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Costa Cruises: Costa Fortuna

Costa Fortuna Review

Launched in 2003, Costa Fortuna ushered in the mega ship size and style of vessels over 100,000 tons to the Costa Cruises fleet. Costa Fortuna sails a variety of European cruises in the Western Mediterranean and Baltic.

With a bit of interior alteration,

Costa Fortuna and Costa Magica are essentially Euro-clones of parent company Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory. The mix and size of public rooms was determined to appeal to European as well as North American passengers sailing on itineraries that include the Mediterranean Sea.

Like Carnival ships designed by Joe Farcus, these Costa beauties have a theme running throughout—Costa Fortuna's decor is inspired by the grand Italian steamships of the past. Incorporated into the design of the ship, scale models of historic liners grace nearly every public area. A "fleet" of 26 former ships of the Costa fleet boldly "sail" upside down across the ceiling of the atrium. Ceilings in the formal, two-deck dining rooms are also decorated; aboard Costa Fortuna, Michelangelo Restaurant features reproductions of the master's frescoes, while Raffaello Restaurant displays its namesake's Vatican artwork. Art deco touches add grace to all the public spaces.

Europe's number-one cruise line combines a Continental experience, enticing itineraries, and Italy's classical design and style with relaxing days and romantic nights at sea. Genoa-based Costa Crociere, parent company of Costa Cruise Lines, had been in the shipping business for more than 100 years and in the passenger business for almost 50 years when it was bought by Airtours and Carnival Corporation in 1997. In 2000 Carnival completed a buyout of the Costa line and began expanding the fleet with larger and more dynamic ships.

An ongoing shipbuilding program has brought Costa ships into the 21st century with innovative large-ship designs that reflect their Italian heritage and style without overlooking the amenities expected by modern cruisers. Acknowledging changing habits (even among Europeans), Costa Cruises has eliminated smoking entirely in dining rooms and show lounges. However, smokers are permitted to light up in designated areas in other public rooms, as well as on the pool deck.

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Pros

  • With floor-to-ceiling glass walls, saunas and steam rooms are bright and cheery
  • Dance floors in the main "grand" lounges are large enough for real ballroom dancing
  • There is a dedicated lounge for cigar smokers

Cons

  • The library doesn't have many books and is staffed daily at limited times
  • Open decks feel pretty crowded on fully booked sailings
  • Wi-Fi is often slow, and the computer center can be noisy
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,027
  • Entered Service 2003
  • Gross Tons 103,000
  • Length 890 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,358
  • Passenger Capacity 2,716 (3,470 max)
  • Width 124 feet

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