Although Costa is owned by Carnival Corporation, everything from the food to the crew attitude is influenced by the line’s Italian roots. The ships fly the Italian flag and have over-the-top, gilded décor and the crew organize wacky contests and lead line dances. No matter where you cruise, sailing on this line is one big Italian party with late-night revelry: You’ll either roll your eyes or throw yourself into the “Ciao, bella!” lifestyle.
Not a fan of outrageous décor? With Adam Tihany as creative director since 2016, the interiors of Costa’s two newest ships, 2019’s Costa Smeralda and 2022’s Costa Toscana, are more upscale with elevated décor that’s mostly Italian sourced and still colorful and visually striking.