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Costa Fortuna Review

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Costa Fortuna
4.0 / 5.0
181 reviews

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About

Passengers
2,702

Crew
1,068

Passenger to Crew
2.53:1

Launched
2003

Shore Excursions
501
Sails To
Mediterranean, Baltic Sea, Caribbean
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Costa Fortuna Overview

If U.S.-based cruise lines are slowing down the rapid fleet expansion that occurred over the late 1990's and into the first few years of the 21st century, Europe-based cruise lines are a different story.

Costa, a member of the huge Carnival Corporation family of cruise lines, is taking the lead. Costa Fortuna, launched in November of 2003, represents a continued evolution. The strategy of the Genoa-based company, as it unveils its new ships, is to provide a mostly European passenger base with the same amenities -- high balcony ratio, an alternative restaurant, and a splashy decorating scheme -- as those that North American travelers now demand.

What's particularly interesting about Costa Fortuna is that it's actually built on the same platform as sister company Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory, and also resembles Carnival Destiny and Carnival Conquest in many important ways. Add to that an American touch on the decor -- this ship, like Costa Mediterranea before it, was designed by Carnival's uber-design-master Joe Farcus. What you get, ultimately, is a pan-European cruise experience mixed with American-style comforts.

Onboard, the ship's decorating theme pays homage to classic Italian vessels (every public room is inspired by -- and named after -- a particular ship) and Farcus has blended a bit of elegance with a defiantly whimsical flair. Costa Fortuna is not as neon-flashy as Carnival and yet is definitely more lively, in color and texture, than traditional European cruise ships.

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Top Costa Fortuna Itineraries

Costa Fortuna
9 night mediterranean cruise

Valencia, Palma de Mallorca (Majorca), Palermo (Sicily), Naples, Rome (Civitavecchia), Genoa, Marseille, Barcelona

9 Night Mediterranean Cruise

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Fellow Passengers

Expect to find that about 15 percent of passengers hail from North American; the rest are primarily from Italy, Spain, France and Germany (and, as a result, on important announcements and during the muster drill each message is repeated in five different languages).


Costa Fortuna Dress Code

Casual during the day, smart casual in the evenings, with one formal night and one semi-formal night on a seven-day cruise.


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Costa Fortuna Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.03.9
Dining4.03.1
Entertainment4.03.1
Public Rooms4.03.7
Fitness Recreation4.03.4
Family3.03.4
Enrichment3.02.9
Service3.03.6
Value For Money4.03.3

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Costa Fortuna Member Reviews

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LisK
Sail Date: Feb 2020
We would definitely do another Costa cruise on either the Fortuna or one of their other ships in the future.... Read More
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dawnprincess2010
Sail Date: Dec 2019
The atrium on Fortuna has a glass roof on deck 11 and glass elevators all the way to deck 2.... Read More
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NWHairGal
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Because smoking is allowed on balconies on Fortuna, and I'm assuming all Costa. I'm HIGHLY sensitive to smoke.... Read More
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NIKIM5758
Sail Date: Dec 2019
Costa offered a deal on alternative itineraries and we chose a 15 night trip to the Far East on Fortuna. On reading the reviews after booking we wondered whether we had made a huge mistake.... Read More

Costa Cruises Fleet

Costa neoRomantica
3.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

63 reviews

Costa Romantica had a total redesign and refurbishment in 2014 to be reborn as the Costa neoRomantica with a more intimate atmosphere aimed at adult-oriented cruising.

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Costa Victoria
3.5 / 5.0
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Costa Victoria is an older ship -- launched in 1996 -- and, even though it had a major refurbishment in 2004 (adding 242 balconies and mini-suites), it's still a bit behind the times.

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Costa Mediterranea
4.0 / 5.0
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This 2,114-passenger vessel, launched in 2003, is a great option for anyone wanting to have a more Italian cruise experience.

Costa Fortuna
4.0 / 5.0
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Costa Fortuna, a 2,702-passenger vessel that debuted in 2003, offers an Italian experience with American comforts.

Costa Magica
4.0 / 5.0
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Costa Magica offers "Cruising Italian Style" with a savvy flair that includes international cuisine and more than 5,000 pieces of Italian art.

Costa Serena
4.0 / 5.0
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Costa Serena, launched in 2007, is a casual, multinational ship with relaxation options including four pools, spa cabins and a spa restaurant.

Costa Pacifica

Pacifica launched in 2007 with a music theme. Unique to Costa Pacifica are cruising's first-ever recording studio and a "music maestro," who oversees the enrichment opportunity.

Costa Luminosa
3.5 / 5.0
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Costa Luminosa is a whimsical ship with a simple layout that's easy to navigate. The ship, which debuted in 2009, represents a "retro-style evolution" for Costa.

Costa Deliziosa
3.0 / 5.0
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With 2,260 passengers, Costa Deliziosa is a warm, whimsical ship with a simple, easy-to-navigate layout and plenty of amenities.

Costa Favolosa

Costa Favolosa launched July 2011. The 114,500-ton, 3,000-passenger vessel was built at Fincantieri's Marghera ship yard in Venice, Italy.

Costa Fascinosa

The 114,500-ton, 3,000-passenger Costa Fascinosa an Asian-themed Samsara Spa (with associated restaurant), a pool area with giant movie screen and sliding glass roof, and a Grand Prix driving simulator.

Costa neoRiviera
3.0 / 5.0
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As with all Costa's "neo" ships, neoRiviera's itineraries include more overnights and longer port stays; features a mostly Italian clientele and vibe that could be off-putting to Americans.

Costa Diadema
4.0 / 5.0
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Large cruise ship carrying 3,693 passengers and features several dining options, longest promenade deck in the Costa fleet, more than 7,000 works of art and state-of-the-art simulators. 

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