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Cruising with Costa

Based in Italy, Costa Cruises distinguishes itself from other European cruise lines with its Mediterranean-inspired design and festive atmosphere. Costa's ships depart from a variety of European ports, as well as U.S.-based ports like Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to bring passengers to destinations in the CaribbeanAsiaEuropeSouth America and Africa. Itineraries last anywhere from two to 112 nights.

For an extra fee, Costa Cruises offers excursions like religious site tours in Phuket, Thailand, and scuba diving in Cozumel, Mexico. Costa also hosts a variety of cruising experiences. Some ships have an intimate ambiance and relaxed atmosphere, while others are more crowded and offer action-packed itineraries. With roughly one crew member for every three passengers, Costa Cruises aims to satisfy cruisers with quality service.

Affordable cabins are easy to find within Costa's fleet – a main draw, according to recent cruisers. While at sea, you can take advantage of casinos, shops, fitness facilities, multiple pools, culinary events and dance classes. Once you've worked up an appetite, have a seat at one of the ship's main restaurants or enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet. If you're looking for a more memorable culinary experience, consider splurging on a meal at one of the specialty restaurants.

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Based in Italy, Costa Cruises distinguishes itself from other European cruise lines with its Mediterranean-inspired design and festive atmosphere. Costa's ships depart from a variety of European ports, as well as U.S.-based ports like Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to bring passengers to destinations in the CaribbeanAsiaEuropeSouth America and Africa. Itineraries last anywhere from two to 112 nights.

For an extra fee, Costa Cruises offers excursions like religious site tours in Phuket, Thailand, and scuba diving in Cozumel, Mexico. Costa also hosts a variety of cruising experiences. Some ships have an intimate ambiance and relaxed atmosphere, while others are more crowded and offer action-packed itineraries. With roughly one crew member for every three passengers, Costa Cruises aims to satisfy cruisers with quality service.

Affordable cabins are easy to find within Costa's fleet – a main draw, according to recent cruisers. While at sea, you can take advantage of casinos, shops, fitness facilities, multiple pools, culinary events and dance classes. Once you've worked up an appetite, have a seat at one of the ship's main restaurants or enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet. If you're looking for a more memorable culinary experience, consider splurging on a meal at one of the specialty restaurants.

Pros & Cons

  • Diverse mix of European and American passengers

  • Affordable rates for European itineraries

  • Onboard activities cater to families, couples and spa enthusiasts

  • Meals at Club Restaurants are not covered by cruise rates

  • Basic Fare package does not include beverages (alcoholic or nonalcoholic)

  • Some Americans might have trouble with the European-style service

Rankings

Costa Cruises has been ranked based on an expert evaluation of the line's level of luxury, as well as an assessment of user reviews and health ratings.

3.34Scorecard
  • 3.1Expert Rating »
  • 3.2Traveler Rating »
  • 4.0Health Rating »

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The 3,963-passenger Costa Diadema first set sail in 2014 as the largest ship in the Costa fleet. Foodies will love that in 2016 the ship became the first in the world to produce fresh mozzarella ...
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On Board

Costa attracts couples and retirees year-round, in addition to many families during the summer months. You're likely to encounter more Europeans than North Americans on any given cruise, though you'll find more Americans and Canadians on Caribbean voyages than Mediterranean sailings.
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On Shore

With more than 2,500 shore excursions to choose from, Costa Cruises offers a broad range of shoreside pursuits catering to a variety of interests. Excursions vary by itinerary and include everything from a walking tour of Dubrovnik, Croatia's Old Town to a snorkeling expedition in Belize. You can find adventures that match your personal preferences by using Costa's online ...
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Before You Book

  • To reserve most Costa voyages, travelers must pay a deposit of no less than 25 percent of the fare, with the full amount paid at least 30 days before the departure date. For cruises booked less than 30 days in advance, the fare must be paid in full when booking.
  • All cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing or by calling 1-800-GO-COSTA. Cruisers will be charged 15 percent of their cruise fare if they cancel 90 or more days before departure. After that, passengers will be charged a higher percentage of their fare based on their specific packages.
  • If you need medical assistance of any kind, call 1-800-462-6782 and submit requirements in writing to Costa at the time the reservation is made. Failure to do so may result in Costa canceling your reservation. 

Before You Board

  • After full payment, you can check in online through the MyCosta website to receive your ticket. The site also allows you to book drink and spa packages, excursions and specialty restaurants. Cruise tickets and travel documents must be shown in-person at least two hours before the ship's scheduled departure time.
  • Costa passengers must present a valid passport for embarkation. Depending on the cruise itinerary, other identification documents, including a valid photo ID, may be accepted in lieu of a passport. Certain countries require cruisers to obtain visas. To learn about vaccination requirements for various destinations, visit the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.
  • Passengers are allowed one piece of luggage for cruises less than seven nights and two pieces of luggage for voyages lasting eight to 14 nights. Cruises longer than 14 nights allow passengers to bring up to three pieces of luggage. Overall, Costa recommends bringing one piece of luggage whenever possible.
  • You can book excursions online up to three days prior to departure using the cruise line's MyCosta booking tool. After this deadline, excursions can only be reserved on board.

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship’s Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship’s Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.