Costa Serena Cruise Review by stephen Benison: sail into the sunset
sail into the sunset
We booked this cruise as a last minute option as we were tied into dates available. The ship is very impressive with lavish public interiors.We were not disappointed with the cabin. Spacious, with balcony.
It would have been nice if we were shown to our cabin, its its a very large ship,although every stage of the cruise was very well organised,from the time we arrived to the time we departed.
The cruise was good value for money, although comparing this to previous cruises 3700 people on board was at meal times with dinner shows and change overs a little like butlins!
Evening entertainment was very good,particularly the main evening show which was very professional and very entertaining considering there were a lot of Italian and French, most of the songs were in English.
Food- although the choice was varied, catering for this number of people does reflect on the quality in the Ceres restaurant,some of the dinners were disappointing,and we decided to use the More self service restaurant, where the food was more of a wider choice, although pizza was on the menu every day!
There was the option of paying another 20 euro to visit the Samara restaurant.
Service was efficient. We did speak to one of the bar staff who work 12-14 hrs every day and well deserve the 15% service charge added to everything that you purchase! Drinks we felt were expensive, although we did purchase the wine and beer package which we were told we could access up to the point we disembarked at the end of the cruise. We left the ship to explore the last port,and returned to the ship for lunch and a beer, but as we had left the ship the Costa charge card was now closed so were not able to access remaining drinks, even though we had paid for them!
Overall a good weeks cruise-would we go again? yes if the price was right as it was good value for the money, and now knowing that its a family orientated ship, we know where to go on board to avoid the hustle and bustle. Less
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