Being currently the second largest vessel amongst the Costa Cruise ships, Costa Pacifica is called “The Ship of Music”. This is mainly due to the musically interior theme that the ship was designed in, but it also reflects in the fact that Pacifica holds an exclusive recording studio where passengers may record their own songs. She has also been dedicated a personal tune upon entering service. Discover her with this detailed interior view photo gallery.
I have been twice on the ship, having stayed in an interior stateroom first. Costa differentiates each cabin category by classic or premium.
Classic staterooms are normally located on the lower decks and feature all of the service standards or premium cabins, yet some services (i.e. room service) come at extra cost.
The cabins and the layout of the ship is quite similar to those of Carnival Cruise Lines, the mother company of Costa Cruises.
The gigantic Stardust Theatre spreads over decks three, four and five and lies in the front of the ship.
The entertainment widely displays the Italian heritage of Costa and mostly appeals to the European crowd onboard.
With the introduction of an offspring of the famous TV show “The Voice” called “The Voice of the Sea”, Costa has implemented a show format which addresses a more younger and international audience. I have visited it during the cruise and really have to say that it was well done. Those of you who are following my account (@hideousjourneys) on instagram have seen the videos in my stories.
Front Desk and Shore Excursions are located right behind the theatre´s entrance on Deck 3, behind the forward main staircase (the ship has altogether three staircases).
From here, you have access on both sides to the outdoor promenade.
This could be a perfect sun deck or hideaway, yet only wooden benches can be found as seating.
Built in 2009 by Fincantieri in Italy, Costa Pacifica belongs to the Concordia class. These ships are very stable at sea and movement is modest on rocky sea days.
In the evening, the boat deck is illuminated in blue.
The Atrium spreads over nine decks and offers four panorama elevators in addition to the already existing six in the forward staircase.
Each deck is named in association with music, i.e. Groove, Swing, Satie, Boheme or Adagio.
Musical notes are the main design element in combination with stylized piano keys.
The ambiance is typical Costa. The interiors of each ship in the fleet are dedicated to a particular theme.
As being the “Ship of Music”, Costa Pacifica almost slays the eye with the rich combination in forms and colors.
Bird´s eye view from Deck 8. Like on the fun ships, there is always music heard in the public areas around the clock.
About the design, there are only two ways to see them: You either love or hate them.
Samsara Restaurant is mainly dedicated to passengers traveling in the Samsara staterooms (Spa category).
Yet it is sold as speciality restaurant to all other guests which can be booked via the interactive touch screen totems located around the atrium.
Pacifica is equipped with two main dining rooms. Restaurant My Way takes the center of decks three and four and makes it sometimes (if you don´t think about it) a little difficult to navigate around the ship on the lower decks as it is closed during eating times.
There are two seating times aboard Costa Pacifica: 6:30pm and 9:00pm. While the second seating is a little bit too late for my taste, the early one is predestined for families with children. It gets very noisy!
Thank god, since early 2016 Costa Cruises implemented buffet dinner on all ships! Before this, you could only have dinner in the main dining rooms or the speciality restaurants.
A view into the rear staircase with four elevators.
The three level Atrio New York New York before entering the rear main dining room.
From the design, the second main dining room New York New York looks quite familiar to the My Way restaurant.
It is slightly larger though and offers from the rear tables panoramic views over the stern of the ship. It occupies decks three and four.
Sala Amadeus is the ship´s conference room and is situated on Deck 4.
Like every Costa ship, Costa Pacifica is equipped with a little chapel, La Cappella.
She can be found as well on Deck 4, a little walk from the conference room.
What a throwback into the 80´s! Fever, Costa Pacifica´s disco.
A selection of Shops and Boutiques are grouping around the open atrium on Deck 5, right in between the theatre and the grand bar.
The entrance to the small yet cosy Library on Deck 5.
Across the aisle lies the Card Room. This elegant space is highly popular particularly with Chinese passengers.
One of the bars onboard is the Classic Bar Amapola with lots of comfortable sofas.
Adjacent, the ship´s social gathering point and at the same time a Costa classic is the Grand Bar “Rhapsody”.
This is the place for all coffee lovers and those with constant sweet tooth cravings: Caffetteria Rondò.
Costa serves illy espresso and coffee and the pastries did not look too bad either. Like most bars on the ship, Rondò is a transit bar which takes a bit of its coziness away.
Right next to it: Sports Bar Route 66.
Casino Flamingo takes quite a bit of space on Deck 5.
The area is equipped with state-of-the-art gambling machines as well as classic roulette tables.
Not the prettiest bar onboard but definitely worth a look on the wine menu: Rick´s Piano Bar.
They have some excellent reds and whites from Italy and from around the world! It is quite costly, but really worth a try!
A more quiet bar is Sala de Ballo Wien Wien.
It lies right behind Rick´s Piano Bar and offers live music and a more secluded atmosphere.
Salone Around the Clock, on the other hand, is more or less the equivalent to the Costa Pacifica´s disco Fever.
It is situated at the stern of Deck 5 and is bar and night club in one.
A view into a typical cabin corridor onboard Costa Pacifica.
On my second cruise, I was booked into a balcony cabin on Deck 6, 6143.
The layout is the same as on Carnival Cruise Lines which offers quite a spacious environment, particularly when you are traveling by yourself.
One thing I quite dislike about the Fincantieri ships are the hinged doors that provide access to the balcony.
The bathroom is mostly plastic yet user-friendly.
Smoking on the balconies is presently (May 2017) permissible. Yet the entire area could definitely use an upgrade.
An area that I personally like a lot (yet on Costa vessels it is exclusively reserved to the crew) are the open areas on the forward decks, underneath the navigational bridge.
Costa Pacifica holds altogether three swimming pools. The largest one is called Lido Calypso and spreads over the center of decks nine and 10.
It has a retractable roof above that can be closed during rain or windy days.
It is also the site for parties, movies or other forms of entertainment.
And you may also find additional seating when eating at the buffet restaurant.
A view from the upper gallery onto the buffet restaurant La Paloma.
La Paloma buffet restaurant is now open for dinner from 6:30pm until 9:00pm.
The second pool is called Lido Ipanema. It is located at the stern of Deck 9 and as well covered by a retractable glass dome.
It is a dedicated Adult only area, yet on an Italian cruise ship, do not expect the crew to enforce this idea. It was my favorite spot to have breakfast.
One level above the buffet restaurant, Costa Pacifica has received Pizzeria Pummid´oro and Burger d´Autore as additional eating venues. As their names imply, handmade burgers and pizza can be enjoyed here. At a surcharge.
A view onto the rear sun deck called Solarium on Deck 10.
The aftdeck right at the stern on Deck 10 was my favorite spot to sunbath.
A view into the forward staircase.
Normally, I always enjoy to take pictures of the spa area of each ship. But on Costa they have a very strict (and in my opinion incomprehensible) “No photo” guideline.
Due to the open architecture, I was at least able to capture the hydrotherapy pool of the Samsara Spa on Deck 11 which is visible from the fitness center.
The Fitness Center itself is equipped with state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment and has various cardiovascular machines.
There is a good selection of muscle toning machines, yet the size seems a little small for the almost 3,800 passengers that Costa Pacifica is designed for.
Even though there is a small free weights section, at peak times you literally step onto each other´s toes.
The kid´s and family pool Lido La Bamba has the only real outdoor pool with an integrated water slide. Very busy sun deck during sea days!!!
Another speciality dining venue aboard Costa Pacifica is the Club Restaurant Blue Moon at the rear of Deck 11.
It comes at a cover charge of 25€ per person and offers an upgraded menu to the main dining room.
Scuderia Costa is a combined bar and children´s playing room with a Formula 1 simulator.
Additional sun loungers on the outside of Deck 11.
A jogging track leads around the funnel on Deck 12. Can be quite challenging on windy days.
You may also just grab a basketball and shoot some hoops or participate in a soccer game with other passengers on the multi-functional Sports Court.
Field glasses are installed on the forward outdoor area of Deck 14. Costa Pacifica is regularly sailing in Northern Europe and with the two covered pools a perfect ship for every kind of weather.
I hope you enjoyed the tour and I was able to give you some worthy impressions on what is waiting for you onboard when taking a cruise on Costa Pacifica. I am not going to judge the product with this tour, since this is always a very personal thing and dependable on many factors. But having cruised on a few vessels so far, I can highlight that the product caters in general to a quite price sensitive crowd and lots of families. The interior design, in addition, may also not be everyone´s cup of tea. They are great to photograph though! Personally, I will continue to sail the ships with the yellow funnels in the future, yet no longer than a week. The prices are simply too good.