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Costa, official company of the 2023 Ryder Cup, launches a “Cruise & Golf” offer

Costa 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 Cruises, the Italian brand of the Costa group, the leading cruise line in Europe, was named the Official Cruise Line of the 2023 Ryder Cup, 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 formula “Cruise & Golf” allows you to combine a truly unique golf experience with the relaxation and pleasure of a Costa cruise, on board the Costa Emerald, most innovative ship in the fleet. By booking “Cruise & Golf“, golf enthusiasts will have the opportunity to play in 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 at on board or explore marvelous places thanks to the excursions organized by the company.

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, a vacation 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 will be available from 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 and then add one of the two golf packages to your booking, which include three or four “Green Fees” respectively to access some of the most famous golf clubs. and the most popular in the Mediterranean.

Selected golf clubs in Italy include “Marco Simone”the official website of the 2023 Ryder Cup; “National Golf”, the Technical Center of the Italian Golf Federation; “Olgiata Golf“, which has hosted the Italian Open on several occasions; 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, theReal Club de Golf El Prat”, which has hosted the Spanish Open 10 times; the “PGA de Cataluña”, 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 Majorca, 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 of Aix-en-Provence” and the Golf Sainte-Baume. The “Marco Simone”, the “PGA de Catalunya” and “Alcanada” will be available with a fare supplement to be added to the booking package.

The Arabella Golf

The Golf Nazionale of Rome

The “Cruise & Golf” formula of Costa Cruises will allow you to enjoy a real golf experience in complete serenity. Indeed, 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 instance, a dedicated transfer from the ship to the golf club and backa priority embarkation and disembarkation at the start and end of the cruise, personalized transport and storage of golf equipment on board, and a cabin welcome kit. 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 Leon – without forgetting the availability of a wide range of treatments and services in the “Solemio” Spa on board.

– See the latest Sea and Marine report on board the Costa Smeralda

The Costa Smeralda

The Costa Smeralda is one of the newest and most innovative ships in the fleet, a latest generation ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the “cleanest” fossil fuel in the world: on the environmental level, this ship is the embodiment of true innovation.

In terms of its design, the ship was designed to be open to the sea, with a majority of balcony cabins (2,612 spacious cabins, most of which have balconies, then 28 suites, 106 rooms with winter garden and terrace ) and many outdoor spaces. The interior design was created by Adam D. Tihany, considered one of the greatest designers in the global hospitality industry.

Following the example of the Italian Piazzas, imagining places of life, of sharing, the Costa Smeralda shelters in its heart the colosseum, a space spread over three levels, where the best shows are presented. The Piazza di Spagna, on the other hand, is a grand staircase on three decks facing the rear, outdoors. This is a great place to entertain passengers of all ages, with an open-air balcony on the upper deck and a glass floor that gives the impression of walking on water. At the front of the ship, the Trastevere is another “piazza” where passengers can relax, chat, shop and enjoy musical entertainment. At 65 meters high, the highest deck on the ship, the outdoor Passeggiata Volare promenade also offers a spectacular panoramic view. In addition, the Costa Smeralda has 11 restaurants, 19 bars, a large Spa, numerous outdoor public spaces.

On board, passengers are guided on each deck through a different Italian city. Inside the cabins, a tailor-made Italian style, for a unique trip through Italy. Beginning on deck 4 with Palermo, the tour continues north via 11 decks, each represented by a city such as Capri, Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan and Bellagio, ending on deck 17, offering a “ grand voyage” to the most emblematic Italian cities. The decoration of the cabins is inspired by the colors and geometric patterns of the city from which each deck takes its name. The interiors are welcoming and bright. The new rooms with “terrace on the sea” have a splendid annex, where passengers can enjoy their breakfast, enjoy an aperitif or simply listen to the gentle sound of the waves.

On board, passengers of all ages will be spoiled for choice, with a myriad of entertainment options throughout the cruise, shows, AcquaPark, children’s clubs, live concerts… The ship also has a multi-sports ground, where many football, volleyball, basketball and tennis tournaments are held. A Beach Club is also present on board and recreates the atmosphere of a real beach, where passengers can relax by diving into the swimming pool or by working on their tan thanks to the transparent roof which lets in the rays of the sun. To “disconnect” and refocus fully on body and mind, the Spa SOLEMIO is a wellness area worthy of the greatest Spas, with beauty salon, sauna, hammam, balneotherapy pool and 16 treatment rooms as well as “salt and snow” rooms adjoining a large gym Virtus Gym with equipment Technogym trendy. (additional information on request).

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, Costa Smeralda’s sister ship.

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