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This is the Essential Cruise Tips Podcast with cruise expert and author Gary Bembridge. Full of tips, advice and ways to plan and get the most from your cruising vacation.

Dec 19, 2013

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Costa is an Italian line that has been in service for over 60 years and most of the passengers come from Italy. You will hear Italian spoken all around you and in announcements, although English is also used extensively on board. Costa provides social hosts for most main language groups who hold briefings at the start, during and end of the cruise on processes, events and procedures. They also available every day for one-on-one sessions. Passengers are allocated dining companions based on their language.

It is very popular with families including multi-generational groups traveling together. The entertainment and activities are very child friendly. So Costa suits people who have children or do not mind being surrounded by lots of them.

They offer good value cruising with competitive fares to appeal to budget-conscious families. It provides an accessible and mass-market experience, so you should expect an appropriate level of quality and service. For example, the food is good and plentiful but not especially memorable.

It has one of the more liberal smoking poilicies in cruising, including the ability to smoke in some of the bars and public rooms.