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.
During this year’s FIFA World Cup, which will take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July, Costa Cruises will give all its guests the chance to watch the scheduled football matches live on board its 14 ships. In addition, Costa Cruises has planned a variety of activities for all on board guests, and football fans in particular, to celebrate the tournament.
Starting in February 2014, Stefania Lallai has joined Costa Cruises as the new Sustainability and PR Director. She will report directly to Costa Crociere S.p.A. Vice President Communication & Sustainability Hansjoerg Kunze.
Costa Cruises has revealed the inaugural cruises for Costa Diadema, the fleet’s future flagship which will be delivered by Fincantieri on 30 October 2014.
Costa Cruises has announced the launch of MyCosta Mobile, a free application for smartphones and tablets that offers Costa guests free and unlimited minutes and texts on board the 14 ships in the fleet when connected to the WiFi network.
Carnival Corporation has announced Howard Frank has been named chairman of Costa Crociere, the largest Italian travel group and a major force in cruising throughout Europe, Asia and South America. In this role, Frank will support Michael Thamm, chief executive of Costa Crociere.
As of 1 January 2014, Paul Soulsby has joined Costa Crociere as Senior Vice President Shared Services, a new position in its top management structure. In this position he will report directly to Michael Thamm, CEO of Costa Crociere S.p.A.