Costa reports rise in Easter bookings

Costa reports rise in Easter bookings

The Italian operator of wrecked ship Costa Concordia and Costa Allegra, which lost power after an engine room fire, has claimed a rise in Easter bookings.

Costa Cruises did not divulge booking levels or the amount paid for the cruises.

A company statement said: “Costa Cruises has announced that bookings over the last two weeks for its Easter cruises in 2012 have exceeded figures recorded over the same period for its Easter cruises in 2011, demonstrating that cruising remains one of the most popular types of holiday this Easter.”

The line has five ships operating in the Mediterranean over the holiday period.

The company said mini-cruises introduced for this spring by Costa Luminosa, Costa Atlantica and Costa Deliziosa have been among the most popular as they are “especially suited to first time cruisers and people with a limited time frame who want to make the most of their holiday”.

Thirty people died when Costa Concordia hit rocks off the coast on Italy in January. This ship has been written off by parent company Carnival Corporation.

Costa Allegra was left stranded in the Indian Ocean six weeks later after a blaze in its engine room and will not return into service.

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