Costa Fortuna

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Costa Fortuna

Costa Fortuna is no longer in service for the UK market.

It is immediately obvious that Costa's largely European passenger base is the inspiration for the design of the Fortuna vessel. Constructed to a similar schematic to the Carnival Triumph and boasting many of the same amenities - high balcony ratio, an alternative restaurant and a fancy decor - this is a ship to be reckoned with.

So let's start with the decoration. Design master Joe Farcus has blended the European feel with US-style comforts, meaning you're likely to value every second aboard the Fortuna. Each public room has been inspired by - and is named after - a particular Italian ship. There's elegance aplenty combined with a slight whimsical feel that comes from the many lively and colourful extras.

Your average cruise is likely to have a sizeable number of North Americans aboard, around 15 per cent in all. The ship is also popular with Italian, German, Spanish and French passengers, which means that all important announcements are repeated in five languages.

When getting dressed in the mornings, casual is the name of the game. You'll want to get changed to smart casual in the evenings and a typical seven-day cruise will require attire for one formal and one semi-formal night.

This is where the European influence really comes out. For breakfast, expect traditional cruise meal offerings such as omelettes made to order, along with a buffet of cold cuts and cheeses. Naturally, the usual suspects of danishes and cereals will also be present.

For lunch, you'll find a burger grill is set up by the swimming pool that will suit both children and adults.

But dinner is undoubtedly the big event of the day. Head to the Restaurant Buffet Cristoforo Colombo 1954, which is transformed into a candle-lit pizzeria from 9pm until 2am. The chic-chic Club Grand Conte 1927 is also a good option for romantic couples - there's usually a piano player.

The numerous cosy lounges aboard the Costa Fortuna mean that there is something for everyone. Large venues such as the Conte di Savoia 1932 Grand Bar are great for elegant dancing, while more intimate places such as the Bar Conte Verde 1923 allow for smaller concerts.

During the day, there are four pools - including one especially for children - and a fairly average spa.

The Costa Fortuna also boasts running tracks and a stadium-flanked tennis court, for those who want to get the blood pumping.

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