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"Cruising Italian Style"


 

The parent company of Costa Cruise Line, the Italian based Costa Crociere was bought by Carnival Cruise Line in 1997. Needless to say that Carnival Cruise Line left Costa Cruises operating as a separate brand, preserving the style and the image Costa Cruises has created for over 50 years in the passenger ship business. As the phrase "Cruising Italian Style" implies, everything onboard seems to be molto Italiano, from the cruise ships design to the celebrated Italian cuisine. In the past the cruise line used to employ all Italian crew, now days they hire personnel from all over the world, although Italians are in key management positions. It is fun to work for this cruise line with it's European atmosphere, passengers are also a mix of Europeans and Americans and the cruise ships change their itineraries regularly (summers in Europe and winters in the Caribbean or South America).

Launched in 1860 as a freighter company that exported Italian olives and olive oil to destinations all over the world, Costa Crociere entered the passenger ship business in the 1940s with the second-hand Anna C. In 1959 Costa Cruises began to offer Caribbean cruises aboard the Franca C. When the end of the grand liners came in the 1970s, Costa's vessels were converted into cruise ships. Costa's last former liner, Costa Riviera, was retired in late 2001. 

Following the takeover by Carnival Corporation in 1997 and eventual complete buyout in 2000, Costa Cruises has launched a number of new cruise ships. Costa is known for its "Cruising Italian Style" concept which successfully attracts both North American and European passengers alike. Costa’s fleet expansion program includes the introduction of five new ships by 2012, all built in Italy by Fincantieri for a total investment worth 2.4 billion euros. In addition to the Costa Pacifica, Costa Luminosa and Costa Deliziosa, two sister ships of the Costa Pacifica will enter service in Spring 2012 and 2012. The Costa Cruises fleet will then be 17-strong and able to carry some 46,400 guests, an increase of 50% from present capacity. Costa Cruises is Italy and Europe’s number one cruise line. For the past 60 years its ships have sailed the world, offering the best in Italian style, hospitality and cuisine and providing dream vacations with the best in fun and relaxation. In 2007 over 1.1 million guests chose to cruise with Costa, a record for the European cruise industry. The company’s 12 fleet members, each with her own distinctive characteristics and unique style, all fly the Italian flag and sail each year to 250 destinations in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, South America, the United Arab Emirates, the Far East and the Indian Ocean.

 

Cruise ships and itineraries:

Costa Deliziosa: Italian registry, inauguration 2010, 92,600 gross tons, 2,260 passengers, 921 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean.
  Costa Cruises-Costa Deliziosa cruise ship
     
Costa Pacifica: Italian registry, built 2009, 114,147 gross tons, 3,000 passengers, 1,100 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy.
  Costa Cruises-Costa Pacifica ship
     
Costa Luminosa: Italian registry, built 2009, 92,600 gross tons, 2,260 passengers, 921 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Savona (Genoa), Italy; Middle East out of Savona (Genoa), Italy and Dubai, UAE; Northern Europe out of
Savona (Genoa), Italy and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  Costa Cruises-Costa Luminosa cruise ship
     
Costa Serena: Italian registry, built 2007, 114,000 gross tons, 3,000 passengers, 1,100 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean, Aegian, Canary Islands, North Africa out of Venice and Savona (Genoa), Italy.
Costa Cruises-Costa Seerena cruise ship
Costa Concordia: Italian registry, built 2006, 114,500 gross tons, 3,000 passengers, 1,100 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Barcelona, Span; South America out of Santos (Sao Paulo), Brazil; Transatlantic out of Savona (Genoa), Italy
and Santos (Sao Paulo), Brazil.
Costa Cruises-Costa Concordia cruise ship
Costa Fortuna: Italian registry, built 2003, 102,587 gross tons, 2,720 passengers, 1,027 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Venice, Italy; Eastern/Western Caribbean out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Transatlantic out of Savona (Genoa), Italy
and Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Costa Cruises-Costa Fortuna cruise ship
Costa Magica: Italian registry, built 2004, 102,587 gross tons, 2,720 passengers, 1,027 crew members.
Itineraries:  Mediterranean out of Savona (Genoa), Italy; South America out of Santos (Sao Paulo), Brazil; Transatlantic out of Savona (Genoa), Italy
and Santos (Sao Paulo), Brazil; Northern Europe out of Savona (Genoa), Italy and Kiel, Germany.
Costa Magica cruise ship
Costa Mediterranea: Italian registry, built 2003, 85,619 gross tons, 2,114 passengers, 897 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Savona (Genoa), Italy.
Costa Cruise Lines-Costa Mediterranea cruise ship
Costa Atlantica: Italian registry, built 2000, 85,619 gross tons, 2,114 passengers, 897 crew members.
Itineraries: Canada/New England out of New York, NY and Quebec City, QC; Eastern/Western Caribbean out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL;
Trans-Atlantic out of New York, NY and Copenhagen, Denmark; Northern Europe out of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  Costa Cruise Lines-Costa Atlantica cruise ship
     
Costa Victoria: Italian registry, built 1996, 76,000 gross tons, 1,928 passengers, 800 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Venice, Italy; Trans-Atlantic out of Savona (Genoa), Italy and Buenos Aires, Argentina;
South America out of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  Costa Cruises-Costa Victoria cruise ship
     
Costa Romantica: Italian registry, built 1993, 53,049 gross tons, 1,356 passengers, 610 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy; Southeast Asia out of Savona (Genoa), Italy and Port Louis, Mauritius;
Far East out of Port Louis, Mauritius, Singapore, Tianjin (Beijing) and Shanghai, China.

 

  Costa Cruises-Costa Romantica ship
     
Costa Classica: Italian registry, built 1991, 53,000 gross tons, 1,308 passengers, 590 crew members.
Itineraries: Far East out of Shanghai, Hong Kong, China and Singapore.
  Costa Cruises-Costa Classica cruise ship
     
Costa Europa (former HAL Westeradm): Italian registry, built 1986, refit 1990, 54,763 gross tons, 1,494 passengers, 636 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Savona (Genoa), Italy; Middle East out of Savona (Genoa), Italy and Dubai, UAE.
  Costa Cruise Line-Costa Europa cruise ship
     
Costa Allegra: Italian registry, built 1992, 28,597 gross tons, 820 passengers, 466 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy; India/Far East out of Mumbai, India and Singapore.
  Costa Cruises-Costa Allegra cruise ship
     
Costa Marina: Italian registry, built 1990, 25,558 gross tons, 776 passengers, 393 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean/Canary Islands out of Savona (Genoa), Italy and Barcelona, Spain. Promoted exclusively to the German speaking market.
Costa Cruises-Costa Marina ship