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102 Costa First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews
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adityasethia
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
i did costa fascinosa and other than less availability of vegetarian food, didnt face any problem whatsoever.bothe embarkation and disembarcarion were smooth. the food was good and well presented except for the fact that they ran out of ... Read more
Cathy Arnold
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was my first ever cruise so can make no comparison. Decided to try a cruise and see if I enjoyed the experience / type of holiday. Firstly positives : No supplement for single occupancy, large cabin which was kept spotlessly clean ... Read more
sugarb204
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This was one of the worst vacations that I have ever been on. We are a family of 4 with 2 children, ages 6 and 8. Every port we came to we could not wait to get OFF the ship. The food is terrible and every day it's the same thing in ... Read more
Gerry from Manchester
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
The ship is first class, everywhere is spotlessly clean, the cabins are kept clean and tidy, the sheets, pillowslips and towels are pure white and changed frequently, as are the rubbish bins. There are various restaurants around the ... Read more
Roberta Walker
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Staff are wonderful, Food superb (lots of choice from Buffet - several different service statons offering different sorts of meals - so wander around first before you decide!! (preferred it to main restaurant as two sittings one is very ... Read more
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Anna B
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 helpful votes
I am a single older lady with mobility difficulties (I use a stick to walk) and I must say I had the most wonderful time on my Christmas cruise aboard this beautiful ship. This was my first cruise with Costa Mediterranea. From the ... Read more
iamjstan@gmail.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
30 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
If you are looking for upper class society experience, this ship is not for you. Costa Victoria is a very laid back, relax ship. Overall, this is a ship without big wow factor like rock climbing or ice skating rink. It is quite an old ... Read more
lekhrani jankee (Mrs)
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed December 2015
I really enjoyed my trip. The crew was nice and welcoming. There were lots and lots of entertainment. We participated in the Lotto draw and my brother in law, won a price i.e. a dinner in one of your esteemed restaurant. He was the one ... Read more
Silveranna
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
13 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Wow fantastic, Fabulous food, brilliant entertainment, stunning dancers, well looked after ship and great service who could ask for more! We embarked from Venice, all the staff were friendly and efficient. When we entered, wow it ... Read more
Anneeka
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
The ship was beautiful BUT it was all money money money, if you are a vegetarian then don't go unless you want omelet as that was all I was offered, can't eat that for nearly a month, they really didn't want English passengers on board, it ... Read more
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Amelie1214
Member Since 2015
1 review
19 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Was on the CM this last week and had an awesome time! We were due to embark in Venice and flew in the day before and stayed at the best western olimpia in P. Roma. Very beautiful hotel and I highly recommend it. Only one bridge to cross ... Read more
tmodis
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed October 2015
The cruise per se was O.K. but did not exceed expectations. After much encouragement from friends, who often go on cruises, we decided to try one out. We wanted a small cruise so we drove to Savona and got on the Costa Fortuna, which is a ... Read more
IrishGuy58
Member Since 2015
1 review
12 forum posts
1 helpful vote
In an attempt to keep this brief I'll list good and bad points from our first ever cruise. We are a married couple in our 50s. Good: Service Facilities Entertainment variety Cadiz , Valencia and Lisbon Inside Cabin was ... Read more
ELMET
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was the first cruise either my wife or I had been on and we were a little concerned about booking this ship after reading some of the reviews, now we have stayed in some wonderful 5 star land based hotels but this ship was brilliant. ... Read more
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annamaria randazzo
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
It wasn't what I had heard of and what I had expected. In the pool areas there was no control, and organisation. To go in the spa, you had to wait a long time because the people stayed in there for about an 1 hour, and children would ... Read more
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Allyson Coleman
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was a first time cruise for myself and my family. I was a it dubious of cruising and quite anxious to be truthful. We did encounter a problem when we first went to the airport to check-in as we had no allocation of bags and we had to ... Read more
Jsmall
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
Just got back from our cruise on the diadema first and last time we will cruise with Costa. The ship was way to overcrowded not enough public areas to handle 4000+ passengers. At the buffet we had to wait up to an hour to get food as the ... Read more
multiculturalcouple
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
We found this cruise at a very convenient price but the topics we are reviewing we understand that no matter how much you pay are good to be aware. Positives: Food was good for Italian and Spanish but Americans or British may suffer ... Read more
barahona44
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
My wife and I went on our first cruise with a friend who had arranged it.I had some trepidation after booking (we agreed to the trip and booked it just 3 weeks before sailing), after reading the reviews on CC. With nothing to compare it ... Read more
DennisJames
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
We are not seasoned cruisers having only been on four cruises - the first three with P&O and the last with Costa. The price we paid for our inside cabin was very reasonable - however it was discounted still further by Iglu cruise ... Read more
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Rupz
Member Since 2015
1 review
I booked my first cruise with Costa and came back with happy memories. I'll try and cover all points and tips which I hope would be useful especially for first time cruisers! Positive notes: - Embarkation from Trieste, Italy was ... Read more
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WorldTraveller9189
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
BEWARE POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE AND EXTRA (HIDDEN) COSTS NB: Skip to the five bottom categories if you simply want to read about our major complaints. My partner and I booked a last minute deal for a Mediterranean cruise on the Costa ... Read more
CPM1771
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2015
I was a little anxious about this cruise, but it was booked by my wife's parents as a present for the family and I had hoped that some of the reviews on this site were wrong. They are not. We had a great time, but not because the boat, or ... Read more
Steve Viger
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
This is an engineering marvel. The ship, brand new or four months old, is really a fabulous construction. The food was more than adequate for a cruise of which this was our 6th. Cleanliness, timeliness, organization and staff training are ... Read more
Jockandaj
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Embarkation was slow and a little chaotic but bags were waiting at our cabin. Don't stay in 8312, we were disturbed by the constant scraping of chairs in the cafe above. Cabin kept immaculate by our steward, towels changed daily and ... Read more
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