Source = Costa Cruises Costa Cruises, the largest Italian travel group and Europe’s number 1 cruise company, received top billing in Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. The Italian cruise line was cited in two categories: “Best Asia-Pacific Itineraries” and “Best Mediterranean Itineraries”.Porthole is one of the most important US cruise magazine. Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards are determined, each year, by thousands of the publication’s readers who vote on their favorite cruise lines in a variety of categories.Best Asia-Pacific ItinerariesAs the first international cruise line to enter the Chinese market, Costa has become one of the best recognized and most popular tourism brands in Asia. Since the line began operations in Asia in 2006, Costa has carried more than 400,000 guests in the region.From November 2012 to January 2013 Costa Victoria is based in Singapore, offering eight-day cruises to Malaysia and Thailand, and four- or five-day cruises to Malaysia. Until October 2013 Costa Victoria will depart from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tianjin for short cruises to Taiwan or South Korea, Japan and Vietnam.From May 2013, a second Costa ship will be deployed in the region: Costa Atlantica will depart till June 2013 from Singapore on eight-day cruises to Malaysia and Thailand, and on four- or five-day cruises to Malaysia. From June through October, Costa Atlantica will depart from Shanghai on short cruises to South Korea and Japan.Top Mediterranean ItinerariesCosta Cruises is the undisputed leader in the Mediterranean, where it boasts a tradition spanning more than six decades and was the first cruise line to operate cruises all year round. In 2013, the Costa will deploy 12 ships across the eastern and western Mediterranean on itineraries ranging from four to fourteen days.Departing from several countries and ports, Costa cruises allow guests to explore some of the most popular, historical and cultural cities in the Mediterranean. Starting from 2012 Costa introduced many new itineraries in the Mediterranean Sea: an exciting beach oriented fly&cruise eight-day program, homeporting in Heraklion/Crete Island, in the Aegean Sea, with 6 different Greek islands; eight-day cruises with an overnight call in Ibiza (Balearic islands) – where it is possible to reach also the beautiful island of Formentera; a eight-day itinerary including the wonderful Dalmatian coast and a full day in Dubrovnik that will allow excursions to Medjugorje, which is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world and represents a absolute highlight.Furthermore, designed for those who would like to experience a Costa cruise without having a full week available, Costa ships offers three/four/five-night mini-cruises in the Western Med, allowing embarkation from Savona, Barcelona and Marseille.