Ship: Costa Pacifica
Sailing date: April 27th, 2011
Itinerary: 12-day Holy Land, later changed to Turkey & Greece
After making a comfortable one-hour transfer by train (independent), from Milan we arrived at the port of Savona.
Embarkation was easy and organized.
My accommodations (outside cat. E1 - Notturno deck) had soft colors, beautiful wood cabinetry, a desk with mirror, mini-bar, personal safe, TV set and was clean and comfortable. The closets were ample and the cabin had huge sofa for four persons.
The soundproofing is excellent.
The room service is limited but worked well.
TV options were mediocre.
The cabin steward Aldian, from Malaysia was very good, keeping cabin clean and made up.
The New York, New York Restaurant is used at lunch and two Dinner seatings; decorated with extremely bad taste in purple, dark red and brown, chandeliers with burnt lamps and very few windows. The food came in tiny portions but was really good and well presented. As a cruise line economy measure our good waiter had to attend 22 persons and the service was very slow until I made a complaint to the maitre D and we got another waiter assistant to help and to put the service in good shape.
The Buffet La Paloma used for breakfast and alternative lunch is very informal, the food was acceptable. The Pizza served in this buffet in the evening is the worst I have ever tried in ships.
No Midnight Buffets.
The officials ignored the passengers, not even greeting us when passing by. The Captain was only seen on the first and last day and did not make any traditional noon announcement during the entire cruise
The dress code was very casual and few men wore jack & tie in some occasions.
Entertainment was very good with nice music and shows.
The boutiques have good service and selections and the photo-shop is very good.
Shore excursions were expensive and limited so I took independent tours in all ports.
This ship has been very well maintained but has a horrible and very tacky decor, plenty of purple, dark red and brown and very dark in some areas. The casino is unbelievably decorated with "arts" showing panties and brassieres.
Ports of Call: Katakolon, Limassol, Marmaris, Izmir, Pireus, Civitavecchia
The small village is very nice and the gateway to Olympia
The city does not have any touristic interest, the ruins of Paphos outside Limassol is a place to go.
The best port of this cruise; this island is full of history and historical buildings.
An uninteresting port city, gateway to Ephesus and house of Virgin Mary
The ship stayed in port only for six hours due to a four hour strike in the subway and we did not have time to go to Athens. Interestingly, MSC Musica was also there and stayed in the port for the whole day allowing the passenger to go to Athens and other interesting places.
We stayed in this interesting city as we have been in Rome before.
We bought an expensive Holy Land cruise but received a cheaper Turkey and Greece instead. Egypt and Israel ports were canceled and Costa did not give us any compensation, option to cancel, a voucher or even a chance to change for other cruise.
The ship dEcor is really horrible, call this Italian is an offence to a nation that has so many talented designers. The cruise quality in many aspects was very low, the worst in all Costa Cruises I have been.
Next time I want to go Italian style I will choose a MSC ship, Costa never more.