Costa Cruises presents its new “Cruise & Golf” offer

Costa Cruises, the Italian brand of the Costa Group, Europe's leading cruise line, has been named the Official Cruise Line of the

, the Italian brand of the Costa Group, Europe’s leading cruise line, has been named the Official Cruise Line of the 2023 Ryder Cup, ’s premier team competition, to be held for the first time in Italy, in the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, from September 29 to October 1, 2023.

In announcing this exclusive partnership, Costa Cruises is also introducing an exciting new offer designed specifically for golf enthusiasts and their families. The new “Cruise & Golf” formula will allow you to combine a truly unique golf experience with the relaxation and fun of a Costa cruise aboard the , the most innovative ship in the fleet. By booking “Cruise & Golf”, golf fans will have the opportunity to play in some of the most beautiful clubs in Italy, France and Spain during the stopovers of the cruise itineraries. Meanwhile, families on vacation can enjoy the services on board or explore wonderful places thanks to the excursions organized by the company.

“Our vacations are aimed at offering unique and enriching experiences, and the combination with golf fits perfectly with this philosophy. To achieve our goal of becoming the reference company in the world of golf, we have devised a special initiative, never seen before Our association with the Ryder Cup 2023, 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 and their families a vacation that combine the best of golf with the best of cruising” – commented Roberto Alberti, SVP & Chief Commercial Officer of Costa Cruises. “Cruise & Golf will also help promote the golf clubs of the countries visited and, in general, represents an opportunity to promote local tourism, taking into account that 6 out of 10 passengers declare that they want to return to the places visited during the cruise” .

Guy Kinnings, Director of the Ryder Cup and Deputy General Manager of the European Tour Group, added: “We are delighted to welcome Costa Cruises to the Ryder Cup family of partners, in what is a truly unique partnership. Ryder Cup is a complete entertainment spectacle, so it felt natural for us to work with Costa Cruises to build a complete experience for their customers when the Ryder Cup heads to Italy for the first time.”

Costa Cruises’ new “Cruise & Golf” offer will be available from May 2022 on week-long Western cruises visiting Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, ​​Palma de Mallorca, Palermo and Civitavecchia/Rome. Reservations will be open from February 1, 2022. To take advantage of the new offer, guests simply book a cruise on the Costa Smeralda and then add one of two golf packages, which include three or four golf courses, to their reservation. “Green Fees” respectively, to access some of the most famous and popular golf clubs in the Mediterranean.

Among the selected golf clubs in Italy are: the “Marco Simone”, official venue of the Ryder Cup 2023; the “Golf Nazionale”, technical center of the Italian Golf Federation; the “Olgiata Golf”, which has hosted the Italian Open on several occasions; the “Acquasanta Golf”, one of the oldest golf clubs in Italy; the “Golf Club Garlenda”, surrounded by ancient olive and pine groves on the beautiful western Ligurian Riviera. In Spain, the “Real Club de Golf El Prat”, which has hosted the Spanish Open on 10 occasions; the “PGA de Catalunya”, ranked number 1 among the golf clubs in Spain and among the four best in Europe; “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 over the Garlaban and Marseille mountain range, the “Golf d’aix-en- Provence” and “Golf Sainte Baume”. “Marco Simone”, “PGA de Catalunya” and “Alcanada” will be available at an extra price to be added to the package reservation.

Costa Cruises’ “Cruise and Golf” formula will allow golf fans to enjoy an authentic “easy golf” experience. In fact, in addition to the Green Fees, the formula includes a series of special services designed for guests to fully enjoy the golf and cruise experience, with all the comforts. For example, an exclusive transfer from the ship to the golf club and vice versa, priority embarkation and disembarkation at the beginning and end of the cruise, personalized transport and storage of golf equipment on board, and a welcome kit in the cabin.

On the occasion of this collaboration, Costa Cruises has prepared a special offer dedicated to golf fans and their families to enjoy the exceptional variety of restaurants available on the Costa Smeralda – including the Archipiélago restaurant, which offers menus created for Costa by three chefs of first line, Bruno Barbieri, Hélène Darroze and Ángel León- and to try a series of treatments and services in the spa and beauty salon on board “Solemio”.