Costa Cruises Receives Three Notable Awards in One Week

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Oct. 4, 2011) — Costa Cruises received three
special awards in one week — testimony to the growing worldwide
popularity and recognition enjoyed by the Costa brand. The first two
awards focused on the line’s commitment to environmental protection,
which always has been one of Costa Cruises’ distinguishing features, while
the third is related to the German market.
Costa Cruises received the first-ever “Poseidon Prize” for its commitment
to water conservation and environmental protection from the Italian
Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Centres, and the Committee for the
International Hydrological Program in collaboration with the UNESCO Club
of Levanto and the Cinque Terre. The award ceremony was held Sept. 20
in Marseille, France, on Costa Mediterranea during a five-day cruise that
hosted a series of meetings and debates on the theme “World Heritage:
Living with Water.”

The line also received the “2011 Green Cruise” designation for
environmental sustainability from classification society RINA Group, in
Monte Carlo, Monaco, Sept. 21, during the “RINA Green Night” event. It
was the first time the awards included a category for cruise ships, and
Costa Cruises was the first line chosen for the designation. The voluntary
Green Plus notation was earned for Costa’s new flagship, Costa Favolosa,
named in Trieste, Italy, July 2, 2011. Green Plus is the highest notation
assigned by RINA Group to environmentally compliant ships.

On Sept. 27 in Hamburg, Germany, during the Seatrade Europe event,
Costa Cruises received the German Cruise Prize for “Best Family Product
2012.” The German Cruise Prize is an annual award bestowed by
“Koehlers Kreuzfahrt Guide,” a German cruise guidebook.
For more than 60 years Costa Cruises’ ships have sailed worldwide,
offering the best in Italian style, hospitality and cuisine, while providing
holidays focused on fun and relaxation. The line’s 14 ships visit 250
destinations throughout the Mediterranean, northern Europe, the Baltic,
Caribbean, South America, United Arab Emirates, Far East and Indian
Ocean. Two new ships are on order from Fincantieri for delivery in 2012
and 2014.