The Costa Fascinosa was built in 2007 with the purpose of ramping up the glamour stakes among Costa's fleet of cruise vessels, and everything about this ship has been designed to ensure that every minute of your journey oozes class and sophistication. The name itself can be translated as either 'fascinating' or 'glamorous', and from the moment you set foot on this unique and groundbreaking vessel you'll realize that both of these descriptions are more than apt.
This is, without doubt, the most stylish and artistic cruise liner at sea, with great care having gone into making sure that the décor is impressive and eye-catching at every turn. For instance, some 329 original works of art by a selection of the world's most established creators were commissioned to adorn the walls of the Costa Fascinosa. In addition, each deck of this amazing vessel has been named after a cultural legend, with features and designs to reflect the character and personality of that particular figure.
From the Butterfly Deck - which is of course named after the famous opera Madame Butterfly - to the Zivago Deck, each floor of the Fascinosa has its own unique ambience, so you're sure to be left enchanted and captivated by the vessel - and that's before you even begin to explore its many incredible facilities and features.
There are five restaurants and 13 bars onboard the Costa Fascinosa, so whatever type of food you're in the mood for, you're sure to find it. From the wonderful pizzeria on the Carmen Deck to the exclusive Samsara Restaurant, the vessel is loaded with wonderful places to eat, each of which has its own particular vibe, so you can get as posh or as casual as you like.
If you want to get your glad rags on and keep it classy then be sure to spend some time in the Blue Velvet Piano Bar, which can be found on the Aida Deck, while the equally stylish II Gatopardo Restaurant is located just one floor below, on the Gilda Deck.
If you're looking to while away the hours in luxury then you'll absolutely love the Samsara Spa, which features a thalassotherapy pool, Turkish baths and much more. Alternatively, those who want to be a little more active should be sure to make use of the sports centre.
For fun and frolics, there are several onboard pools to splash about in, as well as a water slide, while the 4D cinema, casino, shopping centre and amazing Bel Ami Theatre - which is split over three levels - all provide endless hours of entertainment.