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Although owned by the huge Carnival Corporation since 1997, Costa is still very much an Italian cruise line.

A typical Costa passenger will be a young couple or family with children who enjoy a bustling and loud atmosphere. The majority of passengers will be Italian with a smaller number of other europeans. Caribbean intineraries tend to be dominated by Spanish speakers from South America.

Despite the large Italian presence, all printed information is in Italian, English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

Announcements are made in a number of languages, including English.

The dress code is relatively casual, even on formal nights.

Smoking is widely allowed onboard and non-smoking rules in various areas tend to be flouted.

It is important to note that gratuities have been renamed as a "service charge" and are compulsary and unalterable.

Passengers are not allowed to bring food and drink onboard. Any food or drink purchased in port will be stored until the end of the cruise.

There are organised activities for toilet trained children aged 3 or older. A collective babysitting service is proviced in the Miniclub between 11:30pm and 1:30am which requires booking one day in advance.

On Board Currency

Euro (non-Caribbean itineraties), US Dollar (Caribbean itineraries)

Crew Nationalities

Dining Staff
Cabin Staff
European & Asian

Tipping / Gratuities

€7(general) / $11(Caribbean & Far East) / $10(South America & Spring Transatlantic) per person per day. Gratuities are called a "service charge", are compulsary, and cannot be altered. Under 4's are free from gratuities and 4-14 year olds pay 50%.
At passenger's discretion