Costa Deliziosa Makes Maiden Call to Port

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Costa Cruises returned to Broward County's Port Everglades today with a first call by the 2,260-passenger Costa Deliziosa. An Italian cruise line owned by Carnival Corporation, Costa Cruises has sailed from Port Everglades since the 1960s and is returning for the winter season following a four-year hiatus.

"Thank you to everyone at Port Everglades for an incredible welcome, both to Costa Cruises and Costa Deliziosa," said Scott Knutson, vice president of sales and marketing for Costa Cruises North America. "Costa Deliziosa is the newest Costa ship to homeport in the United States, and we are excited for North American guests to see firsthand what makes Costa Europe's most popular cruise line."

"Costa Deliziosa is a good fit for Port Everglades because it gives our cruise guests the option to cruise aboard a vessel that has a distinct Italian style," said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak. "Costa Cruises has a long tradition in South Florida, and we are delighted to have Costa Deliziosa join our fleet this season."

Costa Deliziosa entered service in 2010 and features stylish Italian décor such as various types of marbles, granite, mother-of-pearl, and Murano glass. The 92,600-gross-ton ship has four restaurants, three pools, 11 bars, the Samsara Spa and a 4-D cinema.

About Port Everglades
Located in the second largest county in Florida, Broward County's Port Everglades is consistently ranked as one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world with more than 3.7 million passengers in 2015. Nine cruise lines, one ferry and more than 40 cruise ships sail from the South Florida seaport including: Balearia's Bahamas Express (ferry), Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn and Silversea Cruises. The Port's wide-ranging fleet of cruise ships provides guests with an array of cruise vacation choices from the sunny Greater Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach area.  View details on the latest cruise offerings at or contact us by emailing

DATE: December 21, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy
Assistant Director 
Port Everglades Business Development Division/Communications 
PHONE: 954-468-3508; 954-868-0220 (cell)