Costa Cruises and Central Holidays Partner to Create Costa Cruise Tours

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Leading travel tour company Central Holidays and Europe's number one cruise company Costa Cruises are announcing the development of a new vacation package brand: Costa Cruise Tours that will feature travel packages including air, land and Costa Cruises’ cruise arrangements to destinations throughout Europe from Italy's Civitavecchia and Savona, France's Marseille, and Spain's Barcelona.

Costa Cruise Tours
Our shared goal in Costa Cruise Tours is to create the go-to option for European cruise and land packages that inspires prospective cruisers to make the most of their vacations by combining a Costa Cruises sailing with pre-cruise land arrangements.

Costa Cruises and Central Holidays today announced a new partnership to develop a new vacation packages brand: Costa Cruise Tours. The new alliance features Central Holidays as the operator of Costa Cruise Tours packages that include air, land and Costa Cruises’ cruise arrangements to destinations throughout Europe departing from the following ports of call: Civitavecchia, Savona, Marseille, and Barcelona.

“With more than four decades of expertise in travel throughout Europe and the Mediterranean and success as a leading provider of packaged travel across the globe, it is with great enthusiasm that we announce a new partnership with Costa Cruises in the development of Costa Cruise Tours," said Gianni Miradoli, CEO of Central Holidays. “Our shared goal in Costa Cruise Tours is to create the go-to option for European cruise and land packages that inspires prospective cruisers to make the most of their vacations by combining a Costa Cruises sailing with air and pre-cruise land arrangements -- including accommodations, sightseeing tours, special experiential activities, and other unique offerings for the ultimate in packaged travel by land and sea. We are thrilled to be partnering with such a professional team at Costa Cruises and we look forward to a long, successful alliance.”

"Costa Cruises guests are sophisticated and discerning travelers, and we knew we needed to find a partner that could provide a superior landside experience to match our shipboard product," said Scott Knutson, vice president sales and marketing for Costa Cruises North America. "In Central Holidays we found a tour operator whose quality offerings and approach to customer service is a perfect match to Costa's."

Costa Cruise Tours can be booked now for the 2015 travel season via Central Holidays by calling 800.720.3009. The new brand will be launching a website in December that will feature its full range of vacation packages for booking online at costacruisetours.com.

About Costa Cruises:
Costa Cruises is Europe's number-one cruise company. For more than 66 years its ships have plied the seas of the world, offering the best in Italian style, hospitality and cuisine. Its fleet, the largest in Europe, has 15 ships in service, including its new flagship — Costa Diadema. costacruise.com.

About Central Holidays:
Founded in 1972, Central Holidays offers superior travel programs, value, and service to enchanting destinations across the globe. Destinations include Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, and Croatia. The company also offers dozens of Mediterranean and European river cruise itineraries, worldwide ski programs, religious pilgrimage travel, as well as people-to-people educational exchange travel to Cuba! The company’s sister brand, STI by Central Holidays, presents novel travel opportunities throughout Central and South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Central Holidays and its family of travel companies remain at the forefront of the global tourism and travel industry, offering the most diverse range of travel programs that support brand promises of reliability, expertise, and flexibility. For more information, contact Central Holidays at 1-800-935-5000 or visit centralholidays.com.
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