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This popular, low-cost Italian cruise line was originally founded in 1854, using its cargo ships to carry textiles and olive oil to South America. In 1947, they introduced passenger services from Italy to South America. It has a massive 17 vessels in the fleet, some of which hold almost 4000 passengers.

Great Italian hospitality, service and food is prevalent on board, with cuisine ranging from easy buffet pastas, to elegant a la carte delights. On board spas are a big hit with couples on board, perfect for those looking to unwind and be pampered after an hour at one of the popular gym classes. Take a peek at some great boutique stores, try your luck at the casino or go watch a fantastic show. Costa have all grounds covered.

Most are fly cruises, with departures available from London, along with regional flights. Popular itineraries include Africa, Canary Islands, Dubai, Far East and of course, the Mediterranean.

If you want to experience the elegance of contemporary Italian cruising without the premium price tag, Costa Cruises could be ideal for you.


Costa Cruises welcomes guests with special needs and do all they can to ensure everyone has an enjoyable stay.

Guests who require the use of a wheelchairs or other mobility equipment will be able to conveniently access all areas of the ship with ramped entrances and wide elevators. Aid will also be on hand for leaving/entering the ship.

Costa ships also cater for guests requiring oxygen and dialysis equipment.


CostaClub is the exclusive membership club for people that prefer to travel with Costa Cruises. Becoming a member is complimentary and the more cruises you take, the more rewards you will receive.

There are four levels to the membership and points are rewarded for every day you spend on a Costa ship, points can also be rewarded for the amount of money you spend on board. You will receive 100 points for every day you spend on board and 40 points for every 52 euros spent on board and registered on your personal CostaClub membership card.

Aquamarine Club – 2000 points

  • CostaClub newsletter sent directly to your email address
  • Frequent guest discounts
  • CostaClub card in room on board
  • Cocktail with the Captain and photograph
  • Fruit basket
  • Complimentary birthday cake and wedding anniversary cake
  • Chocolate in your room on gala event evenings
  • 10% discount on a selection of Costa merchandise
  • 20% discount on various on board services such as internet, laundry service and beauty salon treatments

Coral Club – 2001-5000 points

  • All of The Aquamarine Club benefits
  • Privileged boarding
  • Bottle of Spumante

Pearl Club – 5001+ points

  • All of the Aquamarine and Coral Club benefits
  • Gift at the end of cruise
  • 10 euros/10 USD worth of casino chips
  • Preferential disembarkation
  • Priority choice of dining seating
  • Complimentary dinner at one of the Club Restaurants

Gold Pearl Club – 13,001+ points

  • All of the Aquamarine, Coral and Pearl Club benefits
  • VIP waiting room in available ports
  • Complimentary bathroom kit, robe and slippers
  • Special cocktail with the Captain and photograph
  • 15 euro/15 USD voucher for photo shop purchases
  • 30 euro/30 USD voucher to use in the Wellness Centre

What's included

  • Italian cooking lessons
  • Broadway style shows
  • Kids clubs
  • Daily onboard organised activities

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Costa Cruises offer a range of different dining options for everyone to enjoy. Taking you on a Mediterranean culinary journey, you will be able to experience tastes that will set your taste buds alight.

Whether you like casual dining or a more traditional style in the main dining room, you will be able to dine exactly how you wish on a Costa cruise. The stylish main dining rooms boast large chandeliers, grand staircases and extensive menus for exciting meal times with the family. For the casual diners there is a selection of buffets serving salads, meats and pasta dishes.

There is also a selection of world-class speciality restaurants. For an extra charge you can indulge in world-class cuisine including an Italian bistro and steak house. Perfect for a special occasion.

Gratuities/Tipping Policy

Costa Cruises will automatically add a gratuity charge to your onboard account, this will then be distributed to the crew who served you. Guests are allowed to adjust the amount if they wish, this is done at the onboard reception. The amount charged will vary depending where the cruise departs from and the duration of the cruise.

Dress Code

The dress code onboard is informal and casual, bring some smart clothing if you will be attending a gala dinner, however. It is also recommended you consider the weather to expect at the various destinations you will be travelling to.

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Costa Cruises offer the perfect environment for a family holiday of a lifetime. From the organised activities, kids clubs and parties, there is a wide range of fun for the whole family.

The Costa Kids programme is split into age groups; Mini for 3 to 6 years, Maxi for 7 to 11 years, Teen Junior for 12 to 14 years and Teen for 15 to 17 years. With fully trained children staff and exciting activities, it is guaranteed fun for children of all ages.

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Top Costa Cruises deals 2016, 2017

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