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102 Costa First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews
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Dottypops
Member Since 2013
1 review
13 forum posts
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
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
woodpecker1000
Member Since 2013
1 review
25 forum posts
As first time cruisers we had a lot of questions. Cruise critic was very helpful for many of them. Neo romantica is a really beautiful ship and the staff are superb. The Baltic Northern Capitals are really beautiful and there are plenty of ... Read more
Geekiegal
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Like most people, we chose Costa because it was the cheap end of the cruise market and we didn't even know if we'd enjoy the experience. If you are reading this, you are looking at the low end of the market and for a cheap cruise in the ... Read more
Buttes Chaumont
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed May 2013
We are a young couple and this was our first cruise visiting Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallin, Riga, Klaipedia, Gydnia and Warnemunder (Bornholm cancelled). Overall we had very good impressions of the cruise. We mainly used the ... Read more
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jujubabes
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed May 2013
This was our first cruise on Costa, we were due to sail on Concordia last year Feb, but due to unfortunate circumstances we rescheduled for this cruise on the Fascinosa.It was my 40Th so it was a special cruise for me and my partner, it ... Read more
hardcore1
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
Sailed April 2013
My wife and I received an email from Cruise Nation offering an eleven night cruise on the Costa Neo Romantica at what we thought was a very good price. Having never been on a cruise before and also being only in our mid 50s we were unsure ... Read more
Meka3256
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed February 2013
Firstly I have to say I had a really nice time. I booked the cruise last minute, and read reviews afterwards. This made me nervous, but I actually enjoyed my experience a lot. I have never been on a cruise before, and had no idea ... Read more
koolkruiser3043
Member Since 2012
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We sailed from Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Hong Kong. We travelled with 4 adults and 1 child. Our cruise was 3 sailings in 1 for us so three times people got off and on. I am one that looked at the reviews and thought oh it ... Read more
crimson river
Member Since 2012
1 review
This was our first time on a cruise. Myself my partner our 4 children ages 17,12,9,and 7 We flew to Venice via easy jet, private transfer to the port. We dropped our bags at the luggage drop off and was given a slip with a number on ... Read more
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ruthie_toothy
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 helpful vote
We went on Costa NeoRomantica on 26th July for 8 nights departing from Dover and visiting Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Oslo and Le Havre. There's a lot to say so for ease I will break it down. We travelled two adults age 40 and our twin ... Read more
mgm53
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
1 forum post
We are just back from a very enjoyable week cruising on the costa classica. Having read some of the reviews on here we had some trepidation, but after having experienced the ship first hand ourselves I cannot understand the negative ... Read more
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ray26
Member Since 2012
1 review
This was our first ever cruise and was part of a coach & cruise holiday with Leger. We embarked in Venice after driving to Italy with overnight stays in Belgium and Austria. The boarding process appeared to be a bit of a cattle market ... Read more
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bandanna
Member Since 2012
1 review
After reading the reviews on this website I was expecting the worse. This was my first ever cruise, but my partners 3rd or 4th, however we paid an absolute bargain price so we didn't mind all the bad reviews we had read, we knew we ... Read more
superjillo
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
1 forum post
I was meeting my parents and my sister in Barcelona, due to a work conflict I had to join the cruise a little late. The ship sailed from Rome (Civitavecchia), then to Savona, then Barcelona, so I missed just a couple of days of the trip. I ... Read more
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PorteAllegra
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed December 2011
Thank goodness we did NOT read the reviews of the Costa Classica before setting sailing. Otherwise, we may not have decided to go and could have missed out on a wonderful experience. The itinerary was outstanding - 9 ports of call - and ... Read more
Sadie Dunne
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2011
We were apprehensive about Costa after reading some of the reviews but decided to book and decide for ourselves. We found that lots of the reviews we had read had made valid points. We were disappointed to find when we arrived at the ... Read more
ijonathanc
Member Since 2011
1 review
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Background This was my first cruise. I have friends who enjoy cruises and its something that I have wanted to do for a while. I had some annual leave I needed to use up before the end of the year, so was looking for a last minute ... Read more
swisshoneymooners
Member Since 2011
1 review
We have decided to go on a cruise for our first time. We checked the internet and found this very interesting deal. We embarked in Savona and observed that the ship was half empty, which was great for us. Generally the check in process was ... Read more
Danny Ayriss
1 review
Sailed October 2011
I can't understand why there should be a daily service charge €7 per day over and above your initial payments when it's a compulsory expense !!! and to then be charged 15% on all extra's seems a little underhand to me. Other ... Read more
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sigaco
3 reviews
Sailed October 2011
After booking the cruise on Costa Serena i read the reviews and wished i had not booked.I have worked as a holiday rep for the most famous British holiday company for the over 50s and also worked front of house in some great restaurants ... Read more
4Versoix
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
15 forum posts
This was our 1st cruise and we are a family of 4 (2 boys ages 5 & 7). We are English speaking but have been living in Europe for over 10 years. We sailed during the October school holidays so the ship was at capacity and there were lots of ... Read more
Fifica
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2011
Having never been on a cruise before, the decision to take Costa Deliziosa was based more on its itinerary than on the ship itself. However, the travel agent told us the ship was new, so our expectations about the ship and the places we ... Read more
Yvonne Bignell
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2011
Our first joint adventure on the high seas started at 0700HRS on the 22st July 2011 at Gatwick. It was booked through Virgin Cruises and was a Costa package cruise. This is what happened. We flew from Gatwick to Rome Leonardo Di ... Read more
Peter West
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise and possibly our last. We booked because of the Itinerary and started our cruise on the classica on the 06/11/2011. From the first moment we got there the feeling was that it was being run by a fly by night ... Read more
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