The Costa Serena: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

09/22/2011 01:13 pm ET | Updated Oct 30, 2011
  • Caryl Ramsey The Huffington Post

The Costa Serena 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 Serena.

To Africa And Europe

The Costa Serena sails to destinations in Africa from November to June and travels to the Mediterranean and Western Europe the rest of the year. Six- to 11-night cruises are available.

A Costa Fleet Heavy Hitter

The 950-foot Costa Serena is one of the largest ships in the Costa fleet, accommodating 3,700 passengers. Built in 2007, this cruise ship exudes comfort, style and elegance.

Special Features

The Costa Serena has a spacious two-deck spa and fitness area. Yoga and dance classes are offered in the spa and fitness zone. The ship also has a club for children ages 3 to 17, an arcade, four swimming pools, five hot tubs, a tennis court, a casino and a tri-level theater. The Costa Serena boasts 13 bars, including specialized chocolate, coffee, cigar and cognac bars.

Accommodations

The Costa Serena offers 1,500 rooms, including 87 cabins and 12 suites with direct access to the spa, and 505 cabins and 58 suites with private balconies. All cabins have TVs, telephones, safes and minibars. Lunch and dinner menus are delivered daily for room service.

Cost

The prices for a cruise on the Costa Serena range from $1,000 to $4,000 per person, depending on room size, time of year, destination and length of voyage.

Excursion

On the Olympia excursion, travelers can immerse themselves in the archaeology and history of ancient Greece. Olympia was the site of the first Olympics in 786 B.C. Sports fans in particular will appreciate the museum, which houses artifacts relating to the Olympics.

Dining Options

There are five restaurants offering everything from multi-course gourmet meals to casual family fare. Reservations are required at the ship's two ultra-upscale restaurants: Club Bacco and Samsara.

Maiden Voyage

The Costa Serena embarked on its maiden voyage in 2007.

In The News

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the Costa Serena.

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