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Costa Magica Review

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Costa Magica
4.0 / 5.0
215 reviews

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About

Passengers
2,702

Crew
1,068

Passenger to Crew
2.53:1

Launched
2004

Shore Excursions
423
Sails To
Mediterranean, Caribbean
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Jana Jones
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Costa Magica Overview

More than any of its other brands, Carnival Corp.'s Costa Crociere, acquired in 2001, has taken the mantle of its big sister Carnival Cruise Lines and has parlayed it into "Cruising Italian Style" with savvy flair. Upon boarding Costa Magica, which debuted in November of 2004, there's no question that you have just entered the whimsical world of Joe Farcus (Carnival's longtime interior architect and designer) ... with an Italian accent.

Costa Magica is enormous, especially for Europe, at 105,000 tons and carrying 2,720 passengers. (But it isn't the first: Its sister Costa Fortuna debuted in 2003 to equal success.) And on Costa Magica, "Cruising Italian Style" takes on new meaning since the interior theme of the ship is Italian holiday spots. Blown-up posters (manipulated by computer to look like Impressionist-era paintings) of destinations as diverse as Portofino and the Italian Alps line the walls and center the Italia Magica Atrium theme; the public rooms are also named for these places.

So this is most definitely a ship that is Italian in style and substance. "Cruising Italian Style" in Europe is an experience in cultural diversity that shouldn't be missed. Not only is it great fun -- and occasionally challenging -- but it's also eye-opening in terms of societal differences. I learned that kids are kids (and behave the same way in any language), that Europeans love to dance and will find any opportunity to swing around a ballroom floor, and that Americans, Canadians and Brits were the only people who attempted to stand in line for anything until finally giving in to the chaos around them.

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Top Costa Magica Itineraries

Costa Magica
3 night mediterranean cruise

Barcelona, Genoa, Marseille, Barcelona

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Fellow Passengers

On the Europe itineraries, about 75 percent of the guests are Italian, with the rest being a mix of Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, British, Canadian and American, and a few from the Baltic regions. The ages range from very young families to very old seniors -- in other words, no one would feel uncomfortable onboard. Announcements are in several languages, which is wearing after awhile, and the multicultural mix can be chaotic, but I think that if world leaders took this cruise and saw how everyone managed to communicate and get along, we'd all be better off.


Costa Magica 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 Magica Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.1
Dining3.03.1
Entertainment4.03.2
Public Rooms4.03.9
Fitness Recreation3.03.7
Family4.03.9
Enrichment1.02.8
Service4.03.7
Value For Money4.03.2

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Costa Magica Member Reviews

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janehoson
Sail Date: Jun 2019
Given the reviews of Magica and Costa (read them after booking...)... Read More
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DiscoVolante
Sail Date: Dec 2019
We chose this cruise to get away from the Winter and have Christmas at sea Our Costa organised bus trip from our home town in Austria to Savona was smooth and punctual.... Read More
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Mlss
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Magica was delusive..it is opened only for 1 hr if you're lucky.... Read More
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Happychappy64
Sail Date: Aug 2019
We did three excursions through Costa and two of these were very good.... 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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