We have done the Middle East trip before, but this time had to miss Bahrain due to the unrest. Not keen on staying in Oman for two days, would have preferred Abu Dhabi.
We had a balcony cabin which was lovely, cant fault it. Lots of storage space, adequate wardrobe space, huge bed. And the shower room although typically small on cruise ships, cant complain about it at all.
The ship was always spotlessly clean, cabin and public areas. The only down-side in our opinion is how it is a "smoking" ship... lots of the public areas, including bars and casino allowed smoking, which as non-smokers we found horrible.Even around the pool area smoking was allowed, which meant I couldnt spend any time there as the smell was so awful. If I could ask Costa to change anything it would be to inpart a smoking ban like we have in the UK, and limit smoking to their cabins or on upper decks maybe.
Breakfast menu was more than adequate, lunch got a bit boring. The buffet area tended to serve up the same old same old each day.... hope you are fond of chicken and pork, it appears to be the dish of choice!
The two things that Italians are supposed to be legendary for we found the most dissapointing..... pizza quite tasteless and bland (get better in Pizza Hut!) and the ice cream is truly awful. (was it ice cream or coloured water?)
Evening meal very nice, small portions but with seven courses they needed to be small! Great atmpostphere in restaurant, staff always fun and courteous.
Evening entertainment OK. Better shows on the Costa Victoria, a little more varied than just the singers and dancers on offer on this cruise. OK for a week but couldnt have put up with any more shows after that!
Tried the gym out which was great, huge and very well stocked with equipment. The running track disappointing.. so small.You would get dizzy running around there.
Recommend the F1 Yas Marina tour when stopping in Abu Dhabi. Really interesting even for anyone who isnt particularly into F1. Tour Guides brilliant.
ALl in all I think Costa are a great cruise line. They excell in their organisational skills and from embarkation to disembarkation they look after you with total professionalism.