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Costa Cruises signs PlayStation Deal with Sony

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Costa Cruises and Sony Computer Entertainment Italia have signed an agreement which will take PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 on board all Costa’s ships.

An area on the ships called “PlayStation World”, will be dedicated exclusively to PS3. However, there will also be PlayStations available in the cabins, on the lido deck with the big screen and in the children’s and teens’ clubs. What’s more, the one million-plus guests who cruise with Costa each year will be able to try out the very latest releases of the best known PlayStation video games. And for guests who would like the entertainment to continue after the cruise ends, the latest PlayStation products and releases will be available for purchase on board.

The fun starts in May and June 2009, with the entry into service of the new ships Costa Luminosa (on Northern European cruises) and Costa Pacifica (deployed in the Mediterranean), and will be gradually extended to the other 12 ships of the Italian fleet.

In addition to the PS3 and PS2 consoles available on board the Costa fleet, four PS3 touch screen cabinets will be set up in the Savona Palacrociere, the cruise terminal managed directly by Costa Cruises.

“The PlayStation has been preempting the demands of our clientele for over 13 years now. With PS2 and PS3 we have brought innovation and entertainment into people’s homes,” said Sony Computer Entertainment Italia Marketing Director Andrea Cuneo. “Now, thanks to Costa Cruises, we’re going to take the dynamism and cutting-edge technology of our brand around the seas of the world.”

Fabrizia Greppi, Costa Cruises Vice President Corporate Marketing & Communication, added, “After the Grand Prix driving simulator, the golf simulator and the 4D cinema, this partnership will bring to our guests another exciting innovation and another world exclusive feature – the PlayStation, a veritable cult object for all video gamers.”

Guests on the Costa Luminosa will be able to enjoy PlayStation 3 from the comfort of their own cabins, thanks to the “PlayStation on demand” service, which will enable PS3 availability for the entire cruise.

Onboard the fleet young passengers can have fun with PlayStation 2 in the children’s Squok Club and in the Teen Club. These areas will be outfitted with the ultimate in interactive entertainment in the form of “Social Games” like Buzz!, the crazy general knowledge quiz, and SingStar, the competitive music videogame, which unite friends and family around the console for fun and challenging games.

The fun is set to continue after dark as well, with “PlayStation Nights” on the giant 18 m˛ screens installed on the lido decks of four of Costa’s fleet members (Costa Concordia, Costa Serena, Costa Luminosa, Costa Pacifica); these facilities can be used all year round and in any weather thanks to a retractable glass roof.  Passengers here will also be able to enjoy SingStar and Buzz!.

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