Costa Cruises

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Based in Genoa, Italy, Costa Cruises (Italian: Costa Crociere), was originally founded in 1854 as Giacomo Costa fu Andrea to carry cargo, such as olive oil and textiles. Then in 1947, after changing its name to Linea C., the company started regular passenger service, becoming the first to cross the South Atlantic Ocean following World War II. After gradually increasing its fleet, by 1980 the company came to own the world’s largest fleet of passenger ships.

In 1986, the company changed its name again, this time to Costa Cruises, which would go on to become the leading European cruise line, with a market share of around 19% by 1997. In 2000, Costa became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc, accounting for around 12% of its revenue. Today, the Italian cruise line’s 14 ships, all sailing under the Italian flag, cater primarily to the Italian cruise market, sailing to countries all over the world.

One of its former ships, the Costa Concordia, ran aground, capsized, and partially sunk on January 13, 2012 with 3,229 passengers and 1,023 crew onboard. Tragically, 32 people were killed and the ship was later deemed a total loss. After the fuel was removed, the ship was refloated, towed to port, and dismantled for scrap in Genoa.

Then, only six weeks later, a fire onboard the Costa Allegra left it adrift without power for 13 hours off the Somali coast, in pirate-infested waters, before finally being taken under tow.

As of December 2019, the Costa Smeralda became only the second cruise ship, after the  AIDAnova, to fully operate using liquefied natural gas.

Ports of call visited:

Costa Pacifica (January 2018)Caribbean cruise:

  • La Romana (Dominican Republic)
  • El Guamache, Isla de Margarita (Dominican Republic)
  • Basseterre (St. Kitts)
  • St. John’s (Antigua)
  • Fort-de-France (Martinique)
  • Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe)

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