Costa Crociere

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Costa Crociere S.p.A.
Type Subsidiary
Industry Transportation
Founded 1854
Headquarters Genoa, Italy
Key people
  • Michael Thamm (CEO)
Products Cruises
Parent Carnival Corporation & plc

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.[1][2]

Founded in 1854,[3] the company originally operated cargo ships, in order to carry olive oils and textiles from Sardinia to Liguria.[3] In 1924 the company passed to founder's sons (Federico, Eugenio and Enrico) that started commercial activities, buying the ship Ravenna.[3] 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.[4]

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 thirty-two have been confirmed dead. [5] 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.

Current fleet[edit]

Mistral class[edit]

Ship Built Entered service
for Costa
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Costa neoRiviera[6] 1999 2013–Present 48,200 PortugalItaly Previously Mistral for the failed Festival Cruises and Grand Mistral For Iberocruceros.[7] Costa neoRiviera 20140613.jpg

Classica class[edit]

Ship Built Entered service
for Costa
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Costa Classica 1991 1991–Present 52,926 ItalyLiberiaItaly operating Summer 2014 for TAAJ Croisieres; from September at restyling at Port Louis and renamed Costa neoClassica Costa Classica (ship, 1991) 001.jpg
Costa neoRomantica 1993 1993–Present 56,000 ItalyLiberiaItaly Originally Costa Romantica, received a $90 million refit and renamed Costa neoRomantica Costa neoRomantica 2012 Hamburg 06.jpg

Victoria(Sky) class[edit]

Ship Built Entered service
for Costa
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Costa Victoria 1996 1996–Present 76,000 ItalyLiberiaItaly Similar to Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun. Costa Victoria.jpg

Atlantica(Spirit) class[edit]

Ship Built Entered service
for Costa
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Costa Atlantica 2000 2000–Present 85,619 Italy Panamax form factor MS Costa Atlantica.jpg
Costa Mediterranea 2003 2003–Present 85,619 Italy Panamax form factor MS Costa Mediterranea.jpg

Luminosa class[edit]

Ship Built Entered service
for Costa
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Costa Luminosa 2009 2009–Present 92,700 Italy Hybrid design between Spirit and Vista-class ships Costa Luminosa in Helsinki 0002.JPG
Costa Deliziosa 2010 2010–Present 92,700 Italy Hybrid design between Spirit and Vista-class ships CostaDeliziosa at Helsinki 29072010.jpg

Fortuna(Destiny) class[edit]

Ship Built Entered service
for Costa
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Costa Fortuna 2003 2003–Present 102,587 Italy Identical to Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory 14DSCF0634 COSTA FORTUNA.jpg
Costa Magica 2004 2004–Present 102,587 ItalyLiberiaItaly Identical to Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory Costa Magica in Venice.JPG

Concordia class[edit]

Ship Built Entered service
for Costa
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Costa Serena 2007 2007–Present 114,500 Italy Concordia-class
Costa Pacifica 2009 2009–Present 114,500 Italy Concordia-class Costa Pacifica (7723879336).jpg
Costa Favolosa 2011 2011–Present 114,500 Italy Modified Concordia-class Costa Favolosa 2011-10-18.jpg
Costa Fascinosa 2012 2012–Present 114,500 Italy Modified Concordia-class, Currently Costa Crociere's flagship. Costa Fascinosa and Costa Magica in Venice 2.jpg

Future Ships[edit]

Ship In Costa service Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Costa Diadema October or November 2014 132,500 Italy Largest ship to be built for Costa Cruises. Ordered as a replacement to the Costa Concordia. Will be Costa Crociere's future flagship.
Costa Celebration November 2014 47,262 Italy To be transferred from Iberocruceros.[8] Grand Celebration Rhodes 2012 (2).jpg

Former fleet[edit]

Summer 2014 Itineraries[edit]

Western Mediterranean[edit]

Eastern Mediterranean[edit]

Norwegian Fjords[edit]

Baltic Sea[edit]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also Carnival Cruises Accidents and incidents for incidents associated with the parent company's other cruise operations.

Costa Concordia sinking[edit]

Costa Concordia capsized on reef

On January 13, 2012, Costa Concordia ran aground off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany. The ship capsized and partially sank, killing 32 people. It was salvaged and sent to the scrapyard in July 2014.[9]

Costa Allegra engine room fire, ship adrift[edit]

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.[10] In late 2012, Costa Allegra was beached at Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping.[11]


Costa Pacifica moored at Katakolo, Greece.
Costa Atlantica approaching Miami Cruise Ship Terminal.
Costa Luminosa in Magdalenefjorden, Spitsbergen


  1. ^ "Company profile." Costa Cruises. Retrieved on January 20, 2010.
  2. ^ "Dati Societari." Costa Cruises. Retrieved on 15 January 2012. "Sede legale: Piazza Piccapietra 48, 16121 Genova - Italia"
  3. ^ a b c "Costa Concordia Collision". DubaiBlog. 2012-01-14. 
  4. ^ "2012 World Wide Market Share". Cruise Market Watch. 2011-11-20. 
  5. ^ "Cruise ship Costa Allegra adrift off Seychelles:". BBC News Online. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
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  9. ^ "Rusting luxury liner Costa begins final voyage". Europe News.Net. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Hannah Sampson (10 March 2012). "Micky Arison on Costa Concordia accident: "I am very sorry it happened."". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  11. ^ Gene Sloan (9 March 2012). "Fire-damaged cruise ship Costa Allegra will not return.". USAToday. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 

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