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

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

Costa Victoria

★★★ +

Berlitz’s Ratings

Ship: 339 out of 500

Accommodation: 132 out of 200

Food: 219 out of 400

Service: 262 out of 400

Entertainment: 62 out of 100

Cruise: 246 out of 400

Overall Score: 1260 out of 2000

Costa Victoria Statistics

Size: Mid-size Ship

Tonnage: 75,200

Lifestyle: Standard

Cruise Line: Costa Cruises

Former Names: none

IMO Number: 9109031

Builder: Bremer Vulkan (Germany)

Original Cost: $388 million

Entered Service: Jul 1996

Registry: Italy

Length (ft/m): 823.0/251.0

Beam (ft/m): 105.5/32.2

Draft (ft/m): 25.6/7.8

Propulsion/Propellers: diesel (30,000kW)/2

Passenger Decks: 10

Total Crew: 800

Passengers (lower beds): 1,928

Passenger Space Ratio (lower beds): 39.0

Passenger/Crew Ratio (lower beds): 2.4

Cabins (total): 964

Size Range (sq ft/m): 120.0-430.5/11.1-40.0

Cabins (for one person): 0

Cabins (with private balcony): 246

Cabins (wheelchair accessible): 6

Wheelchair accessibility: Good

Cabin Current: 110 and 220 volts

Elevators: 12

Casino (gaming tables): Yes

Slot Machines: Yes

Swimming Pools: 3

Hot Tubs (on deck): 4

Self-Service Launderette: Yes

Dedicated Cinema/Seats: No

Library: Yes

Onboard currency: Euros


Bland decor in an Italian setting for mature-age cruisers

Overview. Where this vessel differs from many other ships is in its distinct interior decor, with styling that is decidedly Italian.

The Ship. Costa Victoria features an outdoor walk-around promenade deck, although it tends to be full of sunloungers. Inside is a charming four-deck-high observation lounge with a glass elevator; in the center is a cone-shaped waterfall. A seven-deck-high ‘planetarium’ atrium is the ship’s focal point. The uppermost level of the atrium is the deck where two outdoor swimming pools are located, together with four blocks of showers, a grill, and an ice cream bar.

All of the printed material - room service folio, menus, etc. - will typically be in six languages: Italian, English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. During European school holidays, expect to be cruising with a lot of children of all ages.

Accommodation. There are 13 price categories. The six large Panorama Suites (each with third/fourth Pullman berths in tiny, train-like compartments) and 14 mini-suites have butler service; 65 percent of all other cabins have outside views (portholes and not windows), but they are extremely small for two persons. While the suites aren’t large, all other cabins are of mean dimensions. Only 16 of the interior cabins accommodate four people, while all other cabins are for two or three.

All cabins have wood cabinetry, minibar/refrigerator, and electric blackout window blind, but the storage space is very limited. The ocean-view cabins have large picture windows. Bathrooms are small but quite well appointed.

Dining. This ship has two main dining rooms: the 594-seat Sinfonia Restaurant and the 506-seat Fantasia Restaurant. There are two seatings, with assigned tables for two to eight, according to your chosen accommodation grade. Some tables have a less than comfortable view of the harsh lighting of the escalators between the galley and the two decks of the dining room. Also, a number of support pillars provide a bit of an obstacle course for the waiters.

Other dining options. Ristorante Magnifico by Zeffirino (reservations only) is available six nights each week, with an additional service charge. Passengers occupying suites receive a free pass for one evening. The ship also has casual buffets, although the displays and food variety are poor (and a source of passenger complaints).

Entertainment. The entertainment consists of revue-style shows performed by a small troupe of resident onboard singers/dancers.

Spa/Fitness. The congested spa/fitness area, on a lower deck, is much too small for the size of the ship. It has a beauty salon, tiny indoor swimming pool, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room, but cramped changing areas. Sporting facilities include a covered walking/jogging track and a tennis court.