In a first, a ship from the Costa Cruises fleet has been reserved exclusively for the celebration of a fairy-tale wedding. From the April 6-9, 2017, Costa Fascinosa will set sail on the Mediterranean as venue for the nuptials of Adel Sajan, son of the Indian industrialist Rizwan Sajan who is founder and chairman of the Danube Group, a building materials company headquartered in Dubai. During the cruise, Adel Sajan, director of the Danube Group, will marry Sana Khan, dentist, beauty queen, artist and writer.
Four days of festivities will be held in Bollywood style, which will be executed by India’s leading wedding planners Wedniksha and will bring together over 1,000 guests, including business stars and personalities primarily from India and the UAE. Costa Fascinosa will set sail from Genoa on April 5 with the bridal couple, their families and a staff specially selected for the occasion on board; it will dock at Barcelona where on April 6, the guests will embark and will kick-start the celebration with a welcome dinner. It will then arrive in Marseilles on April 7, where the guests will enjoy the day of excursions around town before bringing in the evening celebrations. The day after that, the cruise will set a course towards Cannes, where on board the ship anchored in the bay, the marriage will be celebrated. The cruise will end on April 9 at Savona.
The cruise programme includes themed parties in different venues on Costa Fascinosa, gala dinners, parties and shows by special guests. The wedding itself will follow the traditional Indian rites in an updated style on board the ship. The Sangeet, planned for April 7, will be held in the Costa Fascinosa theatre, which will be specially adapted to host the event. April 8 is the actual wedding day, which will include a Baraat ceremony and will be concluded with a gala dinner on the pool deck. The groom, accompanied by family and friends, will parade across the outer decks of the ship to reach the bride.
There will over 75 chefs on board who will have the task of guiding the galley brigade in preparing a multitude of cuisines. These will be added to some typical Italian dishes.
Among the stars who will be onboard for the occasion are some of the popular show business personalities in India, such as Gauhar Khan, Shilpa and Shamita Shetty, Dia Mirza, the Meet Bros and Vishal-Shekhar.
“In our recent history, this is the first time a whole ship has been exclusively booked by a private individual for a family celebration. We are truly delighted and honoured that the Sajan family has chosen Costa Cruises and this is further confirmation of the global appreciation of Italian style and quality. We have, in fact, been the first to introduce cruises in new markets such as China, the Emirates as well as in India, where recently we introduced a new itinerary allowing many countries to discover the best of Italy. We will do our utmost to make this a truly unforgettable wedding,” commented Neil Palomba, president, Costa Cruises.
Costa Fascinosa will change its look, and put on the colours Indian traditions. For this event, even the cards used for access to the cabins will be personalised. Furthermore, each guest will be allocated a suite or balcony cabin with the use of the respective internal cabin as a personal wardrobe.
Rizwan Sajan said, “The wedding of my only son Adel is by far the most awaited event of my life and words cannot express the joy I feel. My wife Sameera and I are eager to welcome the lovely Sana in our family and look forward to extending a long and joyful relationship with the entire Khan family. We have planned a unique celebration for all our guests and have gauged every little detail of the wedding to make it special for the couple. As the date draws closer, we are excited to host all our distinguished guests and await the merriments that the union of Sana and Adel will bring.”
Originating from Mumbai, the Sajan family has been operating in Dubai since 1990s in the building materials industry. For the third consecutive year, Rizwan Sajan appeared in the Forbes Middle East ranking as one of the most powerful Indians in the Emirates and held the 12th place in 2016.