MIAMI (March 7, 2022) – Starboard Cruise Services, an LVMH Moët Hennessy company and global retailer at sea, unveils its latest vacation retail experience with long-standing partner, Costa Cruises. Costa Toscana is the cruise line’s second ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) with a fleet-wide commitment to responsible innovation. The onboard retail program focuses on sustainable offerings, European designers and Costa-exclusives. Costa Toscana set sail for her inaugural Mediterranean voyage, March 5, 2022, from Savona, Italy.
Spanning more than 5,500 square feet and across two decks, The Galleria Shops entices guests to stroll and discover a traditional Tuscan retail experience while sailing the Mediterranean Sea. The 13 dedicated boutiques offer curated merchandise from iconic global brands to new collections across a full range of lifestyle products including apparel, handbags, watches, beauty, fine jewelry and more.
Retail Concierge services, a Costa-exclusive, returns after launching on Costa Smeralda in 2020. The personalized service brings convenience as well as high-touch individualized attention to guests where they can make purchases from the comfort of their stateroom, book private shopping appointments and schedule concierge-led store outings.
“Our long and successful partnership with Costa Cruises uniquely positions us to curate an unparalleled vacation shopping experience. Costa Toscana’s Mediterranean ports, exclusive selection of retail offerings and high-touch services will naturally appeal to Costa’s worldly guests,” says Lisa Bauer, President and CEO of Starboard.
In keeping with Costa Toscana’s commitment to sustainability, guests can discover authentic gems from the Engrace Diamonds collection, the world’s first lab-grown diamonds offered at sea – debuting on Costa’s fleet. The engineered diamonds are produced with 85 percent less water and one-seventh of the environmental impact, compared to traditional diamond mining. Engrace Diamonds are created from pre-existing diamond seeds, made under the same conditions that occur below the earth’s surface, using high-pressure, high-temperature technology and crystallized to mature for six to 10 weeks. The diamonds are evaluated by the same world-renowned labs that certify earth-mined diamonds across the industry for the 4Cs – cut, clarity, color and carats. The collection includes ethically sourced rings, bracelets, earrings and pendants.
Responsible retail offerings continue with vintage luxury from What Goes Around Comes Around’s curated selection of the world’s most sought-after designer handbags and scarves, such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel.
Costa Cruise Debuts
While the ship sails in the Mediterranean, the shops will bring the destination onboard with a range of new international brands debuting on Costa, ranging from curated jewelry, to watch and beauty products
- Diamanti per Tutti creates ethically-sourced fashionable diamond accessories in Belgium.
- Olivia Burton is known for its vintage-inspired British watches.
- Yunik watches offers cases handcrafted from Murano glass, combined with Swiss craftsmanship.
- Diego Dalla Palma is a historic Italian beauty brand known for its expertise in makeup, skincare and hair care.
“Costa’s continued collaboration with Starboard has resulted in distinctive and successful retail offerings on our ships. With our recent rebranding, cruise retail is an integral component of our guests’ voyages and onboard experience. We look to partners like Starboard to be as innovative and devoted as we are to our new focus on exploring destinations sustainably,” says Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises.
For the rest of 2022, Costa Toscana will sail weeklong cruises in the Western Mediterranean with six destinations, Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Palermo and Civitavecchia (Rome).
About Starboard Cruise Services
Starboard Cruise Services, the world’s leading luxury vacation retailer at sea, curates a vibrant world through the finest offering of coveted brands and experiences, creating moments that matter for global cruise vacationers. Starboard proudly goes above and beyond, managing retail operations for ten world-class cruise line partners including Azamara, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Dream Cruises, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International and Silversea. The company is part of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, commonly known as LVMH, the world’s leading luxury provider. For more than 60 years, Starboard has been consistently recognized for excellence by the travel retail industry with numerous awards, including DFNI-Frontier Americas Travel Retailer of the Year; Asia/Pacific Cruise Retailer of the Year; Global Cruise Retailer of the Year; and, Exceptional Achievement by a Cruise Retailer. The company is headquartered in Miami and has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Genoa, Italy.
About Costa Cruises
Costa Cruises is an Italian company, headquartered in Genoa. For over 70 years Costa ships have been travelling the world’s seas offering the best of Italy in terms of excellent hospitality, design, food & beverage and entertainment. Currently the Costa fleet has 11 ships, all flying the Italian flag. Costa Cruises is also a symbol of commitment to sustainability. In line with the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda, the company has indeed paved the way for sustainable innovation for the entire cruise sector, enabling new technologies and projects to improve the environmental performance of its fleet such as the introduction of the LNG-powered flagship Costa Smeralda in 2019 soon to be followed by its sistership Costa Toscana in December 2021. With its Costa Crociere Foundation the Company aims at partnering with the destinations to contribute to the social needs of the local communities and create a more sustainable and inclusive tourism. The company has a global workforce of about 20,000 employees working onboard and in its offices around the world.
Paula Amador Corporate Communications Starboard Cruise Services