I am currently sailing on one of the newest cruise ships in the world, the Costa Toscana. This new ship was christened two days ago in Barcelona and offers cruises around the Mediterranean.
After spending a few days on the ship, here are my first impressions of Costa Toscana. Note: I am sailing as a guest of Costa Cruises for the christening of the ship and to experience all that this ship has to offer.
Boarding: I boarded the ship in Rome (Civitavecchia) and boarding was a breeze. As you can board the ship at almost any port offered during the cruise, not everyone checks in on the same day. This drastically reduces lines and makes boarding only take a few minutes.
I stayed in the heart of Rome for one night before the cruise and took the train from Rome to the port. A first class ticket only cost 15 euros and it took just under an hour. It was super easy and much cheaper than taking a taxi which would cost 10 times as much.
Boat: Costa Toscana is one of Carnival Corporation’s 180,000 LNG-powered cruise ships. It is a Mardi Gras sister ship to the Carnival, but it has many different features. The Colosseo (atrium) is one of my favorite parts of the ship. I’ll come back to this in more detail once the cruise is over, but it’s one of the best, if not the best atrium on any cruise ship.
Many shows take place here as there are stadium seats on decks 6, 7 and 8 surrounding the Colosseo. From wraparound screens to the rising floor, this unique space offers nearly limitless entertainment potential at the heart of the ship.
The indoor pool is also one of my favorite places and I think it’s something every ship should have.
Crew: The Costa Toscana crew have been great so far. From my steward to those who work at Café Vergnano 1882 (café), I am always greeted with a friendly hello and many already call me by my name when they see me.
Also, I want to thank Alvin who works at the Leonardo Gran Bar. He’s been great this whole cruise. I can’t say enough good things about him.
Entertainment: If there’s one thing this ship lacks, it’s not entertainment. At night there is live music throughout the ship and shows in the theater and atrium. Entertainment goes on late into the night and the ship is alive until well after midnight.
Food: This has been one of the most surprising things about my cruise so far. I have never sailed on Costa Cruises a few weeks ago and was a little hesitant due to things I have heard from the past.
I haven’t had a bad meal on the cruise yet and everything has been fine so far. I dined at several specialty restaurants including the pizzeria, the steakhouse, the Nutella Bar and the pub. The food really blew me away and the steak from the steakhouse was one of the best I’ve had on a cruise.
Although I can’t speak to most ships in Costa’s fleet, dinner on Costa Toscana was a pleasant surprise.
Spa/Thermal Suite: They were offering a special spa deal where you could get a 50 minute massage and access to the thermal suite for the week for just 199 euros. The thermal suite is huge and includes everything from a traditional sauna and steam room to a snow room and salt room. Everything is spaced out with a few rooms in the hallways so it feels big and spacious. When trying to relax it is important instead of having everything right next to the pool.
This is an Italian cruise line, so the majority of the ship’s passengers are Italian. However, English is spoken by all crew members and the Cruise Director will speak Italian and English after/before the shows.
I will have a full review of Costa Toscana after I return home from this seven night cruise. Until then, you can follow Cruise Fever’s social media sites on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok (@CruiseFever).
Our cruise visits Naples (where I went to the place where they invented pizza), Barcelona, Valencia, Marseilles and Savona.