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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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Costa Concordia Accident caused by “significant human error”

“Significant human error” by the captain of Costa Concordia looks likely to have caused the ship’s accident in which six people have been confirmed dead. A statement released from the shop’s owner’s Costa Crociere said: “We...

Cruising still one of the safest forms of transport

Cruise International Editor Adam Coulter gives his view of the Costa Concordia accident The Costa Concordia accident has shone a bright spotlight on cruising, but the incident ought to be taken into context. Cruising is still...
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Costa Concordia Accident – Breaking News

The Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground on Friday night off the west coast of Italy, killing at least five people and injuring many more. The 3,200 passengers and 1,023 crew on board the...

Costa Concordia Official Statement

Genoa, January 15th 2012 - We at Costa Cruises are deeply saddened by this tragedy, and our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected and offer the determined victims’ families her heartfelt condolences. Over...
John Honeywell 'Captain Greybeard'

“We must learn from the Costa Concordia accident”

Daily Mirror writer and leading blogger John Honeywell, aka Captain Greybard, shares his thoughts on the Costa Concordia accident It is strangely reassuring to discover that the Costa Concordia disaster was the result of “significant...
Rio Carnival

What’s Hot in Cruising for 2012!

This year promises to be one of the most exciting ones yet in cruise. We pick the top 10 hottest events, the coolest cruises and the hippest destinations for 2012!   1.Rio Carnival It doesn’t get much...
Cruise Ship Launches 2012- 2013

Cruise Ship Launches 2012- 2013

The 2012 and 2013 cruise diary is filling up at a rate of knots with up and coming launch dates and whether you're looking for a family holiday, a luxury getaway or a couple's...
Costa Fasinosa

Costa Fascinosa 2012 Launch Update

Costa Fascinosa is a Concordia-class cruise ship that was ordered as part of a five-ship expansion of the Costa Cruises fleet. Costa hasn't revealed much about the ship, but cruisers should expect to see most...

Underground, Overground

My last full day in Korea and it has been action-packed, exploring more of Jeju’s volcanic world heritage sites. First, I headed underground into Manjanggul, the most famous of several lava tubes on the island....

Diving into Jeju

Costa Classica at Jeju Town port I took a flight last night to Jeju, an island off Korea’s south coast and the stop on my trip I’ve been most looking forward to. Jeju is volcanic and...

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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