Costa Fascinosa Ship Review
Scheduled to make its debut in 2012, the Costa Fascinosa is the final installment in Costa’s five-ship newbuilding program—the biggest in the industry and representing an overall investment of 2.4 billion euros.
Spa Cabins On Costa Fascinosa
Like its sisters in the Concordia Class, the Costa Fascinosa boasts one of the largest spas at sea, measuring over 20,000 square feet. It also represented a further continuance of the concept of spa cabins—an entire category of staterooms located conveniently near the fitness center with special privileges for guests, such as direct elevator access to the spa, a spa-inspired line of bathroom amenities, and priority reservations in the spa-oriented alternative restaurant—an enhancement that subsequently was expanded on later versions of the Concordia design and copied by other cruise lines from Carnival to Celebrity Cruises.
Activities On Costa Fascinosa
The 3,000-passenger, 114,000 gross-ton-vessel is intended for year-round cruising in the Mediterranean, and has been specifically designed with winter cruising in mind. For example, Magrodomes (sliding glass canopies) cover two of the four swimming pools so they may be used regardless of the weather.
Like her sisters, the Costa Fascinosa offers other innovative features such as a Formula One race-car simulator, which puts passengers in the driver’s seat of a virtual race car. A giant video screen above the pool allows passengers to enjoy “dive-in movies,” as the line coyly puts it. This feature was first introduced by Princess Cruises and was subsequently adopted by Carnival Cruise Lines and Disney Cruise Line in addition to Costa. Traditional cruise ship activities such as volleyball, basketball and tennis are available on a multi-use sports court.
Public Rooms On Costa Fascinosa
Public rooms abound, from the cavernous three-deck main theater to a glitzy cacophonous casino worthy of Las Vegas. More intimate spaces for relaxation and diversion include the library or sports bar, as well as a multitude of other lounges and festive playrooms for the kids.
The interior design is once again the handiwork of former Carnival chief architect Joe Farcus, who throughout the ship employs an eclectic range of materials including marble, granite, onyx, mahogany, rosewood, Swarovski crystals and Murano glass. Every cabin is equipped with a Sony PlayStation 3 console for on-demand gaming.
Dining On Costa Fascinosa
Altogether there are five restaurants. Two main dining rooms serve at traditional mealtimes, an alternative restaurant serves by reservations only, a casual buffet option offers a wide range of dishes for self-service, and the aforementioned spa restaurant serves from a heath-conscious menu.