Mealtimes on Costa Fortuna generally follow cruise traditions rahter than set the pace for new innovations. At breakfast, expect casual fare in Restaurant Buffet Colombo 1954 -- the usual suspects, including omelets made to order, along with cold cuts and cheeses, which are generally more appealing to a European palate.
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At lunch expect more of the same, with the addition of an outdoor grill out by the pool, where you can get twice-cooked burgers and grilled chicken and French fries. There's a daily "tea time" in the buffet venue. Lunch in either of the dining rooms (though Restaurant Michelangelo 1965, located aft, has three sides of windows) is a fantastic treat -- particularly on sea days. The menu offers daily specials (the risotto quattro formaggia was divine), and you can always get grilled chicken or steak.
Dinner, as befits a European-style cruise, is the big event on Costa Fortuna -- and most of the attention is focused on a more formal-style meal that can last three hours. Alternatives are basically limited to the Restaurant Buffet Cristoforo Colombo 1954, which is transformed into a candle-lit pizzeria from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., and the chic-chic Club Grand Conte 1927, at the top of the ship, which is quite swish (and has a piano player) -- the ultimate onboard restaurant for a romantic experience. The latter has a 23 Euro service charge.
Room service is limited, as is fairly typical on European ships. Continental breakfast (cappuccino and cafe Americano, pastries, juices, cereal and yogurt) is available. There is also a space on the breakfast request form where you can write in a hot dish -- though there's no menu from which to select. Otherwise, the 24-hour service is limited to a snack selection -- a choice of three sandwiches. For a "snack," there's a service charge of 2 Euros.
Costa Fortuna Ship Stats
- Crew: 1,068
- Launched: 2003
- Decks: 13
- Passengers: 2,702
- Registry: Italy
- CDC Score: 93