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Full of Italian charm and Mediterranean ambience, Costa Cruises make an ideal choice for a low-cost cruise in the sunshine for couples and family cruises, people wanting to escape British crowds and fans of contemporary Italian cruising. When you're not off exploring the wonderful destinations on the ships' itineraries, days onboard can be spent relaxing on the sun decks or taking part in the many activities available to guests. Whether you like to use your holiday as a chance to relax or unwind, socialise with others or get active, Costa Cruises' fleet has something to suit everyone.

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Dining on a Costa cruise ship will give you an elegant experience where you can expect the ultimate in cruise cuisine, boasting both main dining restaurants and exclusive a la carte venues that deliver mouth-watering dishes from highly-trained chefs to make every mealtime a special occasion.

Dining onboard with Costa Cruises presents multiple options for food and drink. From casual poolside eateries to formal dining, specialty restaurants, Med-inspired bistros and 24-hour room service. You can enjoy dining al fresco in the fresh sea breeze, do your own thing at the casual restaurants or relax in your cabin with breakfast on your balcony ordered via room service.

In true Italian style, the Costa cruise line pride themselves on providing authentic Italian pizza, created by highly-trained pizza makers at the Italian Pizza Academy (Accademia Italiana della Pizza). The pizza available on many of Costa Cruises’ ships uses freshly sourced ingredients, is cooked in stone ovens and uses traditional Italian recipes.


  • Club Restaurants- suite guests and highest tier members of the CostaClub can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the intimate setting of the exclusive Club Restaurants. Regional menus from the main restaurants plus gourmet specialities are served here.
  • Speciality Cuisine- make the most of your dining experience with Costa Cruises and try something different with the many cuisine options available onboard the Costa fleet. The Samsara Restaurant combines creative cooking flare with traditional Pacific and Mediterranean courses. The Pacific Fusion menu is packed full of flavour and not to be missed. For expertly prepared Japanese cuisine including sushi, sashimi and other Oriental specialities, the Teppanyaki Restaurant (on Costa Diadema) is the place to go. The stylish Oriental inspired setting will make you feel like you’re really in Japan.
  • Wine Bars- available fleet wide, the Costa Wine Bar is ideal for enjoying an authentic Italian aperitif. Try a vast range of Italian wines with accompanying cheese and nibbles, all whilst enjoying the sea view.
  • Pizza and Ice Cream- discover real Italian pizza in the Pummid’Oro Pizzeria. The recipe is simple but the outcome is spectacular. With wholesome ingredients and stone oven heat, these pizzas are cooked to perfection by Costa Cruises own expert pizza chefs.
  • Dessert- head on over to Costa’s Chocolate Bar with a decadent selection of chocolatey goodness. Dip fresh fruit and biscuits into the mesmerising chocolate fountain or enjoy a sweet crepe. Homemade ice cream awaits those on Costa Diadema.


With so much entertainment to choose from, your only difficulty will be fitting it all in on a Costa cruise ship!

Live shows

Each ship in the Costa Cruises fleet has a theatre so that guests can enjoy the magic of Broadway even when they're at sea. Offering a different show every night, complete with a talented cast decked out in incredible costumes, this is a great way to kick off or end your evenings onboard the ship.

Bars and lounges

For those who like to wind down in the evening with a drink in hand or for those looking for a lively venue where they can socialise with other guests and maybe even get their dancing shoes on, there are plenty of bars and lounges to choose from.

  • Aperol Spritz Bar- enjoy your evening tipple with the backdrop of stunning sea views
  • Poretti Pub- sit back and soak up the atmosphere of this pub with a beer in hand
  • Ferrari Wine Bar- head here for some of the best wines that Italy has to offe
  • Nightclub- each ship has a nightclub where some of the best tunes from recent years are played late into the night

Drinks packages

To make your time onboard even more relaxed, why not opt for a drinks package, meaning that you don't have to worry about the bill at the end of the evening.

  • Pranzo & Cena- for guests 18 years of age or older and includes a range of wines, beers and soft drinks, by the glass at lunchtime or dinner time.
  • Brindiamo- for guests 18 years of age or older and includes coffee, cappuccinos, soft drinks, beers, wines, liquors by the glass at any time.
  • Piu Gusto- for guests 18 years of age or older and includes cocktails before or after dinner, plus soft drinks, wines, beers, coffees.
  • Intenditore for guests aged 18 years of age or older and includes premium drinks at a convenient price, unlimited drinks served by the glass (up to 9 euros).
  • Giovani- for guests aged 4-17 years and includes unlimited soft drinks, coffee, smoothies, juices, hot chocolate. Package must be combined with one of the following adult packages - Brindiamo, Più Gusto or Intenditore.


Kids clubs

Parents can relax on a Costa cruise ship, knowing that their children can enjoy the special onboard programmes under the supervision of the qualified team of staff. Dedicated kids clubs provide age-appropriate entertainment for children of all ages.

  • Mini Club (ages 3-6)- young kids aboard a Costa Cruise will have lots of fun listening to their favourite children's stories, making arts and crafts, or attending a fun-filled 'masquerade party'.
  • Maxi Club (ages 7-10)- the perfect hideout for kids ages 7 to 10, aboard their Costa Cruise ship they can hunt for treasures and compete in a water mini-Olympics or get their hearts pumping with jogging and aerobics. For quieter moments there's a variety of videos and games.
  • Costa Teens Club (ages 11-14)- from parties to dance competitions and tournaments, these junior teens will have the time of their life with a wide variety of Costa Cruises' activities!
  • Teen club (ages 15-17)- now it's possible for this age group to have fun on holiday with their families. Totally hip teens can participate in sports and fitness activities, watch videos and groove to their favourite music during disco hour.


While cruising is a holiday for the whole family, Costa Cruises also provides quiet time for parents. Costa Cruises' Mini and Maxi Club night-time group baby-sitting, held in the children's area, and is a free baby-sitting service until 1:30 am. However, there is no night time baby-sitting service available for children under 36 months of age.

Parents Night Out

Costa Cruises takes parents travelling with kids into consideration with Parents Night Out, a feature which appeals to both children and adults alike. On formal nights, children can spend the evening with their peers as they enjoy a supervised buffet dinner and fun activities designed especially for them. While the kids are being entertained, parents can relax as they enjoy sumptuous cuisine and a romantic evening together, feeling secure that their children are having while being supervised by our dedicated Youth Counsellors.

Family fun

Kids and their parents can get together and participate in fun activities like karaoke, bingo and even a talent show. These Costa Cruise activities are a great opportunity for parents and kids to spend time together and have loads of fun while they're at it! There's even a video arcade where everyone can play modern and retro games.

Children's Menu

Children will love the Costa Cruises' special Kids Menu that is served at every meal as it features all of the foods that kids like best! Spaghetti, Pizza, Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Grilled Cheese, ice Cream and more - there is always something to please even the most picky eaters! What's more, Costa Cruises offers a beverage card for 20 non-alcoholic drinks so kids can have fruit juices and carbonated drinks at any time during their Costa cruise!


With a large fleet of vessels and a year-round collection of cruises, Costa Cruises is one of a few cruise lines offering Med cruises throughout the year. This means you can take advantage of a Christmas Mediterranean cruise, or a spring break to mild seas. Almost all Costa cruises are fly-cruise holidays, with departures from London airports, although regional flights are available at a supplement. As well as the Mediterranean, Costa Cruises takes guests on voyages to many other beautiful destinations:

  • North Europe- discover the rugged landscape, icy glaciers and colourful villages of Northern Europe
  • Caribbean- white sandy beaches, clear blue water and shining sun can be expected on a cruise to the Caribbean
  • Dubai and UAE- delve deep into the beauty of the Arab culture where ancient traditions combine seamlessly with futuristic landscapes
  • Indian Ocean- enjoy beautiful seascapes, great weather and local cultures
  • South America- sample some of the best food in the world as you discover what South America has to offer

Costa Cruises also have their own private island - Catalina Island. Find out more about it on our blog - 10 Must-Visit Cruise Line Private Islands.

Things to do

Every corner you turn will be a new adventure onboard a Costa ship, whether you want somewhere to relax or an active pursuit, Costa has it covered. The onboard spa offers the ultimate escape for those wanting to take advantage of pampering treatments. For the more active cruisers, there are large gyms and workout areas, as well as daily gym classes. Meanwhile, if shopping is more your thing, you will be in your element as Costa ships are home to a variety of boutiques and stores, offering excellent duty-free prices. Other activities include:

  • Library and Card Room
  • Internet Cafe
  • Beauty Salon
  • Art Auctions
  • Golf Lessons
  • Italian classes
  • Trivia contests
  • Cooking classes

Useful Information

Costa Cruises' Suites

As you embark on unforgettable adventures to beautiful destinations around the world, allow yourself the extra comfort and luxury of choosing one of the fantastic suites available onboard. Not only will you be able to enjoy more space during your downtime, but you'll also get to benefit from additional suite perks:

  • Costa Suites- from sparkling wine on arrival, to a dedicated butler, priority boarding, front row seats reserved in the theatre and much more, it's not just the luxurious living and sleeping areas which make a Costa suite so special.
  • Samsara Suites- if you love being pampered, be sure to choose a Samsara Suite. As well as comfortable suite amenities, you'll be able to enjoy exclusive and unlimited access to the Samsara spa.


Costa Cruises have a price system designed to suit and meet the needs of all individuals, with a standard package, rates for guests who want to enjoy extra privileges, and one for those who want an exclusive luxury holiday:

  • The Basic Package- the Basic Package is for the price conscious guest, who enjoys the cruise experience itself rather than any added extras. This includes a standard cabin assigned for guests.
  • The Total Comfort Package- the Total Comfort Package is for those looking for quality with added benefits. It gives guests a choice of two cabin types; the Classic Formula or the Premium Formula. The Classic Formula cabin also includes the ‘Pranzo & Cena’ drinks package, and the Premium Formula includes the ‘Brindiamo’ package. Pranzo & Cena includes a selection of unlimited wines, beers and soft drinks. Brindiamo includes speciality coffees, soft drinks, beers, and a selection of wines and liqueurs.
  • The Deluxe Package- the Deluxe Package is a luxurious package which includes a range of exclusive experiences and privileges. It offers guests an elegant, large cabin, with a number of exclusive amenities including the ‘Intenditore’ drinks package. This includes unlimited, premium drinks such as the very best Champagne and drinks from the minibar in the cabin. There is also a dedicated restaurant for Deluxe guests, a personal valet, and special access to the ship’s spa area for a whole day.


For guests who love to travel with Costa Cruises again and again, CostaClub is a great option. By joining, you can benefit from exclusive advantages such as special discounts, gifts and surprises when onboard, all making your holiday that little bit more special.

How Many Costa Cruise Ships are There?

There are currently 9 ships within Costa Cruises' fleet, including Costa Smeralda and Costa Diadema.

Costa Cruises Top FAQs

  • Costa Cruises' cabins have European outlets. The cruise line can provide some adaptors but these are limited so it’s advised you bring your own for using chargers and electrical equipment with a British 3-pin plug.

  • The currency used onboard Costa Cruises is Euros when sailing in the Mediterranean/Europe or the US Dollar in the Caribbean.

  • Although the predominent language onboard is Italian, Costa Cruises consider themselves an international cruise line and there are guests and crew members from all over the world onboard. This means guests won't have difficulty communicating with staff, plus the entertainment has been designed with an international audience in mind. Guests are also able to choose what language they would like during shore excursions.

  • Guests with a disability are able to travel with Costa Cruises, however it is important for guests to inform of their needs at the time of booking in order for preparations to be made to cater for them.

  • The Oggi newsletter is distributed to every cabin each night of the cruise, allowing guests to keep informed about the daily activities taking place, plus other useful information such as the weather and currency in the next port.

Food and Drink

  • Both a glass of wine and a bottle of beer vary from around €5/$5.50 upwards.

  • At the time of booking you will be asked to select the type of table you would like and the time wish to have your dinner each night. If you'd like to eat in one of the speciality restaurants, this will need to be booked onboard or online.

  • The drinking age is 18 years old on any ship leaving from a non-US port. However, for any cruise leaving from the USA the drinking age is 21 years old.

  • No, restaurants onboard are not open 24 hours, however room service is available at any time. Room service has an additional cost unless you are staying in a Premium cabin or above.

  • It's important for guests to make any dietary needs known at the time of booking, however specific menus can be requested on all cruises. These include gluten-free, vegetarian, diabetic, diary-free and low sodium. It is recommended guests also inform restaurant managers of their needs.

Families and Kids

  • Yes, there are kid’s menus in all Costa restaurants with plenty of options including nutritious dishes.

  • During the day children over three years old are able to take part in Miniclub activities under safe supervision, enabling parents to enjoy some free time on their own.

  • No, unfortunately there are no nappies onboard so if you're bringing children, it's important to remember to bring plenty.

  • Yes, Hospitality and Customer Service can provide cribs, baby baths and high chairs.

  • Parents can pre-book the collective babysitting service which is held at Miniclub from 11.30pm to 1.30am.

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