Europe for Cruisers - Home
Cruise Lines Cruise Reviews

Costa Cruises

From: European Cruise Guide

See all ocean and river cruise lines


ABOVE: Costa Magica in Naples, Italy. INSET BELOW: Costa Victoria in Dubrovnik, and a close-up of a Costa ship's stacks and water slide.

photoCosta Crociere is one of the largest cruise lines in Europe, with a fleet of 14 ships. The company, a subsidiary of Carnival Cruises, is based in Genoa, Italy and welcomes English-speaking travelers aboard its multilingual voyages.

Unlike most cruise lines, Costa has a Mediterranean season that includes the winter months. It also operates Northern European cruises in the warmer season. Several transatlantic crossings are  sandwiched into the schedule, since a number of Costa ships operate in the Caribbean and South America during the winter.

photoCosta Cruises attracts a younger crowd in Europe than many U.S. and British cruise lines do--especially during school breaks, when children and teens are likely to be on board. If you're looking for a chance to cruise with a middle-class crowd from the Continent, Costa should be on your shopping list. (We've cruised on Costa Magica, and we had a great time.)

Cruise line's Web site:

Costa Cruises

Cruise review:

Costa Magica Western Mediterranean Cruise

Cruise videos:

Costa Serena in Venice, Italy

Costa Victoria in Venice, Italy

See all ocean and river cruise lines