Costa Cruises will enter the Indian market with the launch of Costa neoClassica. For the first time, Indians can look forward to embarking from Mumbai and going to enchanting destinations within India such as Goa and Cochin and also to the very popular Maldives and Colombo. Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly sailings from December 16th.
Costa Cruises is to launch a new summer cruise on board the Costa Luminosa, allowing guests the unique opportunity to visit Moscow for a day. The ‘Jewels of the Baltic’ itinerary is available throughout August 2016, with weekly sailings from Stockholm. Costa Luminosa calls at Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Tallinn, before returning to Stockholm
The Costa Group has announced that starting in April 2017 the Costa neoRomantica will be based in Asia year-round. She will be the fifth Costa ship deployed regularly in Asia and operated by the Costa Asia brand, offering cruises marketed for local Guests.
Ralph Remkes has joined Costa Group in the position of general manager Northern Europe, reporting to Massimo Brancaleoni, senior vice president of worldwide sales. In this position Remkes leads the recently created Northern Europe region with a coordination centre at the Costa offices located in Amsterdam.
The Costa Group has signed an agreement with Fincantieri to build two new ships for the Costa Asia brand. The ships, each weighing 135,500 gross tons and a passenger capacity of 4,200 guests, will be manufactured in Italy. They will be specifically designed for the Chinese market, joining the fleet in 2019 and 2020.
While many cruise lines now offer vegan or vegetarian options as part of their on-board culinary offering, Costa Cruises have gone one step further and created a dedicated vegan and vegetarian menu that will be available on cruise ships. Created in response to the growing demand for such cuisine, the menu cuts out all dairy products and even eggs, instead using ingredients derived from plants that will produce the same bold Italian flavours that reflect Costa’s proud Mediterranean roots.
German ship yard Meyer Werft has signed on to build two new cruise ships for Italian line Costa Cruises, billed as the largest ships ever built in terms of guest capacity. The move is part of a four ship deal signed by Costa-parent Carnival Corporation. In June, Carnival Corporation announced the other two ships included in the multi-billion dollar contract are destined for its German brand, AIDA Cruises.
Costa Cruises and Alitalia, the main Italian airline, have signed a three-year agreement which will see passengers departing Italy welcomed to scheduled and charter flights to reach the ports of embarkation for cruises around the world. The agreement, presented today at Expo Milano 2015, envisages a total of around 100,000 airline seats on Alitalia flights, made available to Costa Cruises in the period 2015-2018.
Britons caught on the sinking Costa Concordia have vowed to continue their fight for compensation after the captain of the ship was jailed of manslaughter. Concordia has over 4,000 passengers on board when it struck rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, in 2012, sinking with the loss of 32 lives.
After a complete redesign to the sum of a €22.5 million, the Costa Classica will join the Costa fleet as part of the Costa neoCollection that offers slow cruises to unique destinations. Costa Classica – at 53,000 gross tonnage and 654 cabins - will join Costa neoCollection, alongside Costa neoRomantica and Costa neoRiviera, offering some of the most stunning and unique Costa neoCollection itineraries with a “slow cruise” style that use smaller ships.
The first images of the interior of Costa Cruises’ new flagship, Costa Diadema, have been released. Costa Diadema, dubbed the ‘Regina del Mediterraneo’, or ‘Queen of the Mediterranean’ will be launching on November 7th 2014.
The christening event of Costa Diadema, the new flagship of Costa Cruises, will be held in Genoa on November 7th 2014. Genoa, where Costa Cruises was founded and has its headquarters, will host local dignitaries, industry representatives plus Costa Diadema guests who will be able to book their participation at the event and either the vernissage cruise, departing from Trieste on November 1st, or the official inaugural cruise, departing from Savona on November 8th.