Costa Concordia Brings a New Dimension to Cruising With Largest Spa at Sea

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., March 1 /PRNewswire/ — When the Costa Concordia sets sail for the first time in July 2006, it will mark the arrival of a new style of cruising with the luxurious Samsara Spa, the largest wellness center ever built on a ship. Extending over two decks and boasting panoramic views of the ocean, the 20,500 square-foot haven of relaxation and rejuvenation will offer travelers the ultimate wellness experience at sea.

Elements of the spa’s invigorating treatments and stunning design are inspired by the meaning of “Samsara,” which is associated with the path to spiritual enlightenment, bliss and balancing of life energies. A full menu of treatments based on Ayurvedic principles, a state-of-the-art fitness center, exclusive spa accommodations and a specialty restaurant are just some of the spa’s innovative features.

For those who want to fully immerse themselves in the Samsara Spa ambience, 55 cabins and 12 suites situated in the center of the spa provide a veritable extension of the experience at all times. Guests who reserve these accommodations will have access to exclusive privileges including flat screen televisions, a special set of Samsara bath accessories and a “Welcome Ritual,” all included in the cruise price. The “Welcome Ritual” features unlimited access to the spa and Thalassotherapy pool, two complimentary fitness classes, a personalized wellness consultation with a spa expert, two treatments, two sun-lamp sessions in the solarium and an invitation to a special spa tea ceremony.

In addition, guests who reserve exclusive Samsara Spa accommodations will have access to the renowned wellness cuisine in the Ristorante Samsara. This specialty restaurant features spa-friendly cuisine created by renowned Michelin-star chef and founder of Italian molecular cuisine, Ettore Bocchia. Other cruise guests may dine in the Ristorante Samsara for an additional fee.

The Samsara Spa features numerous treatments inspired by aromatic herbs, essential oils, exotic plants and Ayurvedic essences. Ayurvedic-inspired treatments include the Shiordara Body Glow, a sea salt exfoliation combined with an essential oil compress; and the Shiorbhyanga Massage, which includes a combined relaxation technique using aromatic frangipani essence and reflexology.

An Aroma Stone Therapy session, created by Elemis, uses the healing power of hot stones combined with essential oils for a blissfully relaxing massage experience. All spa guests will have access to Thalassotherapy baths, a rock sauna (a hotter version of classic saunas) and a Turkish bath (either traditional or scented with gently fragrant rosemary, eucalyptus and lavender). Before all treatments, spa guests may begin their path to rejuvenation in the Tepidarium, a warm thermal bath. Couples who wish to indulge in the spa experience together may do so in one of two special couples’ treatment rooms. An expansive fitness center and wide variety of wellness classes complete the spa’s facilities.

Costa’s newest flagship, the Costa Concordia, will join the Italian cruise line’s fleet in July of 2006. Weighing 112,000 tons with a double occupancy of 3,000, she is the largest cruise ship in Costa’s growing fleet and the largest ship ever built for an Italian company. Additional features on the flagship vessel include a Formula One driving simulator and two pools with retractable magrodomes.

The ships of Costa range in size from 30,000-tons to 112,000-tons, and provide an ambience that is distinctly Italian — from the progressive architecture and stylish design to the unforgettable cuisine and gracious hospitality. The fifth largest cruise line in the world, Costa offers cruises that span the globe on itineraries of three nights and longer throughout the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, South America and Transatlantic.

For reservations or more information, contact a travel agent, call (800) GO-COSTA or visit http://www.costacruises.com/ .

Costa Cruises is a brand of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:and CUK) .

Costa Cruises is RINA certified with the BEST 4, a highly structured system of certifications involving social responsibility (SA 8000, 2001), environment (UNI EN ISO 14001, 1996), safety (OHSAS 18001, 1999) and quality (UNI EN ISO 9001, 2000). Costa Cruises is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Windstar Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together we offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.

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