Costa Crociere S.p.A., operating as Costa Cruises (Costa Crociere), is an Italian cruise line, based in Genoa, Italy, owned by Carnival Corporation & plc.
The company was founded in 1854 and operated cargo ships, principly carrying olive oil and textiles from Sardinia to Liguria. Passenger services were introduced in 1947, with regular services between Italy and South America.
The company later converted its entire fleet to full-time cruising, and as an independent company became one of the largest cruise operators in Europe. It was acquired by the Carnival Corporation in the year 2000.
Today, as the Costa Cruises Group, the company is one of the main operating companies within Carnival Corporation & plc. The company is responsible for the operations of Costa Cruises in Italy, and AIDA Cruises in Germany.