Costa Makes T + L Readers List

July 3, 2013 | By | 4 Comments

Costa Makes T + L List
Cruise Critic took notice when the publication Travel + Leisure released its 2013 World’s Best Awards this week, an annual online survey of 17,000 magazine, e-device and website readers.
For the first time, Costa Cruises — the same line that made headlines when its ship, Concordia, sank off the coast of Italy in January 2012, killing 32 people — appeared on the list, in the pub’s new category of Mega-Ship (defined by T + L as vessels that carry more than 2,200 passengers).
Costa came in eighth out of eight in the category, which based its line ranking on how many votes each individual ship received. Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line and Cunard Line took the top three spots, with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruises and Carnival Cruise Lines rounding out the contenders.

Editors at Travel + Leisure were not available for comment Wednesday.
Costa took the ranking as a sign that its core audience from North America — which it defines as sophisticated travelers who enjoy a European-style cruise experience — had moved on. Based in Italy and owned by Carnival Corporation, Costa has 14 ships in service and boasts the largest fleet in Europe.
Bookings from passengers on this continent are up in 2013, said Scott Knutson, vice president of sales and marketing for Costa Cruises North America. “One of the unintended consequences of last year was the exposure that the line got in North America,” he said Wednesday. He noted that not only is it the first time that Costa has made the list, but it’s also the first Italian line to do so.
Lists remain popular with readers (we run plenty of polls and lists here too), and the World’s Best Awards, which are online, will be in the August issue of Travel + Leisure, out later this month.
In other cruise categories, Crystal Cruises continued to top the large ship rankings (600 to 2,199 passengers), as it has done every year since the reader survey began in 1996. Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises came in second and third in that category, while Seabourn Cruise Line, SeaDream Yacht Club and Windstar Cruises were voted as the top small ship lines. Tauck River Cruising, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Grand Circle Cruise Lines received honors in the river ship rankings.
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Read our 2012 Editors Picks.

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    4 Responses to “Costa Makes T + L Readers List”

    1. Judy
      July 3rd, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

      We were on the Costa Concordia about a month before the accident. We love traveling in Italy and thought we would love an Italian cruise liner. Nope! The food just wasn’t good. We have cruised on Celebrity (1 time), Holland Am.(2 times, Princess (5 times), Carnival (2 times)and Royal Caribbean (1 time). They all had better food variety and flavor than Costa. No matter what you choose from the menu, every night we had the same cooked mixed veggies in the main dining room. The pasta was overcooked and mushy.
      Forget about an afternoon snooze on sea days. They made announcements ALL AFTERNOON! I am not getting back on Costa.

    2. Judy
      July 3rd, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

      Oh yeah, and while I am on a roll… I can’t believe they left off Holland America for Costa. The food is soooooo much better on Holland that Costa.

    3. Robert
      July 8th, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

      Judy, looks like you’ve been outvoted.

    4. donna
      July 10th, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

      I was on the Costa Fortuna, May, 2013 from Savona to Copenhagen and received form letters advising that because of the lack of English speaking passengers on board, my booked and paid excursions were cancelled. Only one excursion that I booked actually took place. Other English speaking passengers experienced the same treatment. Two passengers and myself complained to the Tour Office about a cancelled excursion to Paris and we were reluctantly put on a bus with German and Italian passengers but Costa didn’t tell the tour guides and they refused to give the commentary in English. At the Louvre we were handed maps printed in English and told we were on our own. That excursion cost $200 Cdn.

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