Getting to know Costa Fortuna
Costa Crociere is a British-American owned Italian cruise line based in Genoa, Italy. Costa is one of the main operating companies in the Carnival group, and a member of the exclusive “World’s Leading Cruise Lines Alliance” (WLCLA), which also includes Carnival, Cunard, Holland America, The Yachts of Seabourn, Princess, and Windstar. One of the best cruise lines for Mediterranean and among the best family lines, the Costa company rules over Europe with its best “Italian Style Cruising” experiences.
The 102,587-ton, 2698 – 3250 passenger cruise ship Costa Fortuna is a lead member of the enormous family of Carnival Corporation. Fortuna was released in November 2003. Today the liner represents continuing evolution. The Genoa Company’s strategy is to secure mostly European base with the conveniences that North American passengers now demand – high balcony ratio, alternative dining, and splashy decorating. The interesting thing about Costa Cruises Fortuna ship is that she was built on a platform which is the same as Carnival Victory and Carnival Triumph cruise liners, and looks like Carnival Conquest and Carnival Sunshine in many ways.
Costa Fortuna itinerary program was based on Caribbean round-trip cruises from Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe). In the summer, Fortuna sailrd in Europe on Mediterranean itineraries from Rome, Barcelona and Savona, as well as to the Norwegian Fjords, leaving from Amsterdam, with Transatlantic repositioning crossings.
Currently (as of April 22, 2016), Costa Fortuna is based in Asia.
Most Costa Fortuna staterooms are 185-sq.foot Balcony rooms (464) – nearly 40% of all staterooms have a private balcony. There are a total of 1358 staterooms in 11 categories. 27 are the wheelchair accessible cabins. The largest aboard Costa Fortuna are the Grand Suites (345 ft2).
Dining options – Food & Drinks
Mealtimes on Fortuna generally follow the traditions rahter than set the pace for innovations. At breakfast, there is casual fare in ship’s Restaurant Buffet Colombo 1954, including omelets to order, along with cold cheeses and cuts. At lunch expect the addition of an outdoor grill by the pool, where you can get grilled chicken, French fries and twice-cooked burgers. Lunch in either of the restaurants offers daily specials. There is also a daily “tea time” in the buffet. Dinner is the big event onboard Costa Fortuna. Most of the attention is focused on a formal-style meal that can last 3 hours. Alternatives are limited to Restaurant Buffet Cristoforo Colombo 1954, transformed into a pizzeria from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., and Club Grand Conte 1927, at top of the ship, for a romantic experience (with EUR 23 service charge).
Follows the complete list of Costa Fortuna restaurants and food bars.
Ristorante Raffaello 1965 (complimentary forward Dining Room, operates with open seating Breakfast and Lunch, 2 assigned seatings for Dinner – at 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.)
Ristorante Michelangelo 1965 (complimentary 2-level aft Dining Room with 2 fixed Dinner seatings)
Club Conte Grande 1927 (specialty a la carte restaurant; Steakhouse menu and extensive wine list; dinner-only, reservations required)
Ristorante Buffet Cristoforo Colombo 1954 (self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary; offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea at 4-5:00 p.m., and dinner; in the evening is transformed into Pizzeria, complimentary, with waiter service).
Sala da Ballo Conte Verde 1923 (lounge with dance floor and own bar)
Piano Bar Conte Rosso 1921 (stage for cabaret performances, live music, own dance floor)
Salone Leonardo Da Vinci 1960 (grand lounge with round-shaped bar and stage)
Discoteca Vulcania 1927 (2-level Disco & Nightclub, DJ program nightly)
Internet Point (Internet computers room); Biblioteca Galileo Gallilei 1963 (Library)
Galleria Negozi Shops (duty & tax free shops for brand watches, jewelry, perfumes, fashion clothes, Costa-logo merchandise, sportswear, gifts, tobacco and liquor)
Area Foto (Photo Gallery & Shop)
Mondo Virtuale (Video Games Arcade)
Cappella (Wedding Chapel, also used for religious services)
Follows the complete list of Costa Fortuna lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
Teatro Rex 1932 (3-tiered theatre and main show lounge; hosts grand scale show productions, musicals, classical concerts, ballet performances, circus and laser light shows)
Grand Bar Conte Di Savoia 1932 (with own dance floor and stage for live performances; hosts quiz games and fashion reviews)
Bar Classico Roma 1926 (Cigar Lounge & Bar; also selling cigars and fine liquor)
Galleria d’Arte (Fortuna’s Art Gallery)
Sala Carte (cards room)
Casino Neptunia 1932
Fortuna Atrium (multi-deck “Atrio Costa” – open-floor area with live music and entertainment, served by Costa Lobby Bar)
Squok Club (kids lounge with Mini Club (3-6 yrs.) and Maxi Club (7-11 yrs.) playing rooms; with complimentary kids program and supervised activities; complimentary babysitting)
Teen Zone (teenagers’ lounge with Teen Junior (12-14 yrs. and Teen Club (15-17 yrs.) rooms; complimentary supervised activities, themed parties, sport contests)
Club Salute Saturnia Spa & Wellness Center (14,000 ft2 / 1,300 m2, with Venus Beauty Salon, Gym, Relaxation Room, Massage-Treatment Rooms, UVA Solarium, Sauna, Turkish Bath, Thermal Suites, spa pool; the Gym and the Sauna are complimentary)
Lido Oceania 1932 pool area (lido pool with two Whirlpools, served by Oceania Bar)
Lido Colombo 1954 pool area (with two Whirlpools and with retractable glass roof; served by Colombo Bar & Grill)
Lido Barcellona pool area (one Whirlpool)
Kids Pool (wading pool)
Solarium (open-air relaxation area, served by Solarium Bar)
Campo da Gioco (combined court for tennis and basketball); Pista da Jogging (Power Walking/Jogging Track).
Amenities: complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service & Babysitting, Supervised Children Program, Internet, Laundry, Onboard Wedding.
In 2016, Costa Asia cruise Company confirmed that Fortuna will join the other three Costa ships, further increasing the line’s capacity on the Chinese market by 38%. In early 2016, Fortuna operated on round-trip itineraries leaving from China (home-port Shanghai), with berthing at Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal.