Costa Pacifica debuted during June of 2009, making her one of the newest ships in the Costa cruise fleet. She is the sister ship of the Costa Concordia and Costa Pacifica, making her tied with them as being the largest and longest ships in the Costa fleet. Among the most popular onboard features are her two-level 20,000+-square foot Samsara Spa, her special Samsara Spa accommodations (featuring special spa access and amenities), a Formula 1 race car driving simulator, 4 swimming pools, many hot tubs, a great two-level children's club, a three-story main show lounge, multiple dining venues (including a "for a fee" gourmet specialty restaurant) and 13 bars.
Costa Pacifica features cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):
2012: Mediterranean 2013: Mediterranean, Northern Europe
Costa Pacifica has a wonderful variety of accommodations available, from inside staterooms to full suites. A special set of accommodations onboard the Pacifica are her spa accommodations (see below for details). Another nice feature are her single occupancy staterooms, giving single passengers a more affordable way to cruise (instead of having to pay 200% of the double occupancy rate). All of the staterooms onboard Costa Pacifica come with a private bathroom, air conditioning, safe, mini bar (from which Costa will charge you for anything you eat/drink), 220-volt and 110-volt outlets, hair dryer, satellite TV and phone.
A unique type of accommodations available onboard the Pacifica (and a few other Costa ships) are her Samsara Spa staterooms, which are all located on decks 10 and 11. Such accommodations are classified as SI (interior), SO (oceanview), SB (veranda), SM (mini-suite) and SU (suite) staterooms. The benefits of staying in a spa stateroom include unlimited access to the Samsara Spa and Thalassotherapy pool, a special Welcome Ritual (consisting of a private consultation to develop a spa program for you, a tea ceremony in the spa, two spa treatments of your choice from a selected menu, two fitness or meditation classes, as well as two sessions in the Relaxation Area comprising solarium and bronzing facilities), a flat screen TV in your stateroom, a stylish bath accessory set, a mini-bar filled with healthy food and beverage selections, aromatherapy diffusers, special shower and air filters, and access (and priority reservation status) to eat in the Samsara Restaurant (featuring a special wellness menu).
Inside Staterooms: The interior staterooms onboard Costa Pacifica have all of the standard features listed above, plus two lower beds that can (usually) be converted into one queen-size bed. Inside staterooms (which are categories I1 through I5) are on decks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of Costa Pacifica. Such accommodations are about 149 square feet in size. A category IS stateroom (which will be located on decks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 10) is an Inside Single and will be about 129 square feet. There are a limited number of IS staterooms onboard the Pacifica, so book as early as possible to avoid them selling out. The Samsara Inside staterooms are the same size as the standard interior staterooms.
Oceanview Staterooms: The Pacifica's 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 and 9, and are classified as categories E1 and E2. A category ES stateroom is an Outside Single, and is located on decks 1 and 2. There are only four ES staterooms onboard the Pacifica, and such accommodations are about 213 square feet in size. The Samsara Outside staterooms are about 224 square feet in size.
Balcony Staterooms: The balcony staterooms onboard the Pacifica are referred to as veranda staterooms. The non-suite veranda staterooms onboard the Pacifica are her category B1 through B6 staterooms, which are located on decks 6 through 10. Categories B1 through B5 are about 219 square feet in size, while B6 staterooms are about 275 square feet. The Samsara Veranda staterooms are the same size as the standard interior staterooms.
Suites: Guests staying in suites onboard Costa Pacifica will get daily delivery of the lunch and dinner menus, a choice of pillows (from their Pillow Menu), bathrobes and slippers to use during the cruise, and a kit of bath products.
The most basic suites onboard the Pacifica are her (category MS) Mini-Suites. Such staterooms are approximately 286 square feet, and feature everything a veranda stateroom has plus a whirlpool bath, shower and sitting area. The Samsara Mini-Suites are about 246 square feet in size. A full suite (category S) is about 336 square feet in size, while a Gran Suite (category GS) is the most premium accommodation onboard the Pacifica (at 456 square feet). There are ten GS suites onboard the Pacifica, so they should get sold out rather quickly on many sailings. The Samsara Suites are about 336 square feet.
For information regarding the onboard features available on Costa Pacifica, please refer to her sister ships, the Costa Concordia and Costa Serena, for details.
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.