Costa Cruises is cancelling all future Asia departures amid waning expectations that China will ease its zero-tolerance Covid-19 policy and border restrictions any time soon. The cruise line is a unit of Carnival Corp that targets the nascent Chinese market.
Port stops in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan and South Korea will be cancelled as international cruises in those locations still have not resumed. All employees and local stakeholders in Asia affected by the reorganisation and cancellation of Asian cruises are in the process of being informed.
Costa Cruises said the decision was made due to the continuous delay in the resumption of international tourism across the whole region. The company had big plans to tap consumers in China, and was the first cruise brand to enter the country in 2006.
The cruise line will now look into reorganising its business in the region.