This long repositioning cruise to Italy was our third on the Allegra in 12 months, so we knew what to expect as far as the ship is concerned. Obviously we love it, or wouldn't sail three times. My ravings about it enticed a couple of our friends to join us in Mumbai for the second leg of the journey. They too had a lovely time and are now hooked on cruising!
We were a bit disappointed with our cabin as it was a bit smaller than what we've had in the past, with very little bench space. (We had chosen it ourselves making sure it was in a good position without any noisy rooms above us) After a couple of days we were offered another one close by with a porthole and slightly more room. We took it until Mumbai, when it was occupied and returned to our original one. We asked for the beds to be separated and this gave us a lot more space. I think Deck 5 seems to have larger cabins and many now have plasma TVs as well (we were on Deck 5 last year).
Anyway that didn't stop us enjoying ourselves as we spent little time in the cabin. The staff is wonderful. Always helpful, friendly, courteous and can't do enough for you. Also the Officers always greeted us in a polite fashion. The food is lovely. I didn't have one meal I didn't enjoy. There is so much to choose from, I really can't understand why some people need to complain. If you didn't like something it could quickly be replaced with another meal. The entertainment was sometimes a bit 'ordinary', with a few very good performances. Unfortunately for those of us who did the whole cruise the second fortnight was pretty much a repeat of the first with a few exceptions....and for those like us who had cruised Allegra twice last year it meant we saw some for the 4th time!
We had about 17 ports along the way. The Asian ones we had already visited, but Sri Lanka, India and the Middle East were new to us. We were able to visit the Pyramids and Petra on a couple of the excursions.
We left the Allegra in Civitavecchia and about a week later while touring Europe, we saw her sail past St Marks Square in Venice and we so wished we were still on board. She is small with no frills of the larger ships, but that's what we like. You get to meet so many passengers and the crew have more time for you and get to know you. We would very happily sail Costa Allegra again!!