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|Parent||Carnival Corporation & plc|
Costa Crociere S.p.A. (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkɔsta kroˈtʃɛːre]) trading as Costa Cruises (Italian: Costa Crociere), is a British-American 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.
Current fleet 
Classica class 
|Costa Classica||1991||1991–Present||52,926||→ →|
|Costa neoRomantica||1993||1993–Present||56,000||→ →||Received a €90 million refit and renamed Costa neoRomantica|
Victoria/Sky class 
|Costa Victoria||1996||1996–Present||76,000||→ →||Similar to Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun.|
Atlantica class 
|Costa Atlantica||2000||2000–Present||85,619||Panamax form factor|
|Costa Mediterranea||2003||2003–Present||85,619||Panamax form factor|
Destiny class 
|Costa Fortuna||2003||2003–Present||102,587||Identical to Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory|
|Costa Magica||2004||2003–Present||102,587||→ →||Identical to Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory|
Hybrid Spirit/Vista class 
|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|
Voyager class 
|Costa Voyager||1999||2011–Present||24,391||→ → → →||Formerly Grand Voyager for Iberocruceros|
Concordia Class 
|Costa Concordia||2006||2006–2012||114,500||Italy||As of January 14, 2012, ran aground and capsized off Isola del Giglio, Italy.|
|Costa Favolosa||2011||2011–Present||114,500||Modified Concordia-class|
|Costa Fascinosa||2012||2012–Present||114,500||Modified Concordia-class|
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, the Costa Concordia, operated by Costa Cruises (Carnival subsidiary), ran aground off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany. The ship capsized and partially sank, killing 32 people.
Costa Allegra engine room fire, ship adrift 
In March 2012, the Costa Allegra, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines' Costa Cruises subsidiary, 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. It was then towed to Mahé, Seychelles, where the passengers disembarked. No casualties were reported.
Former fleet 
- Andrea C (1948–1981)
- Anna C (1948–1981) Built in 10.1955 at Wilton-Fijenoord, Schiedam yard in Holland. LOA 150.3m, 19.2m, DWT 10,272, Flag Panama, Class Registro Italiano Navale. Sold in 1981 to Chaldeos Freighters Ltd and renamed Damenham.
- Amerikanis (Chartered 1980–1984)
- Angelina Lauro (Chartered 1978–1979)
- Bianca C (1959–1961) explosion and shipwreck
- Carla C/Carla Costa (1967–1985, 1986–1992)
- Columbus C. (1981–1984)
- Costa Allegra (1989-2012)
- Costa Europa (2002–2010)
- Costa Marina (1988–2011)
- Costa Playa (1995–1998)/Joy Wave (1999–2000)
- Costa Riviera (1981–2002)
- Costa Tropicale (2001–2005)
- Danae (1979–1992)
- Daphne (1979–1997)
- Enrico C/Enrico Costa (1965–1994) (ex-Provence (1951))
- Eugenio C/Eugenio Costa (1966–1996)
- Flavia (1968–1982)
- Federico C (1958–1983)
- Franca C (1952–1977)
- Fulvia (1969–1970)
- Giovanna C (1947–1953)
- Italia (1974–1983 )
- Luisa C (1947–1951)
- Maria C (1947–1953)
Ship's Photos 
- "Company profile." Costa Cruises. Retrieved on January 20, 2010.
- "Dati Societari." Costa Cruises. Retrieved on 15 January 2012. "Sede legale: Piazza Piccapietra 48, 16121 Genova - Italia"
- "Costa Concordia Collision". DubaiBlog. 2012-01-14.
- "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.
- Francis, Enjoli (March 1, 2012). "Costa Allegra Cruise Ship Reaches Mahe After Three Days Without Power". ABC News.
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- Costa Cruises Corporate
- Costa Cruises Official Website
- Cruise Critic review
- Costa Cruises fleet location in Google Maps
- Costa Line – Linea "C" Page 1A – The Early Liners 1948–65