Of Costa Mediterranea's 1,057 cabins, 678 have balconies. Standard outside and verandah staterooms (210 square feet) feature a dressing table with an efficient hair dryer hooked up in the drawer, TV, and a bed that can be converted from queen to two twins. Many cabins, including 71 of the 212 inside cabins (160 square feet) have a third and fourth bed that pull down from the ceiling. Closet and drawer space is ample for a seven-day cruise. There are outlets for American electrical plugs, though they aren't always clearly marked. All cabins have a mini-bar and easy-to-use safe.
Bathrooms are compact with showers only. Shampoo (no conditioner) and lotion are provided. The balconies have mesh chairs that don't recline plus a table. The privacy partition between each verandah extends a few inches beyond the rail, so you can't peek around to the next room (which is a good thing!). There are eight disability-equipped rooms that span several categories.
The ship's 58 suites are especially attractive, with charming details like the Murano glass table lamps that everyone wanted to take home. (They're bolted in place.) The suites come in three categories, ranging in size from 352 to 650 square feet (including verandah). The smallest is called a "Suite." The next category up is a "Panorama Suite," which features a larger sitting area. The "Grand Suite" has separate living and sleeping areas. The ones in the aft corners have nifty wrap around balcony space. All suites have good-sized granite tiled bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and double sinks. The balconies have teak furnishings, including lounge chairs. Passengers in these quarters get a variety of special services -- VIP check-in and early disembarkation, butler service, sparkling wine, full-course in-suite dining, a complimentary meal at Club Medusa, plus such added amenities as terry robes, slippers and a daily fruit basket.
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