Costa, Europe’s Number One Cruise Line, has officially launched its “Costa Club” past guest program in the United States. This exclusive club is dedicated to past guests who choose Costa as their preferred cruise line, with all members receiving special offers and privileges. Past guests based in the United States who are currently enrolled in the program recently received full information regarding “Costa Club.”

Guests who enroll in “Costa Club” receive a wide array of benefits and privileges, based on the number of cruises they take and purchases made onboard. Each guest receives 100 points for every day they cruise and 40 points for every $60 USD spent onboard that is registered on their personal onboard cruise card. “Costa Club” offers three membership levels: Aquamarine for members who have earned up to 2,000 points, Coral for members who have earned between 2,001 and 5,000 points and Pearl for guests who have earned 5,001 points or more.

Being a “Costa Club” member gives members outstanding savings. As a member, guests will be entitled to a 5% discount off Early Booking Fares on a wide variety of select itineraries. Members will also be entitled to extra discounts on a selection of cruises that will be advertised during the year. Membership privileges also include access to a special “Costa Club” information desk with a dedicated “Costa Club” staff member on hand to assist throughout the cruise. Additional perks include a cocktail party with the Captain complete with a souvenir photo, in-room amenities, discounts on Costa merchandise, internet center prices, wine packages, laundry service and select salon items as well as privileged boarding and disembarkation for Coral and Pearl members, among numerous others.

“At Costa, our unique brand of “Cruising Italian Style” attracts a large percentage of repeat guests who look forward to cruising with us year after year and who also enjoy the benefits and privileges of belonging to Costa Club,” said Maurice M. Zarmati, President and CEO of Costa Cruise Lines—North America. “It’s just one of the ways we show appreciation to our past guests, complete with exceptional levels of personal attention and special perks before, during and after their cruise.”

Past guests who wish to enroll in Costa Club may do so by completing and mailing in a membership application, enrolling online by visiting www.costacruises.com or by visiting the Costa Club Information desk on all Costa ships.

Costa Cruises is Italy and Europe’s number one cruise line.  For the past 60 years its ships have sailed the world, offering the best in Italian style, hospitality and cuisine and providing dream vacations with the best in fun and relaxation. In 2007 over 1.1 million guests chose to cruise with Costa, a record for the European cruise industry.  The company’s 12 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, South America, the United Arab Emirates, the Far East and the Indian Ocean.

Five more vessels have been commissioned and will enter service by 2012. Costa Cruises has been certified by RINA (Italian Shipping Register) with the BEST4, an integrated system of voluntary certification of corporate compliance with the highest standards governing social accountability (SA 8000, issued in 2001), environment (UNI EN ISO 14001, 1996), safety (OHSAS 18001, 1999) and quality (UNI EN ISO 9001, 2000). All Costa’s ships have been awarded RINA’s voluntary “Green Star” notation based on the highest environmental protection standards.  Costa Cruises is also an official partner of the WWF for the protection of the marine ecoregions of the Mediterranean, the Greater Antilles and Brazil.