Costa Cruises positions itself in the world of golf and its enthusiasts and becomes a partner of the largest team tournament in the world. At the same time, the company is launching a new cruise formula, which allows you to play in some of the most beautiful golf clubs in the Western Mediterranean and enjoy holidays on board its most innovative ship in the fleet, the Costa Smeralda.

Costa becomes the "Official Cruise Line" of the 2023 Ryder Cup

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Costa Cruises, the Italian brand of the Costa Group, the leading cruise line in Europe, has been named the official cruise line of the Ryder Cup 2023, the most important team golf competition, which will take place for the first time in Italy, at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, from September 29 to October 1, 2023.

By announcing this exclusive partnership, Costa Cruises is also unveiling a new exclusive offer designed especially for golf lovers and their families. The new “Cruise & Golf” formula makes it possible to combine a truly unique golf experience with the relaxation and pleasure of a Costa cruise, on board the Costa Smeralda, the most innovative ship in the fleet. By booking 'Cruise & Golf', golf enthusiasts will have the opportunity to play at some of the finest clubs in Italy, France and Spain during cruise itineraries. Meanwhile, families vacationing with them will be able to take advantage of the services on board or explore wonderful places thanks to the excursions organized by the company.

Costa becomes the "Official Cruise Line" of the 2023 Ryder Cup

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“Our vacations aim to provide unique and enriching experiences, and the combination with golf fits perfectly into this philosophy. To achieve our goal of becoming a reference in the world of golf, we have imagined this special and unprecedented initiative. Our partnership with the 2023 Ryder Cup, one of the most popular sporting events in the world, will allow us to reach all golf enthusiasts, while with our new "Cruise & Golf" formula, we will offer them, as well as their families, holidays combining the best of golf and the best of cruising” – says Roberto Alberti, SVP & Chief Commercial Officer of Costa Cruises. "Cruise & Golf will also promote the golf clubs of the countries visited and, more generally, represents an opportunity to promote local tourism, knowing that 6 out of 10 passengers say they want to return to the places visited during their cruise".

 “We are delighted to welcome Costa Cruises to the family of Ryder Cup Partners for this truly unique partnership. The Ryder Cup is a spectacular event, so it was only natural to partner with Costa Cruises as the competition takes place in Italy for the first time, and to provide a memorable experience for their customers.” Adds Guy Kinnings, Ryder Cup Director and European Tour Group Deputy Managing Director.

Costa Cruises' new "Cruise & Golf" offer has been available since May 2022 on the Costa Smeralda, for a week in the Western Mediterranean departing from Marseille, exploring Barcelona, ​​Palma de Mallorca, Palermo, Rome (Civitavecchia) and Savona .

Reservations will be open from February 1, 2022. To take advantage of this new offer, all you have to do is book your cruise, then add one of the two golf packages to your reservation, which include three or four “Green Fees” respectively. to access some of the most famous and sought-after golf clubs in the Mediterranean.

Selected golf clubs in Italy include 'Marco Simone', the official site of the 2023 Ryder Cup; “Golf Nazionale”, the technical center of the Italian Golf Federation; “Olgiata Golf”, which has hosted the Italian Open several times; “Acquasanta Golf”, one of the oldest golf clubs in Italy; the "Golf Club Garlenda", surrounded by ancient olive groves and pine forests, in the beautiful western Ligurian Riviera. In Spain, the “Real Club de Golf El Prat”, which has hosted the Spanish Open 10 times; the "PGA Catalunya", ranked number 1 golf club in Spain and among the top four in Europe; the “Son Gual”, among the best golf clubs in continental Europe; “Alcanada”, designed by Robert Trent Jones, with a splendid view of the sea; "Arabella Golf" in Mallorca, with its three magnificent courses Son Vida, Son Quint and Son Muntaner. In France, the "Golf d'Aix Marseille", which hosts the most prestigious national tournaments, the "Golf Bastide de la Salette", with spectacular views of the Garlaban range and Marseille, the "Golf d'aix-en- Provence” and the “Golf Sainte Baume”. The "Marco Simone", the "PGA Catalunya" and "Alcanada" will be available with an additional fare to be added to the booking package.

The “Cruise & Golf” formula from Costa Croisières will allow you to enjoy a real golf experience in complete serenity. In fact, in addition to the Green Fees, the formula includes a series of special services designed to help customers fully enjoy the golf and cruise experience, with all the comforts. For example, a dedicated transfer from the ship to the golf club and back, priority embarkation and disembarkation at the start and end of the cruise, personalized transport and storage of golf equipment on board, and a welcome kit in cabin. In addition, a special offer is dedicated to golf lovers and their families to take advantage of the choice of restaurants available on the Costa Smeralda – including the Archipelago restaurant which offers menus created for Costa by three great chefs, Bruno Barbieri, Hélène Darroze and Ángel León – without forgetting the availability of a wide range of treatments and services in the “Solemio” Spa on board.

In 2023, in addition to Costa Smeralda, the “Cruise & Golf” offer will also be extended to the company's other ships operating in the Western Mediterranean, starting with the new Costa Toscana, sister ship to Costa Smeralda.

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