The Costa Group signed an exclusive agreement with the French company Aldebaran, a subsidiary of the SoftBank Group, for the use of “Pepper” robots. Pepper is the world’s first robot that reads main human emotions. He is ideally suited to help and delight guests on board of cruise ships.
Italian shipping giant Costa Crociere has announced the appointment of its new vice president marketing, Frederik Pénot. Pénot, 44, will coordinate all marketing activities concerning the development and positioning of the brand, communication, research and product development.
Costa Crociere has confirmed Pier Luigi Foschi will step down from his role as chief executive on July 1st. The move follows the sinking of the Costa Concordia in January this year, with the loss of 32 lives.
Three survivors have been found on the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground on Friday night. Three passengers were killed and 30 injured as result of the incident, the causes of which have not yet been established.
Costa Cruises opens its sixth consecutive season in the Emirates with the inaugural call in Dubai of the flagship Costa Favolosa. The arrival of the vessel at the port was celebrated with a welcoming ceremony attended by Awah Al Ketbi, chief executive of AL Ketbi Consultancy, the company which runs the Costa representative office in Dubai, Captain Mauro Muratore and government officials and VIP guests from Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, tourism and maritime sectors.
Costa Cruises has announced a new addition to its fleet - the Costa Voyager. Costa Voyager, formally part of the Iberocruceros fleet, will offer guests 416 cabins in total, including 16 panoramic suites and 12 suites with private balconies.
Maurice Zarmati, chief executive of Costa Cruises North America, has confirmed he will retire on November 30th, ending a 40-year relationship with Carnival Corporation. Ruben Perez has been named general manager of Costa Cruises North America and will supervise operations from the Hollywood office.
A rare piece of good news for the Italian economy has seen Costa Cruises double passenger numbers to become one of the country’s top ten most profitable companies. Costa Cruises’ ships have brought approximately four million cruise passenger movements to Italy’s ports in 2011 – 50 per cent more than last year.
With cruising appealing to a younger and more adventurous passenger than ever before a cruise ship’s choice of shore excursions are becoming increasingly important.
Costa Cruises, the largest Italian travel company and Europe’s number one cruise line, has announced the results from the fourth edition of its Sustainability Report, drafted in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines and taken from the fiscal year between December 2007 and November 2008.