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.

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Costa Cruises Rankings

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Expert Review of Costa Cruises

Best For

Budget cruisers and partiers 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 a mix of Asians, South Americans, Russians, and 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’s include 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 play dates. 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.
  • The Costa Concordia disaster of 2012 is impossible to forget; 32 lives were lost after the ship hit a rock off the coast of Italy and capsized.  

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

Food and Dining

3.1

Average Rating

Onboard Activities

3.0

Average Rating

Embarkation and Debarkation

3.3

Average Rating

What Cruisers Say

Costa Cruises Ships

Class: Atlantica

Costa Atlantica

3.6
(126 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Class: Concordia

Costa Favolosa

3.1
(34 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Costa Pacifica

3.3
(52 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Costa Serena

2.8
(39 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Costa Fascinosa

Not enough reviews for review score

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Class: Diadema

Costa Diadema

3.6
(34 Reviews)

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Class: Fortuna

Costa Fortuna

3.0
(151 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Costa Magica

3.1
(151 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Class: Luminosa

Costa Deliziosa

2.9
(44 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Costa Luminosa

2.9
(45 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Class: Victoria

Costa Victoria

3.2
(56 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: M

Class: ica

Costa neoClassica

Not enough reviews for review score

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Costa Classica

2.9
(22 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: M

Costa Mediterranea

3.2
(189 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Costa neoRomantica

3.1
(28 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: M

Costa Voyager

Not enough reviews for review score

Price: $

Ship Size: S

Costa neoRiviera

Not enough reviews for review score

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Ship Size: L

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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