The Deliziosa is set for its 128-world cruise for Costa Cruises and is ready to sail from Trieste on Jan. 6.
The voyage will take the ship through the Mediterranean to the Arabian Peninsula, sailing east to India and the Maldives, then heading south to Madagascar and South Africa, and crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Brazil. Then, again heading south to Ushuaia, Argentina, at the extremity of the continent, sailing through the Beagle Channel and up the Pacific side, from Chile to Panama, visiting Central America and New York, then returning to Europe. There are 52 port calls.
According to the company, about 2,000 guests have booked a stateroom on the ship. They come from 40 different countries, with a predominance of French (about 500), Italians and Germans (about 360 and about 340, respectively), Swiss (about 160), Spanish (about 140) and Austrians (just under 100). The oldest traveler, French, is 94 years old, while the youngest is Austrian, aged 6 years.
The ship is set to offer another world cruise in 2024, and Costa said it would soon announce its 2025 world cruise, with a focus on the southern hemisphere departing Dec. 2024.