Costa Cruise SWOT Analysis, USP & Competitors

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SWOT Analysis of Costa Cruise with USP, Competition, STP (Segmentation, Targeting, Positioning) - Marketing Analysis

Costa Cruise

Parent Company

Carnival Corporation & Plc


Cruise ship holiday and vacation



Tagline/ Slogan

Cruising Italian Style


Part of Carnival Corporation & Plc, world’s leading cruise ship operator



Vacation goers, casual tourists

Target Group

The elite class who like to travel in luxury


Best of Italian hospitality, cuisine and entertainment around the world

SWOT Analysis


1. Being part of such a large company it has significant cost advantage over its competitors
2. Known for tons of entertainment onboard the cruise ship, christened “Fun Ships”
3. Global presence with 25 ships with more to be inducted
4. Over 250+ different destinations worldwide and 60 embarkation ports

5. Operations in Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Caribbean, Central America, South America, Indian Ocean, Far East and Africa as well as Grand Cruises and Around the World cruises, that allow guests to visit different continents in a single holiday

6. Very high customer satisfaction, majority of the passengers served were satisfied

7. Excellent brand presence and marketing due to strong parent brand


1. Cases of accidents in the past have affected the brand image
2. Intense competition and very less service differentiation as compared to all cruise liners


1. Expansion from Cruise line to Luxury Liners, which will give higher margins as well as elite customers 
2. Addition of more ships will help the company to address the rising demand for cruise services across the world
3. Merge with other smaller players to increase number of ships and capture higher market share

4. Very low market penetration in Asia of cruise liners and growing demand for luxurious vacations especially in China


1. Carnival Corporation the parent company of Costa Cruise has been allegedly taking advantage of tax loophole which has enabled it to avoid paying US corporation taxes till now, new tax regulations could change that
2. Increasing awareness about environment and newer environmental regulations could eat into company’s profits
3. Accidents can affect the brand image and business



1. Royal Caribbean Cruise line 
2. Star Cruise Line
3. MSC Cruise

The table above concludes the Costa Cruise SWOT analysis along with its marketing and brand parameters.


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