Costa...Costa fortune.... never again: Costa Allegra Cruise Review by Astroalan
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Costa...Costa fortune.... never again
This ship was built 1969 as the freighter "Annie Johnson" that was sympathetically converted in 1992, but it will never be comparable to the post 1990 cruise ship. The cabins were basic and small and the outside cabins all had small portholes instead of windows making it dark. The cabin tap water is not potable or fit for consumption, but there is nothing to warn of this. A number of passengers, including myself, were ill after cleaning teeth with it. Most cruise ships make much More of their profits though on-board sales, but everything is geared to making unreasonable profit. From highly priced drinks to excessive shore excursions charges that mysteriously increase between booking pre-cruise and boarding, Costa is an appropriate name.
With this relatively new cruise Asian operation catering for the newly wealthy Chinese tourist, you can expect that a large majority of the passengers are Chinese families with Europeans in the tiny minority. They bring many generations along as a family group and like to go shopping on port days. All shore excursions include an hour or two of shopping time whether you want it or not and are multilingual, as are announcements on board. Expect them to be in Italian, Chinese, English and German. Food is a Chinese and Western mix but monotonous with little choice and of mediocre quality. The 'pizza restaurant' was a counter off a lounge that was only open for a few hours between meals and also charged for the 'pleasure'.
If you want to experience a cruise company learning how to do cruising and a ferry trying to be a cruise ship making excessive profits then you will probably enjoy this ship. Give me P&O, Cunard, Swan Hellenic, even Princess any day. Less
Cabin review: 4E5073
Good location forward of midships, convenient for forward lift but not too near. Quiet cabin but dark, as all are with 2 small portholes.
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