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Cruised on this ship earlier in the year and the dress code is very standard,formal if you want to, many did, other as you stated. There is always the choice of the buffet.
We have been on the Medditerranea three times and you have it spot on. Black tie or for a lot of the continentals a lounge suit for formal nights and smart casual the rest of the time - certainly no need for ties but equally no jeans, or swimwear etc. They also have a speciality restaurant Club Medusa, which is again smart casual and is excellent.
We were on the costa concordia in October, we found the dress code quite casual compared to other ships,I had to return to my room and dress down one evening as I felt I was being stared at,the formal evenings were quite mixed with no lines for photos. Please also remember they are an Itailian cruise line with English speaking guests the minority.
We have cruised twice with Costa and four times with MSC so are fully aware of the Italian dress codes.On the whole they are very relaxed with two formal nights per week.Black ties are in the minority and many men do not even wear neckties, however, the ladies tend to dress rather more flambuoyantly than their male partners.Wear what best suits you bot.
We have been on two Costa Cruises this year and we found they were too informal, even on the formal nights there were very few men in black tie, we aso felt over dressed. The smart casual nights also were too casual with the men not wearing jackets and a lot in rugby style shirts. We went on Costa Magica to the caribbean, the Costa Allegra to Singapore and Asia.
I think the good thing about Costa is you can dress up or go a little more casual if you choose. I have cruised on Medditerranea and am booked to go on Magica next year. I am a Travel agent so hear lots of stories good and bad about all the Cruise lines but as far as I am concerned I am sticking to Costa where I know exactly the standard of cabins and everything else will be as I expect. Julie, North Yorkshir.
Agree with some others, real mixed bag on Costa, almost a case of anything goes - formal nights with men on one table wearing dinners jackets and the next table with men wearing polo shirts. Went on Concordia at Easter this year and found this particularly the case, perhaps because there were many more children on board. If you are travelling at Easter, would suspect it will be a bit more casual, even though some continentals clearly do like to dress up.
I wore black tie and was one of only about 5 males to do so on formal evenings and gala nights(apart from waiters). Ladies dressed well although the men looked as though they were going to a disco.
Travelled transatlantic with Costa. The continental male species turn up for dinner in anything while the females dress to impress, what we found alittle off putting at first and something we should have realised is that there were very few English speakers on board, approx 20 on our cruise, this is only a minor problem if you are looking to socialise fully while on board, otherwise brush up your italian, french and germa.
Recently returned from a cruise on the Costa Fortuna. We dressed on the formal nights and smart casual on others. It was very mixed but I would say the formal nights not enough people made the effort and we almost felt overdressed. Thoroughly enjoyed the ship and would certainly go with Costa again.