Costa Victoria Ship Review
Among the most genuinely European of Costa’s ships, the 75,000-gross-ton Costa Victoria was Costa’s first authentic megaship. Futuristic and streamlined, it has an unusual glass lined and tiered observation deck facing the bow—a design that never was repeated. Public rooms emanate from this, the Concorde Plaza, meant to act as the ship’s main square—like a seagoing Italian piazza. On one end is the wall of windows facing the sea, on the other a four-story-high waterfall unlike anything else at sea. The Concorde Plaza is always a hub of activity: During the day it’s the place for friendly socializing, at night it’s one of the main venues for partying and revelry.
Activities On Costa Victoria
In addition to its forward observation space, the Costa Victoria also ushered in Costa’s first atrium lobby. Called the Planetarium Atrium, this soaring, modern space features glass elevators rising to a glass-domed ceiling. Entertainment venues include a casino for Vegas-style gaming, a ballroom for dancing, a disco for late-night boogying, a main theater for production shows, and some smaller lounges for a variety of cabaret-style acts. Other public areas range from play areas for kiddies to boutiques for shopping, plus an internet center for getting online, and a card room or library for quieter pursuits. There is a fun-filled playroom for kids as well.
A colorfully attractive main pool area includes two swimming pools and a smaller misting pool, flanked by tiers of decking and row upon row of deck chairs. The sunbathing areas are roomy, with plenty of space for sun worshippers. The Pompeii Spa has its own indoor pool and an evocative, Roman-inspired design of mosaic tiles and fluted columns. Facilities here include sauna, steam, Turkish bath, and Jacuzzis.
Dining On Costa Victoria
The Costa Victoria has two main dining rooms serving dinner in two, traditional fixed seatings, plus a reservations-only alternative restaurant for upscale dining. Other, more casual dining options include a pizzeria, a pool grill serving burgers, hot dogs and the like, plus the traditional cruise lido buffet serving hot and cold dishes at breakfast and lunch.
Staterooms On Costa Victoria
Cabins are on the smaller side, but along with the rest of the ship decidedly modern and European in their design and décor. There are 242 balconies, not a very high number but a welcome addition thanks to a 2004 refit. Appointments in the standard accommodations include decorative fabric panels, stainless steel sinks, and other minimalist-inspired furnishings. For something more spacious, the ship has 14 mini-suites that provide many of the perks and advantages of the ship’s full-size suites, at a less lofty price.