The 20th annual Champions at Sea event dedicated to Costa Cruises’ best partner travel agents will take place from May 21-24 on Costa Mediterranea.

Departing from Savona, the mini-cruise will take approximately 1,500 travel agents from Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania to  Barcelona and Marseille – European Capital of Culture 2013 – before returning to Savona.

Prizes will be awarded to the best performing travel agents in 2012 and participants will also be treated to a special preview of the new 2014/15 annual brochure.

This year’s dolphin trophies, in the shape of Costa’s iconic “C”, have been specially designed to mark the 20th event.  The “Over the Top” agencies, i.e. the very best performers, will receive a handmade plate by a Florentine craftsmen and a bottle of Amarone Stella Aneri Speciale Reserve 2004 Costa Mediterranea, a limited edition (only 133 bottles) produced and matured in one of the 14 barrels set aside for the ships in the Costa fleet.

During the port calls the travel agents will be able to go on exclusive excursions in Barcelona, Marseille and Provence and Genoa; these tours are specifically designed with travel experts in mind to provide them with a new experience.

For the first time highlights of The Champions at Sea event can be seen on Costa’s digital channels - and YouTube, where videos, interviews and images will be posted.

Following a spring season of Mediterranean mini-cruises, from June 28 - September 6, the Costa Mediterranea will be deployed out of Heraklion (Crete) visiting Santorini, Mykonos, Izmir, Samos, Kos, Rhodes and Crete.


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