Costa Crociere is both a historical cruise company in France, having had a presence there since the 1950s, and also the market leader, accounting for over 50% of French cruisers (120,000 Guests in 2006). The number of Costa Crociere’s French Guests has almost quadrupled since 1993. With this position on the French market, Costa has also built its success on an important partnership with Marseilles. Launching the Costa Serena in Marseilles encapsulates the new phase in France’s cruising market Rocketing growth in recent years shows that French people are more aware of and keener on cruise holidays. Costa Crociere saw its recall rates rise from 5% in 1993 to 75% in 2006 (from a TNS, Infratest survey in September 2006). Costa Cruises ranks fourth in assisted recall tests among French travellers and cruisers, behind Club Med, Nouvelles Frontières and Jet Tours (from a TNS, Infratest survey in May 2005). The image of cruises has changed as well. Costa Crociere invested 4 million in promotion during the first quarter of 2007. In 2007 Costa Crociere’s ships will generate 20% of the total cruisers of the port of Marseilles with a forecasted economic benefit of 10 million euros. In 2007, Costa will call 30 times in Marseilles, and carry 90,000 Guests (20% of the total of the Port), including 15,000 who will embark or disembark there, and 75,000 in transit
Kvaerner Masa-Yards has again been called upon by Costa Crociere to build a sistership to Costa Atlantica, which was delivered in June. The vessel, which is worth more than $301 million, will be constructed at Kvaerner's New Helsinki shipyard for a spring 2003 delivery. Representing the eighth ship in the Costa Atlantica fleet, the new 2,100-passenger, 86,000-ton vessel is the fifth member of the "8000-class" series of Panamax-size ships.
Costa Crociere announced the name of its new ship, which will join the fleet in May 2007. The ship was named Costa Serena during a ceremony of the laying of the first building block for the ship in the dock at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyards in Genoa. This first block, an aft section, measures 55.7 ft. (17 m) long and 72 ft. (22 m) wide, weighing around 500 tons. Like sister ship Costa Concordia, which is currently under construction at Sestri Ponente and is due for delivery in July
The fore end section of the Costa Serena arrived in Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyards in Genoa recently. The Costa Serena is the second of Costa Crociere’s three new sister ships due to enter service over the next four years. The fore end section of the new building is about 91 m in length and 3,200 gt. It left the Palermo yard, where it was assembled, on February 1, and will now be placed in the building graving-dock at the Sestri Ponente yard; there
Pictured is Micky Arison, Chairman and CEO Carnival Corporation & plc and Pier Luigi Foschi,Chairman & CEO Costa Crociere. The latest addition to the Costa Crociere fleet, is Costa Serena, a ship inspired by the gods of Classical Mythology. Costa Serena was delivered by Fincantieri at its Sestri Ponente shipyard in Genoa. Like her sister ship Costa Concordia, which entered service in July 2006, the Costa Serena is the largest passenger ship flying the Italian flag and the largest European
Costa Crociere S.p.A., placed a new order with Fincantieri S.p.A. for the construction of a new cruise ship. The new ship ordered today, with a gross tonnage of 132,500, 3,700 lower berths, 4,928 total Guests and 1,854 cabins, will be the largest Italian cruise ship and the 10th ship ordered from Fincantieri by Costa Cruises in the past 10 years. The new flagship in the Costa fleet and the Italian passenger fleet will be built at the Fincantieri shipyards in Marghera (Venice)
The Costa Mediterranea, which was delivered to Costa Crociere by Kvaerner Masa-Yards yesteday, has become the latest state-of-the-art cruise ship to be awarded the Green Star logo by Italian classification society RINA. The 85,700 gt newbuilding was awarded the Green Star notation, a dedicated environmental standard for shipping. The 2,114-passenger vessel, which is built to RINA class, is a sistership to the Costa Atlantica (delivered in 2000)
The fore end section of Costa Crociere’s second 105,000 gross tonnage new building, the Costa Magica, arrived in Genoa at Fincantieri’s yard in Sestri Ponente on December 7. Together with her sister ship Costa Fortuna, which is also currently under construction in Sestri Ponente, it will be the largest cruise ship ever to fly the Italian flag. The fore end section of the Costa Magica is 534 ft. long, 116.4 ft. in breadth and 25,000 gross tonnage
Kvaerner signed a deal with Costa Crociere - the Italian joint venture of Carnival Corp and Airtours , to build a 86,000-grt cruise ship. The vessel will accommodate 2,100 passengers and will cost more than $500 million to build. The ship will be built in Helsinki to be delivered in 2003. Kvaerner said it will arrange third party financing to cover the major proportion of costs associated with construction. The current order book at its Kvaerner Masa-Yards shipyard in Finland now stands at $2
Titan Micoperi sadly announces that a diver from the Consortium passed away after an accident occurred during underwater operations in progress under the wreck. The salvage contractors add that the diver, of Spanish nationality, 41 years old, was involved in the operations aimed at preparing the wreck for the installation of the sponsons on the starboard side. He was immediately assisted by his 'stand-by diver"
Maneouvres began early on Wednesday to remove the rusty hulk of the Costa Concordia cruise liner from the Italian island where it struck rocks and capsized two years ago, killing 32 people. A convoy of 14 vessels, led by the tug boat Blizzard
According to the latest update, after approximately 30 hours of navigation, the Concordia has travelled 63 nautical miles at an average speed of 2 knots, informs the salvors' website 'The Parbuckling Project'. The convoy is located between Isola d’Elba and Corsica
Costa Diadema the fifteenth ship and new flagship of Costa Cruises fleet, was presented today by Costa Cruises and Fincantieri. Costa Cruises has invested a total of around 550 million euro in the construction of the Costa Diadema at Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera.
Digital support, surveillance and planning for all technical and nautical aspects of the 25 vessels of Costa Crociere, Costa Asia and AIDA fleets are implemented in real time by the Costa Group. Now assisting with these operations and risk/safety management is a new marine service unit
The salvage operation (known as the 'parbuckling project') to upright the wreck of the partially sunken 'Costa Concordia' has been given provisional approval by the Italian government's Civil Protection Department and is expected ot take place at a convenient date in September.
Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded the contract to load and transport the lifted 'Costa Concordia' wreck from Isola del Giglio onboard the 'Dockwise Vanguard'. The contract was awarded by Costa Crociere S.p.A.
The 'Costa Diadema', the future flagship of Costa Cruises & of the Italian-flagged passenger fleet, entered the water for the first time as the building dry-dock was flooded, and a traditional launching ceremony was held at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera.
A meeting of Giglio residents heard that the Condordia is stable: after the minor movements registered in the 15 days following the parbuckling operation the wreck has settled on the platform and seabed. Since then, the monitoring systems active 24/7 have not indicated any significant
Work to remove the wreck of the 'Costa Concordia' cruise liner from Italy's Giglio Island was suspended on Wednesday as a decision has not been made on where the vessel will be taken to be demolished, reports Xinhua, citing local reports. In addition
In three weeks, the Costa Concordia wreck will be towed to Genoa for demolition and recycling. At the end of the Conferenza dei Servizi meeting held yesterday, June 25, in Rome, Costa Crociere reaffirmed the motivations for the choice of the transportation of the Concordia wreck in Genoa for
The Costa Concordia disaster, when the cruise liner capsized off Italy more than two years ago, will likely end up costing the ship's owners just over $2 billion (1.5 billion euros), a company executive told a German newspaper. "So far, our costs are at 1 billion euros
The Concordia refloating operation has started informs the 'Parbuckling Project' web site. At 6 am Monday, the Senior Salvage Master, Nick Sloane, reached the Remote Operations Center located on the Concordia with the rest of the team, having been given the green light by the Italian
The wreck of the luxury liner Costa Concordia was refloated on Monday and will soon be towed away and broken up for scrap, more than two years after it capsized off the Italian coast, killing 32 people. The 290-metre Costa Concordia ran aground on rocks near the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio
The first day of the refloating operation of the Costa Concordia has concluded successfully. Confirming technician’s estimations, the wreck is now afloat thanks to the buoyancy given by sponsons, 2.2 meters off the false sea bed, and has been towed for about 30 meters eastwards
Salvage going to plan, hulk due to depart July 21. Engineers were securing the final chains to the Costa Concordia on Tuesday, preparing the wrecked luxury liner to be towed away from the Italian island where it sank two and half years ago, killing 32 people.