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The Costa Romantica: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

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The Costa Romantica is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Costa Romantica.

To The Mediterranean

The Costa Romantica sails the Eastern and Western Mediterranean. Voyages range from seven to 11 nights. The ports of departure are Genoa, Rome, Naples and Venice in Italy, with port stops at Barcelona, Mykonos, Katakolon, Santorini, Izmir, Lanzarote, Madeira (Funchal), Tenerife, Corfu and Dubrovnik.

Bedecked With Art

The Costa Romantica is a luxury cruise liner with an eclectic European flair. It offers elegant and sophisticated finishes, including fine woods, marble and original paintings and sculptures. Accommodating 1,356 passengers, the Costa Romantica abounds with activities for couples as well as families with young children and teens.

Special Features

The Costa Romantica abounds with amenities, including: two pools, four hot tubs, three restaurants, seven bars and a wellness center that has a gym, treatment rooms, sauna and Turkish bath. The ship also has an outdoor jogging track, a theater on two levels, casino, two card rooms, disco, shopping mall and the Squok Club, which provides entertainment for young children and teens.

Accommodations

The Costa Romantica offers a range of cabins, from standard inside and outside staterooms to more luxurious suites. "Panorama suites" are tiered rooms with a bedroom level above a sitting-room level, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that provide direct views of the sea. Each cabin is paneled in cherrywood and decorated with a photo tapestry. Cabins come equipped with hair dryers, telephones, private safes and mini bars.

Cost

Prices vary, depending on the length of the cruise and the type of cabin. The price for a seven-day cruise on the Costa Romantica can range from $429 to $2,500 per person.

Excursion

The Costa Romantic offers many exotic excursions at its destination ports. One notable excursion is Santorini. One of the most scenic of all the Greek Islands, Santorini boasts dramatic attractions, including pitch-black beaches, whitewashed clifftop houses, churches overlooking the sea and a spectacular volcanic crater.

Dining Options

The Costa Romantica offers several dining options, from casual lunching by the pool to a formal seated dinner. Authentic Italian cuisine is served in the Botticelli restaurant. Il Giardino is a buffet restaurant with an outdoor seating area called La Terrazza. It offers salads, various ethnic hot dishes of the day, desserts, sandwiches, breads and cheeses. A buffet-style breakfast is served each day from 7 to 9:15 a.m. Choices range from hot dishes to fresh fruit, pastries, breads and eggs. Dinner is served in two seatings, at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Room service is offered 24 hours a day.

Maiden Voyage

The Costa Romantica was designed and built for Costa Crociere, an independently owned Italian-based cruise ship operator, and first launched in 1993. The Costa Romantica has since been acquired by Carnival Corp.

In The News

An engine room fire broke out in February 2009, while the Costa Romantica was near Punta del Este, Uruguay, causing a general temporary blackout.

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