Costa Cruises is a subsidiary of Carnival Cruises, operating in the Europe, Asia and Australia areas.
At the moment there aren't any Costa Cruises to or from Cape Town, however there are plenty in the Mediterranean, Mauritius, the Maldives, Singapore and China. Costa's cruises are most reasonably priced - Costa caters for the same segment of the market as MSC Cruises, operating in the affordable market.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a Costa Cruise (please specify if you'd like flights, insurance and any accommodation included).
Costa Cruises sometimes run specials where up to 2 children cruise for free (under 13 at the end of the cruise) if they are sharing their cabin with 2 adults - ask your consultant for details.
Many Costa ships have a "Squok Club", dedicated to keeping the children happy with activities like scavenger hunts, painting and cooking.
The Costa Smeralda is busy being built and will become Costa Cruises' first LNG powered vessel. She is due for delivery in Oc 2019. It is being built at the Meyer Turku shipyar. The Smeralda will follow Carnival Cruises' AidaPrima which also uses LNG. The Smeralda will be refueled with LNG via ship-to-ship bunkering, and the ship can operate for 14 days before needing to refuel again.
Costa Smeralda (being built)
In January 2015 the Costa Atlantica became the first ship to drydock in the Huarun Dadong Dockyard in China; maintaining and repairing the spa, gym and 52 cabins.
The Costa Dieadema is Costa's flagship. In July 2016 Costa put Pepper to work - she's a human-like robot, and her job is to entertain passengers, and is trilingual - speaking English, French & Italian.
The Costa neoRomantica sports 11 bars (including a cigar & cognac bar), 4 restaurants, 4 pools (one with a waterslide), 6 jacuzzis and a spa, gym, sauna & turkish bath.
May 2018 the Costa sails to South Korea for 2 charter cruises with Lotte Tour.
The Costa Victoria gets around, spending its time based in Singapore, Mauritius and the Mediterranean:
Oct 2018 to Mar 2019 the Costa Victoria is based in Mauritius; with 14 night round-trip cruises from Mauritius's Port Louis to the Seychelles, Madagascar, Reunion and then back to Mauritius.
Feb 2018 to Sep 2018 the Costa Victoria is based in the Med.
Jan 2018 to Feb 2018 the Costa Victoria is based in Singapore; with 7 night cruises from Singapore to Ko Samui (Thailand), Bangkok (Thailand), Sihanoukville (Cambodia) and then back to Singapore; immediately followe by another 7 night cruise from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Langkawi (Malaysia), Phuket (Thailand), Penang (Malaysia), Malacca (Malaysia) and then back to Singapore.
2019 Costa has undertaken to cruise year-round from Tianjin. The Costa Fortuna is being redepoyed to Europe, with it being replaced by a new vessel being constructed.
2016 the Costa Fortuna is redeployed to Shanghai; making China Costa's largest market.
2015 the Costa Serena is sent to China for all year round cruises.
2010 the Costa neoRomatica became the first cruise ship to stop at the new facility for cruise lines in Tianjin.
2009 Costa increased its capacity in China by 80%, introducing the Costa Classica to China.
2006 the Costa Allegro became the first international cruise ship to home port in China.
Regular cruises from Mumbai to the Maldives are offered on the Costa neoClassica. These are 7 day cruises from Mumbai to New Mangalore, Cochrane and the Maldives.
Alternatively, go for an epic 14 day cruise from Mumbai to New Mangalore, Cochin, Maldives, Colombo (Sri Lanka), Goa and then back to Mumbai. There are relatively cheap flights from South Africa to Mumbai with Emirates; which can be packaged in.
From the 1st December 2018 until the 9th March 2019 the Costa neoRiviera will be cruising between Mumbai and the Maldives.
Costa Cruises also offers a range of Mediterranean cruises at attractive prices, mostly from their base, Savona, in Italy:
Savona to Barcelona, Cadiz, Casablanca, Tangier, Lisbon, Valencia, Civitavecchia and back to Savona
Savona to Marseilles, Barcelona, Palma De Mallorca, Civitavecchia, La Spezia and back to Savona
Savona to Marseilles, Barcelona, Civitavecchia and back to Savona
Savona to Barcelona, Civitavecchia and back to Savona.
Savona to Katakolon, Piraeus, Izmir, Haifa, Civitavecchia and back to Savona
Savona to Naples, Heraklion, Aqaba, Eilat, Salalah, Muscat, Fujayrah Khor Fakkan, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Costa currently offers no cruises from or to South Africa, the closest are cruises from Mauritius. Previously they have offered cruises on the Costa neoRomantica on:
21 to 31 Dec 2013. Cruise from Mauritius to Cape Town on the Costa neoRomantica - 10 nts. . Mauritius, Reunion, Richards Bay, Durban, Cape Town.
31 Dec 2013 to 21 Jan 2014. Cruise from Cape Town to Savona (Italy) - Costa neoRomantica - 20 nights. Visits Walvis Bay, St Helena Island, Dakar, St Cruz de Tenerife, Funchal Madeira, Malaga & Marseille.
16 Oct 2017. Costa is allowing its onshore employees to work from home (or anywhere with an online connection) on one day a week. This will apply to about 1300 employees; 1000 at the line's Genoa offices, as well as 300 based elsewhere in Italy and in other countries.