CostaAllegra - Western Caribbean: Costa Allegra Cruise Review by Tom&CarolClark
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CostaAllegra - Western Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
The cabins were quite small with ample storage space. Our beds were twin that could not be put together to make queen size.
The cruise was very European. The music and dancing was more ballroom style. Currency on board was Euros. We found everything to be overpriced. The daily drink special was $4.50 Euros (about $6.30 Canadian) and could be supersized for .25 Euros more. A beer was $3.25 E. for small and $4.25 E. for large. If you get a mixer (rum and soda for example), it cost $6.25 E. A 15% service charge is added to all drinks. As you can see, drinking can be very expensive. We found out on the first night that you could purchase duty free liquor and take it to your room. You should try to be discreet about drinking your own liquor outside your cabin. Pop can be purchased in port and carried on with no problem. All bags were X-rayed when going on board at each port, and we didn't see anyone questioned about their contents, even though many were bringing beer on board. We arranged all of our own excursions by taxi after going ashore and they were at least half the price you pay on the ship. You can even get a taxi to take you to the Panama Canal to see ships going through the locks. The one excursion we did book through the ship was the Stingray City and Island Tour. Unfortunately, the seas were quite rough that day and all water tours in Grand Cayman were cancelled. Speaking of rough seas - we found the Allegra to be quite unstable. Two nights were particularly bad, so if you have a problem with seasickness, we would suggest you use a patch. The ship does supply dramamine for free. Our last night was very calm, so most likely the instability was a combination of ship size and ocean conditions.
There was no shortage of deck chairs and towels, even on sea days. The pool is very small, but on this cruise not many people used it. By the way, it is salt water. There are three hot tubs.
The passenger makeup of the ship was roughly 60% American, 40% Europeans and other nationalities. The average age was approximately 65. We heard that future cruises would be more Europeans than other nationalities.
The food was good, but not the quality of other cruises we have been on. We only gained about five pounds each. LOL
Overall, we were very pleased with the dollar value of the cruise. If you're looking for a 5 star cruise, then this isn't the one for you, but it is certainly worth the price being paid. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a budget priced cruise. Less