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100 Costa First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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eason.chan
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
I have a wonderful trip with my wife and kids during Chinese New Year this year. Our family went on Costa Victoria’s New Year Cruise which had many festive events planned out. Due to unforeseen circumstances that happened at home, my ... Read more
garyed2626
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
The thing to remember is that this is an Italian ship. Although it departed from Miami, it is an Italian ship. Most the passengers were Italian followed by French and Spanish with the number of Americans far behind. Everything was in five ... Read more
mel c
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed February 2015
Our recent cruise on Costa Cruise line’s 11 day Caribbean Cruise was not a positive experience. While we found the efforts of the wait staff and cabin stewards to be very positive, our interactions with those above that level was ... Read more
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Spotthedog
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first ever cruise and hence our first review on this site. A couple of earlier reviews of this ship on this website were very helpful for us so thank you for taking the trouble - they really helped us prepare and set ... Read more
desormais
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This cruise was booked to celebrate my husband's big birthday and was a once in a lifetime event for us. We picked it mainly because the advertising stated we would be visiting the orangutangs in Borneo but it just happened to be part of ... Read more

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Annabelle Ang
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I travelled with Costa and it was my first cruise experience. It was a short getaway with my JC friends as we wanted to get away from work for awhile before the year starts. As this was my cruise expedition, I didn’t know what to ... Read more
blackcatgirl_uk
Member Since 2014
1 review
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
First-time cruiser… Firstly – some positives. Embarkation at Barcelona was extremely efficient. Ship was lovely. Inside single cabin on deck nine was very high standard. Excellent service in the cabin and restaurant. ... Read more
Esther P.
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
I had cabin 7395 on the Costa Fascinosa (Venice to Venice - November, 2014 ) which was nice size, comfortable and had a balcony with two chairs and a small table. There were three closets -- two clothes closets and one with shelves and a ... Read more
fabrome
Member Since 2015
1 review
38 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
It was a wondeful family cruise visiting Corfu, Mykonos, Santorini and Dubrovnik. Our kids had the chance to participate in many activities on board and really enjoyed playing and the karaoke. My wife spent a lot of time in the spa and ... Read more
PatsyG
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
This was our first cruise so we didn't have anything to compare other than we have stayed in good class hotels all over the world and Costa Serena certainly exceeded my expectations, she is a beautiful ship. Our embarkation was in ... Read more

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skinnersiom
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
This was the first time my husband and I had taken a cruise. The good points first! We spent a couple of days in Venice which is amazing! The Costa Fascinosa takes your breath away - its size and it's immaculate inside and out. We booked ... Read more
maggas
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2014
so here I am again with my reviews,i tell it as it is ,im not petty I just want a nice holiday the costa classica was my trial run to see if I liked a cruise, everone said it wood be great so we gave it a try 7 days cruising the ... Read more
Mimillion
Member Since 2014
1 review
31 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
We booked this cruise last minute as decided it was about time we tried one, Costa have a reputation for not being as traditional as a lot of the companies and as my bf is much happier in a pair of jeans than a tux we decided on Costa. ... Read more
NicholasLitton
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I booked a cruise on the Costa Fascinosa for my wife and I, and our 12 year old son. This was our first cruise as a family. I made the booking late in 2013 for a departure in August 2014. My travel agent in South Africa recommended the ... Read more
timmyho
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The first cruising trip with my boyfriend. We were so excited for it. This was something we longed for a very long time. A 6D5N trip, from Shanghai to Nagasaki and Kobe is our choice. We booked for a balcony cabin because of the limited ... Read more

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Brentley88
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We went into this not knowing what to expect. Let me hit a few of the highlights from the experience. ****Pros**** Cabin service was exceptional. The room was cleaned twice daily and restocked with fresh towels. Cruise was punctual at ... Read more
Vetty
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I wish I had read some of the reviews here before we embarked on our first ever cruise!!  It was awful!! Our cabin was right at the front of the ship, very comfortable bed and the shower was good. Loads of wardrobe space, not noisy.. ... Read more
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ElainePDean
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
It did not start well - an overnight flight from the UK which was very squashed and uncomfortable (Emirates. VERY disappointing) and then we were in the embarkation area by 9.30am and told we would not have a cabin until 20.00. We were ... Read more
Standardnut
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
Don't knock it till you try it. This is our second Costa cruise in two years. Our first one was the most fun we had and this one is not far behind. The ship is well maintained. The staff are friendly. Both the cabin steward and the dining ... Read more
ljay17
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
We travelled as a family of 6, my parents, my husband and I and our 2 children aged 8 & 3. We arrived into Barcelona airport on an early flight, and took a pre-booked transfer to the port with resorthoppa. Well worth the money as it ... Read more

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gymjunk
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2014
After reading a lot of the reviews on this website concerning Costa, we were very worried about how our cruise holiday would turn out. This was our first time going on a cruise and we are a family of four - two kids who are 4 yrs old and 6 ... Read more
Seaoates
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise so we did not know what to expect and this lengthy account of our experience is to help cruises novices to make the most of the cruise and to avoid pitfalls that we experienced. To summarise we had a fantastic ... Read more
rjfenner
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were so impressed by the friendly staff on this cruise who always greeted and smiled. Nothing was too much trouble. The attention to detail was amazing. I am a very large lady and the arm chair in restaurant degli Argentieri was ... Read more
Dottypops
Member Since 2013
1 review
10 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
We have just returned from 7 nights on the Costa Mediterranea. This was our first cruise and we were really nervous. WOW, We have no problems whatsoever. The whole experience was fabulous. We embarked at Heraklion Crete (Not Yokohama as ... Read more
Sandy.h
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I took a cruise on the Costa Fortuna departing from Copenhagen. She is 10 years old and looks her age. The good things: Size of the cabin was very convenient. Lots of cabinets and a large bed which was very comfortable. Many shelves in ... Read more

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