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 was his first cruise and loved every minute of it. Everything went smoothly from the the check-in, we were booked in a mini suite, so had priority boarding and that was great, we were one of the first few people to board the ship.
The staff were friendly and approachable and the service was great. Seeing as it was the newest of the Costa fleet, everything was Clean and New. Our suite was spacious and comfortable the beds were very comfortable & our Balcony was great L shaped at the back of the ship and huge.
We were on the second seating for dinner, and was quiet impressed with the food, the menu change every evening and we also went to the dining room for most lunches, Don't really like the buffet on deck 9, especially when the ship was full, +-3600 passengers, at least in the dining room you have table service and order of the menu. We also did breakfast in the dining room, much more comfortable. who wants to stand in long queues when u on vacation.
The entertainment was great, a Russian dance troop and also an acrobatic couple and they also had a crew show which was fabulous. The bars were busy and the cocktails were worth buying the drinks package which we did prior to joining the ship. At 19.50 euros a day including the gratuity it was a bargain as we enjoyed our wines with lunch & dinners and cocktails at all the bars and our cappuccinos with breakfast, it was definitely worth it for us.
We also loved the Spa, the treatments were a bit pricey for us so we opted for the thermal suite pass, which gave u access to the different wet rooms, the oriental steam, hot steam, ha-mam & Turkish bath as well as Hydrotherapy pool and the Japanese Tea garden, that was definitely worth the 149 euros for both of us, but must be booked on embarkation. we used the facilities for the entire cruise and was most relaxing.
The ports were great, just wish we had more time in some of them, we never did any excursions as i had been there before, so we explored on our own.
Seeing it was a special birthday we booked the Ala Ca-rte restaurant Club Fascinosa, which was definitely worth the 50 euros for both of us the food was amazing and the whole ambiance of the restaurant was very Romantic. The highlight of the cruise for was the ship as i had been to all the ports, 7nights was way to short, so definitely a longer cruise for us next year
On a whole we loved our Costa cruise, and we would recommend and we will cruise Costa again.
Thank you for an amazing cruise Costa and see u again