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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
First of all Good prices - Wifi was too expensive and not properly received - The ship cleaned all day long and the pool well kept Our Cabin was properly done every time we needed by Ian Magdaraog - Astonished entertainment ... Read More
First of all Good prices - Wifi was too expensive and not properly received - The ship cleaned all day long and the pool well kept Our Cabin was properly done every time we needed by Ian Magdaraog - Astonished entertainment by people singing different languages - Good and various food for all tastes - Hospitality Service well managed with the help of foreign languages - Mainly Rodrigo with his smile - Very good and warm bar services - with smiling and friendly bar maids - mainly Remy and the blonde girl (forgot her name) The everyday shows were very good with different teams and the show delivered by the various people (non entertainment team) on the day before our departure was great- can't imagine such good talents behind the scene We bought various good excursions - value for money - To end : Very Good cruise to be renewed every time now and then when in need of rest Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
osta Magica 8th September to 21th. Amsterdam, Dover, Le Havre, La Coruna, Leixoes, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malaga, Civitavecchia, Savona, Marseille. Getting on in Dover & off in Savona made this trip a lot easier for us, so many ... Read More
osta Magica 8th September to 21th. Amsterdam, Dover, Le Havre, La Coruna, Leixoes, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malaga, Civitavecchia, Savona, Marseille. Getting on in Dover & off in Savona made this trip a lot easier for us, so many thanks to the lovely Amanda in Genoa for making this possible, she has proved more than once to be a true credit to Costa, she & her colleagues are always polite and helpful, sorting out our many needs.   Our fifth time on the Magica completing our 200 days with Costa, usual lovely cabin on deck ten, spotlessly clean and an extremely helpful room steward who soon had us settled in even help us to un-pack. Through cruise critic we had spoken to others on this trip before going, this proved to be a nice way to meet up, Adelaide & Frank from the US, Lilly & the Vagabond from Italy and our table companion's Tine & Bob gave us so much enjoyment we could not thank them enough for making this cruise special. We have become use to the crew of this ship who always go that extra step in ensuring we have everything we need, certainly better than the bigger Costa ships which seem to have lost some of the personal touches we have come to expect from our many Costa cruises. The larger ships like the Diadema do not have the same friendliness as on mid-sized ones, probably down to the huge numbers of passengers on board.  We tried, with some success two tours on this cruise, the first in Le Harve to a small fishing port on our own, mostly on the level so my walking was manageable made a nice change to be able to get off, although had to get assistance boarding coming back as tide had come in and gangway far too steep for me. Next to Oporto lovely river trip, sightseeing by coach, visit to Cathedral, major problem going back to coach up a really steep slope, however tour guide had coach brought down to us and assisted us on, really understanding driver and indeed guide, Costa should consider maybe mini-busses for the few English who often have tours cancelled, after all we have managed to use taxis in some ports.   Dining was in the Perla Diamante/Suite restaurant above main dining room aft, far too crowded now, with new club rules adding many more guests to an overcrowded room during the evening meals, with table allocation by number & two sittings, not as nice as our previous enjoyable meals there. Food was again disappointing, one day excellent even outstanding, next inedible and menus difficult to understand, no good translating to English but then using mostly Italian terms. Surely the number of plates being returned with food left raises some concerns, one evening ordered a special (lobster) which was so overcooked and tough I asked Maître D to return it to kitchen, no problem but no feedback or explanation as to why, just offer to choose something else, which was a veal medallion & really lovely.  Perhaps I should send them copies of the wonderful menus of the early 2000's  English Host Stephanie was an absolute joy, as our special member of staff she booked all our onboard requirements made us feel welcomed and visited us many times during our cruise, checking that all was okay. As we don't venture ashore much now it is so nice to chat with members of the crew who always had time to stop and enquire about our day, bar tenders, waiters, even maintenance workers on deck spoke, which to me makes a great cruise. The Magica is laid out like most ships of Costa so very easy to find way around all areas were clean, slight down side to the piano bar, no coffee now, but lovely waiter from classical bar next door brought me Cappuccinos on the hour each night with a smile. All in all still a great way to spend a couple of weeks in the sun on one of my favourite ships. Now looking forward to the Diadema at Christmas first time back on Costa for the festive season for over 10 years. Not quite the best ever Costa cruise but very close. 9/10 Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Mediterranea, Magic or mayhem. We have just returned from a 13 night cruise aboard the Costa Meditteranea. We flew with Iberia from Madrid to Stockholm and had a few days in Stockholm before boarding the ship. Below is OUR opinion on ... Read More
Mediterranea, Magic or mayhem. We have just returned from a 13 night cruise aboard the Costa Meditteranea. We flew with Iberia from Madrid to Stockholm and had a few days in Stockholm before boarding the ship. Below is OUR opinion on the ship and cruise. Embarkation. We arrived at Stockholms Fryhamnen cruise terminal using the metro system from Odenplan, a little after midday. We had stayed at the Ibis styles which was basic but clean and welcoming. The metro was very easy to use, even with 2 large suitcases and the walk to the terminal from the station is signposted and took us about 20 minutes. Embarkation had already started and as we are Perla diamente members we were ushered straight through to the boarding/security area, had our photos taken for our cruise card and directed to the buffet to get something to eat. Our cabin would not be available until 2pm. Buffet. We are not really fans of buffets as we prefer to have waiter service and to take our time whilst having a meal. We had an Intendetore drinks package which meant we could have any drink costing 9 euros or less. Our cruise cards had not been collected as they were in the cabin but we just showed our reservation slip and were assured there'd be no problem. There were plenty of tables available as we were the first group on board. We selected what we wanted to eat from a very limited hot choice and from a somewhat confusing layout where different stations serving cold items, desserts, self serve collection drinks area and tea and coffee area are scattered. Donald had ordered a glass of wine which without the package would have cost 5.75€ inc 15% service charge and i ordered an iced tea 3.30€. Halfway through the meal a young lady server arrived and gave Donald a bill to sign which was charging for the iced tea. We again explained we were on the highest drink package level and we could have any drink for 9€ and less and showed her our reservation slip. She told us that it was for drinks by the glass only and as iced tea was served by the can, we had to pay for it. We politely refused and asked to see a manager who re-iterated that in the buffet we could only be served drinks by the glass. To our suprise, other passengers were being brought beers, and other soft drinks, pepsi, orange, 7up etc which were in cans and bottles and nothing was said. We signed the bill but it was never ever charged to our account, so somewhere there was a lack of communication. We only used the buffet area 1 more time and found it to be like other cruise lines, mostly chaotic. Cabin. At a little before 2pm we went to see if our cabin was available. For the first time ever we were lucky enough to be able to get a fantastic deal on a grand suite including butler service. This was for less than the price it would have cost us for an inside cabin on an American/ British ship. There was a longish hallway with huge long table which led to a seating area with settee and chairs. Fully stocked no charge mini bar which was replenished if you asked. One wall was covered in huge glass windows with ocean view with access to a huge wrap around balcony with 4 recliners and 2 chairs and a table. A seperate make up dressing area with dimmer switch lighting.The bathroom had his and her sinks with a hydromassage bath and overhead shower. The bedroom had a gigantic bed with plenty of wardrobe and storage space. Our first steward Fidel we found to be very pleasant and kept the room spotless but his contract was ending in 3 days. The replacement steward Ronald, was very personable and nothing was too much trouble for him, he looked after us very well. The Butler, Dave was also friendly and although we did'nt use his service much, he did leave a contact number. We did have occasion to call him for 2 emergencies. 1. Water was in the bathroom when we returned late at night,Within minutes 7 people arrived and dealt with the problem. Water had collected inside the outer cover of the bath and had overflowed. 2. On our last night, whilst packing, we noticed that some of our clothes were stained and damp. Water had dripped from a cooling vent inside the wardrobe. Dave arranged for this to be repaired and for our clothes to be immediatly laundered. We arranged to have breakfast in the cabin on two occasions. This was delivered by Dave. Service was white glove and prompt and everything we ordered was delivered. You could have all meals served in the suite at no extra charge. Whilst we did enjoy the suite very much we felt that for us we would not have liked to have paid the full asking price so unless we get a very special deal again, i doubt whether we'll get a full suite again. Because we have reached Costas top tier of their loyaly programme regardless of what cabin we choose, we get 1 Laundry service, free collection and delivery of luggage from our home (within western europe) Breakfast at no charge in the cabin. Exclusive use for ALL meals in the club restaurant. 75€ obc, reserved seats at shows in theatre, day spa use (where available) plus some little extras. We feel this is good enough for us. Restaurant and meals. On the Costa Meditarranea we had most meals in the club medussa restaurant. Breakfast was serve yourself from a cold buffet and/or a waiter service themed hot breakfast, choice of American Spanish Norwegian German Belgian or English style breakfasts. Omelletes and eggs cooked to order available. Lunch was a help yourself cold buffet station with salads cooked meats cheeses and various seafood treats including on 1 day a delicious Lobster salad. You then had a choice of several hot and cold starters, Mains and desserts. Dinner consisted of waiter served hot and cold starters, Pasta, a selection of entrees, cheese, and desserts. All of our meals whilst not high gourmet were better than what we would eat at home and there was always something you could eat. Food whilst not served really hot was not served cold and was very appetising. Service was fantastic and our Main servers Wyam, Trang and Karin were an absoloute delight, indeed all the staff in the Club medussa are a credit to Costa. Most passengers in the restaurant were extremely friendly with a very international mix. French, German, Spanish, Swiss, Russian, Italian and a very few native British. We always looked forward to meal times and had so much fun with our fellow comrades. You could of course always opt to eat in one of your other assigned reataurants or the Buffet, pizza or grill. Buffet breakfast was continental only. Drinks are charged for unless you take a package. This includes Water tea coffee except for meal times in the buffet. Bars and Drinks. There were plenty of places to get a drink from however when the ship was reeally busy especially sea days, service could be a little slow but if you are patient somebody will come. Drinks on average cost no more than in a 4 star hotel or theme park. We dont really drink a lot of alcohol but there are some delicious non alco cocktails which cost about 7€ plus 15% service on ALL drinks. In order to help with drink package versus pay as you go here is an approx example. Based on some alco drinks Morning. 2 cappucino at breakfast 6€ mid morning coffee 2.24€ non alco cocktail 6€ Lunch and afternoon. Glass of wine 5.50€ 1ltr bttl water 3.50€ after lunch coffee 2.24€ alco cocktail 8.25€ evening pre dinner sherry 5.50€ glass of wine 5.50€ after dinner port 5.50€ total pay as you go 50.23€. Brindiamo drinks package (ship branded drinks no alco cocktails) 26.99€ Pio Gusto package (ship branded drinks including alco cocktails) 29.99€ Intenditore Package (premium branded up to 9€ drink.) 45.99€ Prices are per person per day. Prices are inclusive of 15% service. All of the bar staff we encountered in the lounges were friendly and all had a smile. Entertainment. The entertainment team were very friendly and they had the usual ship board activities from craft classes to port talks during the day. Not as much as on the American/ British lines, but i can never be bored with people watching, chatting, reading and charity crochet. Evening entertainment ranged from theatre production shows (very good) guest artists (very good) Disco and musicians in various bars around the ship.We found all of the music on this cruise to be very good. The Ship The Costa Mediterranea was kept spotlessly clean and the crew all worked hard constantly.British and American passengers may find the glitzy decoration a little overwhelming but it grew on us. Meal times are a little later than these passengers may be used to especially second seating and the buffet closes earlier, which for us is a good thing (less waste) There is a compulsary 10€ pppd service charge that can't be removed. In all honesty we find this a fair system and dont begrudge paying this at all. We have NEVER received enough bad service to warrant removing this charge. You may encounter the odd person but this in no way should stop payment to the vast majority of the staff who look after you so well. The passengers on board are mainly from Western Europe and some may not speak english. A few local words and a smile and gestures will open conversation and you will be greeted with a wave and a smile should you next encounter them. We got really friendly with Maryvonne and Claude a delightful French couple who we hope will now be friends for life. We had such a laugh with them and looked forward to meeting up with them throughout the voyage. The ports. Ports visited were Stockholm. Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Harwich, Le Havre, Vigo, Lisbon, Barcelona and Savona. As we had been to these ports on many occasions we only took 1 excursion. Hornfleur from Le havre. It was a charming town which we both fell in love with and would visit again in a heartbeat. Conclusion. Was the Costa Mediterranea magic or mayhem. There was a little mayhem especially in the Buffet area but on the whole it was magic and we would sail on her again. It did'nt capture our heart as much as the Costa Neo riviera Our favourite ship. We have previously sailed with P&O and Princess and had very good experiences with them but we have grown to love the Costa brand and the glitz. We have never received bad customer service and any problems have always been dealt with efficiently and friendly service even from Costas sales office where Simona and Amanda have looked after us so well. Our next cruise is back on the Diadema which is 2nd favourite and then we are giving the Costa Victoria a try. Thanks for reading and whoever you sail with Happy Cruising. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
We chosen this Cruise because it was an opportunity to know dfferent places like Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallin, Riga, Port of Kleipeda and Gdingen and Gdansk finally back to Kiel. The trip was great, the Staff amazing polited ... Read More
We chosen this Cruise because it was an opportunity to know dfferent places like Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallin, Riga, Port of Kleipeda and Gdingen and Gdansk finally back to Kiel. The trip was great, the Staff amazing polited and helpful. The cabin was very clean, several times a day it was checked. The food floor, nineth floor was very clean and offered several meals and the quality was very good. The special restaurant was very goo also. We only did the Ship Excursion in St Petersburg and it was very well organized and well done! The great setback is the internet connection. It would be better and more correct to say there was NO INTERNET ON BOARD. Either you have a twenty fours hours package for five euros a day, which does NOT WORK PROPERLY. Or you have choices of packages of 250 MEGABYTES or 500MEGABYTES or 3 GIGABYTES. Prices hanging from 32, 47 or 109 EUROS per package. BUT then comes the BIG catch , which you find out later written in very small letter at the botton of the page ...remember to disconnect by typing logout... What happens if you do not do so, there is a stopwatch measuring your use and then your package is gone almost without using it. An absurdity, it seems done with really bad faith!!!!!! Who after each use of your phone, whatsapp, or anything similar connect and disconnect every time. PLEASE Sirs, either you do not offer this lousy type of internet connection OR offer a reasonable one which might be used in your favor to send family and friends how we are enjoying the Cruise. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I'll begin saying that every single cruise I have made so far has been a great experience, and this one is no exception. But as this is a review, I should also point out that compared to other cruise lines and ships, this one was somewhat ... Read More
I'll begin saying that every single cruise I have made so far has been a great experience, and this one is no exception. But as this is a review, I should also point out that compared to other cruise lines and ships, this one was somewhat disappointing. The good This baltic itinerary is wonderful! Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersbourgh and Tallinn are all wonderful places to see. There was always enough time to visit (2 days for st Petersbourgh and Stockholm) and only one day at sea, which is perfect. Our waiter at the restaurant was great: incredibly professional and efficient, it made our dinners a great experience. We had a guaranteed balcony cabin, and were upgraded to a "Balcony Premium". Really nice cabin, enjoyed great views. Took the airplane with them, and except for a delay on the way back, everything was organized perfectly. The bad The buffet was a nightmare: it felt like a battle every time you got into there. Poorly managed, very low quality, no rules enforced (not even basic hygene), lines everywhere. Also, no drinks at all except for breakfast and tea (16.30 / 17.30). Only water throughout the day: no coffee, no tea, nothing. Asked for hot water, told to get to the bar and pay for a tea. Closed for most of the day. Waiters looked like they didn't want to be there, and some of them were downright rude. It's a pity because most of the crew is hard working and really nice. I think management is to blame for that. I've travelled with NCL, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, MSC, and this was by far the worst buffet I've ever seen. One of the things I love about cruises is the evening shows at the theater. Well, the shows there were so boring! This is a pity because dancers were pretty good, but overall it seemed there was no direction. A couple of times I went out before the end of the show. I didn't like the ship. Everything seemed a bit "cheap". Plastic everywhere, fake flowers, fake statues, fake columns, fake everything. Also, rather dark and not the cleanest I've seen. The gym opened relatively late (7 am), and was not kept clean at all. Rules were not enforced (like everywhere else) so that some people were walking on the tapis roulant for hours, with people behind them waiting or having to argue. Lines there as well. On the other hand I should mention the the instructor was very good. Overall I wouldn't consider Costa for my next cruises and would't recommend them, unless for a VERY good deal and a great itinerary. Not because it's a bad experience by itself (it isn't), but because any other mainstream cruise line I've travelled with is simply better for me. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
I chose this cruise because it had the right mix of fjords, northern ports, and international feel. I did not want to be on a cruise with a whole bunch of Americans, so instead chose a cruise with a whole bunch of Italians. This made a ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it had the right mix of fjords, northern ports, and international feel. I did not want to be on a cruise with a whole bunch of Americans, so instead chose a cruise with a whole bunch of Italians. This made a big difference in appeal and also in quality. Overall the cruise was fine and I am glad we did it. However there are a lot of issues at a corporate level I think they need to address. Not the least of which is providing more information about the cruise and also about the excursions. There was simply not enough information in English about what happened on the cruise. there were no packing lists, no weekly overviews to tell when 'gala nights' happened or what clothing you might need in order to be appropriate for the them (white night, mask night, etc). On excursions, they need to seriously address the time element. Two excursions we were on stressed us about making it back to the ship in time. The Kayaking adventure was nice, but hurried and we did over 4 miles of kayaking in less than three hours -- and with no current, that was quite a workout. The lighthouse excursion allowed us only 90 minutes at the lighthouse, way to little time. This is just one example of how Costa corporate fails the people on the cruise. The crew we interacted with were excellent -- the waiters in the restaurant and our cabin attendant were superb. The officers and the senior leaders were standoffish and arrogant when asked questions. In addition, the bar tenders were particularly rude. The food was above average, although the buffets were often very stressful due to the different social conventions across the ship. Some European cultures have a tough time standing in line and waiting their turn -- something you have to get used to. Anyway, the entertainment was fine and the ship was immaculately clean. I would go with Costa again, but only after asking a LOT of questions. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
First and last time with Costa. The ship is well-designed but poorly operated and all was costly and of bad quality. The food was very poor, hygiene non-existent, which gave us stomach problems for weeks to follow, only eatable at ... Read More
First and last time with Costa. The ship is well-designed but poorly operated and all was costly and of bad quality. The food was very poor, hygiene non-existent, which gave us stomach problems for weeks to follow, only eatable at dinner (with the right choice). The ship is billed as Italian, but the cook missed out on everything Italian. As the crew comes from all over the world, one has an excellent chance of contracting some unknown virus (happened to me). Our "All included" ticket did not include drinks. When we asked Client Service about it we got the answer of "We have many kinds of All included". When we kept on pressing how they can exclude drinks from All included, we got the answer of "Too bad". When we asked to see the responsible we got the answer of "I decide who sees the officer and I decide you will not". One can buy drinks one-by-one for an exorbitant price, or buy a "deal", for example for 20 coffees (for those who can drink 20 cups in 5 days). We settled for stocking up on drinks in a supermarket on our first stop. Entertainment was poor, although the poor singers were working hard each evening. TV was extremely limited for non-Italians. Internet was extremely costly but of extremely poor quality. Shopping was offered many "special deals", which mostly consisted of doubling the price and then giving 10-20% discount. Excursions are reasonable, although the prices are double what you can find on the Internet from local companies (which we dared not do). Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
The itinerary was exactly what I was looking for in an 8 day cruise. Check-in was very efficient, drop your bag outside and agent verifies bag tag, number given for check-in group, waited only a few minutes until group was called, maybe ... Read More
The itinerary was exactly what I was looking for in an 8 day cruise. Check-in was very efficient, drop your bag outside and agent verifies bag tag, number given for check-in group, waited only a few minutes until group was called, maybe 10 agents verifying documents, passed through security and on the ship, cabin keys on your bed in cabin. Very easy and efficient. You have to remember this line caters to Europeans and Americans are in the minority. I went in knowing this and wanted to be immersed in the culture. Ship was very "Italian" in decor, much like the Carnival Miracle or Dream (Costa is owned by Carnival Corp). Public areas were clean. They seemed to have problems with the water and hot showers took a while and there were restrooms outside the dining area that never seemed to work. Cabin was in need of updating and the carpeting needed replacement (or cleaning). Surprisingly I expected a lot of smoking but I didn't really encounter that thank goodness. Food was not to my liking. Free coffee was only offered at breakfast and you had to pay at other times. My husband was able to get a cup of coffee one night at dinner but was not able to get any milk or cream as they said there wasn't any??? Americans were provided a bottle of water at dinner. Menu caters to Europeans. Entertainment was not to my liking but that was okay because we were tired at night. All in all, we got what we wanted.....the itinerary. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
Crew and staff are very nice and all the Port excursions are well organised in different languages. Food is very good , especially Italian food, Entertainment is awesome during the cruise. Cabin comfort is good although it was an ... Read More
Crew and staff are very nice and all the Port excursions are well organised in different languages. Food is very good , especially Italian food, Entertainment is awesome during the cruise. Cabin comfort is good although it was an inside cabin, next time it will be one with a balcony. Overall the cruise exceed my expectation. Looking forward for the next one in the Mediterranean next year. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Daily, each passenger is charged 10€ for "tips". On the first day, I asked what the tips went for, and I was informed that they were given to those people who provided services: busboys, waiters and waitresses, bartenders, ... Read More
Daily, each passenger is charged 10€ for "tips". On the first day, I asked what the tips went for, and I was informed that they were given to those people who provided services: busboys, waiters and waitresses, bartenders, food servers, cabin cleaners. GOOD! These professions are often underpaid and many people do not tip for those services. The day before my cruise ended, I asked one of the service people what they were going to do with their tips at the end of the cruise. (I don't want to get anyone in trouble, so I am making the job of the person generic.) There were slightly over 3500 customers and slightly under 1000 service workers. 11 days x 3500 people x 10 € = 385000 € ! So, I talked with one of the officers of food and beverage and asked where the money went. He smiled indulgently and explained that Americans view "tips" differently than Europeans. The money, he explained, went to the people in charge of the service workers! He further justified NOT giving it to any of the service people by saying that when they signed a contract, they KNEW it was for salary only. I told him that if I had known that my tip money did NOT go to the folks who provided DIRECT service, I would have carried euros around with me to tip those folks who served me! I talked to German, Italian and French cruise mates....and asked them what they thought the "tip" money was for and they explained to me that it was for those people who provide service: busboys, waiters and waitresses, bartenders, food servers, cabin cleaners! SO, they had the same thought as I. Fortunately, there was time to give the person who cleaned my cabin a tip. BUT, all those others didn't get tips and the person who cleaned my cabin told me that it is rare! (OF COURSE IT IS! PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE GIVING EVERY DAY!) The daily excursions were pricey and there were FEW (only 2 out of 11) that had head sets for each member of the tour group. There were often 3-5 cruise ships in the port which meant that there were hundreds, possibly thousands going ashore to see THE sights that made the town famous/important etc. Each tour group was 30-40 people and unless you were directly in front of the person (obviously impossible) you couldn't hear what was being said. The tour companies were hired/subcontracted by COSTA and when this issue was raised with the excursion folks on board, they explained that there was nothing they could do. When I spoke with the tour guides, they explained that the cost of head sets was too much for them....Additionally, the tour guides seemed to routinely get paid less than what I paid for the tour itself! (Another place to tip if you enjoyed the tour.) Read Less
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