Costa Cruises Launches Redesigned ‘Costa Extra’ Portal for Travel Advisors

Costa Cruises has launched a redesigned portal for travel professionals to help them become fully versed in everything related to Italy’s largest travel company. Costa Extra (, exclusively for U.S.-, Canada- and Caribbean-based travel advisors travel advisors, provides key information, courses and marketing materials to help agents become Costa Cruises experts.

The user-friendly interface includes a bright and organized homepage with a navigational tool bar, convenient cruise finder, the latest news and videos, a downloadable content search, access to Costa … Read the rest

Costa Cruises Signs Up to the “Genoa Blue Agreement” for the Ports of Genoa and Savona

Costa Cruises has signed the “Genoa Blue Agreement” promoted by the Genoa and Savona Coast Guard Offices. The document requires ships to use marine gas oil with a sulfur content not exceeding 0.10% by mass before entering the ports of Savona and Genoa, and not only while the ship is moored as required by current legislation.

“By signing up to the “Genoa Blue Agreement” protocol today, we have further strengthened our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our ships. … Read the rest

Costa Cruises Brings Family Fun and Traditional Italian Festivities to 2019 Holiday Cruises in the Caribbean

Costa Cruises is giving cruisers more options than ever to celebrate a white-sand Christmas or start the new decade surrounded by crystal-clear blue waters with seven Caribbean cruises on three ships during the 2019 winter holiday season.

With seven- and 14-night cruises aboard Costa Luminosa roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Costa Favolosa and Costa Magica roundtrip from Guadeloupe, guests will be filled with the holiday spirit from the moment they step aboard and see the ships decked out with … Read the rest

11 Costa Ships to Explore the Idyllic Mediterranean during Fall 2019

As millions of families go “back to school” this fall, many adventurous North Americans will look to the calmer autumn months for their next travel adventure. With more travelers than ever considering a cruise, Costa Cruises is making it easier for American travelers to choose an authentic and relaxing European vacation with more than 250 Mediterranean cruises during the fall shoulder season.

Costa’s unique itineraries, superb Italian cuisine, sommelier-selected wine lists and unbeatable spa and wellness programming make Italy’s largest … Read the rest

The Phenomenon of ‘Outrage Culture’

One of our clients recently dealt with a situation aboard one of its cruise ships, in which guests inserted themselves into an alleged accident that did not involve a family member or a guest from their party. However, by inserting themselves on social media, posting videos and pictures of this alleged incident, they did not assist the guest directly, but instead attempted to create “outrage” on their personal social media accounts as well as on our client’s page.

When … Read the rest

PBS Travel Show ‘Beyond Your Backyard’ Nominated for Three 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Program, Host and Editing Categories

The nationally syndicated travel program “Beyond Your Backyard,” from Blue Ridge Public Broadcasting Service, has been nominated for three 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in the Program, Host/Moderator and Editing categories. After just two seasons, the show is being recognized for educating viewers on the local history, culture and cuisine of North American destinations.

The nominations were announced Wednesday, May 15, by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences — … Read the rest

Kinder and Costa Cruises Together for a Social Responsibility Project

Kinder and Costa Cruises sign an important partnership based on shared values to bring the “Kinder+Sport Joy of moving” project and the right to play into the life of children, on board and on land, all over the world.

An international social responsibility project launched by the Ferrero Group and supported by Costa Cruises currently involves 4 million children in 30 countries around the world, with the aim of developing specific forms of exercise for children and families … Read the rest

Costa Cruises Presents Costa Firenze, the New Ship Arriving October 2020

Costa Firenze is the new Costa Cruises ship due to come into service in October 2020. Currently being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Costa Firenze is a135,500 gross tons ship with capacity for over 5,200 guests; she is the sister ship of Costa Venezia, which was launched in Trieste, Italy, on March 1 this year.

Costa Firenze and Costa Venezia are the Italian company’s first ships specifically designed for the Chinese market. Before being positioned in … Read the rest

Costa Cruises Celebrates Float-Out of Newest Ship, Costa Smeralda

Costa Cruises, the Italian brand of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest leisure travel company and cruise operator, today celebrated the official float-out ceremony of its new ship, Costa Smeralda,  at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, one of the biggest shipbuilding complexes in the world.

As part of today’s float-out ceremony, the new Costa flagship officially reached the sea for the first time. The celebration, hosted by the senior management of Costa Cruises … Read the rest

Funnel Installed on Costa Smeralda, Costa Cruises’ New LNG Flagship

A milestone in the construction of Costa Smeralda, Costa Cruises’ new flagship, at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, was marked as the characteristic yellow funnel with the blue “C” was installed.

The funnel is not only a brand symbol, it is directly connected to the main technological innovation of the ship: Costa Smeralda will be the first cruise ship for the world market, specifically Europe, to be fueled, both in port and at sea, by liquefied natural … Read the rest