August 9, 2022

A Costa Cruises ship returns to Port Everglades after 4-year hiatus

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fl-costa-deliziosa-arrives-20151221-001By Arlene Satchell From Sun Sentinel

The 2,260-passenger Costa Deliziosa cruise ship will sail from Port Everglades on short and long Caribbean cruises from late December through March. (Port Everglades)

Costa Deliziosa will sail from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean through March

A Costa Cruises ship is back at Port Everglades after a four-year company hiatus.

The 2,260-passenger Costa Deliziosa arrived early Monday and was scheduled to depart that evening on a seven-night holiday sailing with stops in Costa Maya, Belize, Roatan and Grand Cayman.

Through March, the cruise ship will continue sailing from Fort Lauderdale during the 2015-16 winter season on 10-night voyages as well as shorter cruises to the Western and Eastern Caribbean.

Costa, the Italian cruise unit of Miami-based Carnival Corp. & PLC., began sailings from Port Everglades in the 1960s, port officials said.

The last Costa ship to sail from the Broward County seaport was Costa Atlantica on Jan. 7, 2011, according to port records.

The 1,130-cabin cruise ship will be Costa’s only ship sailing from South Florida during the winter season, Costa officials have said.

Costa Deliziosa entered service in 2010. The ship includes four restaurants, three pools, 11 bars, a spa, golf and Grand Prix simulators, and a 4-D cinema.

The ship’s series of six 10-night sailings will include visits to Nassau or Freeport, Bahamas; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Roatan, Honduras; and Cozumel or Costa Maya, Mexico.

“Costa Deliziosa is a good fit for Port Everglades because it gives our cruise guests the option to cruise aboard a vessel that has a distinct Italian style,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak.

IMAGE: Costa Deliziosa at Port Everglades

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