Anna C (left) first sailed in 1948, Costa Smeralda (right) launched in 2019 as Costa's largest ship
Costa Cruises is marking 75 years of passenger shipping since its first passenger vessel, Anna C, set sail from Genoa, Italy, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 31 March 1948, with 768 passengers onboard.
To celebrate the anniversary, Costa is offering 75 specially priced cruises across the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, from early spring to autumn.
The company was founded in 1854 by Giacomo Costa and traded in olive oil and textiles under the name Giacomo Costa fu Andrea. Anna C was the first transatlantic liner to cross the south Atlantic since the end of WWII and was the first to offer air-conditioned cabins to guests. Now, Costa has a fleet of 22 ships and is part of the Carnival Corporation brand.
In addition to the specially priced cruises, Costa is planning a series of initiatives that will take place in the cruise line’s hometown of Genoa in autumn. The full programme of celebrations will be revealed later this year.