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Costa Concordia, A Look Back Cruise Review by European_cruiser: Costa Concordia - Western Mediterranean Cruise


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Cabin 2.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children 2.0
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 2.0
Rates 4.0
Service 3.0
Shore Excursions 1.0
Value for Money 4.0

Costa Concordia - Western Mediterranean Cruise

Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other

We took the Costa Concordia Western Mediterranean cruise over Christmas and boarded in Savona.

Boarding in Savona was smooth and efficient - could not have been better. Luggage was in our room before we reached there.

We took an outside-view cabin. The room was spacious but untidy. The sheets were unclean, pillow had stains and the bathroom drains were blocked. We needed to make frantic calls and the first day went in getting the room habitable. We were disappointed as we did not have such an experience with Costa before.

The food was reasonably good. We preferred the dine-in option at breakfast and lunch to the buffet option. The ship was so full that there was complete disorder on many days during breakfast and lunchtime buffet - many of our co-passengers were very unhappy.

The evening entertainment was quite good. My daughter enjoyed many of the shows and the quality was enjoyable. In contrast, the kids club (SquokClub) was not as good. The staff More were few for the number of children and with the different age groups and nationalities grouped together, it was not as engaging as we had experienced on prior Costa trips.

The ports we stopped at included Marseilles, Barcelona, Mallorca, Palermo, Malta and Rome - we did not take any of the excursions and managed to tour the cities on our own without any difficulty.

We took the spa at Samsara - very relaxing experience and enjoyed it thoroughly.

The crew overall were very humble and polite - they made up for all the shortfall during the trip.

In summary, an average experience - could have been much better though. Less


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Cabin review: Costa Concordia, A Look Back

Great view, spacious room, noisy hallways

Port and Shore Excursions


Beautiful city and one day does not do justice to it We took the Costa shuttle to the city and then took a hop-on hop-off tour. That allowed us to view the city at our pace and absorb the culture and beauty.

One of the prettiest ports I have ever been to We reached there on Christmas and assumed that nothing would be open. We had not booked an excursion, however, there were hop-on hop-off tours running that day. We went to the Crafts Village, Mdina and Mosta - we finally got off at La Valetta from where we walked back to the ship. This is a port where you could simply explore on your own - walk through the streets and enjoy the culture.

Pretty view of the harbour We took a shuttle bus to the city and then took a toy train that went to the Gothic cathedral and toured the city.

The city in itself has a lot of culture but is also extremely dirty with garbage filling the streets We strolled through the city at our pace and did not find it too appealing. Also, it is an extremely unsafe city. In broad daylight, we saw a motorist zoom past one of our fellow passengers on the road, pull her handbag and drive past before anyone could catch him. She was left in absolute tears and was a horrid experience.
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Beautiful city and a joy to walk through We did not take the hop-on hop-off or any excursions. We took Bus number 1 that leaves outside the port and takes you to the center of the city. From there, we walked to the cathedral, castle and shopping district. Most of the folks on the ship ended up taking the bus.

Beautiful city The ship docks in the city. There are plenty of tour options at the dock itself. We took a horse carriage tour of 20 folks (costed us just 10 Euros per person) that took us into the Capello and drove through panoramic views of the Sardinia. Since the ship docked for only half a day, we were able to complete the horse carriage tour in less than 2 hours, did some shopping on the port and reach back in time for lunch in the ship.

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