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Costa Crociere S.p.A. (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkɔsta kroˈtʃɛːre]) trading as Costa Cruises (Italian: Costa Crociere), is a owned Italian cruise line, based in Genoa, Italy, and under control of the Carnival Corporation & plc.
Founded in 1854, the company originally operated cargo ships, in order to carry olive oils and textiles from Sardinia to Liguria. In 1924 the company passed to founder's sons (Federico, Eugenio and Enrico) that started commercial activities, buying the ship Ravenna. Commercial activities continued 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 and accounts for approximately 16% of its revenue.
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 Princess Cruises, 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.
The Costa Cruises brand currently operates fourteen cruise ships, which all sail under the Italian flag and provide cruise holidays in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, South East Asia and South America.
The company gained international attention on January 13, 2012 when one of its cruise ships, the Costa Concordia, ran aground and capsized off the coast of Italy. The ship was left lying on its side in shallow water. As of 27 February 2012[update] thirty-two have been confirmed dead.  Six weeks later the company made headlines again when a fire on Costa Allegra left it drifting without power for 13 hours in waters frequented by pirates, before the ship was taken under tow.
- 1 Current fleet
- 2 Summer 2015 Itineraries
- 3 Accidents and incidents
- 4 Gallery
- 5 References
- 6 External links
|Costa neoRiviera||1999||2013–Present||48,200||→||Previously Mistral for the failed Festival Cruises and Grand Mistral For Iberocruceros.|
|Costa Classica||1991||1991–Present||52,926||→ →||Currently undergoing a €90 million refit to become the Costa neoClassica|
|Costa neoRomantica||1993||1993–Present||56,000||→ →||Originally Costa Romantica, received a €90 million refit and renamed Costa neoRomantica|
|Costa Victoria||1996||1996–Present||76,000||→ →||Similar to Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun.|
|Costa Atlantica||2000||2000–Present||85,619||Panamax form factor|
|Costa Mediterranea||2003||2003–Present||85,619||Panamax form factor|
|Costa Luminosa||2009||2009–Present||92,700||Hybrid design between Spirit and Vista-class ships|
|Costa Deliziosa||2010||2010–Present||92,700||Hybrid design between Spirit and Vista-class ships|
|Costa Fortuna||2003||2003–Present||102,587||Identical to Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory|
|Costa Magica||2004||2004–Present||102,587||→ →||Identical to Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory|
|Costa Favolosa||2011||2011–Present||114,500||Modified Concordia-class|
|Costa Fascinosa||2012||2012–Present||114,500||Modified Concordia-class|
|Costa Diadema||2014||2014-Present||132,500||Largest ship to be built for Costa Cruises. Currently Costa Crociere's flagship.|
- Anna C (1948–1981) Built in 10.1955 at Wilton-Fijenoord, Schiedam yard in the Netherlands. LOA 150.3m, 19.2m, DWT 10,272, Flag Panama, Class Registro Italiano Navale. Sold in 1981 to Chaldeos Freighters Ltd and renamed Damenham.
- Andrea C (1948–1981)
- Luisa C (1947–1951)
- Maria C (1947–1953)
- Franca C (1952–1977)
- Flavia C (1968–1982)
- Federico C (1958–1983)
- Fulvia C (1969–1970)
- Giovanna C (1947–1953)
- Italia (1974–1983)
- Bianca C (1959–1961) explosion and shipwreck
- Carla C (1967–1985, 1986–1992)
- Columbus C (1981–1984)
- Danae (1979–1992)
- Daphne (1979–1997)
- Enrico C (1965–1994)
- Eugenio C (1966–1996)
- Costa Riviera (1981–2002)
- Costa Olympia (1993) Originally ordered for Costa Cruises but following the financial collapse of the shipyard the hull was sold to Norwegian Cruise Lines and became Norwegian Sky.
- Costa Playa (1995–1998)
- Costa Tropicale (2001–2005)
- Costa Europa (2002–2010)
- Costa Marina (1988–2011)
- Costa Concordia (2006-2012)
- Costa Splendor (2008) Originally ordered for Costa Cruises but transferred during construction to Carnival Cruise Lines and became Carnival Splendor.
- Costa Allegra (1989-2012)
- Costa Voyager (2011-2013)
Summer 2015 Itineraries
- Costa Diadema: Naples, La Spezia, Savona, Marseille, Barcelona & Palma De Mallorca.
- Costa Fascinosa: Savona, Civitavecchia, Palermo, Ibiza, Palma De Mallorca & Barcelona.
- Costa Magica: Savona, Marseille, Tangier, Casablanca, Cádiz, Lisbon & Valencia .
- Costa neoRiviera: Savona, Toulon, Propriano, Olbia, Trapani, Valletta, Salerno, Capri & Portoferraio.
- Costa Deliziosa: Venice, Bari, Corfu, Mykonos, Santorini & Dubrovnik.
- Costa Mediterranea: Trieste, Split, Kotor, Argostoli, Corfu & Dubrovnik.
- Costa neoClassica: Istanbul, Rhodes, Kos, Samos & Izmir.
- Costa neoClassica: Venice, Split, Corfu, Santorini, Athens, Istanbul, Mykonos, Argostoli & Dubrovnik.
- Costa Favolosa: Copenhagen, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Bergen, Kristiansand, Oslo & Warnemünde.
- Costa Pacifica: Kiel, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Honningsvag, Tromso, Leknes, Trondheim, Andalsnes & Bergen.
- Costa Fortuna: Amsterdam, Bergen, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Andalsnes, Olden, Flåm & Stavanger.
- Costa neoRomantica: Hamburg, Haugesund, Kristiansand, Bodø, Sortland, Narvik, Leknes & Flåm.
- Costa Pacifica: Kiel, Stockholm, Helsinki, Saint Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda & Gdynia.
- Costa Luminosa: Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn & Saint Petersburg.
Accidents and incidents
See also Carnival Cruises Accidents and incidents for incidents associated with the parent company's other cruise operations.
Costa Concordia sinking
On January 13, 2012, Costa Concordia ran aground off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany. The ship capsized and partially sank, killing 32 people.
Costa Allegra engine room fire, ship adrift
On February 27, 2012, Costa Allegra suffered an engine room fire and went adrift in the Indian Ocean. After several days adrift without power, the ship was towed to the Seychelles island of Desroches but was unable to dock there. She was then towed to Mahé, Seychelles, where the passengers disembarked. No casualties were reported.
Following on 9 March 2012, it was announced that Costa Allegra would not return to service with Costa and she was given to Themis Maritime Ltd ship company. In late 2012, Costa Allegra was beached at Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping.
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- "2012 World Wide Market Share". Cruise Market Watch. 2011-11-20.
- "Cruise ship Costa Allegra adrift off Seychelles:". BBC News Online. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
- Hannah Sampson (10 March 2012). "Micky Arison on Costa Concordia accident: "I am very sorry it happened."". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
- Gene Sloan (9 March 2012). "Fire-damaged cruise ship Costa Allegra will not return.". USAToday. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
- Ceserani, Gian Paolo; Piccione, Paolo (1998). Costa Crociere: cinquant'anni di stile [Costa Cruises: fifty years of style] (in Italian). Cinisello Balsamo, Milano: Silvana Editoriale. ISBN 8882150976.
- Dellacasa, Erika (2012). I Costa: storia di una famiglia e di un'impresa [The Costas: the story of a family and a business] (in Italian). Venezia: Marsilio Editori. ISBN 9788831713030.
- Peter, Bruce (2012). Costa Cruises. Ramsey, Isle of Man: Ferry Publications. ISBN 9781906608408.
- Piccione, Paolo, ed. (2002). Costa crociere: ritratto di una flotta : storia per immagini delle navi Costa [Costa Cruises: portrait of a fleet: picture story of the Costa ships] (in Italian). Cinisello Balsamo, Milano: Silvana Editoriale. ISBN 888215386X.
- Piccione, Paolo; Fochessati, Matteo (2003). Crociere nell'Arte: arte a bordo delle navi Italiane [Cruising into art: art on board Italian liners] (in Italian, English). Genova: Tormeno. ISBN 8884800595.
- Piccione, Paolo; Ceserani, Gian Paolo; Palazzini, Fiora Steinbach (2008). Sessant'anni di crociere Costa: 1948-2008 [Sixty Years of cruising with Costa: 1948-2008] (in Italian). Cinisello Balsamo, Milano: Silvana Editoriale. OCLC 860565092.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Costa Cruises.|
- Costa Cruises Corporate
- Costa Cruises Official Website
- Costa Cruises fleet location in Google Maps
- Costa Line – Linea "C" Page 1A – The Early Liners 1948–65