On Sunday, September 16, the cruise ship COSTA MEDITERRANEA (292 m, flag Italy, built in 2003, Helsinki) visited the port of Odessa.

It was the fifth call of the ship this year. In total, the Italian liner brought 11,361 tourists to Odessa: May 25 - 1930 passengers, June 17 - 2249, July 10 - 2432, August 13 - 2657 and September 16 - 2091 people - a record figure, not only for navigation but also for the entire practice of foreign cruise tourism in the port of Odessa.

However, this record may not last for a long time. Italian cruise company, which operates vessels with initial word COSTA (the company Costa Crociere, Genoa) considering the port attractiveness for tourists, will increase the number of visits to Odessa up to eleven liners in 2013. The following year such liners as COSTA MEDITERRANEA, COSTA VOYAGER, COSTA neo ROMANTICA, COSTA PACIFICA and COSTA DELIZIOSA applied for a call to the port of Odessa. Thus, the 294-meter newest vessel COSTA DELIZIOSA (built in 2010) claims to be the absolute champion: 7 (!) ship calls to Odessa are planned for this liner in 2013.

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Adapted from Odessa Sea Commercial Port