Costa to Give Diamonds Away on Caribbean Sailings in 07-08 Season

In celebration of its 60th year of cruising in 2008, Costa is giving one lucky guest a beautiful six-stone diamond necklace from Diamonds International on every sailing departing from Ft. Lauderdale during its 2007-2008 Caribbean season. Each week, a winner will be randomly selected and presented with a necklace from the Captain on the last night of the cruise during the popular “Roman Bacchanal” festivities.

During this “Diamond Anniversary” celebration, a diamond necklace winner will be selected each week from both the Costa Fortuna and Costa Mediterranea between November 2007 and April 2008. Each necklace was created by Diamonds International exclusively for Costa and features six diamonds set in white gold that cascade in graduating circles and total a half carat in size. Necklaces are valued at $1,000. Winners will be selected randomly by cabin number and must be present at the “Roman Bacchanal” party to win.

“Our guests tell us just how memorable our cruises are for the special brand of magic we create of bringing the love, laughter and la dolce vita of Italy to life on our ships—and for two lucky guests each week, that experience will become even more memorable,” said Lynn C. Torrent, President & CEO of Costa Cruise Lines—North America. “The excitement on the ships this season is sure to be more incredible than ever as the week builds up to the final evening of the cruise when guests discover whether they’ve won a new diamond necklace.”

Costa’s unique and authentic onboard Italian flair provides guests with a feeling of “Italy in the tropics” on its Caribbean routes. For many, sailing Costa offers a “new” way of experiencing the Caribbean ports of call they know and love – bringing to mind the romance and warmth of Italy without having to cross the Atlantic. From homemade pastas and delectable desserts, to Italian greetings including “buon giorno” in the morning and “buona sera” in the evening, the “amore” 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 “Festa Italiana,” to the famous “Roman Bacchanal” soirée, where guests don tasteful togas and celebrate as the Romans did centuries ago!

Inspired by grand Italian liners of the past, the 105,000-ton Costa Fortuna will sail the Eastern, Western and Southeastern Caribbean for the first time in the 2007-2008 Caribbean season. Inaugurated in 2003, this sister ship to the Costa Magica has a double occupancy capacity of 2,720, with many staterooms featuring ocean views and balconies.

With design features inspired by the lavish palazzos of Italy, the 86,000-ton Costa Mediterranea will sail new Saturday-Saturday itineraries in the 2007-2008 Caribbean season. Also inaugurated in 2003, this ship has a double occupancy capacity of 2,114 and features numerous staterooms with ocean views and balconies.

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