- The UAE-based Indian business tycoon Rizwan Sajan exclusively booked a whole ship from the Costa fleet, to celebrate the wedding of his son Adel Sajan
- There are over 1,000 guests, among them numerous Bollywood stars, who were on board during a Mediterranean cruise which touched Italy, Spain and France.
Dubai, April 12, 2017 – Rizwan Sajan, Chairman and Founder of Danube Group recently chartered an entire cruise ship to celebrate the fairy-tale wedding of his son Adel Sajan. For the first time ever, a ship from was reserved exclusively for the celebration of the sumptuous wedding which is valued at USD 30 million. From the 6th to the 9th April 2017, the Costa Fascinosa (114,500 gross tonnage and maximum guest capacity of 3,800) set sail on the Mediterranean as venue for the nuptials of Adel Sajan and Sana Khan, dentist, beauty queen, artist and writer.
Four days of festivities were held in true “Bollywood” style, which was inspired by the movie ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ and brought together over 1,200 guests, including show business stars and personalities primarily from India and the Arab Emirates. Costa Fascinosa set sail from Genoa on the 5th of April with the bridal couple, their families and a staff specially selected for the occasion on board; it then docked at Barcelona where on the 6th April the guests kick-started the celebration with a Retro themed welcome dinner. Later, the ship arrived in Marseilles on the 7th of April, where the guests enjoyed a day of excursions around town before bringing in the evening Celebrations. The day after that, the cruise set a course towards Cannes, where, on board the ship anchored in the bay, the ‘Baraat’ Ceremony was celebrated. The cruise ended on the 9th of April at Savona.
Commenting on the joyous occasion, Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman of Danube Group, said, “The wedding of my only son Adel is by far the most awaited event of my life and I planned on having a cruise wedding for him over eight years ago. We planned a very unique celebration for all our guested and have invested in every little detail of the wedding to make it special for the couple. We are extremely happy that our friends and family were present on the occasion to bless the new couple and feel blessed to have a new family member. My wife Sameera and I welcome the lovely Sana in our family and look forward to extending a long and joyful relationship with the entire Khan family.”
The cruise programme included themed parties in many of the different venues on Costa Fascinosa, gala dinners, parties and shows by special guests. The Sangeet, planned for Friday 7th April, had an ethnic regal theme. Saturday 8th April was the actual wedding day, which included a Barat ceremony and was concluded with a Grand Gala dinner on the pool deck. The groom, accompanied by family and friends, paraded across the outer decks of the ship to reach his promised bride, who was waiting for him.
The cuisine also offered exceptional culinary delights, which were prepared by over 75 chefs on board the Costa Fascinosa, carefully chosen by the Sajan family. These chefs prepared a multitude of cuisines, with typical Indian dishes from different parts of India as well as Asian and Italian dishes, which are a distinctive element of the Costa Cruises experience.
The stars on-board included Sushmita Sen, Juhi Chawla, Sofie Chowdary, Malaika Arora, Shilpa and Shamita Shetty, who blessed the couple and shared interesting anecdotes of the Sajan family. Moreover, Gauhar Khan and Hussain hosted all the shows on the ship and the guests were treated to performances by rapper Badshah, the Meet Bros and Vishal-Shekhar.
Costa Fascinosa changed its look, and put on the colours and charms of the Indian traditions, with every detail meticulously taken care of. For this event, even the cards used for access to the cabins were personalised. Furthermore, each guest was allocated a suite or balcony cabin with the use of the respective internal cabin as a personal wardrobe.