Touring the Mediterranean by ship has become one of the top holiday choices for many travellers worldwide and, fortunately, this is exactly what Costa Cruises offers on its new flagship, the Costa Serena. Having entered service in January 2007, she frequently visits ports such as Istanbul, Naples and Barcelona, with her elegance and high standard of comfort ensuring the journey to these exotic destinations is just as enjoyable as the exploration of new cities.
On board the Costa Serena, the feeling of spaciousness and luxury is instantly noticeable as she was designed to offer the ultimate modern cruising experience. Taking inspiration from a number of different continental countries in her design and atmosphere, focusing particularly upon mythology and the fables of ancient Rome, she boasts a total of 5,990 pieces of art which will delight any connoisseurs or budding art enthusiasts.
The Costa Serena is also one of the ships in the Costa fleet which benefits from the presence of a Samsara spa which, at 6,000 square metres over two levels, is one of the largest spas at sea in the world. With several different treatment rooms, a Turkish bath and a thalassotherapy pool numbered amongst the various exciting aspects of this floating spa, guests are sure to feel extremely relaxed after a single visit!
When guests step on to the Costa Serena, their enjoyment of the cruising experience instantly becomes a top priority for the 1,100 members of friendly crew serving on each trip. The consummate luxury vessel, the only problem guests aboard the Costa Serena will experience will be tearing themselves away upon reaching port.
As Italian culture is a major source of inspiration on board the Costa Serena, the menus on offer in her five different restaurants tend towards serving the best flavours and dishes that Italy has to offer. The two main dining rooms, Ceres and Vesta, are both decorated to an extremely high standard and even play host to the occasional formal night, thus giving guests the opportunity to glam up in cocktail dresses and suit jackets.
Alternatively, heading to Club Bacco for the a la carte menu may be right up the street of those with a discerning palate, as this menu was exclusively designed and created by celebrity chef Ettore Bocchia. While the dining options at Club Bacco tend to lean towards the healthier option, guests keen to get their five a day also have the option of making a reservation at the Samsara Wellness Restaurant which, due to its ties with the spa of the same name, focuses on clean eating and filling yet slimming meals – great for those looking forward to relaxing by the pool in a teeny bikini!
Daytime on the Costa Serena offers a plethora of different activities, with everything from an outdoor running track to a basketball court available for use by guests. However, it is at night that the Costa Serena truly comes alive, with no less than 13 bars opening their doors for those looking to party under the stars.
As with all Costa Cruises, the standard of evening entertainment on board is extremely high as a number of speciality, cabaret and dance acts take to the stage in the three level theatre nightly. Yet for those keen to be involved in the action rather than sitting back to watch, the disco is on hand – allowing the “Dad dancers” to show the professionals how it’s done!
Best of all, Squok kids club is open late into the evening, giving parents the opportunity to enjoy a little leisure time whilst their children meet and mingle with new friends.