Costa Magica is the (slightly younger) sister ship of the Costa Fortuna. The onboard theme of the Magica is a tribute to some of the most popular and interesting destinations in Italy, such as Positano, Capri, Sicily and Venice. While onboard this ship you may notice that she's not the typical European cruise ship. She was designed by (parent company) Carnival's designer Joe Farcus and has many Carnival-esque influences evident throughout (such as her large waterslide and three-story show lounge).
At over 100,000-tons, Costa Magica is a very large cruise ship, with a wide range of onboard features. Among the most popular places to be onboard the Magica are her wonderful spa and fitness center, the beautiful casino, multiple dining venues (including an upscale a la carte specialty restaurant) and a large show lounge.
Costa Magica will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):
2012 & 2013: Mediterranean, South America
Costa Magica has a nice range of accommodations available onboard, from inside staterooms to full suites. All of the staterooms onboard Costa Magica come with a private bathroom, air conditioning, safe, mini bar (from which they charge you for anything you eat/drink), 220-volt and 110-volt outlets, hair dryer, satellite TV and phone.
Inside Staterooms: The interior staterooms onboard Costa Magica have all of the standard features listed above, plus two lower beds that can be converted into one queen-size bed. Inside staterooms (which are categories I1, I2, I3, I4 and I5) can be found onboard the Magica on decks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Such accommodations are about 149 square feet in size. A category IS stateroom is an Inside Single, a stateroom that can accommodate just one passenger (a rarity in today's cruising world). There are just a few IS staterooms onboard the Magica, so it's best to book early if you require such accommodations (as they are less expensive than purchasing a standard interior stateroom). An IS stateroom is about 158 square feet.
Oceanview Staterooms: The Magica's standard oceanview staterooms (at about 190 square feet) feature everything her inside staterooms have, plus a window giving its guests a view outside of the ship. Such accommodations are on decks 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11, and are classified as categories E1 and E2. A category ES is an Outside Single. Such a stateroom is approximately 213 square feet in size and can be found on decks 1 and 2 (and is in very limited quantity).
Balcony Staterooms: Costa Magica's standard balcony staterooms, which are categories B1 through B5, are about 219 square feet in size. A category B6 stateroom has an extended balcony, and is about 275 square feet.
Suites: Guests staying in suites onboard the Magica get the following special added amenities: daily delivery of lunch and dinner menus, choice of pillows (via a special Pillow Menu), bathrobes and slippers to use while on the cruise, as well as a kit of bath products. All of the suites (and mini-suites) onboard the Magica have a balcony, 2 lower beds that convert to a queen, a whirlpool bath and a sitting area.
The most basic suites onboard Costa Magica are her (category MS) Mini-Suites. The next step up is a (category S) Suite, which is approximately 336 square feet. The most premium accommodations onboard the Magica are her eight (category GS) Gran Suites, which are about 456 square feet and are all located on deck 7.
Being an Italian cruise line that heavily focuses on "Cruising Italian Style," the majority of the food onboard Costa is Italian. However, other options can be found onboard (including a few typical American favorites).
Each night of the cruise typically has a different theme in the two main dining rooms, Costa Smeralda Restaurant and Portofino Restaurant (each one is two-stories, located on decks 3 and 4). The menu in these venues reflects each particular evening's theme. For example, there may be a Caribbean Dinner, an Italian Dinner, an American Dinner, or even a Bacchanal Dinner (a classical Rome-inspired evening, where guests may wear togas to dinner). Besides the varying menu each night, there will always be a few additional options on the menu that remain constant (for those that aren't crazy about that particular theme's selections), including various meats, fish and pasta dishes. The menus in these venues are printed in Italian, with a second language (such as English, Spanish and German) below each description. The main dining rooms have an assigned seating setup for dinner, where you are assigned to a specific dining room at a specific time (either a main or late seating). You will dine at the same table each night, with the same wait staff serving you. Be sure when initially booking your cruise that you select the dining time you want, and please be aware that it may be on a waitlist.
There may be cooking demonstrations performed in public spaces during select days on some of Costa's voyages. When these are available they're quite a treat to see.
Club Vincenza (located on deck 11) is the optional specialty restaurant (also known as a Club Restaurant) onboard Costa Magica. This upscale venue offers a wonderful à la carte menu (designed by a Michelin three-star chef), with a $20 per person cover charge and $3 per person gratuity (both which are subject to change). You can make reservations for this restaurant prior to your cruise, or while on your cruise (based on availability). This venue is illuminated by a large glass dome...it's quite beautiful!
The large Bellagio Restaurant Buffet, located on decks 9 and 10, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's a casual dining option (named after a transatlantic liner) that's available to all passengers onboard Costa Magica. You'll notice a very "global" theme while in this venue, as there are many maps decorating this area.
Don't forget that 24 hour room service is available for all passengers. There is a basic complimentary menu, but it's an excellent option for a late night snack, or for when you're feeling a little lazy and would rather the food come to you. There are a few items on the menu that you can order at an additional cost, such as bar drinks.
Costa Magica has many entertainment venues. Among them is the three-deck high Urbino Theater, the Magica's main show lounge. A different show is performed at this venue each evening. Examples of possible performances may include comedians, Broadway-style production shows, singers, acrobats and musicians. The Sicilia Casino, featuring many slot machines and gaming tables, is located on deck 5. This area of the ship can get especially crowded during the evening, after one of the shows ends from the main show lounge. Also onboard the Magica is the Grado Disco and the Spoleto Dance Lounge. The Capri Lounge is a cabaret-style venue onboard the Magica.
There are quite a few bars and lounges throughout the ship as well. Among them is the Salento Grand Bar (located near the casino), Capo Colonna Piano Bar, Classico L'Aquila Bar (a cognac & cigar bar), the Italia Magica Bar (located in the Magica's atrium), as well as the poolside Lido Maratea Bar and Lido Positano Bar. There will also be a bunch of staff members circulating throughout the outdoor and buffet areas, asking if you'd like a drink. As you might assume, you shouldn't have any problems finding somewhere to grab a drink while onboard Costa Magica.
There are a few swimming pools onboard the Magica. Among them are the two large Lido swimming pools (on deck 9), the Lido Maratea (located mid-ship) and Lido Positano (located aft, inside of the solarium), which has a retractable roof over it. Nearby each of these pools are a couple of hot tubs. The Lido Palinuro, located on deck 10, has a large waterslide! Out on deck, near each of the Magica's swimming pools are many lounge chairs and tables, great for relaxing in the sun or grabbing a bite to eat outdoors.
The main entrance for the Saturnia Spa is located on deck 11. In this area are a couple of saunas, a fitness center (housing various fitness equipment), the Venus Beauty Salon and a few massage treatment rooms. Also on this deck is a jogging track.
There is a shopping gallery on deck 5, which is where a wide range of duty-free items can be purchased. Among the most popular things for sale is jewelry, liquor, perfume and clothing. Also on that deck is the art gallery, a meeting room (named Sala Saturnia), a conference center (Sala Isolabella), the card room and a video game arcade (for teens; named Virtual World Game Room). Located just one deck below you'll find the chapel, internet center, library (named Bressanone) and photo area (where you can purchase the photos that the ship's photo staff takes of you during your cruise). If you have a question for the staff or need assistance, the information and shore excursion desks are located on deck 3.
The Squock Club is Costa Magica's children's center, located on deck 11. In this area of the ship you'll find various games and activities provided by Costa especially for children (see below for more program details). There is also a special children's pool onboard Costa Magica.
There is an observation deck at the very top of the ship (deck 12). It offers a fabulous view of the Magica's surroundings.
During the day people dress casual while onboard a Costa cruise. Examples of such dress include light, cotton clothing or swimwear with cover up when indoors. Some tours prohibit shorts and sleeveless shirts, and may require ladies to wear knee-length skirts or slacks.
Almost every night on a Costa cruise is informal. Costa asks you to feel free to dress comfortably in resort attire, as jackets are not required. Depending on your cruise's length, there are usually one or two formal nights. If you choose to dress formally, Costa recommends a suit for men and a cocktail dress for women. You may also dress more casually on such nights, in elegant resort wear.
Costa's children's program, called Costa Kids Program, varies based on the number of children onboard each sailing and on the particular ship and itinerary. When in full effect, this program offers four age-based children's programs:
Mini: ages 3 (out of diapers) to 6
Maxi: ages 7 to 11
Teen Junior: ages 12 to 14
Teen: ages 15 to 17
The Costa Kids Program is an interactive program that provides daily activities for children and teens. Activities vary based on age-group and include activities such as costume parties, sports tournaments, evening parties, treasure hunts, board games and junior aerobics.
The parents of children in either the Mini or Maxi groups are able to take advantage of free nighttime group babysitting (held in the children's area until 1:30 am). Nighttime babysitting is not available for children under 36 months of age.
Children have special counselors and a room designed for their activities. Children under the age of 3 are allowed to enter and stay in the room only during certain times (not during busy times in high season) and must be accompanied by an adult. Children's activities vary by ship and itinerary, as the number of children varies by sailing and programs are adjusted accordingly. Infants under the age of 6 months at the time of boarding are not allowed on board. This lower age limit is raised to 12 months for cruises lasting 15 days or more.
Costa will automatically charge your onboard expense account a per person, per day "service charge" to cover many of the staff members (such as the dining room staff and room stewards) that service you throughout your cruise.
Costa's service charge is based on your cruise's destination and duration. It is as follows (subject to change):
Charge per adult (per day)
14 to 17 year olds
Caribbean (departing from a US port)
Up to 8-nights
50% of adult charge
Caribbean (departing from a non-US port)
Up to 8-nights
Up to 8-nights
Far East (Asia)
Up to 8-nights
If you'd like to increase or decrease the amount charged by Costa for service charges, you may do so by contacting your ships' Guest Relations Desk (prior to the end of your cruise).
A 15% gratuity will automatically be added to any beverage purchases you make. It is at your discretion to tip bartenders, servers, deck stewards and various other staff members, if you so desire.
The minimum drinking age on all Costa cruise ships departing from a US port is 21 years of age. If the ship departs from a non-US port, the minimum drinking age is 18 years old. Any bottles of alcohol that you purchase onboard the ship (in the gift shop) or at a port of call will be held for you by the staff, until disembarkation.
The minimum gambling age on all Costa cruise ships is 18 years of age.