Conducted a seven-night Greek Isles Cruise on the Fascinosa out of Venice. We
used cruisedirect.com and believe we got a rock-bottom price. Purchase via the
Internet was easy and we booked about 45 days prior to sailing in October.
Three weeks prior to launch, we were upgraded from Interior to Oceanview. We
booked a package of excursions to see Olympia, Santorini, Rhodes and
Dubrovnik. We booked Bari separately as it was not on the package options.
Regardless, all inexpensive for what you see. We also purchased the Extra All
Inclusive drinks and feel as though we saved big, as we drank several
cocktails at the shows prior to dinner, and our server produced a bottle of
wine (20-25 Euro) for our dinner--all $0 in the end.
Pros: Venice Port is very easy. Park at the pier which is 100M from the ship. Just to get the reservation done online. We showed early and were able to water taxi to St. Marks for a few hours and then in-process for the trip. Excursions were fine.
Excursions: Typical bus ride to/from and many shops. Thought the port times were grand. Having done other cruises with only 2.5 hours, etc. for a stop was too hectic, but this was great at 5-10 hours per stop.
Cleanliness: new ship and they take great pride in keeping her clean. Crew always keeping up with us. Our cabin steward was Johnny on the spot--If we left at anytime, he would take great care in picking up after us, although we did not expect this--as much as 4 times/day.
Theater shows were top quality--nothing too hokie, just the magic show, but everything else was comparable to a short-Vegas style event.
Cons: Food was not so great and limited outside of lunch and dinner, but with a population of 3,800 guests, for us it was fine. Nice to see that the portions are not overwhelmingly large. Other than this, we think the ship, crew, port and customer service were superb. You cannot beat the price and experience.
Would love to sail with Costa once again.