The largest Italian travel company and Europe’s favorite cruise line, Costa Cruises, has been named the top cruise line in the ‘Best Mediterranean Itineraries’ category for the 18th consecutive year in Porthole Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Considered the premier cruise-focused news publication, Porthole Cruise Magazine’s readers vote for their favorite cruise lines and ships in 55 categories.

Award winners were determined by thousands of readers and online fans of Porthole Cruise Magazine. The 2017 edition of the Readers’ Choice Awards garnered a record-breaking number of ballots.

“It is truly an honor for Costa Cruises to be named a winner at the Porthole Readers’ Choice Awards in such a competitive category,” said Ruben Perez, general manager, Costa Cruises North America. “With a record number of votes, it is a testament to the Costa product that consumers for 19 years have recognized our Mediterranean offerings as the best.”

Costa Cruises is one of the few cruise lines to offer year-round Mediterranean cruises. In 2018, Costa will deploy 11 ships at various times of the year across the eastern and western Mediterranean — from the coasts of Morocco to the shores of Malta on itineraries ranging from three to 14 nights.

Readers’ Choice Award winners are published in the November/December 2017 issue, which hits newsstands Nov. 7, as well as online

Porthole Cruise Magazine is the world’s leading cruise travel magazine, available on newsstands and by both print and digital subscriptions. Published bimonthly, the magazine features exciting editorial and stunning photography on topics from ship reviews and cruise destinations to life on board and activities on shore.

To learn more about Costa Cruises, visit For reservations, call a travel agent or 800-GO-COSTA. Connect directly with Costa socially on Costa’s official FacebookTwitter and YouTube pages.

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