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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.
Costa Cruises' lodging options vary by ship. Stateroom categories include Inside Cabins, Ocean View Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suites and Samsara Cabins and Suites. The new Costa Smeralda, which debuts in November 2019, also offers a Terrazza-category room fitted with a balcony and designed to provide maximum comfort for guests.
Averaging about 150 square feet, these windowless cabins are Costa's most affordable accommodation option and can be found on lower decks. Most Inside Cabins contain two twin beds that can be converted into a queen-sized bed, along with small sitting areas, desks, minibars and flat-screen TVs. In these rooms, you may also enjoy Wi-Fi access and 24-hour room service (both for an additional fee).
Ocean View Cabins cover approximately 150 to 245 square feet (depending on the ship and deck). These cabins are similar to Inside Cabins in that most have two twin beds that can be converted into one queen-sized bed. However, Ocean View Cabins also have porthole windows, and some come with sofa beds.
Balcony Cabins come with roughly 150 to 240 square feet of space, as well as private verandas overlooking the sea. Otherwise, these rooms have the same amenities and bed arrangements as Inside and Ocean View cabins.
Costa's suite categories include standard Suites with Balconies, Grand Suites, Terrazza Suites and Panorama Suites. Each suite can accommodate up to four cruisers, with two twin beds (that convert to a queen-sized bed) and a sofa bed in select rooms. All suites are equipped with private balconies and vary in size and configuration, depending on the ship. Additionally, all come with a welcome bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket replenished daily, priority embarkation and disembarkation, and front row seats in the theater. Suite guests also receive a dedicated butler and access to a special restaurant, as well as perks like pillow menus, whirlpool bathtubs, bathrobes and slippers.
If you're a wellness enthusiast, consider splurging on a Samsara Cabin or Suite (available on select ships). These accommodations give guests direct access to the Samsara Spa (except on the Costa neoRomantica), and each comes with extra perks like in-room breakfast, complimentary 24-hour room service and your desired dinner seating at the restaurant. Samsara Suites offer tea kettles, purifying shower filters and aromatherapy diffusers as well.
What's Included in the Price
Though Costa Cruises offers activities and entertainment geared toward the European market, its ships still include the cruise staples you'd expect, such as spas, live shows and kids clubs.
Costa ships offer a variety of activities. While at sea, your daytime activities can include splashing around in the pool and riding the waterslide, breaking a sweat in fitness classes like spinning and yoga or shopping at onboard boutiques. You can also watch movies at the 4-D cinema and – for an additional fee – make your way through a laser maze, relax with a spa treatment or participate in premium fitness classes.
If you're cruising with younger travelers in tow, you can take advantage of Costa's fleetwide programming for kids ages 3 to 17. Children between the ages of 3 and 11 can participate in the Squok Club, which is further broken down into the Mini Club (ages 3 to 6) and the Maxi Club (ages 7 to 11). Meanwhile, the Teen Club Junior caters to teens 12 to 14, and the Teen Club provides entertainment for guests ages 15 to 17. Kids and teens can take part in everything from sports tournaments and arts and crafts to evening ice cream and pool parties. Costa also offers other programs, such as meet-and-greets with Peppa Pig.
At night, you can test your luck at the casino, attend a cooking show, dance the night away at one of the ship's nightclubs or enjoy Broadway-style performances at one of the theaters. Costa ships also feature various bars and lounges where passengers can grab cocktails. You can even participate in "The Voice of the Sea" singing contest, modeled after the popular reality series "The Voice."
Costa offers numerous dining options, ranging from grilled fare by the pool to more upscale entrees in the main dining room. While most Costa ships house four or five restaurants, some vessels feature fewer dining options. Still, no matter which Costa ship you choose, you'll find both a main restaurant and a buffet. Restaurants vary by ship, so be sure to check Costa's website for more information about the dining options available during your voyage.
Meals served in the main dining room and the buffet are included in your cruise rate. Dining times vary by ship and itinerary, but they generally include two or three seatings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests staying in the Classic cabin category will be assigned a dining time once they are on board, while those who book within the Premium or Suite cabin categories will have their choice of the first or second dinner seating. Some ships may not observe set dining times for breakfast and lunch. Passengers can also opt for open seating on some ships, which allows for first-come, first-served dining between 6:30 and 10 p.m. Those staying in suites will have access to an exclusive restaurant as well.
All of Costa's ships feature at least one specialty restaurant serving European-inspired cuisine. Should you choose to dine at one of the specialty restaurants, keep in mind that cover charges apply. You should also plan to make your reservations as soon as you step on board. Costa also offers healthy meals at the Samsara Restaurant (on select ships), which cost an additional fee unless you are staying in a Samsara Cabin or Suite.
Costa has several beverage packages for both adults and children that include alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks for a set daily fee. Packages range from $9 to $59 per person, per day and offer everything from unlimited soda and mineral water to alcoholic beverages and minibar drinks. All beverage packages can be booked online through the MyCosta portal.
Although the dress code is generally relaxed and casual (especially during the day), cruisers are required to don more formal attire on certain evenings. Expect one or two optional formal nights, where women are asked to wear cocktail dresses and men often wear suits. On informal nights, you may wear resort casual attire, which means anything goes, except shorts and flip-flops.
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