regularly sails from Buenos Aires).
But back to the "mystery"; the October 10 press release said only that Costa Mediterranea would move to "a different key core market" rather than homeport in Ft. Lauderdale for a season of Caribbean cruises. We have to wonder, though, if executives were trolling Cruise Critic's Costa forum in the meantime for itinerary planning inspiration. When we asked you in a poll where you'd like see Costa redeploy the ship, the majority (though scant) voted for -- you guessed it -- South America!
"South America is a good idea," member sho posted on the thread. "Perhaps Costa should combine a South American itinerary with a new route such as Antarctica."
Hmm. Maybe in 2009/2010....
--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor