Costa Luminosa: A Perfect Score for Vessel Sanitation

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Costa Luminosa: A Perfect Score for Vessel Sanitation

The Costa ship, offering cruises in the Caribbean, scored 100 out of 100 in a US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) inspection
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Monday, June 22, 2015 - 10:35am

GENOA, June 22, 2015 /3BL Media/  Costa Luminosa, a member of the Costa Cruises fleet, scored full marks (100) in a recent inspection conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States. The inspection was held on December 20 during a call at Miami, the homeport of the Costa Luminosa during winter 2014/2015.

The CDC inspections are part of the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP), which was introduced in the early 1970s and involves all ships that stop in a US port. They are unannounced events and are carried out by officials from the USPHS (United States Public Health Service) twice a year. The score, on a scale from 1 to 100, is assigned on the basis of a checklist with some 48 areas of assessment encompassing hygiene and sanitation of food (from storage to preparation), water, shipboard personnel and the ship as a whole.

This is the 12th time that the Costa Cruises fleet has received maximum marks from the CDC inspectors. The first ship to obtain the perfect 100 was actually the Costa Atlantica in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; meanwhile the Costa Mediterranea, obtained the top score in 2004, 2005 and 2006; Costa Deliziosa obtained the “perfect score” in an inspection held on 2 February 2012 at Honolulu, one of the calls included in her 100-day “Around-the-World” cruise, while Costa Luminosa in December 2013.

Costa Luminosa (92,600 gross tonnage and 1,130 cabins), built by Fincantieri at Marghera (Venice) and entered service in 2009, is the ship of light. Prestigious works of art – 288 originals and more than 4,700 multiples – were specially commissioned for the ship, beginning with the sculpture by Fernando Botero “Donna Sdraiata 2004” (Reclining Woman 2004) that dominates the central hall. Fun and entertainment are guaranteed onboard by 4D Cinema, the latest generation Golf simulator and Grand Prix race car simulator. For guests who want to relax, there’s the exclusive 3,500 m2 “Samsara Spa” wellness centre. In winter 2014/2015 Costa Luminosa will be offering fantastic 10-day cruises in the Caribbean from Miami, visiting Cozumel (Mexico), Roatan (Honduras), Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios (Jamaica), Grand Turk, Nassau (Bahamas). 

For further information:

Costa Crociere S.p.A. - Communication & Sustainability Department
Hansjoerg Kunze - Vice President Communication – cell. +39 3387127870 - Gabriele Baroni – Communication Director – cell. +39 349 7668013 -
Cristiano de Musso - Head of Corporate Communication - cell +39 334 6805095 – 


Claire West
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