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Costa Deliziosa Review

3.0 / 5.0
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Carolyn Spencer Brown

Costa Deliziosa, a twin to Costa Luminosa, is a warm, whimsical ship with a simple layout that's easy to navigate. The 92,600-ton, 2,260-passenger ship, which debuted in February 2010, represents a "retro-style evolution" for Costa Cruises. What do we mean by that? While the Italy-based and European-influenced cruise line has been producing mega-ships like the 114,500-ton, 3,000-passenger Concordia-class ships (Costa Serena, Pacifica, Favolosa and Fascinosa) and the 132,500-ton, 3,724-passenger Costa Diadema, it has also been building ships like Deliziosa -- and Luminosa, too -- with a smaller design.

The sister ships are actually built to Panamax specifications, which means they're not only smaller than many of their fleetmates, but they're more flexible, too. Since Deliziosa can slide through the Panama Canal, it has more itinerary possibilities, and, indeed, it's been doing annual world cruises since 2011.

Costa Deliziosa's slightly smaller, more manageable size does not preclude it from offering all of Costa's mega-sized features and amenities, from vast spa facilities and kids club to its Grand Prix driving simulator and extensive entertainment options. And nifty self-service screens, called totems, let you check your onboard account, make restaurant reservations, learn about the crew, figure out what's in the daily program and book spa treatments from public areas without having to find your way back to your cabin.

While Costa attracts a largely European clientele, it's actually part of the Carnival Corporation, and the ship most resembles Carnival Cruise Lines in its design and in its layout. (Its jazzy interiors are created by Joe Farcus, a longtime Carnival decorator, yet there's a little bit of Holland America in its layout, such as a similar main pool design).

We're not convinced that travelers wanting a European ambience onboard will find Costa Deliziosa notably more upscale and sophisticated than the ships in the fleet's Concordia class. The neon signage in public spaces simply screams "mass market," for example.

Where Deliziosa shines is in its size -- it's big enough to offer dining choices, a handful of pools, and plenty of options in entertainment and recreation. But it's not so large that it can't pass through the Panama Canal. That means it can offer far more daring, interesting and exotic itineraries than its mega-ship counterparts.


Passengers: 2260
Crew: 1050
Passenger to Crew: 2.15:1
Launched: 0
Shore Excursions: 712

Fellow Passengers

Deliziosa's Mediterranean itineraries attract cruisers of all ages, and summers see lots of families onboard. The world cruises attract an older demographic, with an average age of about 65, and travelers are typically retired and affluent. Italians are the biggest nationality onboard, followed by Germans, French, North Americans and Asians.

Costa Deliziosa Dress Code

Most nights are informal, with "resort wear" appropriate; jackets are not required. There are one or two gala evenings per European sailing, depending on length. Suits for men and cocktail dresses for women are recommended. The cruise line suggests passengers not wear beach clothes and shoes (shorts, sarongs or flip-flops) in restaurants. Though Costa does not reference jeans directly in its written policy, denim is allowed in the dining room.

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Where does Costa Deliziosa sail from?

Costa Deliziosa departs from Barcelona, Genoa, Rome, Civitavecchia, Marseille, Buenos Aires, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, and Sydney

How much does it cost to go on Costa Deliziosa?

Cruises on Costa Deliziosa start from $411 per person.
Costa Deliziosa Cruiser Reviews

Better than the negative reviews

Just completed a 7 day cruise out of Venice on Costa Delizosa .I had been concerned about so many bad reviews prior to my departure but thankfully the cruise was all good the food cabin and service wereRead More

many10+ Cruises

Age 76s

Great ship, High Quality

I recommend 100% Costa Deliziosa for future cruise.Its a great and clean ship.Read More

many10+ Cruises

Age 30s

Great value for money...poor service from Costa ashore

The negatives: Poor customer service from Costa from the very beginning. Couldn't contact them when we had questions. Slow embarkation at Venice Clunky booking process.Read More

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 50s

COVID Management like a Jail

You feel like in jail if you go with COSTA! It is better to wait with cruises with Costa as long as the COVID activities are mandatory. We had to book for every port a costa trip.Read More

many10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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