“Much ado about nothing”
Cruise review of Costa Magica

GiLu Costa Magica 3 Much ado about nothing
GiLu
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I chose this cruise exclusively because of the ports. Did not have big expectations on Costa cruise lines, the price was not a bargain, but the itinerary and dates matched our needs, so there we went...

Right from the beginning, embarkation process was an awful mess, 3 and half hours sat(at the floor) of the crowded terminal. There were 2 boarding gates, we watched the other gate, embarking for the Costa Pacifica, finished the process and ship departed. While the Magica was still calling mid-numbers, finally the Pacifica staff crossed the hall to help the Magica, and after almost 4 hours waiting, (no complimentary food, no water), we finally got on the ship.

The ship is in good condition, however, the decor was sort of odd, to say the least. The layout is also strange, not easy to navigate. The light "arms" that decorates the Bellagio buffet is among the ugliest things I have ever seen, also found the Smeralda Dining room tacky.

Cabins: Big,(bigger than same category cabins compared to all the other cruise ships I have been), comfortable, good bedding, our stewardess, Epi, was very attentive and not intrusive, excellent!

Food: The Buffet overall: poor quality, everyday was the same. no assortment of fruits, the salads were OK. No buffet at night! only pizza... And the water, ice, ice cream stations were always broken. The station coffee was horrible! Of course you can buy espressos and cappuccinos,(I did), 1,7 € each. The dining room had better food, nothing to die for, just OK, edible, second seating ALWAYS opened late, we had to wait outside the dining room for 10 to 15 minutes every night, quite annoying...

This has been my first and last Costa, Next time I go to Europe, I will cruise Norwegian or RC.

Costa Magica Cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean
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Cabin review:

O1345
If you are a light sleeper, stay away from cabin 1345! It is right on top of the ship entrance door. Every time the ship is arriving port, while the ship is still at sea, (usually 6 - 6:30 am) there are annoying sounds of the pilot boat aproaching, the door opening, right under your bed.

Port and Shore Excursions

Port
Booked for a private tour with Ramses tours. Our guide, Yasser, was waiting right outside the beautiful Alexandria pier. Went to Cairo, saw Gizeh, Saqqara and Memphis, awesome!

Piraeus: Walked to the Metro station, (about 15-20 minutes walk). The Metro had 2 stations not working, so took the metro, changed to a bus, then went back to train again (all for the same fare). Got off in Syntagma, walked through the Plaka, and got to the Acropolis. You can also get off in Monastiraki, right outside the Acropolis.

Port
Beautiful Turkey! Booked a private excursion with Celsus Travel to Ephesus. Absolutely recommendable! Got to Ephesus much quicker and cheaper than the cruise buses, (left the crowd behind), and visited the Roman ruins, the terrace houses (not to be missed), and the Selcuk Museum. Loved it!

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Port
Old town is right outside the pier, one of my favorites ports ever, all the beautiful and famous places are within walking distance! The street of the knights is beautiful! Beware, the Palace of the Knight Masters closes at 3 PM, so try to get there first...

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Walked to the train station in Civitavecchia, took the train to Rome, swap to Metro, and got off right in front of the Colosseum. Luckily bought ticket online. The queue was about 1 and half hour waiting time!

Published 04/30/10
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