Costa staff and Guests come from all over the world, which is what makes their ships so special. On board it is truly an international atmosphere.

Entertainment and shows are prepared with an international audience in mind: music, dancing and mime – they claim music is the official language. But, you can choose the language of your excursions. Cool! Cruise and learn….

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Carnival have ordered at least nine Excellence Class ships, two are on their way to P&O, one is off to Costa one has just been floated out. The first P&O ship will be named Iona. The AidaNova has been floated out. The AidaNova. You might consider the Hyperion Class an equal class to the Royal Class, and if so, the Helios Class is the Excellence Class. The Helios offers up to 6,000 guests over 20 decks, 337 meters long, 42 meters wide which is daily standard for many ships, 184,000 GT. There are 23 bars and 17 restaurants, a casino, a water park, rock climbing walls, a gym and spa. The ship has a tropical theme. It will have the Pepper Robot to assist guests, that speak three languages. Go VIP in the two-storey penthouse suites with floor-to-ceiling windows.

This is a new Vista Class, not the same as the old HAL Vista class, but maybe it will be as popular as their 11 ships. These larger cruise ships built by Fincantieri in Italy, where first steel cut in 2014 some three years after the other Vista Class finished. These Vista Class ships are operated by Carnival and Costa Cruises and soon P&O Australia.

These ships are around 322 meters long, a touch smaller than the Royal Class (Britannia) and have 15 decks carrying 4000 guests. They can travel at 22 knots. The features include the SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, a Water Works aqua park which is themed after Dr. Seuss characters, and Carnival’s Seuss at Sea programme. Vista ships have some unique new attractions such as Bonsai Teppanyaki and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse and an on board brewery.

  1. Carnival Vista (2016)
  2. Carnival Horizon (2018)
  3. Costa Venezia (2019)
  4. Carnival Panorama (2019)
  5. Costa Unnamed (2020)

The Spirit Class ship is very similar to the Vista ship. The main obvious difference is the smaller chimney stack. The two ships combined ideas and designs certainly on the Queen Victoria which is still a Vista ship. The Spirit ships were built in Helsinki and are Panamax ships like the Vistas. These ships are 293 m long with 12 decks carrying 2,124 guests at a speed of up to 22 knots. 80% of the cabins are outside and of them, 80% have balconies.

  1. Costa Atlantica (2000)
  2. Carnival Spirit (2001)
  3. Carnival Pride (2001)
  4. Carnival Legend (2002)
  5. Costa Mediterranea (2003)
  6. Carnival Miracle (2004)

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