Costa Cruises Partners with Juventus

Costa and Juventus

Costa Cruises today announced a new partnership with Italian football club Juventus.

As Juventus’ Official Cruise in Asia, Costa Cruises will offer a Juventus experience onboard its Costa Asia Fleet.

Guests may view Juventus content anytime from TV in each cabin, learn about Juventus’ history and check out related memorabilia at the well decorated “Juventus Museum” corner, and pick up Juventus branded souvenirs at the Juventus Shop.

Costa Cruises’ ships will also feature a branded mini club, where adults may relax while kids play with Juventus’ Official mascot, Jay. The highlight of the onboard football experience is a Juventus training program for those from 5 to 14 years old, who may sign up for regardless of technical level. The training program is modelled after Juventus’ soccer school Juventus Academy, and will be managed by trained coaches from Juventus.

“As a pioneer in Asia’s cruise industry, Costa Cruises continuously strives to create new and exciting onboard experiences that delight our guests and exceed their expectations,” said Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Group Asia. “Our landmark partnership with Italian football giant Juventus not only enriches our onboard offerings, but also further accentuates Costa Cruises’ Italian DNA. We look forward to exploring innovative partnerships with other iconic Italian brands to bring Italian culture to life for our guests.”

“This partnership represents the meeting of two Italian forces of overseas excellence: Juventus and Costa Cruises,” explained Giorgio Ricci, Juventus Co-Chief Revenue Officer & Head of Business Partnership – “An agreement that is testimony to the great attention of our Club to a market growing like the Asian one, in which the passion for football and for the Bianconeri colors is constantly expanding. Costa Cruises is definitely an ideal Partner with whom to develop joint entertainment activities. “

 

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Revolutionary Technology and Innovative Enhancements in Store for Costa Cruises

Revolutionary Technology and Innovative Enhancements in Store for Costa Cruises

PHOTO: Enhancements being made to a Costa Cruise ship. (photo courtesy of Costa Cruises)
 

As Costa Cruises continues to grow and evolve as Europe’s leading cruise line, incredible economic opportunities are created for numerous countries around the world. Known for its fine Italian cuisine, vibrant entertainment and fabulous itineraries, the line is setting the bar for innovation. 

 

Introducing environmentally-friendly sailing

In 2019 and 2021 Costa will welcome two 180,000 ton ships featuring revolutionary Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) technology, the cleanest burning fossil fuel in the world. To be built by Meyer Turku in Finland, this multi-billion dollar project is a reflection of the cruise line’s commitment to adopting environmentally-friendly solutions.

The use of LNG to power ships will reduce exhaust emissions dramatically and propel Costa’s impressive sustainability goals. The construction of LNG ships represents monumental progress for the cruise industry as sound alternatives replace heavy fuel oil.

A genuinely Italian culinary experience

Costa’s cuisine reflects the passion and tradition of Italy. Recent culinary advancements and partnerships with popular brands including Barilla, Illy Caffé, Ferrari Spumante and Nutella, bolster the line’s dedication to providing guests with the finest Italian dining experience at sea.

Michelin-starred chef Bruno Barbieri has masterfully designed 252 gourmet dishes, created using only the finest ingredients, to be featured in the main dining rooms. Menus take guests on a gastronomic journey through 14 different regions of Italy, with new delicacies to sample each night of the voyage. Not to mention an enhanced selection of wine chosen specifically for Costa by the Italian Sommeliers Association recreates the ambiance of Italy’s historical winery culture across the fleet and pairs perfectly with the gourmet cuisine.

Costa has also become the very first in the world to produce authentic Mozzarella di Bufala onboard. At the Gourmet Mozzarella Bars across the fleet, guests observe as the cheese is made from scratch, starting with buffalo milk curd from Paestum Greek temples of Salerno, Italy, and sample while it’s still warm with cold cuts, Burrata, Stracciatella and Fior Di Latte.

Unsurpassed itineraries

Let’s face it, no cruise line knows the Med better than the cruise line that calls the Med ‘home’.

Costa’s itineraries feature once-in-a-lifetime destinations around the world at some of the most competitive prices, many of which include kids free and free onboard credit. With longer stays in port, guests enjoy each destination to the fullest and with ease. Popular destinations for Summer 2017 include the Canary Islands, the Greek Isles, Norwegian fjords, Balearic Islands and gems across the Italian Riviera.

Keep an eye out for unbeatable deals for winter 2017 sailings from Fort Lauderdale, Dominican Republic and Guadeloupe. 7 and 10 night Caribbean cruises with stops in the Antilles, Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras, Belize and more!

Costa Concordia – Four Years After The Tragedy

Story by; http://www.cruisediscuss.com/

January 13 marks the fourth year of the tragedy that took the life of 32 innocent cruise passengers after the Costa Concordia sunk off the coast of Italy.

The gigantic wreck of the cruise ship that had been lying on a rock off the island of Giglio is gone now. For the past seven months, the remains of the ship have been gradually dismantled and sent for recycling in a shipyard and a few days ago the huge support to keep the ship afloat were removed.

But the image of Concordia will remain for a long time in the history of the Tuscan island and the Italian Navy.  The disaster that tore thirty-two lives, injured 157 will possibly stay forever in the mind of the survivors and the families that lost their loved ones.

As for the ship’s captain – Francesco Schettino, also known as Captain Coward – he was sentenced on 11 February 2015 to 16 years in prison, however, the sentence is not yet in effect and the ‘brave’ captain is giving interviews and cashing income from world-famous magazines such as GQ.

Even today many cruise ship passengers that survived the tragedy await for compensation for property left on board and lost when the ship sunk. Money in no way can reduce the grief but it was something that the cruise line owed to the people.

“Four years later Costa Crociere has yet to compensate the huge damage ” shared Mara Parmegiani, a journalist, writer and fashion expert that was on board the Concordia during the disaster. “The legal department had assured me that by the end of 2015 I would be notified how the refund will be processed but then no one contacted me further on. Besides my case, there are other outstanding of important value, like that of a jeweler. “

The fashion expert was on board with his precious collection of vintage clothes, as part of an Ambassodor of Fashion Made in Italy display. Glamorous dresses made ​​by the founders of high fashion – the sisters Fontana Valentino, by Antonelli to Ferré, to Gattinoni, Egon Furstenberg and Gay Mattiolo were showcased.

A huge loss,but just from an economic standpoint, which in no case comparable to the psychological and emotional hardships that still disrupt the daily life with frequent panic attacks of the survivors. Among the most moving memories was the one of the small Daiani, the five-year old child whose little body was fished out a few days later by the rescuers.

“The memory comes back constantly before my eyes, I met her just before she died, she was in the arms of her dad on the deck packed with people; she looked at me, recognized me and gave me a pat. I was initially surprised, then I pulled out a little key ring with a teddy bear filled with rhinestones and I gave it to the girl who smiled at me and kissed me. I think Iit was her last smile “, one of the survivors shared.