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Military Spouses reviews of Costa - April, 1017

Heather Stinson   

We just returned from our third cruise-first time on Costa (the Diadems). I originally booked because I received a phenomenal deal, but then was skeptical because of things I had read online. I will tell you, most of the negative things I read were WRONG! 

Firstly, we are a family of five, so our previous experience has been with two cabins-Costa's cabin for five was a HUGE selling point, and it worked so well for us. 

We had an oceanview room, two upper bunks, and they rolled another bed in for under one of the top bunks. The cabin also had two bathrooms-one with a toilet, shower, and sink; the other had a bath/shower and sink. It worked perfectly for our family (two teenage girls who like to primp). 

The staff on board was very helpful, despite what we heard. I will say they were different-just meaning they weren't "in your face" pushing services on you-but if you needed something, they did everything possible to help. 

Booking excursions was so easy-the ship had multiple kiosks on board where I could chose and print my tickets. 

The food was good-typical European cruise food-on par with our previous experiences. There was a hot breakfast served in the restaurants every morning, and euro breakfast at the buffet. Every night, there were multiple options for dinner, and the restaurant food was delicious. 

Every night on board there was a show, and every day there were multiple events to keep all ages entertained. My teens liked their "teen club", and my five year old had a good time in the squok club. 

Overall, I would say Costa is an excellent value, especially for those who don't want to spend a fortune for a memorable experience! When booking our next cruise, we won't hesitate to go with Costa.

Ericka Panlaqui-Zuñiga 

My husband and I with our 2 yr old went to a cruise with Costa exactly a year from now. It was our very first cruise. 

I've read negative reviews about Costa but we still went for it because we were given an awesome deal. I was very skeptical at first since it was our first time and with a toddler in tow. But man oh man!I was soooo impress with everything since day one! 

We were in Costa Delizioza, and had a blast the whole time, we didn't even want to embark the ship! The food weren't bad, there's buffet for bfast, lunch and dinner. There were days we opt for the sit down restaurant; the service, crew and food did not disappoint. We did the formal dinner almost every night and we're treated like a king and queen by our designated server. 

Our room was cleaned and immaculate every time we came back in it. They had live shows and programs going on everyday. My daughter even got to meet Peppapig and had lunch with her! How cool was that! We never had any issues the whole time. 

The only thing I could probably suggest that they can improve on is the way we had to get in line to get a ticket for some stuffs and when we had to pick up our passports at the end of the trip was a little hassle. Overall it was an amazing experience, we always recommend it to our friends and we can't wait to get on our next cruise with Costa!


Sara Mendenhall 

We just returned from our cruise on Costa diadema. This was our first cruise ever with any cruise line for my family. 

I had set my expectations pretty low because of all the negative reviews. I would have to say without a doubt this cruise was great!!!

The food was delicious! The buffet for breakfast and lunch had a big variety of Italian/European dishes, with pretty of fresh fruit. 

The sit down dinner meal was a nice selection of finer dinning food and it all tasted great! We did the restaurant dining once for breakfast to order hot eggs, but we preferred the buffet breakfasts mostly because it is a quicker option in the morning. 

We only did one boat excursion in Marseille we went on the Aix en Provence tour, it was a nice walking tour with some free time at the end to explore/shop. I do wish we had more time there but it was only a 1/2 day tour option. 

At all the other ports we explored on our own and all the ports had information booths available with maps and some with last minute tours that you could go on. Also we pre-booked a Rome all day tour with All around Italy which was great!

The staff and service were very helpful when you asked and needed it. They were never pushy or constantly asking if you needed something. 

The cruise boat was super clean. They were always cleaning it, I saw deck crew cleaning throughout the day. 

It is a full European cruise experience, which you should expect since you are cruising in Europe. I would cruise with costa again a heartbeat! We are already talking about next spring break

Now with only $100 per person deposit available exclusively when you book with us!

A Costa cruise starts off with a Buon Viaggio (bon voyage) celebration, ends with an Italian street festival, and consists of all sorts of Italian-type joys in between, including tossing pizza dough at Italian cooking classes. That’s amore!

  1. Costa is the distinctly international brand of the World’s Leading Cruise Lines of Carnival Corporation
  2. Europe’s #1 Cruise Line, Italy’s largest travel company
  3. 15 Ships within Fleet, Italian flagged
  4. All ship interiors are non-smoking as of January 2014
  5. Popular Options, Abundant Choices

    1. Departures in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Baltic Sea, Central America, Africa, Dubai, Far East, Indian Ocean, South America, Caribbean, Around the World and Transatlantic
    2. 250 destinations, 100 itineraries, 69 embarkation ports and 2,200 shore excursions globally
    More 7-night, year-round Europe cruises than any other cruise line



If you’re trying to see Europe, no cruise line covers more European ports in a single cruise than Costa.


Costa’s Military Discount

Costa’s official word on military discounts is “they are offered on select sailings”. But unofficially, we are having a hard time finding any discounted rates for military on any Costa cruises. If and when they do exist: active, reserve, retired and spouses of the military member, all qualify for the discount, which is then applied to the rate paid by everyone in their cabin.

However, Costa already provides such a good cruising experience at such an affordable price - even without an additional military discount from them, they will often be the lowest-priced option for the cruise you prefer.

Fortunately, our military discount from us here at Military Cruise Deals always applies to every Costa ship and sailing!

Our online cruise search and booking engine is configured to add this substantial military discount to every Costa cruise!

So go ahead and compare our online rates to anyone else: we’re always less than Travelocity, Orbitz, USAA, Expedia, Vacations To Go and the cruise line directly!

Then feel free to book the cruise directly online or call us for assistance. 866-964-5482


Believe it or not, Costa offers greater Internet accessibility than any other cruise line. Wi-Fi service is throughout most of their ships, so you’ll be able to use your laptop, palmtop, smart phone, or any other wireless device in all the covered common areas, pool decks and cabins. Various pre-paid plans for usage are available and the cost is charged directly to your Costa sign and sail card. But no - it’s not free!

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Costa’s food is authentic Italian - the pizza, pasta, tiramisu, cannoli and gelato are uniquely delicious. There is a lavish midnight buffet EVERY NIGHT and room service is free and available 24 hours a day!

Costa’s fleet of 15 cruise ships includes several new ships which are dazzling, elegant creations, outfitted with such precious materials as mother-of-pearl, ebony, noble hardwood, 120 Murano-glass lamps, 288 original works of art, and mosaic fittings.

Costa Diadema – Built in 2014, 133,019 tons
-Crown Jewel of Costa’s Fleet
- Costa’s largest ship and the largest vessel ever to fly the Italian  flag

Costa Fascinoa – Built in 2012, 113,216 tons
Costa Favolosa – Built in 2011, 113,216 tons
Costa Deliziosa – Built in 2010, 92,720 tons
Costa Luminosa – Built in 2009, 92,720 tons
Costa Pacifica – Built in 2009, 114,500 tons
Costa Serena – Built in 2007, 114,147 tons
Costa Magica – Built in 2004, 102,587 tons
Costa Fortuna – Built in 2003, 102,587 tons
Costa Mediterranea – Built in 2003, 85,619 tons
Costa Atlantica – Built in 2000, 85,619 tons
Costa Victoria – Built in 1996, 75,166 tons


neoCollection (Slow Cruising, Boutique Collection):
Costa neoClassica – Refurbished in 2014, 52,926 tons
Costa neoRiviera – Refurbished in 2013, 48,200 tons
Costa neoRomantica – Refurbished in 2012, 57,150 tons

cabin

Classic

Premium

Samsara

Suite

Decks/Position and Size of the Cabin

Lower decks and/or standard size

Privileged position and/or larger size

Higher decks, privileged position inside the area reserved for the spa

Privileged position, higher decks and larger size

24 Hour Room Service (on request)

Extra charge

Included

Included

Included

Own Butler

No

No

No

Yes – Except Mini Suite

Continental Breakfast in Cabin (on request)

Extra Charge

Included

Included

Included

Choice on restaurant sitting (subject to availability)

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Unlimited Access to Spa

No

No

Yes

No

Samsara Wellbeing package and Samsara Restaurant

Extra Charge

Extra Charge

Included

Extra Charge

Priority Boarding

No

No

No

Yes

10% Discount on next cruise*

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Costa Club Points

Yes

Yes – double

Yes – double

Yes – double