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Costa Cruises: Costa Victoria

Costa Victoria Review

Costa Victoria, which is an older ship that once belonged to the Carnival line (the parent of Costa), sails a variety of Asian itineraries that include China, South Korea, and Japan.

Costa's first large ship is a stunning contemporary, sun-filled vessel built

before Carnival Cruise Lines’ designer Joe Farcus began creating interiors for Costa ships. As a result, its public spaces reflect a chic Italian flair with marble-accented floors and walls. The style combines a traditional nautical look with minimalist design, high-value finishes, and unique works of art such as the Capriccio Bar, with its inimitable and valuable mosaic signed by Emilio Tadini.

In addition to a seven-deck atrium with an overhead skylight and panoramic elevators at the ship's center, a unique four-deck-high observation lounge has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ship's bow. Costa Victoria has all the bells and whistles expected on contemporary ships, including large entertainment lounges and cozy spaces for cocktails and conversation.

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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What You Should Know


  • There are plenty of lounge chairs on deck for sunning (and usually no lines)
  • Freshly made pasta dishes are always good
  • There is no charge for using the sauna and steam rooms in the spa


  • The show room at the back of the ship has limited sight lines
  • Accommodations are quite small by today’s standards
  • In a throwback to earlier ship design, the indoor pool and fitness center are located on a low deck
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 766
  • Entered Service 1996
  • Gross Tons 76,000
  • Length 828 feet
  • Number of Cabins 964
  • Passenger Capacity 1,928
  • Width 106 feet

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