Most of Costa's ships sail in Europe, where 80% to 85% of its passengers are Europeans. In the Caribbean, it's about the same ratio aboard the Costa Atlantica. But no matter the nationality or itinerary, Costa attracts passengers of all ages who want lots of fun and action, and like the idea of cruising on an Italian ship. In general, Costa passengers are big on participation, the goofier the better. We've never seen as many guests crowding the dance floor, participating in contests, or joining arts and crafts projects as aboard Costa's ships.
In the Caribbean, Costa appeals to retirees and young couples alike, although there are more passengers over age 45 than under. Typically you won't see more than 40 or 50 kids on any one cruise, except during holidays such as Christmas and spring break, when there may be as many as 500 children on board. Because of the international mix, public announcements, lifeboat drills, and some entertainment are given in English, Italian, and often German, French, and Spanish if there is a large number of guests on board from countries where those languages are spoken. The cruise director and most officers are typically Italian and much of the activities staff is composed of multilingual Italians.
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