Staterooms with an ocean view balcony feature two twin beds that convert to queen-size, large windows with glass doors, a private veranda, private bath with shower, seating area, desk, sofa bed, vanity, and closet space.
We took a room with a balcony which proved to be the best choice when cruising in scenic places like the Greek Isles, Dubrovnik and Venice. We were able to enjoy views from the luxury of the cabin while getting ready in the morning etc. Maybe not a must for all cruises , but I must say having daylight, fresh air and a view is worth the extra expense. The room was more than adequate, even for three people. No complaints whatsoever. Bed was comfortable, TV had a few English channels, the interactive services worked well. Our room was nicely positioned closer to the rear which was appropriate for dining and the adult pool area.
Cabin We had originally booked an outside cabin for two but our daughter was able to join us so we called Costa to add her in our room. As this was a two berth cabin they told us we had to be moved to a cabin for three. Much to our delight this new cabin turned out to be a balcony cabin on deck eight. A decent size cabin with enough space for clothing, and space under the bed for the cases,a safe and a good sized bathroom with shower, no bath. There was a fridge, but this was locked so could not be used for drinks brought back to the cabin from the bars. There were no tea or coffee making facilities in the room which would have been useful given the limitations on drinks stations in the buffet mentioned elsewhere.The cabin was very conveniently placed between the fore and mid ships lifts and one floor below the buffet on deck 9. We did get some noise in the mornings from people moving chairs about on the deck above but this was not really too much of a problem. The third bed was made up on the settee so it was not necessary for one of us to have to clamber up on to a pull down pullman type bed as is often the case in three or four berth cabins on some cruise ships. The TV set had multi language channels including BBC world service so we were able to keep up with daily events at home and abroad.