Costa Cruises to Broadcast FIFA World Cup 2010 Matches Live on Ships Sailing in Europe

MIAMI, June 4: From the Mediterranean to Northern Europe, guests aboard Costa ships in Europe this summer will be able to enjoy soccer’s most celebrated event, the FIFA World Cup 2010. Costa, Europe’s Number One Cruise Line, will bring select matches to sea on 12 of the fleet’s ships in partnership with Sky Italia. Eight matches will be broadcast live in the Mediterranean and four in Northern Europe.

During the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2010 championship, to be held in South Africa from June 11 through July 11, Costa guests will be able to watch matches on more than 20 Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises. These eagerly awaited matches will be shown in the most beautiful and striking areas of Costa’s ships, complete with breathtaking panoramas of the world-renowned landscapes and locales visited.

During the last FIFA World Cup championship in 2006, Costa broadcast semi-final and final matches, including Italy’s triumphant championship win. Costa Cruises is Italy’s largest tourism group and Europe’s Number One Cruise Line. For more than 60 years its ships have sailed the seas of the world, offering the best in Italian style, hospitality and cuisine and providing dream vacations filled with fun and relaxation. The company’s 14 fleet members, each with her own distinctive characteristics and unique style, all fly the Italian flag and sail each year to 250 destinations in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, Canada/New England, South America, the United Arab Emirates, the Far East and the Indian Ocean. Two more new ships are due to enter service by 2012. For more information on Costa Cruises or to make reservations, please contact a travel agent, call (800) GO-COSTA or visit