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Costa Marina - Ship Review provided by Cruise Critic

The Costa Marina, which debuted in the early 1990s, is no longer marketed in North America. Her refurbishment was completed in March 2002 when she was upgraded for her new role as a ship marketed exclusively for German passengers ("La Deutsche Vita"). Glass plays a very large role in her design, from a glass-enclosed roof to a slanted wall of glass with a curved surface over which water runs into the swimming pool. The passenger cabin side of the refurbishment included replacement of the carpeting, curtains and upholstery. The disco was converted into a club-restaurant with live music filling the dance floor instead, and all signage on board was changed. At the same time, the open decks were renovated with teak planking. Costa Marina sails Europe in the summer and the Caribbean in winter.

Dining

The Crystal Restaurant accommodates 440 diners simultaneously and carries out the shipwide theme of bringing the outdoors in with window walls, while the Yacht Club Buffet serves more casual food to 260 guests at a time. Costa has recently upgraded its cuisine using graduates of European culinary schools who are also members of the Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Public Rooms

The Trevi Gallery carries elegant Italian goods and sundries, and passengers are enthusiastic about the ship's Internet Cafe, equipped with 17-inch flat screen monitors and video postcard capability. Costa Marina has a chapel, a library and meeting facilities with full technical equipment.

Cabins

Costa Marina has eight suites, 22 oceanview doubles and 64 inside doubles with two beds, 62 oceanview and 17 inside doubles with queen beds, 65 oceanview and 100 inside triple, 24 oceanview and 13 inside quads, and two oceanview; and 11 inside singles.

Entertainment

The 170-seat Harry's Bar is very popular, while other watering places that also tend to draw well both day and night are located on the marina and pool decks. The Ballroom, with its panels by Emilio Tadini, is a dramatic setting for dancing and other entertainment. The 380-seat Tropicana Showroom was extensively refurbished in 2002, and the casino is heavily used evenings and on days at sea. The ship also has an intimate (16-seat) card room. The Costa Toga party enlivens one night on each cruise, when passengers turn up in the togas handed out by the line.

Fitness and Recreation

There are separate adult and children's pools on board. The spa and fitness center is enclosed in a kind of glass cocoon, and the ship has three jacuzzis and a beauty center in addition, to a 250-meter jogging track. The Technogym Fitness center has equipment which can be keyed to individual routines, which can be repeated and upgraded with every use, then brought ashore to continue the routine in other Technogym facilities.

Family

Centered on the Children's Room, the children's program, which is in session both in the Caribbean and Europe, accommodates young cruisers ages 3-17 from 9 a.m.- 11:30 p.m. except for generous lunch and dinner hours and during days in port. In the Caribbean, Parents Night(s) are offered with supervised dining and entertainment from 6-11:30 without charge; group babysitting can be arranged for ages 3 and up for a fee.

Family

Centered on the Children's Room, the children's program, which is in session both in the Caribbean and Europe, accommodates young cruisers, ages 3 to 17, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. except for generous lunch and dinner hours and during days in port. In the Caribbean, Parents Night(s) are offered with supervised dining and entertainment from 6 to 11:30 p.m. without charge; group baby-sitting can be arranged for kids, ages 3 and older, for a fee.

Gratuity

Gratuities in Europe and the Caribbean run $2.50 per person, per day for the waiter, $1.50 per person, per day for the cabin steward, $1 per person, per day for the head waiter.Editor's note: This ship is no longer part of the Costa fleet. It was renamed Harmony Princess and sails under the Harmony Cruises brand.

The Costa Marina, which debuted in the early 1990s, is no longer marketed in North America. Her refurbishment was completed in March 2002 when she was upgraded for her new role as a ship marketed exclusively for German passengers ("La Deutsche Vita"). Glass plays a very large role in her design, from a glass-enclosed roof to a slanted wall of glass with a curved surface over which water runs into the swimming pool. The passenger cabin side of the refurbishment included replacement of the carpeting, curtains and upholstery. The disco was converted into a club-restaurant with live music filling the dance floor instead, and all signage on board was changed. At the same time, the open decks were renovated with teak planking. Costa Marina sails Europe in the summer and the Caribbean in winter.

Gratuity

Gratuities in Europe and the Caribbean run $2.50 per person, per day for the waiter, $1.50 per person, per day for the cabin steward, $1 per person, per day for the headwaiter.

Fellow Passengers

The ship is dedicated entirely to the German market.

Dress Code

Dress is mainly resort casual with two formal nights per seven-day cruise in addition to the signature Toga Party.

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