Costa Fortuna Cruise Review by Sunsmiley: Costa Fortuna... we could not fault you!
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Costa Fortuna... we could not fault you!
Destination: Middle East
After reading all the reviews we were a little worried about the ship but have to say what a great week we had. I went with a girl friend, we try to go to places our husband's don't want to come along to! We had a cabin with balcony 9226, quite enough space for us both after all you are only in there for sleeping! Although the ship was full, we found people seem to disburse themselves around the ship. Most like us did day trips so were on and off the ship at different times.
The cruise took us to Muscat, Khasab, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. We decided just to do the morning tours to give us a feel of the area in each stop. The guides were all most informative and learnt loads
We ate at the 9pm seating. There are two formal restaurants both serving the same food, with sittings of either 6.30 or 9pm and a pizza restaurant which only served pizza. On other cruises I have been on another choice was a buffet restaurant which was much more informal and sometimes a nicer option. More With the formal dining most dressed up with two evenings being even more sparkly ! Food was a five course meal with different choices, apart from one dinner could not fault the food. We paid for the drinks package when we booked and certainly felt we drank our quota which was a good deal, ask for this when you book as you do not seem to get an option later on.
Breakfast was buffet type serving hot and cold, lunch was the same. Afternoon tea with cakes 4pm to 5pm, so you do not come home thin !
The staff were excellent, so very helpful and always happy. One impressive thing was there was a lifeboat drill for us all to see one morning, with every lifeboat being let down and driven around and then returning to the ship.
We would not hesitate to return to another Costa cruise it was all great fun and the sun shone throughout! Less
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Cabin review: 9226
Cabin had twin beds, plenty of space to move around in. Bathroom although small was big enough. Our cleaning attendant Jennifer was excellent making sure we had all we needed. Do take your own shampoo and conditioners and body wash though as they do not seem to provide these. We liked being on the Napoli deck which is quite high and felt no movement while travelling and would chose this level again.
Port and Shore Excursions
Another most informative guide, who told us about the culture of the area, the importance of the oil, schooling etc. we visited another mosque and another spice and then gold bazaar. Abu Dhabi is a new city, do not expect ruins and relics!
Once again a most informative guide, taking us to the fort museum, showing us all the architecture and the shopping malls. Amazing works of art everywhere, but once again this is a new man made city great if you like high rise buildings especially hotels!
Most informative guide who told us about the history of Oman and the importance of Muscat which is still a business port as well as ferry terminal, soon to be moved up the coast. Quite fascinating watching the ships being loaded and unloaded though. We went to the Mosque (dress code cover up from head to toe ladies) and to the bazaar this is a good place to grab your bargains better than the other stops.
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