2009 Lloyd’s List Italian Awards
The Lloyd’s List, one of international shipping’s most prestigious publications, recognised Costa Cruises as the top cruise line for its commitment to environmental protection.
2009/10 U Green Award
“U Magazine,” the most renowned travel magazine in Hong Kong, conferred the “2009/10 U Green Award” to Costa Cruises for its commitment to environmental protection.
2009 Best Cruise Product
The Belgian travel and tourism journal,“Travel Magazine” named Costa Cruises the Best Cruise Company for 2009, as part of the Travel Magazine Awards, based on the votes of travel agents.
2009 World Travel Awards
On 7 November in London Costa Cruises was recognised as the best cruise line in three different geographic areas – Asia, South America and the Indian Ocean – during the sixteenth edition of the “World Travel Awards,” one of the world's most prestigious international travel and tourism awards. The “2009 World Travel Awards” were assigned based on the results of voting that involved 183,000 travel and tourism professionals from nearly 200 nations all over the world, including some 111,000 travel agents.
2009 Interactive Key Award
On 29 September 2009, Costa Cruises won the “Interactive Key Award” for its Internet web site, www.sonoappenatornato.it. In its tenth edition, the prize has the objective of recognising the best Internet web sites in Italy, as well as the best interactive communications.
2009 ABB Energy Efficiency Award
On 22 September 2009, Costa Cruises received the 2009 ABB Energy Efficiency Award in recognition of its commitment to improving the efficiency of its systems. In particular, thanks to the installation of inverters on its ships, Costa Cruises has optimised the performance of fans and extractors in the ship engine rooms, leading to obvious energy savings and reducing their environmental impact.
2009 China ROI Media Award
On 22 September 2009, Costa Cruises received the “China ROI Media Award” Golden Prize presented by the Asia International Creative Communication Group to reward marketing initiatives that generated the best return on investments. The Italian company received the award for product placement in the film “If You Are the One” by Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, box office leader over the Christmas 2008 period, seen by 10 million cinema goers, and partly shot on board the Costa Allegra. The film was supported by an integrated marketing campaign run by Costa Cruises.
Travel Weekly's Golden Magellan Award
In September 2009, Travel Weekly, one of the leading US travel and tourism trade journals, presented Costa Cruises with the Golden Magellan Award for the best direct mail campaign (Pizza Delivery Marketing Campaign).
Best Cruise Operator 2009
On 31 July 2009, in China, Costa Cruises was named best cruise company for 2009, as part of the “2009 China Travel & Meeting Industry Awards” organised by Travel Weekly China, one of the leading Chinese travel and tourism industry journals.
GEBTA environmental commitment award
On 29 May 2009, Costa Cruises received the GEBTA (Guild of European Business Travel Agents) award in Barcelona for its commitment to environmental protection. GEBTA represents over 300 travel agencies in Europe which are leaders in their respective countries (Germany, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and the UK).
“Middle East’s Leading Cruise Company” 2009
On the occasion of the World Travel Awards 2009, one of the most prestigious international awards in the travel and tourism sector, Costa Cruises was selected as the best Middle East Cruise Company based on the votes of 167,000 tourism industry professionals from 198 countries.
“Most Popular Cruise Line” and “Preferred Cruise Line” 2009 in China
During the first half of April 2009, Costa Cruises received 2 important awards in China: the “Most Popular Cruise Line” award, presented during the "World Travel Fair” 2009, the leading tourism exhibition in eastern China, and the “Golden List Award” of the “Preferred Cruise Line" competition organised by the National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Internorga Award 2009 on 12 March 2009 in Hamburg
Pier Luigi Foschi, Chairman and Managing Director of Costa Cruises S.p.A., received the special award from Internorga, Europe's biggest catering and hotel accommodation exhibition. The award is presented every year to people, institutions and companies who have made a significant contribution to the development of the sector represented by Internorga.