Costa and AIDA Plan Dubai-Based Cruises

February 7, 2006

Genoa-based Costa Crociere, which operates Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises, is the first major cruise company to offer a seasonal presence in the Middle East. The cruise lines will offer roundtrip sailings from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates throughout the 2006/2007 winter season.

Both AIDAcara and CostaClassica will offer seven night voyages that spend two nights in Dubai along with day-long calls at Muscat, Oman; Fujairah; United Arab Emirates; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Bahrain.

The 38,600-ton, 1,186-passenger AIDAcara will depart on Fridays from December 22, 2006 to February 9, 2007 while the 52,950-ton, 1,308-passenger CostaClassica will begin its voyages on December 23, 2006, departing Saturdays through April 14, 2007.

AIDAcara is part of the AIDA Cruises, which is specifically aimed at the German travel market. Costa, better known to North American travelers, targets an international crowd.

Costa Crociere is part of the Carnival Corporation family of fleets.