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Costa Cruises (Italian: Costa Crociere S.p.A.) is a British-American owned Italian cruise line, based in Genoa, Italy. Founded in 1924, the company originally operated cargo ships, until the introduction of passenger services in 1947, with regular services between Italy and South America. The company later converted its entire fleet to full time cruising, and as an independent company became one of the largest cruise operators in Europe. Acquired by Carnival Corporation in 2000, Costa Cruises is now one of eleven brands operated by Carnival Corporation & PLC. Today, as Costa Cruises Group, the company is one of the main operating companies in the Carnival group, with executive control of the groups activities in Europe. The company is responsible for operation of Costa Cruises in Italy, AIDA Cruises in Germany and Ibero Cruises in Spain. AIDA was previously a subsidiary of P&O Princes Cruises PLC, being transferred to Costa following the merger of Carnival Corporation and P&O Princess in 2002. Ibero Cruises is a new brand, created in 2007 as a joint venture between Carnival Corporation and Orizonia Group.

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Fish market, Busan

A fishy tale from Busan

I awoke this morning to glorious sunshine and a view of Busan’s wide, strangely deserted Haeundae beach. Later, I saw a photos of it a month ago - peak Korean holiday time - choc-a-bloc...
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How to get a Buddha belly

This evening I’m in Busan (pronounced Pusan) a port and beach resort on Korea’s southeast coast which I’ll see more of tomorrow. Today, I made an excursion to Gyeongju, about two hours away, which boasts...

Korea-ing around

My first full day in Korea and I took an excursion from the port of Incheon to near Seoul (about an hour and a half) to spend the morning in the Dimilaritised Zone (DMZ...

Largest Costa cruise ship launched

Costa Cruises launched its latest and largest ship last month in Trieste. The Costa Favolosa – 114,500 gross tonnage and 3,800  guests – is the new flagship of the fleet. Costa Favolosa’s naming event has been...

Play to win two cruises on board the Costa Favolosa

Costa Cruises is giving people the chance to win two cruises on its latest ship Costa Favolosa, which launches on 1 July, 2011. The two-part quiz encourages participants to answer a series of questions about...
Lido dell'Ondina on the Costa Favolosa

Costa Favolosa Cruise Ship Launch 2 July 2011

Costa Favolosa is the new flag ship vessel for Costa Cruises Currently dry-docked in Trieste, Costa Favolosa’s inaugural event will take place on 2 July 2011 in Piazza Unità d’Italia. The new flagship of Costa Cruises,...

Costa Favolosa dry-docked in Trieste

New cruise ship, Costa Favolosa is dry-docked in the Port of Trieste as she prepares to make her debut. The dry-docking gives a special preview of the new addition to the fleet for all of...

Cruising with the family

A cruise can be a fabulous way to see the world while keeping the kids happy and engaged. Flo Powell, Director of the Association of Cruise Experts (ACE), investigates what’s on offer for families...

Cruise lines drop Egypt as uncertainty continues

Lines pull out for season as military seize control of country. Read our update from Nile Cruise lines. Cruise lines have dropped port calls in Egypt for the rest of the season following the unrest that...
Seaside on Mykonos in the Greek Islands compliments of hpschaefer

Expert Advice: The best of the Med

  More than 25 cruise lines sail the Med in the summer, offering everything from mini-cruises to grand voyages, and visiting every destination imaginable – including some you’ve probably never heard of. Jane Archer explains how...

Cruise International

Cruise International is the UK’s highest-selling newsstand travel magazine dedicated to cruise holidays. Packed with inspirational reviews, the hottest destination advice, celebrity interviews and the very latest ocean and river cruise news, it helps both new and experienced cruisers alike plan their next trip. With its high production values, stunning photography and outstanding editorial, Cruise International is first choice for Britain’s 1.75 million annual cruise holidaymakers.







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