Costa Mediterranea Cruise Review by AKyle: A Cruise we could afjord!
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A Cruise we could afjord!
Destination: Baltic Sea
Booked this cruise on Costa Mediterranea a week before departure as it offered flights from Glasgow and a balcony cabin at a reasonable price.
Flew independently to Copenhagen airport which has a metro connection running every 5 minutes into the city centre. ( Took about 20 minutes) Then took a local train to the port terminal. Costa berths at the furthest away terminal in Copenhagen but it was only a 10 to 15 flat walk mostly through the terminal buildings.
Costa check in was excellent and we were straight onto the ship without queueing. Only disadvantage of this was that the credit card still needed to be registered and this involved waiting in a long queue in the lounge at set times. Tried on a few occasions but the line was never less than half an hour.
Our cabin was identical to last year's cabin on Costa Serena with a more dated bathroom. Fine if you like aqua plastic. The cabin was clean and well kept and showed no signs of wear and More tear. The cabin stewards were lovely.
Had first sitting dining at 7.30p.m. but noticed that most passengers were Italian and arrived nearer to 8 0'clock! Food in the main dining room was a bit lacking interest and tasted like mass produced Hilton hotel wedding fare. Fine but nothing to get excited by! The only other evening option was pizzas in the buffet. Pizzas and pasta is the best served on any cruise ship we have been on.
Main show entertainment was very "Euro" orientated and a bit like a holiday special circa 1980! However it was pleasant enough. Music in the lounges was very similar throughout and usually a bland combination of tea dance meets lift music.
Can't comment on the quality of the library books as they are kept under lock and key and can only be accessed at a few set times!
The trip down the fjords was spectacular. The waterfalls stunning. Our cabin at the centre aft of the ship was ideal for viewing as the ship enters the fjords early in the morning.
Overall a great cruise with interesting and quaint ports helped by the excellent weather in the high 70'sF throughout. Less
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Cabin review: Bal7345
Cabin 7345Great location in centre aft of ship. Average size. 2 sunchairs and small table. Bit of noise when doors open from wake and noise of engine and occasional slight vibration but worth it for the great views.
Port and Shore Excursions
Port 3 was Stavanger. Nice shopping centre with quaint shops. Many very expensive bars at the harbourside.
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