Oozing Italian style and a swanky onboard lifestyle, Costa Cruises certainly know how to ramp up the luxury factor when it comes to cruise holidays. Their ships are renowned for their bright, modern decor and casual luxury, which extends from everything from the sumptuous dining rooms and gleaming decks to the fantastic range of leisure facilities.
Each ship has its own special stamp of luxury. On the Costa Deliziosa for instance, it's like a huge floating art gallery - there are over 340 original works of art and thousands of prints, while the Costa Atlantica makes the perfect base for a honeymoon or a romantic celebration, thanks to its huge fleet of private cabin balconies - over 670 of them, no less!
And if you're after a family escape, Costa Cruises is happy to oblige. Each ship offers fun and funky facilities for the little ones, such as fabulous 4D cinemas showing the most popular flicks and well-equipped kids' clubs offering plenty of fun for all ages. While the tots and toddlers can take part in treasure hunts and face painting, the trendy teens can hang out and enjoy some stress-free (and parent-free!) time with like-minded company.
As for the adults, there is no end of things to keep you occupied onboard. Slip into serenity with a sumptuous spa treatment or get your heart pumping in the fitness centre or on the ship's outdoor jogging track. Talk about a track with a view! You could even pick up some new skills while you're away, like language lessons, and when it comes to evening entertainment there's plenty you keep you occupied. Think dance halls, theatres, piano bars and high octane shows.
And of course, the destinations are just as high-brow as the onboard experience. You could discover the Mediterranean as part of a long, luxurious voyage of exploration, or join Costa Cruises for a short 3-night jaunt in some of the Med's most popular destinations. You could also visit Atlantic islands like the Canaries, or head out to bask in the far-flung, sun-drenched shores of the Caribbean.
Didn't we say that Costa knows how to ramp up the luxury holiday factor?