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Love Boat: Cruise With Your Honey

Planning an all-out dream getaway with your man for the holidays? Sign up for an Asian cruise aboard this Italian cruise ship!
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Did you recently get hitched, or are you the type of couple whose idea of fun and spending quality time is jet-setting around the globe? Hold off on those airline bookings and try something exhilaratingly different by sailing the seas this time.

If those luxury European or Caribbean cruises are farfetched for you, given your budget, you may just go for an Asian cruise instead. You may want to check out Costa Classica, which incidentally made its maiden call in Manila last October 26, marking the first time a cruise company (Costa Cruises, Italy’s largest tourism group and a leading cruise company in Europe) committed regular calls in Manila’s port.

The Costa Classica is one of Costa’s most popular cruisers, which can accommodate a total of 1,680 guests. During its maiden call, Cosmo had the chance to sample its scrumptious cuisine, experience its crew’s hospitality, and tour its elegant rooms and fun yet luxurious amenities, all done in warm, relaxing colors and the best of Italian style to allow you and your sweetie to enjoy the pleasures of this very comfortable ship while onboard.

After all, you’ll need all the energy you can get for ultimate sight-seeing, as this dream holiday’s 14-day itinerary covers visits to six other countries, departing from Hong Kong and also docking at Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, and China. Nothing could be better than hopping from one Asian destination to another with your guy by your side—except perhaps hopping from one European country to another together, but that can come later.

You can also be assured that the ship’s crew will take care of you—especially since 80 percent of Costa Classica’s workforce is Filipinos, according to Marlon Rono, President of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, Costa’s partner in the Philippines. The crew members themselves shared that they really take extra care of their kababayans onboard.

And you and your man can look forward to not just warm service but expert culinary treats as well, as Costa’s shipboard personnel employed in the restaurant, housekeeping, galley, and bar areas are trained by Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, one of the most prestigious hotel training academies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Watch for another ship from Costa Cruises, sweetly called Costa Romantica, which will also dock in Manila, beginning April 2010.

For more information on Costa Classica, contact Travel People through (02) 526-8888 loc. 9511, 9512, or 9523. You may also email tours@travelpeople.com.ph.

View our gallery below to see Costa Classica’s breathtaking amenities. If this is too much for you for the holidays, at least now you know where you MUST go for your honeymoon.198

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