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Costa Marina - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Costa MarinaOne of the oldest of Costa’s ships, the 1990 vintage Marina was rebuilt from the hull and engines of a former container vessel and turned into a cruise ship. This was long before the days of sister ships built in classes for four, five or six, and about a decade before Carnival Corporation took full ownership of Costa.

So the Costa Marina remains a quirky relic of another era, full of charm and whimsy for people who like that kind of thing, and appreciate an alternative to what many consider to be the cookie-cutter boredom of many a megaship. Decor throughout the ship is retro or old-fashioned—depending on how you look at it. There is an abundance of glass, affording refreshing views of the sea.

In keeping with its vintage, the Costa Marina has touches that you won’t find on a lot of cruise ships today. The cabins are appointed in real rather than simulated wood. The single-level dining room is lined with traditional portholes. Another nice aspect is that the Costa Marina carries only 766 people when fully loaded—compare that to the average megaship with a capacity of 3,000 or more!

Dining On Costa Marina
For those who find the myriad public rooms of a megaship overwhelming, the Costa Marina provides a welcome relief. There are only two venues for dining: One traditional main dining room for formal sit-down meals and the buffet restaurant for casual self-serve breakfast and lunch—the way they used to do it on every ship.

Activities On Costa Marina
There are just three lounges for entertainment—all situated on one deck, where shows rely more on the performers’ talent and creatively than on special effects. Not surprisingly given the size of the ship, public rooms are on the smaller side, such as the modest children’s playroom and the library that does double duty as the ship’s internet center. Even so, activities are plentiful and nightlife is active onboard, with a ballroom for dancing and a casino for gaming in addition to the programs in the show rooms and lounges.

Out on deck, the Costa Marina sports a small spa and fitness center with high-tech workout equipment, a main pool amidships, and a smaller, shallower pool at the stern that’s best for wading by the kiddies.

Cabins On Costa Marina
Cabins are somewhat on the small side at 170 square feet, but on the other hand they have a generous amount of storage space.

Laguna Yacht Club on Costa MarinaShip Information
Costa Marina belongs to Costa Cruises' Allegra Class of cruise ships. This Costa ship features wonderful Italian dining in the main restaurant, a multitude of colorful bars and lounges, and an atmosphere of Italian style fun.

Ship Facts
Year Built 1990 ♦ Ship's Class: Allegra Class ♦ Country of Registry Italy ♦ Tonnage 25,500 ♦ Length 577 ft - 176 m ♦ Cruising Speed 21 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 766 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 1,072 ♦ Passenger Decks 8 ♦ Officers and Crew 389 ♦ Officer's Nationality Italian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Total 383 ♦ Suites with Balcony 0 (none) ♦ Suite without Balcony 8 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 0 (none) ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 174 ♦ Inside 201 ♦ Costa Cruises' cabins include luxury bedding, complimentary continental breakfast, minibar, satellite TV programming, and 24 hour room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurants: none ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Room Service Available

Cruising on the Costa MarinaPublic Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Resort Style Pool ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center