Costa Magica Review by Shon Ford

Sailing the high seas since 2004, Costa Magica is yet another innovative vessel that graces the captivating waters around the globe. She sails for Costa Cruises (the number one cruise line in Europe) to an array of destinations—both inside and out of European waters. Costa

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Cruises is under The Carnival Corporation’s umbrella, which explains Costa Magica’s close resemblance to Carnival Cruise Line’s Destiny and Triumph class vessels. Just because these two lines have similar vessels, it by no means indicates they are serving-up the same kind of cruise vacation—each line sails with their own identity and places immense loads of character onto their respective vessels.

This ship has some of the best art work on display throughout her interior, and a perfect color coordination—nothing on-board is too overwhelming or ‘clashing’ (I’m no interior design expert, but I’ve seen some ships with interesting color selections… they had a tad too much for my taste). Costa Magica has done many voyages to Bermuda, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, South America, and the Caribbean.

Costa Cruises definitely keeps this ship exploring new and different ports of call every year, for it is truly a customer favorite, including with me. The atmosphere on-board from the European deck parties, to the charming shows, truly wisp you away and give you the feeling that you are in Italy, just for a moment. Costa Cruises does offer all year round service to Europe, but only sends select ships to the United States (U.S.)/Western Hemisphere seasonally—mainly during prime-time to sail the Caribbean (November – April). Costa Magica has made her appearance in U.S. waters, but lately has been routed to explore other destinations around the world.

Costa does follow suit with their parent company, Carnival Cruise Line, and provides a high-energy and spirited atmosphere, but with an Italian flare. The crew is vivacious and engaging with all guests on board. The food is completely out of this world, and the eclectic taste that can be consumed will be enough to keep you on the Lido deck for the entirety of your cruise—I’m being honest here, folks!

Here is the down part: since the cruise line attracts passengers from all around the world, when announcements are made, they are done in multiple languages (they do the announcements in an array of languages to accommodate all passengers sailing the ship—Costa Cruises is not the only cruise line that does this, similar actions are taken on many cruise lines). But I have to admit, after hearing the same announcement in up to five different languages, I got a little annoyed—I know that sounds bad, but I wasn’t expecting that when I stepped on-board (especially since I sailed from Florida on this vessel).
If you sail Costa Magica, or any Costa Cruises’ ship, be prepared to have your multi-lingual ears ready for some vocabulary refreshment. It’s just a part of the ‘cruisemazing’ package Costa Cruises offers to ya! If that’s the only down part I experienced, then you know Costa Magica was (and still is) a true favorite of mine to sail.

Overall, Costa Magica is a wonderful ship, as are all the ships in the Costa Cruises fleet. Costa Magica sails away with a 4.3 out of 5.0 from me! Book your next ‘cruisetastic’ adventure with Costa Cruises today and experience the Italian Charm many are being blown away by. Cruising Italian style with Costa Cruises, now that’s amore! Your ship awaits (it just might be this one), Bon Voyage!



Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.