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Costa Serena - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Costa SerenaThe Costa Serena has an exuberant and festive style all their own.

When the Costa Serena was introduced in 2007, it boasted one of the largest spas at sea, measuring over 20,000 square feet. It also represented a further continuance of the concept of spa cabins—99 staterooms located conveniently near the fitness center with special privileges for guests, such as direct elevator access to the spa, a spa-inspired line of bathroom amenities, and priority reservations in the spa-oriented alternative restaurant—an enhancement that subsequently was expanded and copied by other cruise lines from Carnival to Celebrity Cruises.

Activities On Costa Serena
The 3,000-passenger, 114,000 gross ton vessel is intended for year-round cruising in the Mediterranean, and has been specifically designed with winter cruising in mind. For example, Magrodomes (sliding glass canopies) cover two of the four swimming pools so they may be used regardless of the weather.

The Costa Serena offers other innovative features such as a Formula One race-car simulator, which puts passengers in the driver’s seat of a virtual race car. A giant video screen above the pool allows passengers to enjoy “dive-in movies,” as the line coyly puts it. This feature was first introduced by Princess Cruises and was subsequently adopted by Carnival Cruise Lines and Disney Cruise Line in addition to Costa. Traditional cruise ship activities such as volleyball, basketball and tennis are available on a multi-use sports court.

Dining On Costa Serena
Altogether there are five restaurants. Two main dining rooms serve at traditional mealtimes, an alternative restaurant serves by reservations only, a casual buffet option offers a wide range of dishes for self-service, and the aforementioned spa restaurant serves from a heath-conscious menu. Public rooms abound, from the cavernous three-deck main theater to a glitzy cacophonous casino worthy of Las Vegas. More intimate spaces for relaxation and diversion include the library or sports bar, as well as a multitude of other lounges and festive playrooms for the kids.

Cabins On Costa Serena
Every cabin is equipped with a Sony PlayStation 3 console for on-demand gaming. The name “Serena” was selected “to signify serenity between the people of different nations that the ship will welcome onboard,” and this pan-European concept provided the central theme of the interior décor, which, as with other recent Costa ships, was overseen by former Carnival chief architect Joe Farcus.

Ceres Restaurant on Costa SerenaShip Information
This Costa ship features a specialty à la carte restaurant, a multitude of colorful bars and lounges, and nearly 600 cabins and suites with a balcony.

Ship Facts
Year Built 2007 ♦ Country of Registry Italy ♦ Tonnage 114,500 ♦ Length 951 ft - 290 m ♦ Cruising Speed 21 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 3,000 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 3,780 ♦ Passenger Decks 14 ♦ Officers and Crew 1,100 ♦ Officer's Nationality Italian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Total 1,500 ♦ Suites with Balcony 70 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 505 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 333 ♦ Inside 592 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 27 ♦ 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: Club Bacco ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Room Service Available

Atrium on Costa SerenaPublic Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

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

Sports and Activities
Resort Style Pool ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Grand Prix Simulator

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