Costa Cruises – Contemporary Cruise Line
About Costa Cruises
Costa is the largest cruise line in Europe, and as it builds new ships regularly (like its parent company, Carnival), it has one of the most modern fleets, particularly in the Mediterranean. And like Carnival, Costa does regular upgrades. (In late 2013, the Voyager, Classica, neoRiviera, Victoria and Mediterranea entered dry dock for multimillion dollar refurbishments.)
Known as the line that cruises “Italian Style,” Costa projects a lively and appealing Italian vibe (count on finding delicious pastas on the menus) that attracts an international mix of passengers. The onboard currency is the Euro and announcements are made a number of languages, including English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.
Given the passenger mix, the entertainment bridges language barriers, with theme parties, a mix of musical offerings, from classical to rock, and games and contests cooked up by the youthful and energetic cruise staff.
While most Costa ships homeport in the Med and offer the greatest variety of sailings there and in Northern Europe, they also travel to other destinations (including the Caribbean in winter; Canada and New England in the fall). Costa has pushed the itinerary map to include exotic ports in China and Southeast Asia and the United Arab Emirates (the line homeports two ships in Dubai).
Costa Cruises is best for:
Adults and families looking for a large cruise ship with varied onboard entertainment and a lively continental atmosphere;
Cruisers who enjoy fellow travelers with diverse, international backgrounds.
The ships of Costa Cruises:
- Costa Deliziosa (2,826 passengers)
- Costa Diadema (4,947 passengers)
- Costa Fascinosa (3,800 Passengers)
- Costa Favolosa (3,780 passengers)
- Costa Firenze (5,260 passengers)
- Costa Fortuna (3,470 passengers)
- Costa Luminosa (2,826 passengers)
- Costa Magica (3,470 passengers)
- Costa Pacifica (3,780 passengers)
- Costa Smeralda (6,554 passengers)
- Costa Toscana (6,554 passengers)
The atmosphere and experience onboard Costa Cruises:
Older Costa ships have a sophisticated, European flair, but more recent builds, reflecting the parent company, Carnival, have a colorful and energizing color scheme. The onboard atmosphere is casual and fun, with lots of excitement, activities and entertainment. Because the line attracts passengers of all nationalities, evening entertainment trends toward more music and dancing, and less toward language-based (comedy or theatre) productions.
Most nights are informal; resort wear is fine. There are two gala evenings on the Caribbean cruises and at least one on European sailings; recommended dress is suits for men and cocktail attire for women. Costa “suggests” that guests do not wear beach clothes in the dining room or restaurants.
The destinations served by Costa Cruises:
- Atlantic Ocean
- Red Sea
- Eastern Mediterranean
- Far East
- Great Eastern Cruises
- Indian Oceans/Mauritius
- Norwegian Fjords
- Northern Capitals
- Pacific Ocean
- Dubai/United Arab Emirates
- South America
- Western Mediterranean
The clientele of Costa Cruises:
Costa attracts adults and families who desire a fun at-sea experience. The demographic varies with the itinerary; the ships carry mostly North Americans in the Caribbean and New England and Canada, but mostly Europeans on their other itineraries. Costa is also popular with young Italian honeymooners and Italian college kids on school breaks.
Regarding children onboard Costa Cruises: Infants must be at least 6 months of age at the time of embarkation to sail. Infants must be at least 12 months of age at the time of embarkation to sail on the following: trans-ocean crossings (Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, etc.), World cruises, cruises of 15 days or longer duration, and any other itinerary which may in the opinion of Costa Crociere or CCL present serious risk to infants in need of emergency medical care. For more information:
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