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Costa Cruises: Costa Serena

Costa Serena Cruise Review

Introduced in 2007 as a Concordia-class ship, Costa Serena features contemporary design mixed with décor elements meant to evoke the characteristics of Classical Greek and Roman mythology. Costa Serena voyages are concentrated in the Western Mediterranean.

The largest ships built for an Italian cruise line are larger versions of identical sister ships Costa Magica and Costa Fortuna, which were derived from parent Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Triumph and Carnival Conquest. But Costa has pulled out all the stops with these vessels.

The Samsara Spas are far from ho-hum, both in facilities and amenities. Some of the largest at sea, they span 20,500 square feet. Luxurious, Samsara staterooms and suites are located adjacent to and one deck below the spa itself. A health-conscious Samsara Restaurant is reserved for their dining pleasure on deck 3. Other cool features are not one, but two swimming pools with retractable roofs, a huge outdoor movie screen, and a Grand Prix racing simulator—just like the ones Formula One race car drivers use for training.

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.

What You Should Know


  • Channel your inner speed demon and drive like a pro in a Formula One race-car simulator
  • PlayStation World for kids is equipped exclusively with PlayStation 3 machines
  • Samsara Spa accommodations have convenient direct access to the spa


  • At maximum capacity these ships feel crowded
  • Midnight buffets are sumptuous but are scheduled shortly after late seating end
  • Announcements are frequent and made in several languages
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,100
  • Entered Service 2007
  • Gross Tons 114,500
  • Length 951 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,500
  • Passenger Capacity 3,000
  • Width 116 feet

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