If you are English speaking from the United States, do not consider this cruise line unless you enjoy being treated as a second class citizen. The passengers were predominately from Italy, France, Germany and Spain with few English speaking guests. This was our tenth cruise and we will never, ever book with Costa again.
Food was nowhere near as good as all the other cruises we've been on. At the buffet we had green molded roll, toast with ants crawling on it, and in the main restaurant, even was served sour milk which the waiter tried to tell us was just the cream. Cream doesn't curdle on top your coffee and tea! It was only after we insisted he take it away and bring up new cups and milk, that he did so. In the main restaurant, at no time did the waiter ever come over and inquire if everything was OK. Even after we told him we didn't care for an item, did he offer to replace it with something else. Any meat that required carving was over cooked and tough. Even on formal More
nights there was no steak or lobster served. In fact if you ordered anything with shrimp you were served those miniscule shrimp that can be purchased in a can.
Forget lobster bisque, french onion soup, etc. - never on the menu, but you could have their version of watered down minestrone soup everyday. And forget any speciality desserts like bananas forester, baked Alaska,pie ala mode etc. Ice cream, gelato, sherbet and one cake is the offering each night.
You can order a drink package which can be purchased in advance for $260 pp which is supposed to include water, soda , liquor, wine, coffee and teas which we did. What they don't tell you is it doesn't include a bottle of water or can of soda that you can take off the ship during excursions. Only a glass of water or soda is included. You can purchase a bottle of water for an additional $5 each. They then give you a limited menu of alcholic drinks that are included. You can have a Margarita, but a strawberry Margarita will be an additional $6.50. Room service is also supposed to be included. It only includes coffee and tea in the morning and were surprised when we ordered their miniature danish and was charged $15.
The buffet area was very large and extensive. Other than the green molded roll, and ants on the toast it was quite good. Plenty of choices for everyone for breakfast and lunch. We never ate there in the evening. Maybe that would have been a bette choice than their main dining room.
The ship itself was beautiful and kept immaculately clean. We left a small tip each day for the housekeeper even though tips are automatically charged to you room so we always had enough towels and found our room was one of the first to be cleaned. We had a veranda stateroom and it was quite roomy and more than adequate closet and drawer space. The water in the shower and bathroom sink did have a strange odor that I never found on any other the other cruises I was on.
The ports we visited were very nice and most of them allowed enough time for an excursion, beach visit and shopping.
This was my second Costa cruie, but it will be my last. Less