Costa Adds Barcelona as New Embarkation Port for Guests

Europe’s Number One Cruise Line Offers Travelers Convenience of Embarking in Barcelona on Western Mediterranean Costa Magica Routes in 2008

Costa, Europe’s Number One Cruise Line, is adding Barcelona as a new embarkation port from March through November 2008 on sailings aboard the stunning Costa Magica. Travelers will now also be able to enjoy the vibrant ambience of the Catalan capital during pre and post cruise vacations with Costa, which offers an extensive selection of popular embarkation ports throughout Europe, including Venice, Savona (Genoa), Civitavecchia (Rome), and Copenhagen. These seven-night sailings will depart from Costa’s new “Palacrociere” terminal, which was inaugurated in April 2007. Long known as one of Spain’s most exciting and sophisticated cities, Barcelona will serve as the starting and ending point on these Mediterranean getaways, which include stops in Marseille, Savona, Naples, Palermo, Tunis and Palma de Mallorca.

With special “Diamond Anniversary Fares” offering savings of up to 60% and attractive air packages, there’s simply never been a better time to discover the beauty and romance of the Mediterranean on this classic itinerary of the region’s best spots either for the first, second or third time than with Costa. The sailings, which are conveniently scheduled from Friday to Friday, allow guests the opportunity to explore Barcelona both pre and post stay. In addition, Costa has teamed up with new and existing air partners to offer flights from over 150 gateway cities throughout North America.

“Our North American repeat guests tell us that Costa is far and beyond the number one choice for them in Europe as they love to experience our international flair both on and off the ship – or in their words, that the destinations linger with them once they step back onboard and get ready for their next adventure,” said Lynn Torrent, President & CEO of Costa Cruise Lines-North America. “After listening closely to our guests’ feedback, we learned just how popular Barcelona is with them. As such, it made perfect sense to offer an itinerary that highlights the best of the Mediterranean along with the convenience of embarking and disembarking in one of their favorite destinations.”