Costa Serena - Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017 (Berlitz Cruise Guide) (2016)

Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017 (Berlitz Cruise Guide) (2016)

Costa Serena


Berlitz’s Ratings

Ship: 380 out of 500

Accommodation: 143 out of 200

Food: 245 out of 400

Service: 266 out of 400

Entertainment: 64 out of 100

Cruise: 265 out of 400

Overall Score: 1363 out of 2000

Costa Serena Statistics

Size: Large Resort Ship

Tonnage: 114,147

Lifestyle: Standard

Cruise Line: Costa Cruises

Former Names: none

IMO Number: 9343132

Builder: Fincantieri (Italy)

Original Cost: €475 million

Entered Service: May 2007

Registry: Italy

Length (ft/m): 952.0/290.2

Beam (ft/m): 116.4/35.5

Draft (ft/m): 27.2/8.3

Propulsion/Propellers: diesel-electric (34,000kW)/2 azimuthing pods

Passenger Decks: 13

Total Crew: 1,090

Passengers (lower beds): 3,000

Passenger Space Ratio (lower beds): 38.0

Passenger/Crew Ratio (lower beds): 2.7

Cabins (total): 1,500

Size Range (sq ft/m): 482.2-179.7/44.8-16.7

Cabins (for one person): 0

Cabins (with private balcony): 575

Cabins (wheelchair accessible): 12

Wheelchair accessibility: Good

Cabin Current: 110 and 220 volts

Elevators: 14

Casino (gaming tables): Yes

Slot Machines: Yes

Swimming Pools: 2

Hot Tubs (on deck): 5

Self-Service Launderette: No

Dedicated Cinema/Seats: No

Library: Yes

Onboard currency: Euros


Really upbeat Italian decor and style, for family cruising

Overview. Costa Cruises does a good job of providing first-time cruise passengers with a well-packaged holiday that is a mix of sophistication and basic fare.

The Ship. Costa Serena absorbs passengers well and won’t feel too crowded - except on the open decks. The delightful interior design is themed around the heavens and astrology.

There are three decks full of bars and lounges plus lots of other public rooms. This ship has a nine-deck-high glass-domed atrium lobby with four panoramic elevators providing great views.

The Casino is large and glitzy, but always lively and entertaining; slot machines occupy a separate area from gaming tables. There’s also a very small library, an Internet-connect center, card room, art gallery, and video game room, together with several other bars and lounges, plus a chapel.

From December 2014, the ship sails year-round from Shanghai, China.

Accommodation. There are numerous price grades, from two-bed interior cabins to grand suites with private balcony, although in reality there are only three different sizes: suites with balcony, two- or four-bed outside-view cabins, and two- or four-bed interior cabins. Eight Grand Suites comprise the largest accommodation.

Dining. There are two main dining rooms: the 1,125-seat Ceres, located aft, and the 775-seat Vesta, amidships. Tables for two to eight are allocated according to your accommodation grade and location, in one of two seating times. These dining rooms offer traditional cruise fare that is best described as banquet-style food.

Two 84-seat Samsara Restaurants are for those seeking spa food with reduced calories, fat and salt. Menu creations are under the direction of dietary consultant and Michelin-starred chef Ettore Boccia, known for his molecular Italian cuisine. This venue is open for lunch and dinner to those in Samsara-grade suites and cabins, and to anyone else for dinner only at an extra daily or weekly charge.

Other dining options. The 90-seat Bacco Club Restaurant is an upscale, intimate, extra-cost, reservations-required restaurant. The Promotea Buffet Restaurant is a self-serve eatery. The food in this venue is repetitive, and a source of passenger complaints. The Caffeteria is the place to go for decent Italian coffees and Italian pastries (extra cost).

Entertainment. The three-deck-high 1,287-seat Giove Theater is the venue for all production shows and large-scale cabaret acts. Typically, it presents revue-style shows performed by a small troupe of resident artists.

Spa/Fitness. Samsara Spa occupies 23,186 sq ft (2,154 sq m) of space, spread over two decks. It includes a fitness room, saunas, steam rooms, UVB solarium, changing rooms, and treatment rooms.