La Dolce ‘Value’ on Europe’s Number One Cruise Line: Select Sailings Aboard Costa Serena

MIAMI, May 15 — From “la dolce vita” to “la dolce value,” Costa, Europe’s Number One Cruise Line, brings the best value and experience in the Mediterranean to travelers this summer with low fares aboard the Costa Serena on select sailings. Ports of call on the seven-night voyages aboard the ship, which departs every Sunday from Venice include Bari, Katakolon, Izmir, Istanbul and Dubrovnik. The Costa Serena, the fleet’s newest ship, was inaugurated in May 2007 and boasts some of the most innovative features at sea, including the revolutionary 23,000 square-foot Samsara Spa — complete with exclusive spa cabins offering direct access to the wellness center and a private restaurant with health-conscious cuisine. The ship also features the largest enclosable pool deck on a ship and a Grand Prix race car driving simulator — the most accurate representation of Formula One driving available.

Costa offers the biggest and best selection of Mediterranean cruises with nearly 200 in the region throughout the summer, including more seven-night routes than any other cruise line. With 60 years of cruising experience in Europe, Costa knows the ports of call inside and out, giving travelers a unique glimpse into a “true European experience” both on and off the ship. North American guests are just as likely to meet new friends from Naples, Italy as they are from Naples, Florida with Costa’s international ambience, highlighted by its cosmopolitan guests from around the world.

“Italy is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and at Costa we give guests a veritable floating Italian villa they can take with them to see not only Italy, but other exciting locales as well,” said Maurice M. Zarmati, President & CEO of Costa Cruise Lines-North America. “This summer, there simply isn’t a better way to visit the Mediterranean than with Costa and our extensive selection of itineraries, particularly the special values we’re offering on the Costa Serena.”

Costa provides guests a unique experience of “love, laughter and la dolce vita” in the Mediterranean, and everywhere they sail. For 60 years, Costa has brought its special brand of Italian warmth and European sophistication to travelers around the world. “Cruising Italian Style” with Costa is much more than a voyage to a new and exciting destination — it’s an experience that creates lifetime memories that linger and make guests smile at unexpected moments. From delectable fresh pastas, warm cappuccinos, international guests who become friends from around the world, and charming Italian greetings travelers hear such as “buon giorno” and “buona sera,” sailing with Costa brings the passion and vitality of Italy to sea. For reservations or more information, contact a travel agent, call (800) GO-COSTA or visit