Costa turns tables on guests with ViceVersa initiative
Costa Cruises has decided to allow passengers the chance to know how it feel to work on board one of its liners in its new ‘ViceVersa’ initiative. On four cruises, CostaClub members will be able to take the place of the crew and serve guests. At the same time, the crew replaced by CostaClub members will become the ship’s guests.
To become fully proficient in their new roles, CostaClub members will be supervised and trained by the ship’s cruise director. In this way they will discover all the behind the scene secrets of their new job. They will almost literally step into the crews’ shoes, wearing Costa uniforms with special “ViceVersa” logos. Once prepared they will work for one day as crew members in several different positions: guest services, tour escorts, cruise staff, musicians, singers, waiting staff and cooks.
The first “ViceVersa” cruise departed on 10 January 2011 – a 21-day voyage on the Costa Luminosa, sailing from Dubai to India and the Maldives.
The second cruise will be the Costa Favolosa’s inaugural cruise, the fleet’s new flagship, currently being fitted out at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera. The cruise will depart from Venice on 7 July 2011 and the 10-day trip will call in Greece, Israel, Turkey and Croatia.
On the third cruise the Costa Deliziosa will depart from Amsterdam on 30 July 2011 on route to Greenland, Iceland, the Norweigan fjords and the Farore Islands.
The final “ViceVersa” cruise will take place on the round-the-world voyage with the Costa Deliziosa. On this 100-day cruise, departing from Savona on 28 December 2011, the ship will circumnavigate the globe, sailing westward to Los Angeles via the Caribbean and the Panama Canal; then on to Singapore with calls in Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia; and then from Singapore back to Savona following visits to Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, the UAE, Oman, Yemen, the Red Sea and Egypt.