The CostaVictoria is a lovely vessel. Remember, she has no balcony cabins. Also, try to avoid Category 1 and 2 Insides as they are a meager 120 square feet (a good buy, though, if cabin space is unimportant). Otherwise, she is lovely.
As far as the Costa Ship. It was a big ship and to many people. It was a center hallway ship and to get any were on the ship you had lines of people for dinner, picture area, shows area and just to stop off at the different island. Plus most of the people were from other countries and they were rude and pushy. The food was very very bad also.
Also they are on the PA system all the time. And they give the info on the PA is 7 different lang. also.
Just remerber I'm only one person with one comment. But this is what happened to us.
There is value in Costa but besides that I think there are better options out there. This is coming from someone who has sailed Costa 3 times in the last 5 years. If price is an issue I would recommend Costa over a Crnival ship (same owners). If price is not a major factor I would recommend RCCL (sailing the Adventure of the Seas in April) or Celebrity.
By the way I am not in the travel business like some others who have motives behind what they post.
In response to the comment made about announcements you will find that once the ship set sails there will not even be a Good Morning announcement anymore as it was phased out last month.As for other announcements there are virtually none!