My wife and on went on the Western Mediterranean cruise aboard Costa Magica in March this year (see previous review). We spotted a bargain priced 10 day cruise on Magica around Northern Europe and decided to take the plunge.
This was probably our last Costa cruise. The ship called at Dover so we were expecting a few more brits this time, but there were apparently only about 80 aboard so in a distinct minority. This cruise appeared even more geared up to the Italians. Announcements were made in 6 european languages with English following up the rear and sometimes not at all.
As before, the Italians were loud, rude and pushy so be warned! We were on Deck 6 Caravaggio which is a bad place to be. If you have a cabin in the central block above the Salento Grand Bar change it. We were in 6297 and directly above the stage so we could hear Bingo calling and the loud thud of eurobeat music until 1.30 each morning. There was also a continual loud vibration. You won’t get an early night in any of these rooms.
Another problem with this ship is the lack of designated smoking areas and the lack of decent ventilation. Both the bars at the rear of the ship allowed smoking so there was no escape. The ‘air con’ seems to kick in once an hour but is not very efficient. The restaurants in particular get very hot. Maybe the Italians like it that way but we found it very uncomfortable.
If you fancy watching TV forget it. The only English speaking channel is BBC world news. We didn’t fancy any of the theatre shows this time and our English companions said most were dire.
We were fortunate on this cruise to find an English guitarist Ron who kept us entertained in one of the bars. Pity the cruise director decided to alternate him every hour with a classical duo playing violin and piano.
We enjoyed some of the ports of call but unless you are a committed europhile and can withstand the general mayhem recommend avoiding Costa.