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Costa Cruises

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Costa Toscana docked in Ibiza, Spain (Photo: Aaron Saunders)

About Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises is a European experience that primarily is geared toward Europeans. Costa Cruises is well-known for its Italian ambience onboard, vibrant entertainment and Samsara Spa, one of the best at sea.

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Costa Fortuna

7 Night
Mediterranean Cruise - Air

161 Reviews
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Costa Fortuna

11 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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Costa Serena

3 Night
Pacific Asia Cruise - Air

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Costa Fortuna

14 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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MSC Cruises

13 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

161 Reviews
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7 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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3 Night
Pacific Asia Cruise

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7 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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5 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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14 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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4 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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20 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

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4 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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7 Night
Caribbean Cruise

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3 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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Costa Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Costa cruise ships?

On European itineraries, Costa attracts mostly passengers from Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and the U.K. North Americans are a minority. On Caribbean cruises, the demographics are still geared strongly toward European travelers with a larger smattering of North Americans. Cruises originating in Chinese ports cater exclusively to Chinese passengers.

Costa's ships also appeal to a wide range of ages, from 20-something first-time cruisers to retirees, and its fun, active vibe attracts a strong family audience, though the "Neo" ships are adults-only and attract an older crowd.

Do I have to dress up on a Costa cruise?

No, there are no enforced dress codes, just suggestions: casual, informal and formal. You'll never need a tuxedo or ball gown, even on formal nights. With that said, most people will dress up per the recommendations (i.e., jacket and ties on formal nights for men and cocktail dresses for women), and Italians do tend to be effortlessly stylish, generally speaking, so it's worth making some effort.

Is everything free on Costa cruises?

No, there are lots of extras. The cruise fare pretty much only includes your accommodations, meals in select restaurants and tea and coffee. Extras include gratuities, beverages, ice cream, specialty coffees and tea, specialty dining, shore excursions, spa treatments and retail shop purchases.

What are Costa’s most popular activities?

By day, unless the ship is in port, most people gravitate to the pool, which can be both noisy and crowded. Popular activities, on most ships, include 4D cinemas, a Grand Prix simulator, laser mazes and the Samsara Spa and gym. Evenings are all about dining, bars, shows in the theater and to an extent, the casino.

Why go with Costa?

  • Big, colorful ships with nonstop entertainment onboard
  • In Europe, rolling embarkation, so you choose where you begin and end your cruise
  • Multinational passenger makeup

Best for: Young cruisers and families, party animals and cruisers on a budget

Not for: The shy and retiring; anyone looking for American-style cruising

Costa Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Just not what the Costa is promising

The main problem was when we were going back to the ship, there was at least 1000 people waiting on the bus station and again no organisation just staff yelling at people to get in line and wait, and yet again there were 4 buses waiting on the station and only one was loading people.Before boarding on the ship you need to download the app that shows you the time that you need to board the ship, but when we got in the terminal the staff gave us the boarding numbers so of course our boarding was completely delayed and we did not manage to board the ship at the time that we had on our Costa app.Read More
Lukamik05

2-5 Cruises

Age 10s

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

One of the ladies I spoke with from guest relations said maybe I should try a smaller ship next time as it might be easier to meet people, and there were plenty of English speaking people on the ship so basically I should try harder.The food is ok at best so why would you even bother going to one of the specialty restaurants if the showing in the main dinning halls is just ok.Read More
Iceland Guy

2-5 Cruises

Age 49s

Too busy, way too long lines!

It's just like any all-inclusive holiday, busy and with antisocial visitors who think they can brag about an orphanage.I think this is scandalous!Read More
Naat73

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Worst cruise ever

there were far too few seats in the buffet restaurants.At the buffets you were not allowed to serve yourself, but the staff had to do it and there were far too few staff.Read More
koenenstijn

6-10 Cruises

Age 55s

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