We are a married couple who have been on 19 previous cruises. This was our first cruise with Costa and also therefore with Costa Mediterranea. This was a 7-night Baltic Cities cruise from Copenhagen. The reason for my husband and myself booking this cruise was that we received a special super deal. Otherwise we would not have selected this itinerary. We prefer an itinerary where you have the possibility for more warm weather Living right outside Oslo, Norway, we decided to drive our car to the cruise terminal in Copenhagen, an 8 hours ride.
The boarding process: The check in was quick and efficient. However, we found it annoying that we had to go to a dedicated lounge on board to have a credit card registration. You had to take a number and wait until your number was called.
We had booked a cabin on deck 7 with a large balcony, and we were very pleased with this nice cabin. We did not saw much to our cabin attendant, but we were very pleased with his job looking after our cabin in a proper way.
Public Rooms: Mediterranea is a very immaculate ship. The ship has an atrium in the centre of the ship that extends up trough several of the decks, but in our opinion the dEcor of the atrium was far too gaudy.
Spa & Fitness: The ship has three very nice pools, on deck nine, one is adult only (aft), and one with a retractable roof.
Dining: We were pleased with the large Buffet restaurant on deck nine. The restaurant itself was a bit confusing. It is several serving stations which offer different dishes, so it is highly recommended to use some time to go around and explore, also to visit the outside grill. We were impressed with the crew in this restaurant. They were very efficient in cleaning the tables, opposed to what we experienced on our last cruises with RCCL in their buffet restaurant, Windjammer.
We were in the first seating in the Dining room, 7 pm. We had a friendly waiter from India, but the service was not as good as we have been used to on other cruise ships. Once the wine had been served by the assistant waiter, you then had to continue to serve yourself, and we rarely saw any-thing more to her during the whole dinner. Menu-comments: We found unfortunately the main courses mostly mediocre, especially the meat dishes. Coffee is not offered at the end of dinner. We had four breakfasts in the Dinning room. The waiter service was unfortunately very unorganized, and we were e.g. rarely offered refilling of coffee or tea.
I think there is a huge lack of management in this Dinning room. There is also an upscale dinner restaurant, Club Medosa, that you could pay extra to eat a la carte. The food was very good, the service excellent, but unfortunately it was very expensive. You have to pay for each dish. They do not have a fixed menu-price like on most other ships. They have tea time on board which was good, but the female crewmember in charge of the service was a bit grumpy. Bar services: The ship has many bars, and we enjoyed them, but the drinks were more expensive than on any ship we had been on before, and sodas were expensive too.
The itinerary was a mixed bag. Not to be missed, the sailing through the beautiful archipelago of Stockholm, Sweden.
Disembarkation: This was quite routine, and it was easy to find our luggage in the Terminal.
Conclusion: If a great deal pops up and with a nice itinerary, we would cruise again with Costa Mediterranea or other of Costa's newest ship.