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Costa Cruises Wins Porthole Magazine Readers Award

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Costa Cruises received top billing in Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. The Italian cruise line was cited in two categories: Best Mediterranean Itineraries and Best Asia-Pacific Itineraries.

Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards are determined by thousands of the publication’s readers who vote on their favorite cruise lines in a variety of categories.

“We appreciate the recognition in these two competitive and important categories by Porthole’s discriminating readers,” said Ruben Perez, general manager of Costa Cruises North America. “Costa Cruises has always considered the Med to be our backyard. And as the first Western cruise line with a wholly owned sales and marketing office in China, we’re making Asia our new backyard, too.”

Top Mediterranean Itineraries
Costa Cruises is the largest Italian travel company and Europe’s number-one cruise line. In 2013, the line will deploy 12 ships across the eastern and western Mediterranean on itineraries ranging from three to 48 days.

Departing from several countries, the port-intensive cruises allow guests to explore some of the most popular, historical and cultural cities in the world. In addition to calls at well-known ports like Istanbul, Turkey; Santorini, Greece; Lisbon, Portugal, and Dubrovnik, Croatia, the ships also visit off-the-beaten-path ports like Kotor, Montenegro; Odessa, Ukraine; Split, Croatia, and Olbia, Italy.

Best Asia-Pacific Itineraries
As the first international cruise company to enter the Chinese market, Costa has become one of the best recognized and most popular tourism brands in Asia. Since the line began operations in Asia in 2006, Costa has carried more than 350,000 guests in the region.

From November 2012 to January 2013 Costa Victoria is based in Singapore, offering seven-day cruises to Malaysia and Thailand, and three- or four-day cruises to Malaysia. Until October 2013 Costa Victoria will depart from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tianjin for short cruises to Taiwan or South Korea, Japan and Vietnam.

From May to June 2013 Costa Atlantica will depart from Singapore on seven-day cruises to Malaysia and Thailand, and on three- or four-day cruises to Malaysia. From June through October, Costa Atlantica will depart from Shanghai on short cruises to South Korea and Japan.

Source: Costa Cruises

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