Costa Offers Free Hotel Stays & Transfers To Mediterranean Passengers

MIAMI, April 6: Costa, Europe’s Number One Cruise Line, is offering two free hotel night stays complete with transfers for guests booking select 7- to 12-night Mediterranean cruises with airfare. With the package, guests may choose from hotel stays either pre or post cruise (one day pre or two days post) at the Laguna Palace Mestre in Venice, the Hotel Claridge in Rome and the Hotel Bristol Palace in Savona. All transfers are included. The offer is available through May 31. The package is valid for 7- to 12-night Mediterranean sailings departing from Venice, Civitavecchia, and Savona between Sept 1 and Nov 30, 2009.

“Costa offers a true European experience both on and off the ship, allowing for the romance of Europe to continue long after guests stroll the pathways of Rome and visit the stunning countryside of Provence,” said Maurice Zarmati, president and ceo of Costa North America. “This complimentary hotel and transfer offer, along with our incredible fares for Mediterranean cruises, is one of the best deals for seeing Europe this fall.”

When sailing with Costa in the Mediterranean, guests will enjoy the best of Europe both on and off the ship, creating an impressionable feeling of truly enveloping oneself in the ambience of the continent beyond the ports of call visited. Dining begins a bit later, with leisurely dinners boasting cuisine that is reminiscent of some of the best Italian restaurants from Venice to Rome. Italian phrases such as “buongiorno” welcome guests in the morning and “buonasera” in the evening, while English is always spoken in between. Cosmopolitan European travelers become new friends from around the world and soccer is understood as a passion, not just a game, after enjoying a match in the sports lounge. For reservations or more information, guests may contact a travel agent, call (800) GO-COSTA or visit