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08/22/2011 12:28 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Costa Fortuna: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Costa Fortuna 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 Fortuna.

Destination

The Costa Fortuna sails on a seasonal schedule, according to the official website of Costa Cruises. The ship sails in the Mediterranean during the late summer and early autumn months, around the coast of South America during the late autumn and winter months and in the northern and western parts of Europe during the spring and early summer. Most cruises average seven to 14 days, although long transatlantic voyages are available several times a year.

Good Sized Ship

The Costa Fortuna is an 892-foot-long, 124-foot-wide vessel built to honor the passenger ships that once took immigrants from Italy to America. It has a passenger capacity of 3,400.

Special Features

The Costa Fortuna offers a more traditional range of cruise amenities rather than some of the wilder special features seen on other modern cruise ships, but it doesn't lack for entertainment options, according to CruiseCritic.com. There are four pools, a water slide, many lounges and bars, a video arcade, several hot tubs and a kids-only pool. The casino and spa are small but notable, and the exercise options are strong, including a tennis court and a running track.

Accommodations

Cabins aboard the Costa Fortuna are standard for cruise ships of this size and class, according to Fodor's. The majority of cabins have a view of the ocean. All cabins include a safe, refrigerator and hair dryer. Various suite options add DVD players, whirlpool tubs, additional furniture and more spacious balconies.

Cost

Prices aboard the Costa Fortuna are in keeping with a cruise ship of its size and class, according to its official website. Prices for interior cabins run in the $600 range, $900 for oceanview staterooms, $1,400 for cabins with a balcony and more than $2,500 for suites for seven-night cruises. Prices on board will be listed in euros. A gratuity is automatically added to passenger accounts, and there are a variety of deals available on the corporate website.

Excursion

One popular excursion is a trip to Rhodes, Greece, according to this CruiseCritic.com customer review. The castle tour is recommended, and the city is walkable and features quality shopping. Additionally, the city has public Wi-Fi access.

Dining Experience

The Costa Fortuna features two primary restaurants, according to Fodor's. Breakfast and lunch at each are open seating, whereas dinner has two set seatings. There is an alternative restaurant that requires reservations and an extra fee, as well as buffet options on the Lido deck. There is a traditional midnight buffet and 24-hour room service from a limited menu.

Maiden Voyage

The Costa Fortuna underwent its maiden voyage in December 2003, according to CruiseAbout.com. It was built for Costa Cruises as a cruise ship.

In The News

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

WATCH:

This official video from Costa Cruises provides a thorough look at the exterior and interior of the Costa Fortuna.

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