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).

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 atmosphere, entertainment, 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.

There are a thousand fun activities and events on board. With Costa, the Italian influence becomes art, with shows and activities that are always different; choosing which one to attend is all up to you.

At the theatre, for example, where the artists make you laugh, dream, emote, with engaging entertainment aimed at even the smallest to enjoy, and during the most important moments of the cruise. You can also be a star when you volunteer to take part in the talent show, The Voice.


All Costa cruises include all meals as standard. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available in either the buffet or main dining room which are included in the cruise fare. There are also some other options that cost extra but these are optional.

Costa buffets are perfect for dining in an informal way, for a light snack or for a full lunch. It’s the perfect moment to fill up and store some energy for when your cruise day becomes more intense. You can choose the buffet restaurant for dinner if you want a quick meal or if you are cruising with a large group and you all have different needs and preferred sitting times.


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