Costa Cruises, the leading Italian tourism group and Europe’s number one cruise company, and Fincantieri, a global leader in cruise ship construction, have celebrated the technical launch of the Costa Deliziosa at the Marghera yards. This is the first time the ship touched the sea following the flooding of the dry-dock where she is under construction.
With approximately 1,200,000 cruise guests in 2008 (a record for the European industry as a whole), encouraging performances for the first months of 2009, more ships under construction or on order than any other company in the world (a total of five, including three due for launch over the next 12 months, for a total investment of 2.4 billion Euros), over 250 destinations (with exclusive cruises in Dubai, the Far East and the Indian Ocean, and lots more news in the 2010 brochure, released in February this year), Italy’s largest tourism group and Europe’s number one cruise company, Costa Cruises is continuing to expand in spite of the global downturn.
Cruising in the Arabian Gulf has received a boost after Costa Cruises announced it is deploying two new ships in Dubai from 2010 to meet growing demand.The Italian cruise company is basing Costa Luminosa in Dubai from March to May from next year, as well as Costa Deliziosa from December to April.
Costa Cruises has launched a new partnership with Ryanair to offer cruise holidays to Ryanair passengers through its websitewww.ryanair.com.Ryanair says 50 of its routes connect with port destinations offered by Costa Cruises in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
On 7th July 2006, the port of Rome (Civitavecchia) will play host to the christening of the Costa Concordia, the largest European passenger ship.