Costa Mediterranea to Sail South America for 2008/09 Season

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MIAMI, FL, Nov 1 – Costa, Europe’s Number One Cruise Line, will send the beautiful, 86,000-ton Costa Mediterranea to South America for the 2008/2009 winter cruise season. The ship will feature 44 new, exclusive spa accommodations. In addition, the Costa Magica and Costa Marina will also sail the region on routes throughout Brazil and Argentina. The Costa Mediterranea will sail routes to Argentina and will feature a new, innovative spa program. Guests who book one of 44 exclusive accommodations will enjoy privileges including a personalized wellness consultation, three complimentary treatments, two fitness or meditation classes and complimentary access to the Wellness Restaurant, offering a wide array of spa-friendly cuisine. Spa cabins, available in ocean view, veranda and suite categories, will feature aromatherapy diffusers, special shower and air filters, and a mini bar stocked with healthy food and beverage selections. In addition, guests with these accommodations will be offered priority spa reservation times. The Costa Mediterranea, which has been operating since 2003, features décor inspired by 17th and 18th century Italian noble palazzos. It has a double occupancy capacity of 2,114.

The 105,000-ton Costa Magica will return to the region on itineraries out of Brazil with weekly routes to Bahia and cruises throughout the Southeastern coast while the intimate, 25,600-ton Costa Marina will sail routes out of Buenos Aires. The Costa Magica entered into service in 2004 and features an interior design that pays homage to the most beautiful and “magical” Italian places as well as the largest dance floor at sea. It has a double occupancy capacity of 2,720. The Costa Marina entered service in 1990 and was refurbished in 2002. It features wide windows, skylights and flawless glass atriums that reflect her contemporary design and has an intimate double occupancy capacity of 776.

Costa, Europe’s Number One Cruise Line, is the leading Italian cruise company and for 60 years has offered the best in Italian hospitality, cuisine and entertainment on cruises throughout the world. In 2007, 1,000,000 guests chose a Costa cruise, a true historical record in Europe. For reservations or more information, contact a travel agent, call (800) GO-COSTA or visit www.costacruises.com.