Costa Concordia 03/05/09
This ship is in excellent ship. A+++. A clean, up to date, and mostly beautiful ship. You will find lots of room to roam, very comfortable cabins, plenty to eat and lots of entertainment.
One large downside. There is NO wireless or wired internet in the cabins or in the public areas with the exception of the internet cafe. I ask how does a ship built in 2006 not have wireless internet or wired internet, what were they thinking??
The food was very good in the main dining room. Lots of choices, great service and nice ambiance.
Lido Deck food: Not so great, your average Carnival / Royal Caribbean fair. I suggest sticking to the main dining room for your meals.
Room service, not many selections. They now charge a fee to deliver food to your cabin, be ware, this is just plain cheesy.
Soda Card: very expensive for soda, however you're almost forced to have it because you only get water, some juices otherwise and they are not that good.
Casino: Ouch, be careful, my luck was on vacation in this casino. Play small and leave when the cards turn, they don't come back.
Entertainment: Wow, what a laser light show, don't miss it. Otherwise your average dancing shows.
Ports: Great, Costa offers this Med cruise which touches Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, and Egypt. great ports!
Value: About pat for what you expect, not great not bad. Don't listen to the people that complain about this company, it's the same as all the others. If you want luxury, you need to go upscale.
Crew: very nice, because they have to be nice. With that said our room was cleaned well everyday and we always have what we needed.
This is funny, they speak Italian, German, English, and Spanish, so during the entertainment and announcements, you get it in all the languages. the comic acts do they jokes four times, very funny and somewhat odd at the same time.
Things to know if this is your first time doing an overseas cruise:
You need to get Euros for your dollars, don't wait till you get to Italy to change currency, especially as the airport, do it in the states at a bank, you will get a better rate, remember it takes $1.25 to buy 1.00 Euro right now, which adds up.
DO NOT fly Alitalia for any reason, this was the worst flight I have been on in some time. The airplane was dirty, my seat cover was ripped and I was sitting on foam the entire flight and it was generally very grimy. There is a huge lack of maintenance.