Costa Cruises reviews

About Costa Cruises

Costa’s origins go back to 19th-century Genoa, where the company is still based. Though the ships’ food is not as exquisite as in the old days, authentic Italian fare includes charcuterie, thin-crust pizza, and al dente pasta. On non-Caribbean sailings, the majority of Costa passengers are European; the rest are a mix of Asians, South Americans, Russians, and North Americans. Families from all over the world appreciate the well-designed kids’ areas and the frequent children-sail-free promotions.

Top 5 Costa Cruises Destinations:

Europe - Western Mediterranean

(48 cruises)

Europe - Mediterranean

(20 cruises)

Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

(16 cruises)

Transatlantic

(12 cruises)

Caribbean - Southern

(11 cruises)

Top 5 Costa Cruises Departure Ports:

Barcelona, Spain

(30 cruises)

Marseille (Provence), France

(17 cruises)

Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe

(17 cruises)

Savona (Genoa), Italy

(13 cruises)

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

(12 cruises)

Expert review of Costa Cruises

Best For

Budget-conscious cruisers of all ages. Families will appreciate the kids’ areas, and Costa's children-sail-free promotions make bringing the whole gang more affordable.

Not For

Solitude seekers or those who like the familiarity of cruising with fellow Americans. Also, since bars on Costa cruise ships have designated smoking areas, hard-core non-smokers should avoid these ships.

We Love

  • Costa’s origins go back to 19th-century Genoa, where the company is still based. Though the food is not exquisite as in the old days, authentic Italian fare includes charcuterie, thin-crust pizza, and al dente pasta. 
  • On non-Caribbean sailings, the majority of passengers are European, and the rest are an international mix with a small percentage of North Americans.
  • Exotic itineraries include regular sailings from Singapore, Dubai, and Buenos Aires.
  • Embrace the silliness: Nightlife includes toga parties as well as contests that challenge volunteers to, say, pass balloons between their thighs.
  • The first line to offer spa cabins, Costa includes the most amenities, with organic cotton linens as well as two spa treatments, fitness classes, and sun-lamp sessions in the solarium per guest.
  • Flat-rate drink packages offer more than soda — for about $25 a day, you also get draft beer and house wine.
  • The playroom staff hails from around the world — as do the kids — creating daily international playdates. Plus, there’s a great outdoor play area on Fascinosa, and the upcoming Diadema has a cool castle and pirate ship.

We Could Live Without

  • Listening to announcements in several languages gets tedious — fast.
  • Lots of smoking areas and sections in public areas makes it hard to get away from for non-smokers or those with smoking allergies

Costa Cruises cruiser reviews

Cabin / Stateroom

4.1

Average rating

Ship Quality

3.9

Average rating

Destinations and Excursions

3.8

Average rating

Service and Staff

3.7

Average rating

Children's Programs

3.4

Average rating

Entertainment

3.4

Average rating

Onboard Activities

3.2

Average rating

Food and Dining

3.1

Average rating

Embarkation and Debarkation

4.0

Average rating

What cruisers say

  • cruisereview says ...

    The cabin was quite small but it was an Inside cabin. But in the cabin we had all the things we needed. Read full review
  • Jim111 says ...

    The Decor,Cleaniness,and public areas were the best of all the ships I have been on! Read full review
  • marilyn75brown says ...

    Every place we went to was so clean. I wish we could have seen the Trivi Fountain when we went to Italy. Read full review

19 Costa Cruises ships

Costa Atlantica

Price: $
Ship size: L
3.6

The Costa Atlantica provides a dramatic and exciting venue for leisure travelers. Bask in the spiri...

Costa Classica

Price: $
Ship size: M
2.9

Following in the rich traditions of Costa's magnificent Italian-inspired vessels, the Classica epito...

Costa Deliziosa

Price: $
Ship size: L
3.3

The Costa Deliziosa is the dazzling sister ship to the Costa Luminosa. This elegant and innovative s...

Sails to:

Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Sails from:

Trieste, Italy Venice, Italy

Ship size:

  • XL: 4,000 + passengers
  • L: 2,000 to 4,000 passengers
  • M: 500 to 2,000 passengers
  • S: Less than 500 passengers

Price:

  • $$$$: $1500 and up
  • $$$: Up to $1500
  • $$: Up to $1000
  • $: Up to $500

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