News Release

1,900 Athletes From 38 Delegations On Board The Costa Victoria For The Naples 2019 Universiade

The  Costa Cruises ship will be moored in Naples until July 16, 2019, to accommodate  athletes and delegation representatives participating in the sporting event.


Genoa,  June 28, 2019 – Costa  Victoria is welcoming onboard the first athletes taking part in the Naples 2019 Universiade. The Costa Cruises ship will be moored in the port of Naples  until July 16 and will be part of the athletes' village for the sporting event.

During  this period, Costa Victoria will host around 1,900 athletes and officials of 38 delegations from around the world, including Italy, France,  Germany, Japan, People's Republic of China, United Kingdom, Argentina,  Australia, Russia. They will be assisted on board by 705 crew members.

For Costa Cruises it is a great honor to be  present at the Naples 2019 Universiade. As an Italian company, we are very  pleased to be able to make our contribution to this wonderful event, which is  not only a great opportunity to come together and enjoy sport, but also a  fabulous chance to promote Naples and the whole of Italy around the world. On  board our Costa Victoria, we'll offer the athletes the best of Italian  hospitality, which has distinguished Costa for over 70 years and which we  provide every day for the international guests who travel on vacation with us.”  – says Mario Alovisi, Vice  President Revenue Management, Itinerary & Transportation at Costa Cruises.

Costa  Victoria is a 75,000 gross tons ship with 964 passenger cabins. The ship  includes 3 swimming pools (one covered) plus restaurants, bars, a wellness  area, a gym, jogging track, shopping area, theater, conference rooms and  solarium. Like all the ships in the  Costa fleet, Costa Victoria is flying the Italian flag and brings authentic  Italian-style hospitality and holidays to all the world's oceans, with a focus  on excellent food and wine, unique shopping experiences and a wide range of  famous Italian brands.

During the Universiade, a kitchen team of 100 chefs and assistants   will prepare around 6,000 meals a day for the athletes, including  breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menus will be created based on the Italian and Mediterranean culinary  tradition. A special corner will be dedicated entirely to pizza. The ingredients and products  used for the recipes will come from Italian and European suppliers; many of  them will have the DOP certification (protected designation of origin) or PGI  (protected geographical indication). The mozzarella, which will be produced on board using innovative machinery driven by steam and  electricity, deserves special mention. The key ingredient is cow milk and  buffalo milk curd from the area of Piana del Sele (Salerno), of the highest  certified quality.

Athletes will also be  welcome to opt for typical dishes from their countries of origin - such as  those included in a special Asian corner - vegan and vegetarian menus,  lactose-free and gluten-free menus, halal. All menus will be created  specifically for the event, based on the nutritional needs of the athletes. A  data sheet stating the ingredients and calorie count will accompany every dish.
  The meals will be  served on a self-service basis in the Bolero Restaurant (Deck 9), which boasts  a magnificent terrace overlooking the sea, and in the Sinfonia Restaurant on  Deck 5.

Athletes will be free  to use the gym and outdoor spaces, which include a sports field and a jogging  path, and will also have a sauna, steam room and hair stylist. There will be no  lack of entertainment on board, with music, dance and cooking lessons, parties  in the main areas of the ship and shows in the theater.

Once the Universiade  is over, Costa Victoria will be positioned in Bari, whence it will depart every  week, offering cruises to Greece, with calls at Santorini, Mykonos, Athens and  Corfu. In the winter season, Costa Victoria will sail to the Indian Ocean,  offering itineraries to discover India and the Maldives. 


Main  Tecnical Data of Costa Victoria:

Flag:                               Italian
  Gross tonnage:          75,000
  Total length:               252.2  meters
  Width:                           32 meters
  Passenger cabins:     964
  Total passengers:     2,394
  Number of decks:     14
  Total crew:                  766


 For further information: 

  Costa Cruises
  Gabriele  Baroni – Communication Director – Cell +39 349 7668013 -
  Davide  Barbano – Media Relations manager – Phone +39 010 5483523 Cell 334 6525216  - 
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