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What to Expect Aboard the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

How would you like to go to sleep in Spain and wake up in Italy? You can do just that when taking a cruise—you can be exploring caves in Mallorca one day and eating gelato in Sicily the next. And the Costa Smeralda cruise ship can take you there (and dozens of other places too!). Not only is it one of the largest ships in the world, it is also packed with top-notch entertainment, unique food choices and eclectic bars. Plus, you only have to unpack once. Don’t you love that about cruising?

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About Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises is an Italian cruise line based in Genoa, Italy. Though they primarily cater to the Italian cruise market, their wide selection of itineraries will take everyone to different parts of the world. That means you’ll get to experience the rich cultures from the Mediterranean to South America to Dubai!

Plus, with over 70 years of experience in Italian style and hospitality, you will feel an authentic international experience while being wallet-friendly and safe for everyone.

Check pricing and itineraries on the the Costa Cruise website .

About Costa Smeralda Ship 

Costa Smeralda is the flagship of Costa Cruises—it is their largest operating cruise ship and is the fifth-largest in the world. Within its massive 337-meter-long frame are 20 decks, 2612 passenger cabins, 19 restaurants, over a dozen bars and other amenities. It can carry a maximum of 6554 passengers and 164 crew members. Wowza!

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Staying true to its Italian heritage, the cruise ships has severals areas that are designed and pay homage to Italy, like the Bel Paese (a type of Italian cheese) and landmarks such as Piazza di Spagna and Trastevere.

Another impressive fact is that the Costa Smeralda cruise ship is environmentally friendly. It runs entirely on liquefied natural gas, which helps improve air quality and reduces greenhouse gas emissions!

Construction of the ship started on July 4, 2018, by Meyer Turku (a shipbuilding company) and was launched to sea on March 15, 2019. After a series of sea trials, it was handed over to Costa Cruises on December 5, 2019. Costa Smeralda started its inaugural cruise on December 21, 2019.

Costa Smeralda Experience

Cruising aboard the Costa Smeralda is a one-of-a-kind experience. Aside from taking you to dream destinations worldwide, their excellent service guarantees a fun, safe, and relaxing cruise for everyone.

Excursions & Ports

There are many different fun excursions for each port/destination, from riding a historic train in Mallorca to wine-tasting in Messina to traveling around Barcelona on an electric bike.

My Mediterranean itinerary went from Barcelona to Rome and had dozens of different outings to choose from. And don’t you love it when you pick the right cruise excursion? That’s exactly what happened when our Costa Smeralda ship ported in Palma de Mallorca. I picked an excursion to the Caves of Drach. Have you ever heard of them? They consist of four connected caves that have a length of over 2 miles and depth of 80+ feet. As if that’s not bucket list worthy enough, there was a beautiful concert performed in the depths of the cave where the musicians glided in on lighted rowboats.

Caves of Drach Palma de Mollorca in Spain

Our next port brought me to Sicily. It was my first time there, so it was hard to pick an excursion, but a tour of the pretty little hilltop town of Taormina was the winner.

We walked the cobbled streets peaking into picturesque narrow walkways and cute shops until we reached the ultimate historical gem—the Greek Theater that dates back to the 3rd century BC!

To see more Costa Cruise excursions visit their website .

Annette with the beautiful view of Taormina Sicily

Restaurant and Bars 

Once you get a taste of one of the two dozen restaurants and bars, you will be wishing for more sea days! From a Nutella bar to scoops of Gelato just as good as on the streets of Rome to an authentic Italian pizzeria where the pies are topped with mozzarella made fresh onboard, the tastes of Italy don’t disappoint. Did I mention the Campari bar that’s dedicated to the bitter Italian liqueur?

Annette's drink on the Campari Bar onboard Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

Though Italian-food centric, the cuisine onboard is also inspired by different regions worldwide and will surely make your tongue dance! Theres a poke bowl station, made-to-order sushi togo that can be enjoyed anywhere on the ship and a teppanyaki restaurant where the chef’s show is just as good as the lobster he put on my plate. Hungry yet?

Annette eating a poke bowl

Entertainment 

You’ll have as much fun as doing shore excursions onboard the Costa Smeralda ship. From watching dazzling live musical shows to zipping down the water slide, there is endless entertainment for all ages!

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For the adults, don’t miss trying your luck in the casino, and at my personal favorite game—video roulette (bet on number 19 for me!). You can also lose yourself in music in their Silent Party, wearing headphones that play the songs you choose. 

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Definitely pay a visit to the ultra-unique CoDe Museum that celebrates Italian design from the 1930s to today. It includes everything from furniture to fashion.

The code museum onboard Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

Cabins 

There are 4 types of cabins you can choose from in Costa Smeralda that will suit your needs: Inside, Ocean View, Balcony, and Suite. All have air conditioning, a flat-screen satellite TV, WiFi, hairdryers, a safe, 24-hour room service, and world-class comfort. Plus, I was super impressed by the roomy bathroom that had lots of storage!

My Premium Balcony let me enjoy the breeze while having a more open view of the sea through the balcony.  Waking up to different Instagrammable sights and places is definitely a perk for me!

Toilet inside the Cabins Premium Balcony Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

Sports and Wellness

Your mind and body will thank you for pampering yourself with Costa Smeralda’s variety of wellness facilities. These include a swimming pool and jacuzzi, relaxing massages, beauty treatments, and so much more.

For two truly bucket list worthy experiences relax in one of their suspended chairs and visit the snow room that is literally filled with snow!

Spa inside Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

There is also a gym and a jogging track for those who want to work up a nice sweat while on vacation. 

Gym Onboard Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

For some people, going on a trip around the world is not complete without taking a souvenir with you back home. You’ll have tons of shopping opportunities while at port, but there’s also plenty of things to choose from inside Costa Smeralda. From beauty products and perfumes to accessories and clothing, even gifts and essentials, you’ll have the perfect item that suits your needs.

With brand names such as Clinique, Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, and Guess, you will know the quality is top-notch.

How to Book at Costa Smeralda

You can book a cruise at Costa Smeralda on their official site . They have a lot of itineraries to choose from. You can also filter the results by putting in your preferred departure port, duration, and price to see the ones that best fit your needs. I can definitely vouch for an epic Mediterranean cruise!

They also offer cruise and shopping discounts, as well as other perks for Costa Club members. If you are interested, you might want to check that out as well.

Going on a cruise is not just about seeing different places and experiencing new things on land and sea. It is also about going on that journey to the unknown and discovering more of yourself in the process. The Costa Smeralda can take you on that journey.

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The 6,518-passenger Costa Smeralda was named after Sardinia’s popular tourist coast, and spends her time in the Western Mediterranean. Costa has invested time and money into the cabins on this ship, commissioning a well-known Italian architectural firm to add things like bathroom walls made to look like marble, a full-height window in the shower to improve lighting and create the feel of more space, and a photographic panel with an embedded television depicting an Italian city view in the cabin.

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Costa Smeralda cruises are among the largest cruise lines in the world. There are a variety of different ships that take you to beautiful and fascinating destinations around the world. You’ll find a variety of different experiences, including premium cabins with balconies, special dining options, and more. You can choose different lengths of stay, with the most popular being between 5 and 7 nights. Some Costa Smeralda cruises also offer exclusive perks such as exclusive shore excursions or onboard discounts. Whether you’re looking for an entertaining trip with fun for all ages, or a romantic getaway, there is a Costa Smeralda cruise vacation that’s right for you.

When is the best time to book a Costa Smeralda cruise?

While there are no strict rules for when exactly to book, the earlier you book, the more likely you are to come across great cruise deals. In general, if you’re travelling far away then 12 to 18 months is the best time to book your cruise. This will give you the most options to select your cabin, experience, and book any necessary flights. Most travelers usually book a Costa Smeralda cruise 6 to 12 months in advance. You’ll still find affordability for your destination, and you don’t leave the anticipation for your vacation too long. Costa Smeralda does offer last-minute cruises at a range of prices and availability depending on your destination and dates.

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Expedia provides a straightforward cruise booking process to make it as easy as possible to reserve your vacation. You can search by cruise ship type, itinerary, duration, and departure port. You can also filter your results by price, amenities, and area of the world. After making any necessary changes or checking availability, simply click ‘Book’ and complete your reservation.

What to look out for when booking your cruise on Costa Smeralda?

When looking at Costa Smeralda cruises, it's important to keep in mind multiple factors that go into choosing a cruise. These include the length, whether you prefer a smaller or bigger ship, and departure ports. Also consider who is travelling with you, as this will influence the type of cabin you choose and what activities you choose to do on board and ashore. You can choose from several types of cabins depending on your Costa Smeralda cruise ship including ones with sea views and balconies.

Can I cancel my Costa Smeralda booking?

Yes. Expedia does offer you the option to cancel your Costa Smeralda cruise. You can do so by going to the My Trips page and clicking on the cancellation button. There is also the option to contact customer service to cancel your cruise. Be aware that each cruise has different refund policies. Usually, if you cancel early then you’ll receive a better refund.

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About Costa Smeralda

Named to honor Sardinia's gorgeous Emerald Coast, Costa's Smeralda debuted in 2019. This stunning 182,700-ton, 6,518-guest flagship is currently the fleets largest and the first Helios-class vessel. Another first for the line, she is powered by clean-burning liquefied natural gas (LNG) reducing her carbon footprint.

Celebrating Costa's Italian heritage, each deck represents a famous Italian city with photographic panels and a television showcasing the views of that city. Public areas are dedicated to the country's iconic places and squares, beautifully brought to life through the exceptional vision of famed designer Adam D. Tihany and Dordoni Architetti. A 4,305-square-foot onboard museum pays homage to the renowned excellence of Italian design.

Discover attractions for all ages, including four swimming pools a stunning two-deck theater, and more. Spend some quality time at variety of welcoming bars and lounges or hunt for treasure and beautiful souvenirs at the diverse shops. Family-friendly, the ship has a supervised youth program with age appropriate areas and activities for kids and toddlers, as well as a dedicated club with lounges for tweens and teens. Lively public spaces include a deck with a water park, high rope garden and mini-golf. Adrenaline enthusiasts will appreciate the thrilling waterslides, rock climbing wall and sports area onboard. A gigantic outdoor LED wall features movies and other entertainment.

Colosseo is the piazza-style “heart” of the ship. Spanning three decks in the center of the ship and topped off with a dome, it is filled with glamorous lounges and bars featuring large glass walls, for great views as you sip on your favorite drink and listen to music. Walk over water on the glass floor toward the aft of the ship and make your way to the highest point accessible to guests for breathtaking views. Maintain your fitness regimen at the gym then indulge in revitalizing treatments and an oasis of relaxation at the spa. Spend some time in the hammam, snow and salt rooms, thalassotherapy pool and more.

Delicious dining options cater to a variety of tastes and preferences. Sparkling place settings welcome you into the sophisticated main dining rooms, traditional Italian venues serve classic favorites, everyone will love the hibachi restaurant, participate in a "tasting lab", where you make-your-own dinner and the Nutella Café is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Accommodations are inspired by Italian warmth and feature custom-made furniture by some of the best manufacturers in Italy. Select from a wide variety of staterooms ranging from inside to suites. Introduced on the ship, is a new category featuring a balcony annex where you can enjoy a sunrise breakfast in the sea air or sip on your favorite cocktail in the evening. Whichever you choose you'll find ample storage, interactive television, inviting bedding, a safe and other amenities.

Exciting nightly entertainment includes lavish productions in the beautiful theater. Relax over cocktails and music at the piano bar and jazz club. Challenge your luck with the many games at the casino and dance into the wee hours to DJs spinning tracks at the high-energy disco.

Sail on the gorgeous Costa Smeralda to worldwide destinations.

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Grand Suite with Ocean View Balcony

Uncorking the welcome bottle is the best way to start your suite cruise. You won’t need to think about anything: we will pamper you with your private butler, an exclusive restaurant booked every evening, a hot tub in the cabin and many small courtesies so you can enjoy your vacation like royalty.

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Sea balcony cabins

A large terrace just for you, to experience the beauty of the sea any time of day and night and photograph memorable moments.

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This is the sensation you will enjoy in a ocean view cabin: a large window will allow you to admire the sea from the comfort of your bed.

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Interior Cabin

For those who love to be at the poolside all day and experience the ship and all that it offers, this is the perfect cabin: a practical environment with everything at your fingertips, for a very comfortable night’s sleep to embark on a new adventure every day.

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Terrace with Sea View

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Sanremo Show Lounge

Sanremo Show Lounge.

Ristorante Buffet La Sagra Dei Sapori

Ristorante Buffet La Sagra Dei Sapori

Ristorante Tutti a Tavola

Ristorante Tutti a Tavola

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Green Healthy Food at Costa.

Gelateria Amarillo

Gelateria Amarillo

Decks: 8 17

Gelateria Amarillo.

Nutella at Costa

Nutella at Costa

Pizzeria Pummid' oro

Pizzeria Pummid' oro

Pizzeria Pummid' oro.

Ristorante Arlecchino

Ristorante Arlecchino

Ristorante Arlecchino.

Ristorante Bellavista

Ristorante Bellavista

Ristorante Bellavista.

Ristorante II Meneghino

Ristorante II Meneghino

Ristorante II Meneghino.

Ristorante II Rugantino

Ristorante II Rugantino

Ristorante II Rugantino.

Ristorante La Colombia

Ristorante La Colombia

Ristorante La Colombia.

Teppanyaki

Teppanyaki.

The Salty Beach Street Food

The Salty Beach Street Food

The Salty Beach Street Food.

My Tours

My Photo Shades

My Photo Shades.

Shop Gallery

Shop Gallery

Bar Sport

Ferrari Spazio Bollicine

Ferrari Spazio Bollicine.

Bar Sole

La Spiaggia

Decks: 16 18

La Spiaggia.

Solemi Palestra

Solemi Palestra

Solemi Palestra.

Centro Benessere Solemio

Centro Benessere Solemio

Centro Benessere Solemio.

Sala Giochi Arcade

Sala Giochi Arcade

Sala Giochi Arcade.

Luna Park

Squok Park.

Solarium

Bar Settimo Cielo

Bar Settimo Cielo.

Teatro Sanremo

Teatro Sanremo

Teatro Sanremo.

Casino Laguna

Casino Laguna

Casino Laguna.

Jazz Club Quelli Della notte

Jazz Club Quelli Della notte

Jazz Club Quelli Della notte.

Aqua Park Smeralda

Aqua Park Smeralda

Aqua Park Smeralda.

Passegian Volare

Passegian Volare

Passegian Volare.

Shop II Mercatino

Shop II Mercatino

Shop II Mercatino.

Solemio Beauty

Solemio Beauty

Solemio Beauty.

My Moments Photo Store

My Moments Photo Store

My Moments Photo Store.

Aperol Spritz Bar

Aperol Spritz Bar

Aperol Spritz Bar.

Bar II Mattino

Bar II Mattino

Bar II Mattino.

Bar II Sole

Bar II Sole

Bar II Sole.

Bar La Cascata

Bar La Cascata

Bar La Cascata.

Bar Laguna

Bar Laguna.

Bar Orizzonte

Bar Orizzonte

Bar Orizzonte.

Campari Bar

Campari Bar

Campari Bar.

Grand Bar Mastroiami

Grand Bar Mastroiami

Grand Bar Mastroiami.

Piano Bar II Cielo in una Stanaza

Piano Bar II Cielo in una Stanaza

Piano Bar II Cielo in una Stanaza.

Piscina Settimo Cielo

Piscina Settimo Cielo

Terrazza e Bar Superba

Terrazza e Bar Superba

Terrazza e Bar Superba.

Co De Museum

Co De Museum

Co De Museum.

Colosseo

Decks: 6 7 8

Lungomare Riviera

Lungomare Riviera

Lungomare Riviera.

Piazza di Spagna

Piazza di Spagna

Decks: 17 18

Piazza di Spagna.

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Campo da Gioco

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Ship overview.

Costa Smeralda is the first Costa cruise ship to run on LNG (liquefied natural gas), the cleanest fossil fuel in the world which in terms of environmental impact greatly reduces exhaust gas emissions. This state-of-the-art ship named after Sardinia's popular tourist coast offers dining options in 11 restaurants, one of which is designed for families. The ship features 19 bars, a beautiful SPA area, a water park with slides, 4 swimming pools and an area entirely dedicated to children. Costa Smeralda also has its own museum, the CoDe - Costa Design Museum, dedicated to the excellence of Italian design. The three-level area located at the center of the ship named "Trastevere" and the large stairway on the three decks Piazza di Spagna are designed to impress all guests with the grandiose design. The Piazza di Spagna and Trastevere feature bars and shops, as well as multiple entertainment options that are staged here.

Embark on a journey and find out your perfect cruise holiday with this year’s itinerary schedules and the latest offers onboard Costa Smeralda. In order to make the most informed decision and decide when is the right time to cruise, we’ve included an additional feature that shows how crowded is each cruise destination.

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Costa Smeralda Decks and Cabins

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Costa Smeralda cruise ship weighs 183k tons and has 2641 staterooms for up to 6338 passengers served by 1678 crew . There are 19 passenger decks, 11 with cabins. You can expect a space ratio of 29 tons per passenger on this ship. On this page are the current deck plans for Costa Smeralda showing deck plan layouts, public venues and all types of cabins including pictures and videos.

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Sleeps up to: 4 8 Cabins Cabin: 350 sqft (33 m 2 ) Balcony: 100 sqft (9 m 2 )

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Sleeps up to: 4 20 Cabins Cabin: 287 sqft (27 m 2 ) Balcony: 54 sqft (5 m 2 )

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Floor Diagram Terrace

Sleeps up to: 4 106 Cabins Cabin: 205 sqft (19 m 2 ) Balcony: 82 sqft (8 m 2 )

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Sleeps up to: 4 1508 Cabins Cabin: 205 sqft (19 m 2 ) Balcony: 44 sqft (4 m 2 )

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Sleeps up to: 4 181 Cabins Cabin: 243 sqft (23 m 2 )

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Cruise Like An Italian On Costa Smeralda

By Author Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

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Discover what it’s like to leave the daily grind and cruise like an Italian on Costa Smeralda, the world’s fifth largest cruise ship.

Deck on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

When you embark on a Costa Smeralda cruise you have to place all luxury pretense aside and transport yourself to the land of pizza, pasta and Fellini.

This is a ship where fashionistas stroll the corridors while flocks of energetic ragazzi e ragazze play on waterslides and in game rooms. All the greatest hits of Italy are here and, if you can get past some of the cultural differences, Americans like us can jump head first into the Italian mashup.

Pro Tip Don’t cruise without travel insurance !

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We love eating in Italy so much that we’ve built a good portion of our website around pasta in Emilia-Romagna , pizza in Naples , truffle hunts, risotto and generous amounts of vino.

Costa ships like the Smeralda serve plenty of Italian cuisine and they do it well. But you’ll need to embrace a variety of Italian cultural quirks when sailing on this ship since only 10% of its passengers are US citizens. Food is just one Italian aspect of the Smeralda experience.

Discover our Italian food favorites .

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This isn’t a cruise where passengers should expect to be served hand and foot. However, considering the value of the rooms, it’s easy to justify paying for extras like individual pizzas, a range of Italian salumi, homemade pasta and an excellent steak or two.

During our voyage, we traveled from Barcelona to Rome with two exotic Mediterranean port stops along the way. However, we felt like we arrived in Italy days before we actually disembarked the ship in Rome.

Discover our favorite restaurants in Barcelona and Rome .

Italian Style Cruising On Costa Smeralda

Hallway on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

The Italian style of cruising with Costa Cruises is immersive.

We caught the vibe as soon as we boarded the Smeralda and observed an interior layered in chrome and daring 60s retro furnishings. On this ship, chairs are shaped like high heeled shoes and marble laden lounge areas resemble a cross between ancient Roman temples and hair salons. Even the ship’s public bathroom stalls sport a uniquely stylish striped decor that evokes memories of old-school ice cream parlors.

Design Museum on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

Curious cruisers can peruse CoDe, the unique Costa Design studio curated by Matteo Vercellon. This onboard museum highlights Italy’s role in the design of couture, furniture and automobiles.

However, we were most struck by our initial lunch buffet filled with dozens of cured meats like Proscuitto di Parma, Mortadella and spicy, spreadable Calabrian Nduja… and that was just one station. Another station served piles of cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano, Fontina and Mozzarella. The kitchen pulls fresh mozzarella on board the ship. You can’t get more Italian than that.

Mozzarella Cheese on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

Bruno Barbieri, a Michelin-starred chef and TV personality hailing from Emilia-Romagna, helms Costa’s culinary program. His influence is best experienced in specialty restaurants like the Bellavista Club where dishes include Blinis topped with Italian caviar and freshly made Buffalo Zizzona cheese balls that, in an Italian nod toward unsubtle sexual suggestion, look strangely bosom-like. (That being said, the creamy, fresh mozzarella was super tasty.)

And, while it’s easy to find pizza and gelato on board, there’s plenty of uniquely Italian entertainment too. On this ship, performers croon hit songs like Mambo Italiano without translation or irony. We found oft-performed Italian hits like Musica leggerissima harder to shake from our heads than an Italian attempting to shake a cigarette habit. Good news! Costa Smeralda is non-smoking except in designated areas and on private balconies.

Charcuterie Plate on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

Despite details like marble floors and velvet chairs, cruising on Costa Smeralda is a relatively affordable way to experience Europe without a big price tag. We liken it to RyanAir with its austere, unadorned cabins and an overwhelming number of foods available for additional fees. Since most extras aren’t expensive, we recommend splurging without hesitation on items like sushi, pizza and gelato.

We can easily visualize a group of hipster/gen X friends having a hoot on this Italian cruise. There’s not much better than singing along to That’s Amore and gorging on pizza while floating across the Mediterranean. These kinds of memories last forever.

Cruising with Costa Cruises During the COVID 19 Pandemic Any fears we had about post-pandemic cruising were alleviated by Costa’s comprehensive health protocols that included on-site COVID testing and daily temperature checks as well as mask requirements in all public spaces. The cruise line also limigd capacity to 60% at the time of our cruise.

Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

If you think that the Costa Smeralda cruise ship is big, you are correct. It’s one of the largest cruise ships in the world. Currently, only four ships exceed its size.

Not only is Costa’s flagship vessel the world’s fifth largest cruise ship, but it also has 20 decks, 2,612 cabins and capacity for 6,554 passengers. Launched in 2019, the ship also sports 11 restaurants, 19 bars, a wellness spa with 16 treatment rooms, four pools and one massive water park.

Beyond its impressive stats, Costa Smeralda stands out for its ‘pace not waste’ approach to serving food and its utilization of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fossil fuel.

Balcony Cabin on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

Staying in a balcony cabin during our cruise was a comfortable way to travel from Barcelona to Rome. Simultaneously simple and comfortable, the 205 square foot room included a firm queen bed, couch, desk and chair. It also featured basic amenities such as a smart television, hairdryer and wi-fi.

We particularly appreciated the cabin’s 45 square foot balcony. This private outdoor space was our ‘happy place’ for viewing sunrises and chilling after a busy day at sea.

Pro Tip Although our bathroom had ample amounts of soap next to the sink and in the shower, neither shampoo nor conditioner was provided. Be sure to pack these necessary toiletries unless you’d rather purchase them on the ship.

Staff And Service

Pizzaiolo on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

Considering that Costa Smeralda employs 1,678 crew members, it’s no surprise that it’s easy to find assistance when necessary. That being said, many crew members work behind the scenes to ensure safe, stress-free journeys for the ship’s international passengers.

We primarily interacted with food service personnel during our voyage. We found these crew members to be both professional and polite. Further, they were all proficient in English even if it wasn’t their primary language.

Pool on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

With four pools on the ship, swimmers and sunbathers didn’t have to search long for a spot during our autumnal cruise. As a bonus, some water spaces are designed for families and that’s not counting the ship’s ginormous water park.

Blissful Massage on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

There’s no bliss like the bliss of a getting a massage during vacation. We achieved this enviable state during a couples massage in Smeralda’s Solemio Spa.

However, massages aren’t the most interesting aspect of the ship’s spa. Unique offerings include a thalassotherapy pool with swings and a snow room filled with actual snow. Brrr .

Casino Table on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

While gambling isn’t the main event on this family-friendly ship, Costa Smeralda has a full service casino with more than enough tables and machines to satisfy risk-taking cruisers with euros to burn. Gaming options include roulette and black jack as well as video-enhanced slots.

Onboard Entertainment

Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship Entertainment

Costa Smeralda’s entertainment stands out for one main reason – much of it is presented in Italian.

Many of the ship’s performers sing Italian songs, some of which are familiar and some not. To us, the Italian entertainment was a fun element, especially the shows performed in small venues and intimate settings.

Fans of more elaborate entertainment can join the crowds at the ship’s Colosseum and Sanremo Theater. Options at these venues included Broadway-style productions and acrobatic feats during our cruise.

Gourmet Dinner on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

Food is the main event for the majority of cruise enthusiasts… including us. Accordingly, we were pleased to discover a vast variety of dining options during our Costa Smeralda cruise.

While most items available in the main dining room and at the buffet are included in the base cost, the cruise’s more interesting food options require extra fees. While these fees are relatively minor, they can add up if one isn’t careful.

Italian Specialties

Pasta on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

When we cruised in Asia, we ate Asian food . When we cruised in France, we ate French food. Likewise, when we cruised on Costa Smeralda, we ate as much Italian food as was humanly possible.

To be clear, finding Italian food on the cruise wasn’t a problem. Instead, the challenge was to find stomach space for the ship’s wide range of Italian cuisine. We’re talking about Neapolitan pizza and Venice ‘s Cicchetti .

Cheese and Cured Meat on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

And how could we forget the inevitable piles of cheese and charcuterie from Italian cities like Bologna and Modena that tempted us at buffets and restaurants at breakfast, lunch and dinner? We can’t.

After eating our way through Italy before we actually arrived in Italy, these were are favorites and the dishes you shouldn’t miss during your cruise:

Pizza At Pizzeria Pummid’Oro

Pizza on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

We didn’t expect to find a full-service pizzeria on a cruise ship, even an Italian cruise ship, but that’s exactly what we found at Pizzeria Pummid’Oro. This cruise ship pizzeria has a proper pizza oven and dedicated pizzaiolos.

More importantly, Pizzeria Pummid’Oro serves excellent pizzas. We sampled the Margarita and Calabrese Piccante pies for research purposes and were more than satisfied with both.

Cicchetti At Il Bacaro Venetian Bar

Cicchetti Bar on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

After first encountering Cicchetti in Verona , we became fans of Italy’s small plate concept in Venice where Cicchetti bars are a mecca for aperitivo fans of all ages. To say that we were happy to encounter a Cicchetti bar on Costa Smeralda is an understatement.

We found the cruise version to be more formal compared to typical Venetian Cicchetti bars. However, it’s still a fun concept and one that we fully support.

Gelato At Amarillo

Gelato on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

We rarely resist gelato whether we’re at home in Lisbon or in Italian cities like Bologna , Naples or Venice . After walking by Amarillo, Smeralda’s gelateria, numerous times, we finally succumbed and ordered a double decker cone to share.

Although that tasty cone was both our first and last during the cruise, we returned to Amarillo multiple times to drink the ship’s best cappuccinos. We also ordered a slice of cake one morning and called it breakfast.

Nutella Waffles At Nutella At Costa

Nutella Waffles on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

Although the chocolate hazelnut spread called Nutella is available around the world today, it was originally an Italian specialty when Pietro Ferrero started selling his creamy creation in Alba back in 1951.

Costa Smeralda serves Ferrero’s Nutella creations at a dedicated kiosk near the ship’s largest pool. Options include croissants, muffins, pancakes, waffles and crêpes. We opted for a plate of waffles topped with Nutella, strawberries and whipped cream. It was a good choice.

Specialty Dining

Steak on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

Beyond Italian specialities, Costa Smeralda offers a range of venues that justify splurging on a special meal or two. These venues serve more upscale food offerings as well as cuisine with a global slant.

Since these specialty venues involve a surcharge, be sure to check the current fees and any reservation requirements to avoid unpleasant surprises or disappointment. Once again, we believe the surcharges are worth the extra expenditure. With a bit of planning, it won’t cost you that much to skip the buffets and eat excellently on board the ship.

Sushi on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

We dined at a handful of specialty restaurants during our Costa Smeralda cruise and recommend the following:

  • Laboratorio del Gusto (Taste Lab) – interactive cooking experience
  • Bellavista Club Restaurant – the ship’s most upscale dining room
  • Sushino – all you can eat sushi and sashimi
  • Teppanyaki Restaurant – Asian grill with chefs that double as performers

Italian Drinks

Hugo Sprita on the Costa Smerelda w Mozzerella

Cruising Italian style doesn’t just involve eating Italian food. It also involves imbibing Italian drinks.

Since drinks aren’t typically included in this cruise line’s base fee, we recommend buying a drink package. This approach will allow you to fully enjoy the cruise without feeling ‘nickel and dimed’ every time you order a beverage.

We followed our own advice. Having a drink package enabled us to sample a wide range of beverages including soft drinks, wine, beer, cocktails and specialty coffee. After whetting our whistle at various bars and restaurants, these were our favorites:

Negroni Cocktails

Campari Negroni on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

No matter where we are in the world, drinking Negroni cocktails always reminds of Negronis we’ve imbibed during aperitivo sessions in Italy. We certainly felt this way every time we visited the ship’s Campari Bar.

Not only is the Campari Bar gorgeous, but it serves the most classic Negroni we’ve ever tasted at sea. The combination of bitter and sweet is one of our favorites.

Aperol Spritzes

Aperol Spritz on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

Since its debut in Padua back in 1919, the Aperol Spritz has conquered the world one glass at a time. After drinking the bittersweet cocktail in bars in countries throughout Europe, we can now add drinking an Aperol Spritz at sea to our cocktail resume.

While it’s easy to order an Aperol Spritz at various bars on Costa Smeralda, the smart move is to head to the Aperol Spritz Bar on Deck 17 for the full Aperol Spritz experience. This funky bar is as orange as the cocktail itself which is to say that it’s as bright as the sun during a Mediterranean sunset.

Sommelier on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

Italy is a wonderland for oenophiles who covet excellent wine produced throughout the country. We’re no exception since we adore sipping Amarone in Verona, Brunello di Montalcino in Florence and Lambrusco in Bologna, just to name a few varietals.

As one would expect, Costa stocks a plethora of Italian wines on the Smeralda. Standout bottles during our cruise included a fruity Nebbiolo from Piedmont and a ruby red Aglianico del Vulture from Basilicata.

Cappuccinos

Cappuccino on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship

Taking a five-day Italian cruise is tiring for travelers who want to enjoy activities from dawn to dark. That’s where coffee comes to play.

Having a drink package allowed us to order cappuccinos at any and every cafe and bar. Ironically, we found our favorite cappuccino at the ship’s gelateria. Now that’s a sweet irony!

Cruise Ports And Excursions

Grapes on Vine at Tenuta San Michele Winery in Sicily

Costa Smeralda’s Mediterranean route typically spans a week with stops in Palma da Mallorca, Messina (Sicily), Civitavecchia (Rome), Savona (Genoa), Marseille and Barcelona. However, unlike most cruise lines, this ship allows passengers to board and disembark at any stops along the way.

We joined the cruise in Barcelona and sailed to Rome with stops in Mallorca and Sicily. These were the highlights at each port:

Port 1 – Barcelona

Wine and Jamon in Barcelona

Barcelona isn’t just notable for being our port of embarkation, it’s also Spain’s second largest city and the crown jewel of Catalonia. We first visited Barcelona during our honeymoon in 2007 and returned in 2016 after spending a few weeks in nearby Girona .

This visit was different. Prior to boarding the ship, we ate an assortment of Spanish favorites, experienced gastronomic wonders, scarfed down great pizza, savored fabulous desserts, sipped crafted coffee and drank more than our share of wine. In other words, we lived large in Barcelona before boarding the ship.

Port 2 – Palma De Mallorca

Scene from Palma Walking Tour with Costa Cruises

Located in the Mediterranean Sea due west of Valencia , Palma is a Spanish city that doubles as the capital of Mallorca. Popular with sun seekers and wine enthusiasts, the city was established by the Romans and later conquered by the Moors.

Mallorca Walking Tour with Costa Cruises

While in Palma, we participated in an informative three-hour walking tour that provided us with an introduction to Palma’s sites including the Escollera seafront, the Almudaina Royal Palace and the Cathedral of Santa Maria (also known as La Seu). With a quick stop for tapas and sangria, the excursion whetted our appetites for a return visit to further explore Palma’s food culture in the future.

Port 3 – Messina

View of Messina from the Costa Smerald aCruise Ship

Visiting Sicily was our key motivation for accepting Costa’s invitation. The opportunity to taste Cannoli, Sicilian Pizza, Arancini, Cassata and Granita at the source was too big to ignore. Unfortunately, due to pandemic rules, we’ll have to satisfy that travel goal in the future.

Don’t feel bad for us. Instead of eating our way through Sicily, we drank wine instead.

Tenuta San Michele Winery in Sicily

Our Sicily excursion took us from the Messina port to Santa Venerina. This incredible experience at the foot of Mount Etna more than compensated for our inability to explore independently.

In retrospect, this cruise excursion was one of the best cruise excursions we’ve taken. Ever.

Wine Tasting Spread with Costa Cruises

While touring Tenuta San Michele’s cellar, we learned about the Sicilian wine-making process before tasting wine along with a spread of locally source meat, cheese and olives in the winery’s delightful garden.

This fun excursion gave us a firsthand introduction to Sicily’s vast viticulture. Enjoying snacks rumored to include donkey meat in a bucolic atmosphere among new friends made the experience even more memorable.

Port 4 – Rome

Pantheon in Rome

Ah, Rome. The eternal city keeps pulling us back thanks to its seemingly endless supply of pizza and gelato . Now that we’ve discovered specialty coffee in Rome, we’ll be well caffeinated every time we return to eat pasta dishes like Amatriciana , Carbonara , Cacio e Pepe and Gricia .

Discover our Rome food favorites that transcend pizza and pasta. Then consider taking a Rome street food tour .

Final Thoughts On Our Italian Cruise On Costa Smeralda

Sicily Winery Selfie at Tenuta San Michele Winery in Sicily

Cruising during a pandemic has challenges that start with nose swabs and masks and ends with bubble tours that replace independent exploration. For us, pizza, pasta and Italian cocktails justified the minor inconveniences.

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  • Year of built 2019
  • Length (LOA) 337 m / 1105 ft
  • Passengers 6554
  • Destination Marseille
  • ETA March 30, 06:30
  • Speed 17 kn / 31 km/h
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The top 10 biggest cruise ships in the world

M odern cruise ships continue to grow in size, with the biggest cruise ship, the Icon of the Seas , launching at the start of this year, and her sister ship the Star of the Seas expected to surpass her in size.

Both of these ships are operated by Royal Caribbean International, which operates five of the ten largest cruise ships in the world. Carnival Corporation, arguably the biggest cruise company in the world, features three times on the list through its subsidiaries P&O Cruises and Costa Cruises.

All of the heaviest cruise ships in the world were built within the last 20 years, although the majority – six of the ten – were built within the last five years.

So, here are the top ten biggest cruise ships in the world, by gross tonnage. 

10. P&O Cruises MS Arvia : 185,581 gross tonnes

The MS Arvia is P&O Cruises’ fourth ship to be built by German shipyard Meyer Werft. Weighing in at 185,581 gross tonnes, the 345m (1,130-foot) Arvia is slightly larger than her sister ship, the MS Iona . The 20-deck ship is the largest ship commissioned for the British cruise market and has a maximum passenger capacity of 6,264 passengers, with 1,800 crew onboard. 

The ship is the second liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered Excellence-class vessel for P&O, following the Iona . Arvia is powered by a 61,760kW LNG drive system, with a propulsion power of 37 megawatts. The LNG-powered propulsion system allows the vessel to sail at a maximum speed of 21.5 knots.

After being floated out in August 2022, the Arvia mainly operates itineraries around the Caribbean or the Mediterranean.

9. Costa Cruises – Costa Smeralda : 185,010 gross tonnes

The Costa Smeralda is the first LNG-powered vessel in the Costa Cruises fleet. With a gross tonnage of 185,010gt, the 20-deck Excellence-class ship measures 337m (1,106 feet) in length. The second LNG-powered cruise ship to enter operation in the world, she has a maximum capacity of 6,554 passengers with 1,646 crew and a service speed of 21.5 knots.

Construction of the Costa Smeralda began at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, in September 2017. Meyer Turku collaborated with the Meyer Werft Papenburg shipyard to develop and integrate the LNG propulsion plant for the ship. She is fitted with four 16-cylinder, Caterpillar MaK 16VM46DF engines, with 15.4 megawatts (20,710 horsepower) output per engine, resulting in a maximum power of  37 megawatts (50,000 horsepower).

The ship, which was named after the Emerald Coast of Sardinia, entered service in December 2019 , departing Savona on its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean, where it has sailed since.

8. Costa Cruises – Costa Toscana : 186,364 gross tonnes

The Costa Toscana is the sister ship of the Costa Smeralda and is also powered by LNG . measuring 337m (1,106 feet) long and weighing in at 186,364 gross tonnes, the Toscana has a maximum capacity of 6,338 passengers and 1,678 staff across her 20 decks.

Like her sister ship, the Toscana was also built at the Meyer shipyard in Finland, with construction completed in 2021. She is also powered by four MaK-Caterpillar engines, with a total power of 57.2 megawatts (76,706 horsepower), and two ABB Azipod motors , resulting in a service speed of 17 knots.

Named in homage to the Tuscany region of Italy, Costa Toscana mainly sails around the Mediterranean Sea but Costa Cruises has also used the ship to sail itineraries further afield, such as around Brazil and the UAE.

7. MSC Cruises – MSC World Europa : 215,863 gross tonnes

The only entry in the top ten from MSC Cruises, MSC World Europa measures 333m (1,094 feet) in length. With 215,863 gross tonnage, she can house more people than any other ship in the MSC fleet: up to 6,762 passengers across 2,633 cabins spread over 22 decks, in addition to 2,138 crew.

Built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France, the World Europa ’s LNG-power propulsion system was subcontracted to Finland-based Wärtsilä. Five LNG-powered, 14-cylinder Wartsila 46DF dual-fuel engines power the vessel, with a propulsion power of 44 megawatts ( 59,005 horsepower). She also features nitrogen oxide reduction (NOR) units, two Wartsila LNGPac fuel storage and supply systems, seven thrusters, and two fixed-pitch propellers. 

The MSC World Europa was floated out at the end of 2021 and was initially used as an accommodation vessel for fans attending the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with the ship berthed at Doha Port in Qatar during the tournament. Following the competition, the ship subsequently travelled several routes around the UAE, before sailing to the Mediterranean, where it has sailed itineraries since.

6. Royal Caribbean International – Allure of the Seas : 225,282 gross tonnes

The first of many entries on this list operated by Royal Caribbean, Allure of the Seas weighs in at 225,282 gross tonnes. Measuring 362m (1,187 feet), she is only 50mm (2 inches) longer than her sister ship the Oasis of the Seas . The Allure has a maximum capacity of 6,780 passengers and 2,200 crew across 18 decks.

Built at the Turku Shipyard in Finland, the Allure took two years to build , floating out in 2010. She features six Wärtsilä 46 diesel engines with a total power output of 97 megawatts (130,053 horsepower). It is propelled by three electric Azipod azimuth thrusters. The ship can travel at a cruising speed of 22 knots.

With a homeport of Galveston, Texas in the US, the Allure mainly serves itineraries around the Bahamas but she is scheduled to sail routes around the Mediterranean in 2025.

5. Royal Caribbean International – Oasis of the Seas : 226,838 gross tonnes

The oldest ship on this list, the Oasis of the Seas has been in service for over a decade. She was the biggest cruise ship at the time when floated out in 2009, with a gross tonnage of 226,838gt and a length of 360m (1,181 feet). The Oasis has a maximum capacity of 6,699 passengers and 2,181 staff across 18 decks.

The Oasis took two years to build at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, with the keel laid on 12 November 2007 and the ship arriving at her homeport of Port Everglades in Florida, US, on 13 November 2009.

The Oasis is powered by eight Wärtsilä V12 diesel engines, which generate 5.6 megawatts (7,500 horsepower) each, alongside four bow thrusters. The main propulsion system consists of three 20-megawatt (26,820 horsepower) electric Azipod motors, resulting in a combined propulsion power of 82 megawatts (109,964 horsepower) and a standard cruising speed of 23 knots.

The Oasis mainly operates routes around the Caribbean, but occasionally repositions to offer itineraries in the Mediterranean.

4. Royal Caribbean International – Harmony of the Seas : 226,963 gross tonnes

The third Oasis-class ship built by Royal Caribbean, Harmony of the Seas weighed in bigger than her existing sister ships at launch in 2016, with 226,963 gross tonnage, but she has since been surpassed by newer vessels. With a total length of 362m (1,188 feet), Harmony has a maximum capacity of 6,780 passengers and 2,300 staff across 18 decks.

Royal Caribbean placed an order with STX France for the construction of Harmony of the Seas in December 2012. The first steel for the ship was cut at STX France’s Saint-Nazaire shipyard in September 2013, while the keel-laying ceremony was held in May 2014.

The Harmony is powered by three 18.9-megawatt Wärtsilä 16V46 16-cylinder main generator diesel engines and three Wärtsilä 12V46 12-cylinder engines producing 13.9 megawatts each. The propulsion power is provided by three electric Azipod azimuth thrusters and manoeuvring is assisted by four 5.5-megawatt Wärtsilä CT 3500 tunnel thrusters. The propulsion system results in 82 megawatts (109,964 horsepower) and enables the ship to sail at a standard speed of 23 knots.

Harmony of the Seas embarked on her inaugural seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona, Spain, in June 2016, and currently operates itineraries around the Western Caribbean from her homeport of Galveston, Texas in the US.

3. Royal Caribbean International – Symphony of the Seas : 228,081 gross tonnes

At launch in 2018, the Symphony of the Seas surpassed the Harmony as the biggest cruise ship, weighing in at 228,081 gross tonnes. Measuring 361m (1,185 feet), the Symphony has a maximum capacity of 6,680 passengers and 2,200 staff across 18 decks and was the testing ground for Royal Caribbean's new muster drill . With a total length of 361m (1,185 feet), She is roughly 30 metres (98 feet) longer than the largest military ships , the US Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and the USS Gerald R. Ford .

The keel-laying ceremony for the Symphony of the Seas was held in October 2015 at STX’s Saint-Nazaire shipyard in France, and the ship sailed out in June 2017. She is powered by six diesel sets, each composed of three Wärtsilä 16V46D engines and three Wärtsilä 12V46D engines, as well as three 20-megawatt electric Azipod main engines – resulting in 82 megawatts (109,964 horsepower) of propulsion power and a standard cruising speed of 22 knots.

The Symphony commenced her seven-day maiden voyage from Barcelona in April 2018, and since then has mainly operated itineraries around the Caribbean from her homeports of Miami, New York, and Fort Lauderdale.

2. Royal Caribbean International – Wonder of the Seas : 235,600 gross tonnes

Royal Caribbean's flagship, Wonder of the Seas is the fifth Oasis-class cruise ship built for the cruise company. Weighing in at 235,600 gross tonnes, the Wonder was the largest ship in the world when she was completed in January 2022. Measuring 362m (1,187 feet) in length, the 18-deck Wonder has a maximum capacity of 7,084 guests across its 2,867 staterooms, as well as housing 2,369 crew.

Built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, Wonder is powered by two Wärtsilä 16V46D engines and four Wärtsilä 12V46D engines; and uses three 20-megawatt electric Azipod engines for propulsion, combining for a propulsion power of 82 megawatts (109,964 horsepower and a standard cruising speed of 22 knots.

The Wonder sailed her maiden voyage in March 2022 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and has since served itineraries around the Caribbean from her homeports of Miami and Cape Canaveral.

1. Royal Caribbean International – Icon of the Seas : 248,663 gross tonnes

Weighing 248,663 gross tonnes and measuring 365 metres (1,1967 feet), the Icon of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world. Christened on 23 January 2024, the Icon has a maximum capacity of 7,600 passengers and 2,350 crew across 20 decks. She is the lead ship of the new Icon-class, with a sister ship the Star of the Seas due to be delivered in 2025 and another ship planned for delivery in 2026.

Built by Meyer Turku in Finland, the Icon is the first ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet that can be powered by LNG. It uses three Wärtsilä 14V46DF and three Wärtsilä 12V46DF for its main generator engines, which provide 67.5 megawatts of energy to run the ship. She is propelled by three 20-megawatt Azipod thrusters as well as five 4.8-megawatt Wärtsilä WTT-45 CP bow thrusters, with a cruising speed of 22 knots.

After sailing her maiden voyage on 27 January 2024, the Icon now sails year-round itineraries of seven-night trips around the Eastern and Western Caribbean from her homeport of Miami, Florida.

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Costa Kicks Off 2024 Spring and Summer Season

  • March 29, 2024

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Costa Cruises has kicked off its 2024 spring-summer season, offering itineraries that explore destinations worldwide, from South America to the Far East.

This Easter weekend, Costa offers cruises to Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay onboard the Costa Diadema, Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa; to the Far East onboard the Costa Serena visiting Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, and the Costa Deliziosa arriving in Taiwan on the third leg of its Around-the-World cruise.

Also available are cruises to the Mediterranean, in Italy, France and Spain, where the Costa Smeralda will offer a week-long sailing with calls at Genoa, Marseille, Barcelona, Cagliari, Naples and Civitavecchia. The Costa Fortuna and Costa Pacifica will offer mini-cruises to Barcelona and Marseille, departing from Savona.

New for Costa is the debut of “Sea Destinations,” starting in June, in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Costa ships will offer new experiences to be enjoyed onboard, such as a party in the bay of Formentera in the Western Mediterranean or a typical Caprese breakfast in front of the Faraglioni rocks of Capri island.

During the summer season, three ships will be sailing the Western Mediterranean, including the Costa Smeralda and Costa Toscana and Costa Pacifica. Destinations include Marseille, Barcelona, Cagliari, Naples, Civitavecchia/Rome and more.

Two ships will explore the eastern Mediterranean. The Costa Fortuna will operate a new itinerary with stops exclusively in Greece and Turkey. The Costa Fascinosa will offer one-week cruises to Catania, Taranto, Mykonos, Santorini, Malta. The Costa Deliziosa will set sail on a one-week itinerary including Marghera/Venice, Bari, the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini, and Katakolon/Olympia.

Two ships, the Costa Favolosa and Costa Diadema, will explore Northern Europe. The Costa Favolosa will offer three different itineraries, from 13 to 22 days, departing from Hamburg, bound for the North Cape and Lofoten Islands, Iceland and Greenland, plus a new eight-day itinerary dedicated to Scotland. The Costa Diadema will offer one-week cruises to the Norwegian fjords.

Also available are mini-cruises in the western Mediterranean, in Italy, France and Spain, of three and four days, with the Costa Pacifica, Costa Fascinosa and Costa Fortuna. 

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