Costa selects Professionalism, Dedication, leading Technology and Longevity for Communication Solutions

Restart SRL and NEC Enterprise Solutions have been chosen to provide Costa Mediterranea with a leading NEC Smart Cruise Communication Solution

Hamburg, Genoa, Hilversum, 13th October 2022 – Carnival Maritime GmbH, the leading Technical Organization of multiple brands within Carnival Corporation, confirms that it has selected NEC Enterprise Solutions with its leading SV9500 communications platform and in close partnership with RSTRT (Restart SRL) - one of the top Cruise System Integrators in Europe - to deliver, install and commission a state of the art Cruise Communications Solution, on board Costa Mediterranea.


As the Electrical Superintendent of Costa Mediterranea and Costa Atlantica states: "With many, if not all of the vessels within the wider Carnival Corporation fleet returning to full operation, it is crucial that the most critical component in on-board Cruise Communications is functioning at the right level. It was therefore when our incumbent PBX became End of Life on board the Costa Mediterranea, our criteria for a new communications platform were crystal clear:

•           Leading Technology Player

•           Experience in / and focus on the Cruise Industry

•           Robust and Strong Company / Longevity

•           System Integrator / Installation Partner with expertise in Cruise as well

We at Carnival Maritime chose the combination of NEC Enterprise, with their NEC Smart Cruise Solution, and Restart, a very well-reputed System Integrator from Genoa, Italy, and already known within our organization, to win the bid. As the Electrical Superintendent continues: "Now that the installation of the NEC UNIVERGE SV9500 PBX on board the Costa Mediterranea is concluded (on time & within budget), I can confirm we made the right choice."

Asked about their experiences of working with Carnival Maritime, Kees van Donk, Sr Director of Travel, Hospitality & Leisure at NEC Enterprise Solutions, confirms: "Not only am I grateful for the opportunity to work with our strategic partner Restart, but especially the experience of working with the top-notch team of Costa Mediterranea made a lasting impression on our team. We are honoured to be chosen for such a beautiful vessel within the Carnival Family – a family we know very well, with installations across multiple brands and in more than 25 vessels."

Alessandro Caruso, the Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) of RSTRT, confirms: "In our view, NEC was indeed the perfect choice for Costa's selection criteria. The combination of leading products, a complete dedicated team and organization on Cruise, backed by a 100,000 people strong global company, was a no-brainer for us. The Restart team looks forward to working with NEC on many future cruise projects".

"Our team is so satisfied with the work being done by Restart and NEC for the Costa Mediterranea, that we also have awarded them the work to replace the incumbent PBX on board the Costa Atlantica vessel. We are looking forward to another successful installation!", the Electrical Superintendent concludes.

About Restart
Restart SRL believes that solutions don't necessarily have to be complex. Still, it takes expertise to know when a simple solution is the right one. Our job is to allow our clients to focus on their goals and not on the tools to achieve them. In our laboratory, brilliant projects come to life, sometimes bizarre but innovative. Electronics, information technology and craftsmanship come together to search for tomorrow's solutions. This is Restart (RSTRT if you're a bit of a nerd like us). Your Innovation Assistant. For more information see:

About Costa Crociere Group
The Costa Crociere Group is Italy’s biggest tour operator. Part of the Carnival Corporation & plc Group, listed on the London and New York stock exchanges and world leader in the sector with a fleet of 103 ships (over 11.5 million passengers in 2016), the Costa Crociere Group is parent company of the Costa Cruise Lines and AIDA Cruises brands. With 26 ships in service for an overall capacity of around 76,000 guests, the Group is headquartered in Genoa and operates at global level, mainly on routes in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, North and Central America, South America, the Arab Emirates, the Indian Ocean, the Far East and Africa. For more information see:

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