Yes, the rumors are true. Passengers now have the opportunity to see what it’s like to be Costa crewmember. The program called “ViceVersa” takes place on four Costa cruises. One cruise has already completed. During the program, cruise directors will train volunteer members of the line’s loyalty program called “CostaClub.” The members will be trained in all areas including entertainment, cooking, escorting, service, and more. After successful completion of training, the crewmembers for a day while the real Costa crewmembers will take their place as a guest. And yes, these are real jobs with real interaction with passengers. The CostaClub members must wear uniforms and all.
The first ViceVersa cruise departed on January 10 on a 21-day voyage on the Costa Luminosa. The cruise sailed from Dubai to India and the Maldives. And so far, we hear it was a success. The next ViceVersa cruise sails from Venice on July 7 for a 10-day trip to Greece, Israel, Turkey and Croatia. This will be the maiden voyage of the new Costa Favolosa. The next opportunity is a cruise aboard the Costa Deliziosa from Amsterdam on July 30, to Greenland and Iceland. The last opportunity is a big one. Newly trained crewmembers for the day must serve the “demanding world-cruise passengers on Costa Deliziosa’s grand circumnavigation, departing Savona on December 28,” according to cruisecritic.com.
If you want to sign up for the ViceVersa program, visit the Costa Cruises website for details or call the cruise line directly at 1-800-GO-COSTA. Signing up is free and you can also sign up onboard. The only catch is you have to be a member of CostaClub. So far, there is no limit to the number of passengers who can try the program.
About Costa Cruises
Costa Cruises is the largest and most innovative cruise company in Europe. Costa Cruises features more than a dozen ships that travel to dozens of destinations throughout Europe and Scandinavia, the Americas, Pacific Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
Costa Cruises has a fleet of luxury vessels that offer something for everyone. Some Costa Cruises vessels are large and luxurious, while others are small and intimate. The Costa Cruises fleet consists of: Costa Allegra, Costa Atlantica, Costa Classica, Costa Concordia, Costa Europa, Costa Fortuna, Costa Magic, Costa Marina, Costa Serena, Costa Romantica, and Costa Victoria.
The two largest (and longest) ships in the Costa Cruises fleet include Costa Serena and her sister ship Costa Concordia. Costa Serena features a Samsara Spa that spreads over two decks, more than 500 cabins with balconies, 13 bars, five restaurants, four swimming pools, and spacious decks with panoramic views. Costa Classica, the most popular Costa Cruises ship, features a modern design, gorgeous art and sculptures throughout, a grand ballroom, and an elaborate theater on two decks.
Costa Cruises lavishness doesn’t stop with the interior of its ships. This cruise line is all about pampering and total entertainment for its guests. Passengers may personalize their cruise by selecting from a list of offerings such as Costa Cruises red and rose wines special, floral arrangements, a variety of cabin comforts such as chocolates or a fresh fruit basket daily, gift sets, champagne and sparkling wines, a special selection of white wines, and beauty & spa packages.
A Costa cruise will take you to any of the following destinations and more: Atlantic Ocean and Canary Islands, Eastern Caribbean, Eastern Mediterranean, Far East, Grand Oriental, Indian Ocean, Middle East, Northern Capitals, Norwegian Fjords & Highlands, South America, Transatlantic, Western Caribbean and Western Mediterranean. Sample itineraries include: Bahamas, Bermuda, Antilles, Canary Islands, Spain, (24 nights); Dubai, Oman, Yemen, Egypt, Italy (16 nights), Mauritius, Seychelles, Kenya, Madagascar (14 nights), Italy, Corsica, Tunisia, Malta (five nights), and Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Shetland Islands (14 nights), to name a few.
A Costa cruise features a wide variety of excursions for any type of itinerary whether you’re traveling for just a few days or several weeks. Costa Cruises features shore excursions specifically designed to allow the passenger to get up close and personal with different cultures, environments, and habitats. Guests can choose from three different levels including: Easy, Moderate and Hard — all specially designed to provide something for all tastes and abilities. For example, natural and cultural tours are typically designed with age in mind. Some are suitable for older guests, while others will suit younger guests. In addition, active and sports-oriented excursions are also available for individuals who are on the adventurous side.
While Costa cruise vacations are available 365 days, booking far in advance is highly recommended. Space tends to fill up rather quickly on these popular luxury cruises. To book a Costa cruise, visit the Costa Cruises website at www.costacruise.com or contact your local cruise travel specialist to help plan your cruise.