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Costa Cruises

1,534 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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Costa Pacifica

13 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

146 Reviews
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Costa Favolosa

5 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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Costa Favolosa

18 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

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Costa Diadema

20 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

146 Reviews
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Virgin Voyages

3 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

112 Reviews
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8 Night
South America Cruise

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3 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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7 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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7 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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14 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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Cruise Critic Favorite

12 Night
North Europe Cruise

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23 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

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4 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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Cruise Critic Favorite

12 Night
North Europe Cruise

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17 Night
Transatlantic 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

Worst Holiday Ever

Neutral: The ship is a big one and has 6500 passengers, bear this in mind when booking your cruise (logistics of eating, embarking/disembarking etc).I recommend you read all reviews before making a decision to book with Costa - my recommendation is to not book a cruise with Costa.Read More
V-Disappointed

2-5 Cruises

Age 53s

A cruise with good entertainment

The facilities were good but i was expecting a little more things to do while sailing.The food (dinner) was a little disappointing in terms of portion but is very tasty.Read More
C Allen P

First Time Cruiser

Age 28s

Be aware, their staff steals!

One day I was at the reception and observed two passengers talking to the customer service.One of them lost her phone at a bar the day before (it was a sea day), and other passengers turned it to a bartender.Read More
violetli02

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

Costa Favolosa. Some good, some horrible.

They insisted in opening only one restaurant for breakfast besides the 9th floor.Imagine one restaurant for 2.Read More
RossanaLM

2-5 Cruises

Age 62s

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