Costa Cruises welcomed Costa Victoria in July 1996. The ship received a makeover in 2013 to enhance its elegant decor with authentic Italian Murano glass and furniture, especially around its re-styled seven-deck-high atrium. This is equally-matched by a laidback Italian-style ambiance and glass mosaics designed by Emilio Tadini throughout many of the public areas. The eleven decks showcase 964 modern cabins and suites, five restaurants and ten bars, three pools and four Jacuzzis, the Pompeii Spa, and a lively daytime and evening entertainment scene. On top of this, the ship drops anchor at some amazing ports of call where you can explore independently or join an organised excursion trip.
The on-board eateries on Costa Victoria unite a myriad of flavours and dining styles. Sinfonia and Fantasia restaurants are the ship's main dining rooms, where you'll discover open-seating and a choice of starters, main courses, and delicious desserts served to your table. Bolero Buffet restaurant offers serve-yourself dining complemented by an egg station at breakfast and a pasta station at lunch. Step out on deck to tuck into a self-service breakfast and lunch at Caffe Terrazza, slices of pizza at the Pizzeria, or freshly-baked pizzas at dinner in La Tavernetta. Alternatively, make a reservation at the a la carte Club Il Magnifico for a unique, gourmet dining experience.
Relax with freshly-brewed coffee in the morning and evening cocktails in the Planetarium Bar. Sirena Bar ensures you don't have to wander too far from your poolside lounger for refreshments. Bar Bellavista is open for drinks to enjoy with performances in the Festival Theatre. Orpheus Grand Bar is the perfect spot for evening tipples as you enjoy live entertainment. Relax with a glass or two of wine and take a twirl around the dance floor in Capriccio Lounge.
Costa Victoria offers lively entertainment from early morning until late. During the daytime, escape to Pompeii Spa for a swim in the adult-only pool or to enjoy a hot-stone massage. Indulge in retail therapy at Portobello Marketplace or work up a sweat at the gym. Play a fun game of tennis or take a leisurely run around the outdoor jogging track. Discover fun times for toddlers to teens in the Squok Club and Teens Club. After dinner, the Festival Theatre presents live music, singers, acrobats, and themed performances such as the Michael Jackson tribute show. Later, head to Concord Plaza show lounge at the bow of the ship for dancing and entertainment hosted by the resident team. End your day in style at the gaming tables and slot machines of Montecarlo Casino and with a spot of late night dancing in Rock Star Disco.
Day 1-2: Fly UK overnight to Mauritius
Day 2-4 Mauritius:
Arrive in Mauritius and make your way to the 4* The Address Boutique Hotel for your 2 night stay.
Day 4: Port Louis
Check out your hotel and arrive in port louis where you will embark on Costa Victoria and set sail for Victoria.
Day 7-9: Victoria
Victoria is the capital of the Seychelles archipelago and sits on Mahe Island. Shop for souvenirs at the colourful Sir Selwyn Clarke Market. Admire the giant tortoises, fruit bats, flying foxes, palm trees and orchids in the idyllic surroundings of Seychelles National Botanical Gardens. Pay a visit to the beautiful Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and the nearby La Domus. Admire the colonial buildings, St Paul's Cathedral, and the Big Ben-like clock tower at Freedom Square. Discover the islands' colourful flora, fauna and history at the Natural History Museum.
Day 11: Nosy Be
Commonly known as Hell-Ville, Andoany is the capital of the Madagascan island of Nosy Be. This colonial town features fine architecture and a picturesque harbour. Stroll through the market and browse the colourful array of stalls, visit the Oceanographic Museum and admire native sea creatures, or cast your eyes upon the Russian Monument that commemorates soldiers who drowned off the coast in 1904. The town is also the gateway to the stunning rainforests and spectacular wildlife at the Lokobe National Park. Watch out for the Black, Grey-backed and Mouse Lemurs, boa constrictors, and chameleons that make their home in this fascinating area.
Day 12: Diego Suarez
Located in the north of Madagascar, Antsiranana is the capital of Diana Region. This charming city combines wide streets and old colonial-era buildings with cosy markets for shopping delights and abundant restaurants to taste local cuisine. Pay a visit to the north coast for stunning views across the natural bay towards Sugar Loaf Mountain. Head south and you'll discover fascinating wildlife and stunning scenery at the two national parks - keep your eyes peeled for the Madagascar Fish Eagle, amazing waterfalls, and crater lakes at Amber Mountain National Park or gaze in wonder at the sacred lake and 50-million-year-old Jurassic limestone formations at Ankarana Special Reserve.
Day 14: Tamatave
The city of Toamasina (aka Tamatave) sits on the picturesque east coast of Madagascar. Stroll under the shade of the banyan trees in Place Bien Ame and along the palm-lined Independence Avenue. Enjoy a ride through the city sights on a pousse-pousse (rickshaw). Musee du Port and Musee de L'Universite are a must-visit for culture fans too. Head inland to uncover the amazing Ivolonia Zoological Park and its nine kilometres of hiking trails, untouched forests, mangroves, and gardens awash with indigenous fauna and flora. Not forgetting the local lemurs, tortoises, chameleons, tomato frogs, and boa constrictors and also the stunning waterfalls, lakes, and tropical orchards.
Day 15-16: St Denis - Le Port
Explore St Denis, the capital city of Reunion Island, situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Known for its Creole-style mansions and colonial heritage, Le Port is lined with 19th century buildings. Explore the public street art installations and wall murals across the streets, take a jog by the waterfront, and reward yourself with some snacks at one of the cafes or food stalls by the sea at Barachois. Admire artists’ work at the historic museum of Musee de Leon, relax by the fountain and appreciate the Parisian Cathedrale de Saint-Denis, or take a day tour across the island visiting the tropical village of Hellbourg.
Day 17: Port Louis
Taste a true slice of Mauritian life when you step ashore at the island's capital, Port Louis. This vibrant metropolis is the perfect spot to go shopping at the lively Central Market or to sample local delicacies and the island's 58 varieties of tea by Le Caudan Waterfront. Trace Mauritian history at Blue Penny Museum and view the photographic exhibits at Musee de la Photographie. Admire the gorgeous giant Victoria Water Lilies at the famous Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens or walk under the shade of the banyan trees at Jardins de la Compagnie on La Chausee Street. Travel inland to take a horse-drawn carriage, Land Rover, or train ride through the 3,000-acre Domaine les Pailles Nature Park.
Day 18: Port Louis to UK
Fly overnight to UK