With over 250 sailings, Costa Cruises provides nearly endless opportunities for an Italian-style shoulder-season holiday
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 250Mediterranean 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 travel company the ideal choice to beat the crowds and enjoy the cooler temperatures in the Mediterranean this time of year.
“Costa was born in the Mediterranean, and we offer our guests a truly authentic experience both on board and ashore, which is why we offer arobust, year-round Med program,” said Scott Knutson, vice president of sales and marketing for Costa Cruises North America. “The region is beautiful in every season, but the fall is an especially ideal time to cruise because of the weather and reduced visitors. And this year we’re excited to add Costa Smeralda, so guests can cruise the Med on our first LNG-fueled ship.”
Costa’s Multiple Embarkation Ports Enable Flexibility
Costa Cruises’ unique approach of offering multiple embarkation and disembarkation ports in the Mediterranean makes it easier for travelers to find the perfect itinerary.
Costa’s embarkation and disembarkation ports include Piraeus (Athens),Greece; Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Tarragona, Spain; Marseille and Toulon, France; and Bari, Catania, Civitavecchia (Rome), Genoa, Marseille, Naples, Palermo, Savona, Tarragona, Trieste and Venice, Italy.
Celebrate Costa Smeralda’s Inaugural Season
Guests looking to make history can explore the Mediterranean on the newCosta Smeralda. Upon delivery in October the ship will be the first in Costa’s fleet powered by liquefied natural gas, or LNG, the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel.
Costa Smeralda’s five-night inaugural cruise departs Savona Nov. 4, with stops at Marseille; Barcelona; and Civitavecchia (Rome). During the rest of the season, Costa Smeralda will continue to sail around the western Mediterranean, offering seven-night cruises with calls in France, Spain and Italy.
See the Sights of Greece, Croatia and Montenegro
From September through November, guests can explore the unforgettable shorelines of the Adriatic, Ionian and Mediterranean seas that offer a unique mosaic of culture and history. Costa Deliziosa, Costa Luminosa and Costa Victoria all feature seven-night sailings that call at ports in Croatia, Greece,Italy and Montenegro.
Classic Western Mediterranean Cruises
Costa’s western Mediterranean sailings will take guests on a journey to the cradle of great civilizations full of history, culture, stunning landscapes and iconic sites. Costa Diadema and Costa Fortuna feature seven-night sailings that visit France, Italy and Spain. Costa Fascinosa’s three-, six- and seven-night cruises call at ports in France, Italy, Malta and Spain.
Extended Western Mediterranean Sailings
For cruisers who dream of exploring more of the Mediterranean this fall,Costa also features longer cruises on three ships.
Magical Mini Cruises
Travelers seeking a quick Mediterranean getaway can embark Costa Magicafor three-, four-, five- and six-night mini–western Mediterranean cruiseswith calls in Italy, France and Spain.
Costa Magica’s fall season also features one 10-night cruise from Savonadeparting Oct. 31 with calls in Spain, Italy and France. Guests also can choose to sail a shorter seven-night segment of that cruise.
Mediterranean cruise fares start at $289 per person, double occupancy. Taxes, fees, port expenses and gratuities are additional.
For reservations, call a travel advisor or 800-GO-COSTA. To learn more about Costa Cruises, visit www.costacruise.com. Connect directly with Costa socially on Costa’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
The Costa Cruises Experience
For over 70 years, Costa’s fleet has offered an authentic Italian-style holiday for cruisers from every continent. Given the international clientele, announcements are in Italian, Spanish, French, German and English, and the entertainment bridges language barriers with theme parties, musical offerings, games and contests. Costa Cruises takes pride in its culinary traditions, serving authentic Italian food the way real Italians like it, with later dining times, mozzarella made onboard and venues that reflect every region of the country. Guests can indulge in Italy’s most popular food and beverage brands, such as Barilla Pasta, Illy Caffé, Aperol and Ferrari Trento. The Costa experience includes an expansive Samsara Spa program and “Peppa Pig”–branded fleetwide areas and activities for children and youths. On a Costa cruise, North American guests can expect Italy’s Finest on a truly international cruise experience
Costa Cruises is an Italian company that is part of Carnival Corporation & plc, the largest cruise group in the world. For 70 years the ships of the Costa fleet have been traveling the world’s seas offering hospitality and authentic Italian style holidays, distinguished by exquisite food, fine wines, unique shopping experiences, and a comprehensive selection of famous Italian brands. Currently, the Costa fleet has 14 ships in service, all flying the Italian flag. Two new latest generation vessels are expected in 2019 and 2021. They will be fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world’s “cleanest fossil fuel”, and a real environmental innovation. Costa represents Italian excellence, and every day surpasses the expectations of its guests with a unique and unforgettable holiday experience. It does this thanks to the approximately 19,000 employees around the world who work to provide the best of Italy on board, with 140 different routes, 250 destinations and 60 ports of embarkation.