Costa, Europeâ€™s Number One Cruise Line, is offering â€œItaly in the Tropicsâ€ at an upgrade during its winter Caribbean season from Ft. Lauderdale. Guests in North America may enjoy the â€œlove, laughter, and la dolce vitaâ€ of Italy without crossing the pond, complete with some of the best deals Costa has offered in its 60 year history aboard both the Costa Atlantica and Costa Fortuna. Specials are also available during holiday sailings.
One of Costaâ€™s richest Caribbean deals is a â€œFree Upgradeâ€ promotion with veranda accommodations available at the price of an ocean view (fares from $699), ocean view at the price of an inside (fares from $549) and inside cabins available at specially reduced fares from $399. Additionally, throughout the season Costa is offering â€œKids Sail Freeâ€ specials with parents sailing from only $499. During the holidays, kids sail for just $199 while staterooms for adults are from $599 with an up to four-category upgrade during this time. Deposits have been reduced to $150 on all Caribbean sailings for a limited time as well.
â€œI canâ€™t think of a better way to take a winter vacation than on a veritable floating Italian villa in the tropics, which is what the Costa Caribbean experience is all about,â€ said Maurice Zarmati, president and ceo of Costa Cruise Linesâ€”North America. â€œWeâ€™ve made the â€˜sweet lifeâ€™ even sweeter by offering amazing upgrades and value-packed fares on our cruises from Ft. Lauderdale, allowing travelers to experience Italy close to home.â€
Costaâ€™s unique and authentic onboard Italian flair provides guests with a feeling of â€œItaly in the tropicsâ€ on its Caribbean routes. For many, sailing Costa offers a â€œnewâ€ way of experiencing the Caribbean ports of call they know and love â€“ bringing to mind the romance and warmth of Italy that is universally beloved. From homemade pastas and delectable desserts, to Italian greetings including â€œbuongiornoâ€ in the morning and â€œbuonaseraâ€ in the evening, the â€œamoreâ€ of the old world stays with guests long after they disembark from their cruise. Festive onboard activities include everything from on-deck bocce ball games, tarantella dancing under the stars and Italian cooking lessons during â€œFesta Italiana,â€ to the famous â€œRoman Bacchanalâ€ soirÃ©e, where guests don tasteful togas and celebrate as the Romans did centuries ago.
In November 2009, the 86,000-ton (2,114 double occupancy) Costa Atlantica will make her much anticipated return to Ft. Lauderdale, sailing seven-night voyages each Saturday through April 2010. The ship boasts 44 exclusive spa cabins that create a true â€œvacation within a vacation.â€ Guests who reserve these spa accommodations, appropriately located on Deck â€œ8 Â½â€ in honor of the famous Federico Fellini film of the same name (Fellini inspired design elements of the ship), will enjoy a variety of special privileges. These include 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 grand 110,000-ton (2,720 double occupancy) Costa Fortuna will once again return to the Caribbean from December 2009 through March 2010, departing every Sunday on seven-night voyages. Drawing inspiration from the beautiful Italian liners of yesteryear, the Costa Fortuna combines nostalgia and a refined atmosphere into a marvelous modern framework. Gorgeous scale models of historic ships are weaved into the style and design of the shipâ€™s various restaurants and other public areas. For a step into the present, guests may enjoy modern amenities including a retractable magrodome over the shipâ€™s main pool deck, a state-of-the-art spa and ocean-view fitness center, 11 bars and four restaurants and a theatre expanding over three decks. All elements blend together toÂ perfectly evoke the charm and refinement of yesteryear translated into modern day times.