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Costa Deliziosa Review

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Costa Deliziosa
3.0 / 5.0
177 reviews

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Passengers
2,260

Crew
1,050

Passenger to Crew
2.15:1

Launched
February 2010

Shore Excursions
898
Sails To
Mediterranean
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Carolyn Spencer Brown
Cruise Critic Contributor

Costa Deliziosa Overview

Costa Deliziosa, a twin to Costa Luminosa, is a warm, whimsical ship with a simple layout that's easy to navigate. The 92,600-ton, 2,260-passenger ship, which debuted in February 2010, represents a "retro-style evolution" for Costa Cruises. What do we mean by that? While the Italy-based and European-influenced cruise line has been producing mega-ships like the 114,500-ton, 3,000-passenger Concordia-class ships (Costa Serena, Pacifica, Favolosa and Fascinosa) and the 132,500-ton, 3,724-passenger Costa Diadema, it has also been building ships like Deliziosa -- and Luminosa, too -- with a smaller design.

The sister ships are actually built to Panamax specifications, which means they're not only smaller than many of their fleetmates, but they're more flexible, too. Since Deliziosa can slide through the Panama Canal, it has more itinerary possibilities, and, indeed, it's been doing annual world cruises since 2011.

Costa Deliziosa's slightly smaller, more manageable size does not preclude it from offering all of Costa's mega-sized features and amenities, from vast spa facilities and kids club to its Grand Prix driving simulator and extensive entertainment options. And nifty self-service screens, called totems, let you check your onboard account, make restaurant reservations, learn about the crew, figure out what's in the daily program and book spa treatments from public areas without having to find your way back to your cabin.

While Costa attracts a largely European clientele, it's actually part of the Carnival Corporation, and the ship most resembles Carnival Cruise Lines in its design and in its layout. (Its jazzy interiors are created by Joe Farcus, a longtime Carnival decorator, yet there's a little bit of Holland America in its layout, such as a similar main pool design).

We're not convinced that travelers wanting a European ambience onboard will find Costa Deliziosa notably more upscale and sophisticated than the ships in the fleet's Concordia class. The neon signage in public spaces simply screams "mass market," for example.

Where Deliziosa shines is in its size -- it's big enough to offer dining choices, a handful of pools, and plenty of options in entertainment and recreation. But it's not so large that it can't pass through the Panama Canal. That means it can offer far more daring, interesting and exotic itineraries than its mega-ship counterparts.

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Top Costa Deliziosa Itineraries

Costa Deliziosa
115 night round world cruise

Genoa, Marseille, Rome (Civitavecchia), Katakolon (Olympia), Limassol, Haifa (Tel Aviv), Aqaba (Petra), Salalah, Mumbai (Bombay), Mumbai (Bombay), Mormugao (Goa), Richards Bay, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt, St. Maarten, Colon (Cristobal), Colon (Cristobal), Puerto Limon, Roatan, Cozumel, Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Port Canaveral (Orlando), Newport, New York (Manhattan), New York (Manhattan), Hamilton, Ponta Delgada, Lisbon, Lisbon, Seville, Marseille, Genoa

115 Night Round World Cruise

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Fellow Passengers

Deliziosa's Mediterranean itineraries attract cruisers of all ages, and summers see lots of families onboard. The world cruises attract an older demographic, with an average age of about 65, and travelers are typically retired and affluent. Italians are the biggest nationality onboard, followed by Germans, French, North Americans and Asians.


Costa Deliziosa Dress Code

Most nights are informal, with "resort wear" appropriate; jackets are not required. There are one or two gala evenings per European sailing, depending on length. Suits for men and cocktail dresses for women are recommended. The cruise line suggests passengers not wear beach clothes and shoes (shorts, sarongs or flip-flops) in restaurants. Though Costa does not reference jeans directly in its written policy, denim is allowed in the dining room.


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Costa Deliziosa Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.03.8
Dining3.02.8
Entertainment3.03.1
Public Rooms3.03.6
Fitness Recreation4.03.3
Family3.03.8
Service2.03.2
Value For Money4.02.7

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Costa Deliziosa Member Reviews

Costa Deliziosa
Craigcruises4u
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Cruise number 53 Costa Cruises – Costa Deliziosa 3rd November - 10th November 2019 Cabin number: 8337 - midship , Deck 8 - Premier Balcony Cabin Total pax : 2011 , Crew : 1100 : Decks : 16... Read More
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theprimate
Sail Date: Mar 2019
Costa gets an “F” for entertainment. We wanted our vacation to be devoid of badgering for money. Costa gets a “D” for that. We had a good time. Costa discounts are cheesy and feels like a cheat.... Read More
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moneyman48
Sail Date: Feb 2019
Costa -Deliziosa Our 11-day cruise (February 21, 2019) generally was made most enjoyable by the crew. Very helpful, pleasant & happy to serve you.... Read More
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jjkomers
Sail Date: Jan 2019
Regardless of poor reviews that we read, we embarked on the Costa Deliziosa due to provided price discounts (~70%) for 2 x 10 consecutive days. And, the following is our personal opinion: 1.... Read More

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3.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

63 reviews

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3.5 / 5.0
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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
Editor Rating


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
Editor Rating

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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