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103 Costa Middle East Cruise Reviews

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Janusz
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
We traveled in pair (two person 30 year old). We don't use flight deal from costa (flight&hotel self-booking). Ship is clean and maintained but slide on roof does not work (excluded from use). Very very poor food, buffet closed after ... Read more
guth
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are regular Costa Cruisers, and have enjoyed many good trips on several ships. Our stay pre cruise was in the fabulous Meydan Hotel on the race course with wonderful food and accommodation. Wish we could say the same for the rest of our ... Read more
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CLAIRE CLARKE
Member Since 2012
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
We had a great time - much better than expected. We had a balcony cabin this time which we loved. Bigger than many other ships. Similar formula to most other cruises except for no casual evening buffet. We had opted for late sitting so ... Read more
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
Edinburghgirl1
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
84 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
I cannot believe all the negative reviews for this cruise. Ok its not on a par with the likes of Celebrity and Norwegian, both of whom I have sailed previously on 3 occasions, but neither is the price!! For what I paid I thought it was ... Read more

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Flanchop
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
Check in was a nightmare, first check in and drop luggage at Dubai cruise terminal 10am, 2.30pm start queueing for second check in before heading for ship, 3.30pm (and I was near beginning of queue) queue again to have photo taken before ... Read more
dandbbeale@googlemail.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have just been on the Costa Serena from Dubai to Oman ect. We arrived at the port at 8/30 am to be told we cannot board the ship till 8/o'clock in the evening great after an over night flight. Later they done us all a big favour and ... Read more
falldownalot
Member Since 2014
1 review
18 forum posts
0 helpful votes
the embarkation was the nightmare we were warned about but when we finally got our cabin we really enjoyed the cruise.the ship was great,the cabin was great the itinerary was great and the crew were great.....for the most part.the only ... Read more
sandyandfarley1
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
easy going,slick and fun. check in and check out easiest every been on any cruise. Mix of clientele from all different countries ( so no british sunbed wars like on P and O or drunks ) all inclusive was the better option as was ... Read more
WILDTONY
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Just returned from a very good cruise around the Persian Gulf aboard the Costa neoRiviera. I like the older smaller ships (previously I had sailed on the Costa Voyager and Allegra, both were fine ships, just in need of a little love and ... Read more

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patti7441
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have just returned from a lovely holiday on the Costa Serena visiting, Dubai, Muscat, Khasab and Abu Dhabi. We have travelled on Costa before so were prepared for the typical Italian style. Checking in could have been an issue if you ... Read more
Dazzadd
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
A pretty looking ship standing so serenely in Dubai. The cruise ticket stated embarkation would commence at 8pm but I arrived much earlier and check-in and boarding actually started at 3pm. I do have to say one big downside was not being ... Read more
circum95
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
Boarding was an apocalyptic chaos, despite the fact there was to be priority embarkation. Took us an hour to get to the gangway only to be told that we had to back to check-in because they had forgotten to give us health declaration forms. ... Read more
wavecrest1
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We took the Christmas cruise from Dubai on the Costa Serena in a premium balcony room on deck 8. The room was quiet and well positioned although seemed smaller than the 20sq.m that Costa claim. Room was made up appropriately each day. The ... Read more
bilko8
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
As a 70 year old grandfather, I flew Emirates alone from Birmingham on the overnight flight to Dubai. Emirates have great food and a generous baggage allowance and I was well within the 30kg limit, even including all of the Christmas ... Read more

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LitDoc
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I am a 55-year-old American professor of literature who has been working in Dubai for eight-and-a-half years. My wife is a 47-year-old high-school math teacher from the Philippines. The local schools are closed for three weeks during the ... Read more
decolady20
Member Since 2011
1 review
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Firstly, my first time flying with Emirates, but guaranteed it won’t be my last. I got a requested upgrade to fly out Business Class at what looked to be a heavily discounted price. What an experience- it’s the first time ... Read more
mumgranann
Member Since 2007
1 review
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
We flew to Milan and spent a night there before joining a coach to Savona to board the Costa Serena. Quaotic lack of organisations on at Milan airport with a total lack of proper organisation and little better when boarding. However we are ... Read more
SPMCRUISER
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
161 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My wife and I sailed on the Costa NeoRiviera on November From Savona to Dubai. We flew from NY to Istambul and spent three glorious days before heading to Genoa to embark on our cruise. We arrived in Genoa went to the Best Western City ... Read more
KINGKAM
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I have thought long and hard about this cruise which I have to start of by saying cost £1000 per person with return flights from London with B.A.[who were great by the way] and included 3 nights accommodation in Dubai -[Winchester ... 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
The Morgans
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
Our first time experience of cruising was not the best. Very disappointed - in summary: # playing pop music throughout the whole ship at 10am- even in the cabins! So if you've decided to sleep in or have a hangover and want peace and ... Read more
avhart
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We arrived at the port at 1230 to find that the earliest time boarding could take place was 1500 and we were told that we were lucky as we were really not due to board until 2000!! The conditions at the embarkation point were very poor and ... Read more
mister gray
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
My wife and I sailed on Costa Fortuna around the UAE and Oman in febuary for 7 nights. For the price we paid the cruise represented very good value and I would definately use this company again. We have sailed with Celebrity twice and ... Read more
costa1
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
firstly let me say that i wrote a very bad review once before about costa and their attitudes so i can only blame myself. we arrived in dubai at 8am and went straight to the ship , we were told that we could not get on the ship until ... Read more

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