09/22/2011 12:05 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Costa Magica: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Costa Magica 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 Magica.

European And African Trips

The Costa Magica sails to Africa, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, South America and Western Europe. Cruises on the Magica range from seven to 20 nights, and the ship sails year-round.

Italian Inspiration

The 890-foot, family-friendly Costa Magica reflects the elegant yet relaxed ambiance of Italy. It carries 2,720 passengers and includes 13 decks.

Special Features

While cruising on the Italian-themed Costa Magica, passengers can relax on the amphitheater-shaped Maratea deck or lounge on the Positano Lido deck, where a sliding glass roof keeps the rain out. Magic-themed artwork by the Brera Academy adds a whimsical touch to some suites and throughout the ship's staircases. Pamper your body or keep it fit in the Saturnia Health Club. Other features include six whirlpool spas, four pools, an outdoor jogging track, a theater, a casino, lounges and a disco.


The Costa Magica has 1,358 rooms, with private balconies in 464 cabins and 58 suites. The outside rooms all offer ocean views, and some have private verandas. The standard cabin includes a bed, desk, vanity, safe, refrigerator and cushy leather chairs.


A cruise on the Costa Magica runs anywhere from $500 to $4,479 per person depending on the time of year, room and length of voyage.


The excursion to Malta includes a stop in Mdina, which is a medieval walled city with numerous historic churches and palaces. During World War II, a bomb smashed through the dome of Mosta Cathedral but didn't explode; the bomb is now on display in the church. Marsaxlokk is a quaint fishing village with stone houses, colorful boats and friendly fishermen.

Food Options

The Costa Magica has three restaurants that don't require reservations. Club Vicenza costs a little extra and requires reservations. Dishes at Club Vicenza include rack of lamb and sea bream tartare. The atmosphere in the restaurants is inspired by Sardinia's Emerald Coast, again reflecting the ambiance of Italy.

Maiden Voyage

The Costa Magica embarked on its maiden voyage in 2004. It was built expressly for Costa Cruises, with interiors designed by American architect Joe Farcus.

In The News

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


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