Costa Crociere Takes Off With Alitalia with the “Fly & Cruise” three-year agreement
Costa Crociere and Alitalia, the main Italian airline, have signed a three-year agreement thanks to which Costa cruise passengers departing from Italy can use Alitalia scheduled and charter flights to reach the ports of embarkation for Costa cruises around the world.
The agreement, presented today at EXPO Milano 2015, envisages a total of around 100,000 airline seats on Alitalia flights, made available to Costa Cruises in the period 2015-2018. It represents further growth for the Italian market of the “fly + cruise” formula, which Costa Crociere was the first to offer to the world back in 1968.
Alitalia flights for Costa Crociere will link a total of 27 Italian airports to the following destinations: the Caribbean and the United States, with the airports in Pointe a Pitre (Guadeloupe) and Miami; the United Arab Emirates; Northern Europe with Warnemunde-Rostock, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm; Trieste for one-week cruises in the eastern Mediterranean.
The agreement between Alitalia and Costa Crociere also envisages significant benefits in terms of schedules, flexibility and above all quality and comfort, the aim being to minimise the time spent managing embarkation and disembarkation procedures and to use all the time available for enjoying the cruise holiday.
Starting from the exclusive “through check-in” service, available at all Italian airports with Alitalia only, on both charter and scheduled flights: Costa cruise passengers will receive boarding passes for all flights through to their final destination, and will also be able to drop off their luggage at the departure airport and have it conveniently brought to their cabin on board the ship.
At Warnemunde-Rostock airport, an even more innovative, top quality service will be available for the return home: on the evening before disembarkation, cruise passengers will be able to drop off their luggage and get their boarding passes for the return flight while still on board the ship.