The origins of Costa Cruises goes back more than a century and can be traced back to the 1854 enterprise of Giacomo Costa, who transported materials to Sardinia. At least 70 years have passed since the company started to offer cruises, which has strongly contributed to the spread of the product throughout Italy and Europe. Costa Cruises has a mixed fleet of ships, from the historical ones like Costa NeoRomantica and the class Atlantica/Spirit, to more up to date, avant-garde models such as Costa Diadema. On board, the style is generally informal even though there are a few gala evenings. The fleet offers cruises in many parts of the world, ranging from short trips and mini cruises to long and extended voyages. Some fleets are permanently located in Asia. The Mediterranean, Caribbean and Northern Europe are the most popular areas and have a continuous presence of ships. Working with numerous prestigious partners has contributed to promoting the "Italianness" of Costa Cruises even though it has been owned by Carnival Corporation since 1997. Costa Cruises is ideal for passengers of all ages who love an informal and lively on board style. Children and teenagers, with ample space and activities reserved to them, are likewise welcome on board.