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Costa Cruises

1,525 Reviews
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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  • Who goes on Costa cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a Costa cruise?

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Costa Fortuna
Costa Fortuna

14 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

162 Reviews
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Costa Fascinosa
Costa Fascinosa

4 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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Costa Fortuna
Costa Fortuna

14 Night
Caribbean Cruise

162 Reviews
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Costa Favolosa
Costa Favolosa

8 Night
South America Cruise

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8 Night
South America Cruise

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130 Night
130 Night Round World Cruise

169 Reviews
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7 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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7 Night
North Europe Cruise

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7 Night
North Europe Cruise

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5 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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14 Night
Caribbean Cruise

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3 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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4 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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5 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

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8 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

Five star ship with two star service

We had one port day absolutely ruined when we asked for a wheelchair which took 90 minutes to organise then once we did finally get to the Muscat port we were refused entry as you needed a visa which was meant to be handed out as we left the ship.A number of bars were closed including the main pool bar meaning you had to walk down a level and half the length of the ship to get a drink.Read More
Toon1967

few6-10 Cruises

Age 57s

Good Cruise

59 so we will waiting on back deck to sailing out for one hour!Gave us all information about the ship, the cruise forecast, main features of the Costa Toscana ship.Read More
Klaca

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 55s

terrible food on cruise, no compensation for late boarding - Klang> Penang> Phuket - 25/01/2024

However last minute our cruise agent informed us that it will be delayed till 9pm+ It was crowded at the cruise terminal and finally after we boarded it was around 12am+ on the ship.Told us that due to the earlier 2 cruise ships (RC and Genting I believe) boarding on the terminal it cause the delay to their ship.Read More
disgruntled traveller

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 39s

A Nightmare at Sea

By selecting Genting Cruise Line or Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, travelers can rest assured that their cruise experience will be characterized by professionalism, quality service, and memorable moments, free from the frustrations and disappointments we endured with Costa.The lackluster quality of the meals, combined with the arduous wait times and unprofessional service, compounded the overall dissatisfaction, tarnishing what should have been a highlight of the cruise experience.Read More
sapnu

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 24s

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