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    Costa Cruises

    The only Italian company in the sector to fly the Italian flag, the Costa Crociere Group is Italy’s biggest tour operator. Part of the Carnival Corporation & plc Group, listed on the London and New York stock exchanges and world leader in the sector with a fleet of 103 ships (over 11.5 million passengers in 2016), the Costa Crociere Group is parent company of the Costa Cruise Lines and AIDA Cruises brands.
    With 27 ships in service for an overall capacity of around 76,000 guests, the Group is headquartered in Genoa and operates at global level, mainly on routes in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, North and Central America, South America, the Arab Emirates, the Indian Ocean, the Far East and Africa. By 2021 six next-generation ships will be introduced to the fleet , developed according to responsible innovation criteria and for this reason destined to set a trend for the entire industry.

    Buon appetito!

    In Italy, dining is always a celebration which explains Costa's superb cuisine. Meal times are important; it is essential to have a pleasant environment, the right company and a smiling, attentive waiter nearby plus good quality wines to challenge connoisseurs! All of this is possible on a Costa cruise: enjoy breakfasts and lunches in the relaxing atmosphere of the ship’s buffet. With fresh pasta, authentic Italian meals and more, you can choose to dine indoors or al fresco. The main restaurant is the place to meet in a formal setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Choose from early or late sitting to enjoy traditional Italian cuisine, recipes of international style and meals inspired by the places visited.

    For the health conscious, the Spa menu offers low fat, low carbohydrate, low calorie and low cholesterol courses. Available daily in the traditional restaurant during lunch and dinner. Caesar salads, fresh fruit, made to order sandwiches and tempting desserts are all just a phone call away with Costa’s 24hour room service. And what would an Italian style cuisine be without authentic Italian pizza?

    For alternative dining, you can indulge with a sumptuous menu, fine wines and exquisite preparation in one of the speciality restaurants.

    Family fun guaranteed!

    Cruising Italian Style is great fun for our younger guests! And parents can relax knowing that their children are under the supervision of our qualified team of staff and in the company of Squok, our Fun @ Sea mascot.

    Fun @ Sea is the special onboard programme for all our young cruisers and every day the Fun @ Sea newsletter lists all the normal daily activities plus special themed dinners. And every afternoon a snack is served in a reserved area of the Buffet restaurant. ‘Kids Club’ gives 3-6 year olds lots of fun with arts and crafts, story time and a kids own fancy dress party.

    Junior Club is the perfect hideout for 7-12 year olds with treasure hunts, mini water Olympics competition, plus junior aerobics and jogging. Teenagers can also have fun on a family holiday with Teen Club for 13-17 year olds. We have sports and fitness activities, games and tournaments, percussion lessons, micro magic and music at the popular ‘Rock Hour’ in the disco.

    Family accommodation is available on most ships with cabins to accommodate up to four people, and on many ships we offer a choice of interconnecting cabins for larger family groups.

    Festive nights

    Nights on board are full of entertainment and surprises. Choose between the theatre or casino, a cafe with live music or a quiet lounge where you can enjoy an espresso after your meal – it is up to you.

    Every night after dinner, international artists perform a live show in our elegant onboard theatre. The ‘Today’ daily programme will tell you what is on each night: variety show, cabaret, or musical spectacular, even aerobics or magicians. Have a drink in fine company at one of the many bars or take a moonlit stroll on deck under the stars.

    One of the greatest attractions is the casino, with all its temptations. Sparkling and full of lights, it is a space where you can try your luck on the roulette wheel, blackjack tables or slot machines, luring you in with the tinkling of their chips. If you enjoy other sounds you will find your preferred choice of music in one of the lounges: Latin American, easy listening? There is something for everyone.

    The disco is open for you to dance the night away and our dancers will entertain you with themed evenings to make it even more electrifying.

    Holidays with freedom

    Welcome to Cruising Italian Style, a holiday at sea offering you an endless choice of opportunities, both on board ship and ashore. You can have as much freedom as you want on a Costa cruise holiday, because you can tailor your holiday to suit you. Enjoy the freedom to spend your morning relaxing on board, from early morning tea in bed to lazing on a deckchair in the sun then losing yourself in the spa and the freedom to step ashore at the next exciting destination to see the sights or perhaps do some shopping.

    You are free to start your day with a leisurely breakfast in your cabin, in the restaurant and buffet or al fresco. There is freedom to create a holiday which is entertaining, relaxing or cultural, or even all three! You have freedom to do as much or as little as you choose, all you have to do is decide just what you want from your cruise holiday.

    And it is also great value for money, with so much included in you holiday price – from welcome aboard pizza and ice cream to a wide variety of activities from learning the language of love to Italian cooking classes!

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