One of the older ships in Costa's fleet launched in 1996. Decor and design preceeds the carnival era.
Best For People Who Want
An Italian carnival atmosphere; Plenty of deck parties, loud music and a wide range of facilities, including a large children's facility and a water slide; All the options and activities that come with a megaship, including a large fitness area, plenty of balconies; lots of entertainment options.
Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer
Tranquility; great food and service; not to be in a place where English is not the first language
The Costa Victoria is a cruise ship that reflects the warmth and spirit of Italy. Intended to be one of the most exciting and stunningly beautiful ships of our time, the Costa Victoria cruise ship is a modern masterpiece offering every comfort, convenience and amenity for her guest's enjoyment. Her avant-garde design set new standards of excellence. From the breathtaking panoramic Concorde Plaza to the sparkling indoor pool, ultramodern Pompei Spa and incredible Planetarium Atrium spanning seven decks, the Costa Victoria cruise ship combines the elegance of European style with the sophistication of American comforts.
Costa has opened a Hospitality Training Institute in La Romana, Dominican Republic, in association with the prestigious American culinary and hospitality school of Johnson & Wales University. The school will train service personnel for the expanding Costa fleet. This should lead to an improvement in service in the future.
Although the ship was launched before trhe Carnival era - the ship was refurbished In January 2004, Costa Victoria underwent a major rebuild which included the expansion of the buffet area and addition of two panorama promenades, each about 459 feet in length.
That Italy has some of the world's greatest cuisine should not be taken to mean that Costa serves the world's best food. Indeed, menus appear to be designed to appeal mostly to an Italian audience, and should you order a selection from another continental derivation, you will probably end up thinking, "I should have gone Italian." You would suppose that they'd get pasta dishes right every time, but pasta depends upon fast service before it gets cold and rubbery. At the buffets, you will be presented with what Europeans are used to as "fast food" including beans for breakfast, and cheese, hard sausage and rolls for lunch.
Two main dining rooms each of one decks. About 80% of cruisers opt for open-seating anytime dining. Service can be slow and inconsistent depending an how you time your dinner. Try to go early if possible.
We'll say it plainly: on a Costa ship you are an American in Europe. The company is expanding rapidly (undergoing a cruising renaissance in Europe similar to what the U.S. experienced years ago), so the staff can be surprisingly slow, and sometimes seemingly impolite, including the cabin stewards. You can always count on the bar staff to cheer you up, though.
The amount charged to the shipboard account, per person per day (including children), is $8.50. This covers dining room and stateroom personnel. Passengers can have the amount adjusted by visiting the Guest Relations Desk.
A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all bar tabs. Spa staff and room service staff may be tipped as service is received.
These ships try very hard to present variety shows that a person of any native language can enjoy. This means puppeteers, acrobatic displays and other visual forms of entertainment.
Any songs are generally sung in English - since most popular music is recorded in English, but if a hit song has ever been made in a foreign Language it will prbably be in the show: an example 99 Luft Balloons by German artist Nena. Also expect to hear "I love Paris" by Gershwin, because all Europeans know the words.
In January 2004, Costa Victoria underwent a major rebuild which included the addition of balconies to 246 outside staterooms. This means 43% of Victoria's outside staterooms now have balconies. Costa Victoria's staterooms are much smaller than you'll find aboard the company's other vessels, and none have private balconies even at the suite level. Standard cabins range from a miniscule 120 sq. ft. to a barely tolerable 150 sq. ft. All have small refrigerators, color TV and safes; bathrooms have shower and hair dryers.