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The price was good and we thought it would be a good idea to cruise the Middle East with our family. We could have choosen other cruise lines but Costa had the best deal so we boarded on Costa Diadema on our first Costa cruise. We have ... Read More
The price was good and we thought it would be a good idea to cruise the Middle East with our family. We could have choosen other cruise lines but Costa had the best deal so we boarded on Costa Diadema on our first Costa cruise. We have been on other popular cruise lines like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL, MSC and Celebrity and our expectations were high because it was an italian cruise line! But we were wrong. The ship s decor was really ugly, too many colours and patterns that made no sense at all. Ok, most ships are like that but we always think abut the italians good taste and modern design so it was disappointing. It has pools and jacuzzis and a very small kid s zone but nothing else for teenagers. No mini golf, no water slide, just plain pools. We were lucky with our cabin though. It was an accessible cabin so it was really huge, great bathroom, spacious room and spotless clean. Now what s really important for italians?? Food of course, that s where we got mos disappointed, the menu on Fiorentino restaurant was always very poor. Corona Blu buffet was like being in a war zone, people were fighting for their meals because the area is small and the crew couldn t refil the dishes fast enough. If you were late for the meal you would find out many items were over. What can you say about an italian ship that doesn t serve pizza?? (unless you payed for it at Pummi d`oro!). Entertainement was also one of the poorest we have ever seen. They had an arabian dance show one night that was all but arabian! They have a library onboard that had empty shelves (yes, they had about a dozen books and that was all!) Service was only ok, the crew is, in general, professional but cold. I had a really unpleasant incident at their photo shop as i was looking at my pictures and picked up my phone to answer a message. One of the photografers started shouting at me saying i couldn t take photos of my pictures! It was so embarassing, the thought of taking photos of my photos never ever crossed my mind! Why on Earth would i do that??? If Costa offers me a free cruise vacation I will surely decline. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
After approximately 30 hours of Costa I asked my husband to check on the money back policy I would have done so earlier but we had our daughter and his mother with us and we had no alternative plans. This was by far the worst cruising ... Read More
After approximately 30 hours of Costa I asked my husband to check on the money back policy I would have done so earlier but we had our daughter and his mother with us and we had no alternative plans. This was by far the worst cruising experience we have ever had. Everything about it is bad. It's noisy everywhere all the time, there is no relief. The staff is rude. I've never seen rude staff on any ship with any other line. These crew members don't see you. The food is terrible, breakfast is a bunch of bread stuffs mostly sweet, nothing of interest. Lunch is a fight for anything decent. Lines for french fries!!! Can you believe that on an Italian ship you have to pay for Pizza and Gelato!!!!!!!?????!!!!!!! The entertainment is dumb and sexist, Benny Hill-ish ridiculous left overs from the 70s. Not even quiz can be done without having to wave your arms around and make whooping noises before getting the answers. There are new guests who come in with every port and thus there is the life vest/ security training most every day which is accompanied by repeated announcements in 7 or 8 languages. It is a non stop bombardment. The public areas are totally crowded, very little chance of getting a spot by the pool and even the halls are full with people who won't get out of the way by the end you hate everyone on the ship just for taking up space. I could go on and on but I hope you get the point. It's a cheap cruise and it should be, wouldn't go again for free. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The roomservice was exellent. Housekeeping spoke very good English. She took really good care of guests. I was travelling solo, and the whole crew of the ship took really good care of me. The whole crew called me Madame. I dont like ... Read More
The roomservice was exellent. Housekeeping spoke very good English. She took really good care of guests. I was travelling solo, and the whole crew of the ship took really good care of me. The whole crew called me Madame. I dont like shows so much, and luckily the was a place on the ship where 2 gitarists sung songs from the last 30 years. I really enjoyed it, they played like pro's. Food was really great, and all the crew was flexible to my wishes. I had a really good time from I landed on the airport in Barca, and got picked up by Costa. I went on one tour, to Monaco. The guide talked really good English, and was so good explaining the history and odd points about Monaco. The ship was very good organized, the crew was excellent. The best cruise I ever been on. I would do this again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The ship is a very beautiful ship. It is a Carnival Destiny (Sunshine) class ship that has a slightly different layout. The decoration is very well done with some odd art work here and there. The cabin was standard to all other ships I ... Read More
The ship is a very beautiful ship. It is a Carnival Destiny (Sunshine) class ship that has a slightly different layout. The decoration is very well done with some odd art work here and there. The cabin was standard to all other ships I have been on. This was my first time on an Italian ship. I have cruised on British and American ships more times then I can count. The ship did pick up an drop off passengers at every port which I had never experienced before but did not affect our vacation in any way shape or form. The biggest difference was of course the language for all activities (except the production shows) were all in Italian (Production shows were fabulous by the way)... which is understandable. I'm not much of a dance lesson, trivia contest guy anyway. The dining was the biggest not so good surprise... The food on this Italian ship is the most different then any other ship I have sailed on ... The breakfast was always continental not the typical huge American/british fatty breakfast. The pizza and ice cream which is normally free on the American/ british ships was an upcharge (our kids were disappointed). There was not a free coffee, tea, water dispenser available all day like other ships... It was only available for buffet meal times which kind of forces you to get the drink package... The food in general compared to carnival, rccl, norweigen, celebrity, etc. you could see how this cruise line pays significantly less for quality and if you do want the quality food you have to pay an upcharge (do not expect to get a free lobster night and chocolate molten cake). On to the service... The service from waiters, bar staff, was wonderful... The room steward service on this ship and all other ones I have been on gets worse every time I sail so that was not surprise. All the workers I met spoke English along with Italian, and other languages so was very impressed and humbled as I am in the typical American that only knows English. I admire anyone that can learn other languages. The ports are the main reason why we picked this ship... We were in a port every day except one and got a chance to explore castles, cathedrals, and beaches. We chose to travel on the busiest month in Italy so we did pay extra for that but it was the only time work permitted average was $1000 per person. I do overall recommend this cruise line but as an American and having cruised on more American and British ships... I will go out of my way in the future to make sure the next cruises we go on are American or British mainly because of the comfort level of the language and food make the whole experience way more appealing and on a vacation that is very important. That is why I gave this ship an average rating... This ship was lacking overall a feeling of southern hospitality if you know what that means then you will understand... All other ships and lines I have been on have a deep feeling of southern hospitality but this one did not. That is the best way I can describe it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I want to preface this review by saying I'm not often a big complainer. I can roll with most annoyances with ease and I rarely feel the need to make an issue. But this was by far the WORST CRUISE in my entire life. Why did we go? ... Read More
I want to preface this review by saying I'm not often a big complainer. I can roll with most annoyances with ease and I rarely feel the need to make an issue. But this was by far the WORST CRUISE in my entire life. Why did we go? Never been to Europe before and Costa had numerous itineraries, dates, and prices to choose from so it was the sheer availability of options that other lines simply did not offer. Next, I've cruised with Costa twice in the past (both in the Caribbean) and it was wonderful. The price was right compared to other US-based lines. Where did it go? Understand that this cruise, and I assume all others, are basically a 7-day ferry service to various ports. Folks will embark and disembark at different ports during the week, so it's not a traditional everyone gets on and leaves at same port. That being said, we boarded and left at Civitavecchia (Rome's port). We visited Savona, Italty; Marseille, France; Barcelona, Spain; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. Having not been to Europe before, these were appealing ports because most were places I would not ordinarily visit on a first time. What did I know BEFORE Leaving? This is important and you have to do your own research before leaving. I knew that the bulk of passengers were Europeans and English speaking guests were likely in the minority. I knew that passengers embarked and disembarked at various ports throughout the week. I knew that lifeboat safety drills were done at every port. I knew that entertainment on-board was likely geared towards European passengers and the language would be mostly in Italian. All this being said, I went on this cruise with a positive outlook and knowing it would be very different than a traditional North American cruise. Next, let's talk about why this cruise was horrible. I will discuss positives at the end and other general issues like cabin, ship, ports, etc, but this is really what English-speaking guests need to know before going on this cruise. I. CANCELLED EXCURSIONS and DISCRIMINATION TOWARDS ENGLISH SPEAKING GUESTS This is by far the biggest complaint and totally ruined this cruise. I can understand an excursion cancelled due to lack of participants because an outside company is used and if only a few folks select that excursion, than obviously it won't go forward. The problem lies in how a participant is defined. On this ship, a participant is not simply defined by having a human body but rather defined on the language spoken by the human. In short, the number of excursions available to English-speaking guests is far less than what is available to Italian speaking guests. YOU WILL HAVE NOT THE SAME OPTIONS AS OTHER GUESTS AND WILL BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY. In Savona (our first port), we pre-booked a seemingly wonderful sounding excursion only to find out, on embarkation day, that it was cancelled with no explanation so we were forced to choose another and had a very limited number of available options. At the excursion desk we were told we had about 3 to 4 to choose from for English speaking guests; which told me that if I spoke Italian, I would have had more. The excursion we ended up with was mostly ok, but it was not one we would have selected. Details on the excursion will follow later on. In Barcelona (our third port), we pre-booked an excursion that sounded great on paper, only to find out the night before that it was being cancelled. Once again, the same process was repeated at the excursion desk BUT this time we found out that our original selection was cancelled because there were not enough English-speaking guests who selected that particular excursion. The excursion was ended up having to pick was nothing short of a pointless, waste of time, and ended up costing MORE MONEY than the original one we wanted. Finally and the most incriminating of all was that Costa offered a behind the scenes tour of the Diadema on the at-sea day. A copy of the excursion description is attached. Once again, the night before we found out that we would NOT be able to do the ship tour. However, the ship was kind enough to provide a written letter explaining why. At the same time, the letter (also attached) completely confirmed by suspicion that English-speaking were clearly being discriminated against and proof lies in the letter. Whether you speak English, Italian, French, German, or Spanish; everyone pays to be on this ship and have the same options as everyone else. The ship tour is conducted entirely by Costa; unlike the shore excursions. The ship tour was made available to everyone, for a price, which we were willing to pay. There is NO EXCUSE for us not being to take advantage of this exclusive tour but for we were English-speaking guests. It was confirmed to me later on that the ship tour did in-fact go forward and the original Barcelona excursion also went forward. Remember that Costa is owned by the Carnival Corporation (a US company). Costa is mostly an Italian-oriented cruise line but you cannot treat English-speaking guests differently simply because there's not many of them. It's not my problem that not many English speakers booked this nightmare of a cruise. I personally addressed the cancelled excursions, with emphasis on the ship tour, with the shore excursions manager and the guest services people (who are mostly pointless) and it was confirmed that the ship defines participants based on the language they speak. The shore-based excursions are limited if you're an English speaker and you will not the same options as everyone else. Even on your tour (assuming it goes forward), English speakers will be grouped with another language, so the tour operator does the tour in both languages. The ship-based tour, however, is 100% within the control of the ship and an accommodation should have been made. The Diadema flatly DENIED us the ship tour, we were willing to pay for, simply because not enough other English-speakers wanted to do it. This amounts to a form of discrimination based on national origin and I will formally address it with Carnival. In short, ENGLISH-SPEAKERS please know that you will be treated differently. You will be in the minority. Expect an excursion or two, or three, to be cancelled due to lack of other participants who also speak English. You will not have the same tour options as other guests. II. GROSS INEFFICIENCY On Deck 3 there is a desk called Hospitality Service Desk which is staffed by mostly pointless individuals who cannot do a damn thing except tell where you need to go to address your problem. These same individuals also give conflicting information and clearly have no idea what's going on half of the time. The first instance was an embarkation day. We wanted to exchange some USA currency to Euros and were told we could do so but only before 5pm which left us 10 minutes. So we raced to our room, got the cash, went back down, waited in line, only to be told that it had to be done before 4pm and we cannot do until after Marseille (2 days later). Keep in mind we were at the same desk, just talking to a different person. How is it that a group of people working at the same desk can be on two totally different understandings? The next instance involved the complaints with our cancelled excursions. The hospitality desk told us we need to talk to the excursions department. What the hell is the point of the hospitality desk if they cannot address passengers concerns. The final instance was on disembarkation day when we had to deal with several issues on our final bill. After waiting in line, the hospitality service guy said we needed to talk an individual sitting at a setup desk, with a laptop, to address the billing issues. Let that sink in...a sole individual, sitting at a setup desk, with only a laptop, to address ALL account issues for ALL passengers disembarking in Rome. After being told this, we flatly yelled at the hospitality service people saying, "You people are pointless!" So, before going, know that the Hospitality Service Desk is relatively pointless. The resolution you'll get will be them telling you to go some place else and talk to whoever else. Also, you will get conflicting information because clearly these people do not talk amongst themselves. I've never seen such gross inefficiency, lack of communication, and lack of clarity onboard a ship. Overall, a complete waste of time. III. Horrible Food I'm not a food critic. I have no idea what's supposed to be good and what's not. I can only go by whether I liked it or not, the portion size, temperature, availability of options, and if I'd order it again. In short, the food in the main dining room was awful. They are all about presentation but the accompaniments, such as sauces, drizzles, etc) were small and mainly just there to look nice; even though they were actually GOOD and should have been in greater quantity. Service took forever. Our waiter was very difficult to understand. The food itself was mostly forgettable and gross. The best meal we had was in the Samsara Restaurant, for which there was a charge. The buffet breakfasts were mediocre and the concept of cooked bacon is elusive as another English-speaking guest. Lunch in the formal dinning room, which we did on the at-sea day, was equally gross. The buffalo mozzarella cheese they pride themselves on looked like a white ball of gelatin and was disgusting. The buffet lunches on the Lido Deck were so-so, and by the time you found a seat, good your drink, and were ready to eat your food was cold. Out of all the dinners we had in the formal dining room, only ONE was excellent. Do yourself favor, eat in port if you can. Overall, the worst food and the worst dining I've ever had....and I'm usually content eating at places ranging from Pizza Hut to a 4-star restaurant. Compared to other cruises, this was by far the worst. IV. WARM ROOM I've preface this part by disclosing I'm from Florida. Therefore, I'm used to constant air conditioning and cool indoor environments. Also, this may be an issue that's more specific to me and not representative to everyone. That being said, on prior cruises, the ventilation and thermostat in the cabin was mostly comfortable. Not here! For the first FOUR DAYS we made daily complaints to the un-Hospitality Services Desk about the lack of airflow in our cabin and the perpetual stuffiness. You could feel cold air coming through the vent but it wasn't forceful. The technician told us they would increase the air flow and seemed to acknowledge there should be more air. The issues didn't seem to resolve itself until about day 5. Thus, for over half of this cruise, we spent in a stuffy room and waking up sweaty and gross. V. GENERAL THOUGHTS 1. Cabin Overall, the cabin size was adequate and roomy. No major complaints other than the AC issue. The bed was somewhat comfortable BUT the pillows were thin and I need 2 in order to actually lay flat. Even then, the pillows were hard and I ended up using the one of the pullout couch. Don't bother with the TV because there's only a few English channels ranging from business news (who cares), BBC News, and a movie station that's actually Italian but plays with English movies. Closets and storage spaces were plentiful. The bathroom was what you'd expect. Adequate shelving. However, the shower curtain doesn't go all the way down to the floor for some unknown reason so water gets all over the floor from the water dripping down the curtain and from splashing out. I tried moving in the limiting room available to avoid the water splashing out; it looked like a Cirque du Soleil in there. The cabin steward was very good and the room was kept clean and orderly. THERE IS NO TURN DOWN SERVICE and no cute towel animals. Not a major issue but just something to know. 2. Entertainment an Activities Not much say to here because we didn't do anything except see a few shows. Know that Mediterranean cruises are heavily port-insensitive so days started early and we were mostly tired by the end of them. Most shows were done in Italian with little english thrown in so we didn't bother. The production shows were good and enjoyable. The acrobatic stuff was cool. They could have had more universal type shows so everyone could enjoy regardless of language; such as magicians, variety acts that do not involve speaking, or anything you see an AGT (America's Got Talent) that involves dancing, light acts, etc. 3. Ports By now, you've already read and understood the excursions issue we had so this bit is more on the specific ports and our experiences with the tours we had. Savona - A mostly pointless port as the bulk of excursions were to Genoa, so why not just go there? I would have liked to have seen the Cinque Terre, Portofino, and Genoa but the availability wasn't there [for English speaking guests]. The excursion we ended up took us to two small towns which were wonderful and charming. But I would rather seen the Cinque Terre. Stopping in Genoa, La Spezia, or Livorno would have lent itself to more cooler excursions and things to see; assuming of course they aren't cancelled. Would I return to this port, NO. Select a route that goes to Genoa, La Spezia, or Livorno. Marseille - There is a lot here and our pre-booked excursion actually went forward! We were in a tour with another language so heard the information twice. The guide was wonderful and I appreciated the time she took having to do double the work. I would have liked more time to see Marseille but our excursion took us to two small towns in Provence (Arles and Saint Remy).At each town, you had at least an hour of free time. Overall, this was an enjoyable day and no major complaints or issues. Would I return to this port, YES...on another cruise of course. Barcelona - Barcelona has A LOT to offer and A LOT to see. I would suggest booking your own excursion with an outside company. We separately booked tickets for the Sagrada Familia before we left and planned accordingly. You want to see the inside of this church as it is magnificent. Our original excursion would have taken us to different landmarks around the city an allowed free time. It was only 4 hours in the AM, which left us enough time to make it back to the Sagrada for our tour inside. The excursion we ended up with was a complete waste of time. You saw Barcelona's treasured landmarks from a bus, but I was sitting on the wrong side so I didn't get to see them. And there was no let-off time to actually see them. We did better exploring on our own. My advice, if you're in Barcelona for a long time, look for an outside company that can do a tour in 5-6 hours. Or, do a ship-based excursion that allows you to see the major sights BUT do not miss seeing the inside of the Sagrada Familia. Would I return to this port, absolutely YES. I would return here on my own. Palma de Mallorca - Palma is on the island of Mallorca, which is part of Spain and right off the coast from Barcelona. This is a truly wonderful port and was the highlight of the entire cruise. We pre-booked the dragon caves tour and it went forward (yay). The excursion was great, nicely coordinated, guide was wonderful, and only lasted 4-5 hours which left you the entire afternoon to see an explore Palma on your own. There was a stop to a pearl factory but I could less about glass pearls so it mostly yawn time for me. Do not do a full day tour here. You want time to explore Palma and eat at the local restaurants. For me, the food in Palma was among the best food I had during the cruise...because it wasn't that garbage served onboard. Would I return to this port, YES. I would combine this with a Barcelona vacation in a heartbeat. Cagliari - Cagliari is the capital city on the island of Sardinia which is part of Italy. We did a walking tour of the city which was helpful because we dropped out of the tour about 3/4 of the way and went back to see stuff on our own and eat at the local restaurants which were very good. There is a lot of shopping and nice sights; but the city itself is rather grimy (graffiti on the walls, poorly cared for buildings, etc) but whatever. The beaches in Sardinia are supposedly beautiful but we didn't see any. There is a nearby beach called Poetto which is the main beach for Cagliari, but the island's more prettier beaches are about 45 minutes outside of the city. Overall, this was an average port and worthwhile seeing. Would I return to this port, POSSIBLY but not in a hurry. If I did, I would want to see the beaches on the rest of the island. 4. The Ship Itself Despite all the issues, the Diadema is a gorgeous ship. The atrium lobby is breathtaking. The colors and design are very nice and what I expected based on two prior Costa cruises. The public spaces were nice. The pool areas were nice. There seemed to be adequate deck space for chairs, but we didn't use the pools at all because it was mostly chilly this time of year. The ship was kept clean and despite the prevalence of Europeans, there was not a lot of smoking and no indoor smoking permitted. There is no promenade deck that encompasses the ship! In prior cruises, we would enjoy strolling on a deck (usually around decks 6 to 4) that takes you all around the ship. That doesn't exist on this ship and the only promenade deck to speak of is actually up the pool and you have to go up and down various stairs and you have no access to the bow of the ship. The main dining room was not as lavishly decorated as you'd expect and the main theater was a bit underwhelming. The casino is SMALL compared to other ships. 5. Embarkation The embarkation process varies from port to port, so I can only talk about Civitavecchia and it was a breeze, efficient, and hassle-free. The terminal building is a new and construction remains ongoing but the inside was sleek, clean, and had adequate seating (upstairs ONLY). We had our bags relatively quickly. Overall, no major issues or complaints. 6. Disembarkation The ship's disembarkation process structure was fine and I have no complaints. The process of reconciling your account is an absolute disaster and goes back to issues of gross inefficiency addressed above. Remember the terminal I discussed above? Herein lies the problem, if you are disembarked and waiting for a car service or whatever, there is NO PLACE TO SIT INSIDE OR OUTSIDE. All the seating is upstairs past security. We weren't 100% of exactly when we would be able to leave the ship so we told our car service to pick us by 11, but we were actually off by 9:30 so we waiting around for over an hour with no place to sit except the ground. My advice, if you are pre-arranging a car service, give them the hour after the ship pulls into port. For example, if you're arriving in Civitavecchia at 8am, tell the car service 9 and then request the earliest disembarkation time (I was told you could do that). VI. CONCLUSION and FINAL COMMENTS I would never again go on another Costa cruise; even if they gave me a free cruise or credit towards another. Compared to my last two Costa cruises, this was horrible. My next Mediterranean cruise will ONLY be on a US-cruise line such as Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, or grudgingly NCL. If you're considering a first time Mediterranean cruise, I would highly recommend leaving from Civitavecchia because you will want a few days to explore Rome. Rome itself is at least an hour from Civitavecchia so any Rome-centered excursions will be a full day and you'll be paraded through the major sights at rushed speed. We spent 4 full days in Rome before the cruise even left; there's just so much to see and you don't want to be rushed. I would seriously reconsider any thoughts you might have about going on this ship. Do your own research, read the comments and reviews, and know what to expect before you go. If you've never done a Mediterranean cruise, I would look for a US-based line instead because if you go with Costa, you will be disappointed and frustrated every day. I would definitely NOT recommend this cruise to anyone and it was an overall disappointment and a blight on my entire cruising experience. If anyone wishes to contact me directly with specific questions or concerns, I'm happy to respond. Send your email to sfarkas425@gmail.com and put "Costa Review" in the subject line. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We were offered a package with airfare and cruise. Seemed like a good deal. We had previously discussed visiting some of the cities on the itinerary, First glimpse of Costa infrastructure technology was when we tried to log in to the ... Read More
We were offered a package with airfare and cruise. Seemed like a good deal. We had previously discussed visiting some of the cities on the itinerary, First glimpse of Costa infrastructure technology was when we tried to log in to the MyCosta website It asks for your first name, surname and your "BOOKING REFERENCE" Login always fails unless you omit the first name.. We asked for where it boards. "Barcelona" Which dock ( there are 3 or 4) crickets.. Got on board, and went to check on our pre-reserved packages for beverages, excursions, etc. Most could not be found by the staff. I went outside, where I could get internet on my phone. Logged in to the MyCosta website, and saw that all my bookings were still there. Never did completely sort this out, so every time we ordered a drink the staff would have to double check for our drinks packages as they did not show in our ship cards. First night we went to dinner. We had booked for the "Main dinner from 21 O'Clock" They had us down at "Early Dinner form 17 O'Clock We had booked the Fiorentino restaurant on Deck 3 They had us in the Adularia restaurant We did not care much which restaurant, but did not want to eat at 7. They changed this for us. Second day was to be at sea, and I had booked for my wife to have a Swedish massage - 50 minutes, in the spa. Cost of 99 Euros Of course they "lost" the booking. I checked on My Costa the next day in port, and it was still there. This did not help me that day, so I had the spa rebook it. My wife was booked at 4 p.m., so she went and had the massage. They gave her the "Elemis Asian hot stone massage - 50 minutes" and charged us 154 Euros. They told my wife at the end of the massage that her skin looked quite dry, and sold her a package of 3 different skin lotions to help that. She signed the slip, and did not look closely. When she got back to our cabin she mentioned, so I asked for the slip. They had charged us 595 Euros for the lotions! We went back to the spa and wanted to return these ( unused and unopened, same day, within an hour) They tried to refused. I asked for a manager, and was told that she was not available. I complained to the cruise service desk and asked to speak with a manager. They spoke with me and an appointment with the spa manager was booked for 7 p.m. the next day. We met, she acted all surprised, and accepted our request for a refund. She accepted that, but that the refund had to be done in 2 days later, at Savona, at 10 am. The next day ( and a day before the credit was supposed to happen) they processed the charges against my card for $1,015 CAD The next day ( as arranged) and time I went back to the spa, and ( of course) the manager was not available, and the staff could not do anything. Went back to the cruise ship service, asked for a manager again, and was asked to wait for 20 minutes. Apparently some decision was made in the background, as, when I returned 20 minutes later they offered us the credit, which we accepted, and was processed on the last day of our cruise.. On that day I told them that unless I could log in to my card website and see the credit there I was not going to leave the ship. Drink packages: We booked 2 drink packages: "WATER, COFFEE & BEER PACKAGE" for 69 Euros, to include: " package of 7 water bottles (1lt), 7 draft beers (40cl) and 14 coffees (normal or decaf)." This actually meant: 7 water bottles, 7 Heinecken drafts, and 14 espressos. If one ordered a coffee with milk, they made us cafe latte, and charged our card for 3 Euros. We finally learned that if we ordered an "Americano with milk" we could get this, actually made identical to a cafe latte, and put it against our prepaid coffees. They would not credit us for the 5 previous coffees we had, at a cost of 15 Euros. Cabins: We selected an inside cabin, midships. It was clean, comfortable, and very quiet. Only complaints: TV remote did not work ( they replaced) Only 1 AC power outlet in the whole suite. Bar fridge did not refrigerate. In general, the staff service was quite good. The sit down meals were Italian food and very good with excellent service The buffet meals were chaotic. Running out of many items very fast. They acted like they were preparing to feed 500 people and 1500 had shown up. They charge an automatic 15% gratuity on all purchases, food and beverages. This is not included with the prepaid drink packages, and is charged extra. They charge an extra 10 Euros per day, per person, service charge. Basically the practice is to "nickle and dime" one to death on everything. Most of the ports were as expected. One, Savona, in northern italy is a former industrial town with a population of 61,000. As Wikipaedia describes it: "Savona used to be one of the chief seats of the Italian iron industry, having iron-works and foundries, shipbuilding, railway workshops, engineering shops, and a brass foundry." There is little to see or do there, and apparently it is chosen as it is fairly close to both Genoa ( 56km) away and Monaco ( 132 km away. Pardon my saying and apologies to the citizens of Savona, but it is a bit of a :"shithole" In either case an excursion is a trip by bus for about half the days travelling by roads. I think that Genoa would have been a much better destination, See: https://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/newport.cfm?ID=181 I just looked on Google Maps and saw 2 Costa ships tied there as of the day they took the satellite pictures. In summary: Nice ship, good food, cheap and disorganized cruise company. Will not be back on their ships. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
- I got a last minute offer from an agency (on 2nd January and the cruise started on 5th January from Savona), and it was a good value for the money paid, but if I had to pay the full price, I would be disappointed. It was not our ... Read More
- I got a last minute offer from an agency (on 2nd January and the cruise started on 5th January from Savona), and it was a good value for the money paid, but if I had to pay the full price, I would be disappointed. It was not our first time cruise with Costa, but in general the service is of lower quality than on MSC and that reflects also on prices. The embarkation went smoothly when our time arrived, but we had to wait for more than 1,30 hrs although we arrived late (approx. at 15,00 h). Usually, when we arrive this late we are immediately scheduled for embarkation. The disembarkation went more smooth, since we waited until 10,30 h to disembark, and not push to be the first to get off the boat. SHIP - the biggest in the Costa fleet - a small city on the sea - balcony cabin on the left side of the boat (8th deck); great, spatious cabin, always clean; got a bottle of sparkling wine since I am in the Costa Club - the cabin choice was good for some rough sea that we have experienced - Dining restaurant is huge, service staff was nice, but it took them a long time to get us drinks; also, since I bought a package of soft-drinks, once they get us drinks in glasses, and once we got them in cans (more hygenic) and the size is different. Food in general is of average quality, but it downgraded from our last trip (in 2017). There is no more scrambled eggs, the line for breakfast eggs is soo looong, there are no American pancakes for breakfast. The staff in Diana Restaurant (deck 10) is generally less hospitable than in other restaurants. The ship was overcrowded with families, well, basically with kids, but we are used to this. If you are looking for a high-class cruise, peaceful and with lots of attention, this is not a cruise for you. Entertainment was great, and we loved Jose Navarro, the tenor. Service in our room was good, although we were a bit surprised that we did not received 3 hand towels but only 2 although there were 3 adult persons onboard in our cabin. Service in general area and in the restaurant Adularia was good. Ports visited were great, but we have visited them already, and we enjoyed visiting them again. The tours booked on the ship are too expensive in general, so we opted for self-organised tours, mostly with taxi (cheaper, visited some other places, had enough time to visit inside the building if we wanted, get time also for shopping and return to the ship afterwards - like with our private driver and guide). I travel with my teenager doughter and she was much happier 2 yrs before, because we had more international group. Italian kids do keep for themselves and do not mix much with others. We will definitively go for another cruise, but maybe with a different fleet, different ship or different itinerery. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We already took a Costa cruise in the Adriatic sea and enjoyed it. So we decided to go on another Costa verses switching to another cruise line. We joined the Costa Club and had some perks for going again. We booked directly with Costa ... Read More
We already took a Costa cruise in the Adriatic sea and enjoyed it. So we decided to go on another Costa verses switching to another cruise line. We joined the Costa Club and had some perks for going again. We booked directly with Costa but used the Italian booking site. We received so many perks and extras for booking via the Italian site. We had a Balcony Premium for 2 adults and 2 children.(8 and 12) it was a great amount of space. We weren't ontop of each other during the week etc. We brought our own 220V extension cord so we could plug in all our devices. The food was great. This boat had an option of "Open Seating" for one of the evening meals. Same menu as the "Fancy" service dinner, but quicker (it seemed) and I felt better for our family. The service crew was amazing. My husband was practically a celebrity at the end of the cruise with many of them knowing his name and saying "Hi" around the boat. The crew was also helpful and wonderful to our children. The kids club had more international kids on our last cruise, this one had many Italian so my kids didn't do the club much, but it was a good size club space and activity schedule was great. It would be great for younger children. We are use to the multi language environment, so the multiple language didn't bother us, we enjoyed it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was our third cruise but first (and last) time with Costa. They first stuck us in a cabin over the propellers and docking machinery. We did get our room changed. All the food tasted ike it was fast food micowaved for the masses. This ... Read More
This was our third cruise but first (and last) time with Costa. They first stuck us in a cabin over the propellers and docking machinery. We did get our room changed. All the food tasted ike it was fast food micowaved for the masses. This was probably to motivate you to try the higher end paying restaurants. Crew looked tired due to working 9 months straight without breaks. Cancelled 3 of our tours and dont even think of taking this ship if you are american or english speaking. Very Italian which implies Patience is not in their DNA nor being soft spoken. Get a good set of earplugs if you take thus cruise. Between the screaming children, rude gestures and poor entertainment we were anxious to leave the ship. Highlights were the wonderful tenor they had only perform one night and after the 50th rendition of 'Volare' heard throughout the ship it finally grew on me :) Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Our first cruise on Costa was great. We took 4 children and everyone had a great vacation. All food was included - there were no "excluded" items for extra $ such as lobster. There was all the ice cream you wanted. You ... Read More
Our first cruise on Costa was great. We took 4 children and everyone had a great vacation. All food was included - there were no "excluded" items for extra $ such as lobster. There was all the ice cream you wanted. You could eat pretty much any time you desired. I am not a cruise snob but I have now been on 9 cruises on 6 different cruise lines both with and without children. My expectations are not unreasonable, simply based on previous experience. Unfortunately Costa has changed and not for the better. For example, There is no "free ice cream" available. Many of the best food items you now have to pay extra for. The dishes offered were definitely not as good as on the previous trip. The buffet closes prior to ending time and runs out of food. Much of the food is the same every day. However our waiter, Joey, in the dining room was wonderful. Very attentive, trying constantly to please. Internet/wifi costs an exorbitant fee and many at the hospitality desk are not very helpful. However, Matteo was the epitome of what an ideal customer service representative should be. The evening entertainment (singers not including the opera soloist) was less professional than on previous cruises. The on shore excursions were pricey. And a heads up to those who have not cruised before. There is a "service fee" every day on your account which you may or may not be made aware of until check out. You can opt out but it is a major undertaking to get this accomplished. Conflicting information and requirements from different employees at the same hospitality desk. Thank you again Matteo for your help. We had a good time doing out own agenda on shore, the food was adequate and the employees mentioned, along with help from Jessica, (the english liason), made it a good trip for our family. However I think I will be looking at other cruise lines in the future unless Costa Cruise Line makes some major modifications to their current policies. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I called Costa Cruise in Miami to find out information before getting on the ship regarding payments onboard and other pre boarding questions. Each question was answered incorrectly and when we boarded we were in for many surprises. On ... Read More
I called Costa Cruise in Miami to find out information before getting on the ship regarding payments onboard and other pre boarding questions. Each question was answered incorrectly and when we boarded we were in for many surprises. On the first night of the cruise, were were FORCED to purchase a drink package for each of our three children on the ship who were staying in their own cabin. Two were full alcohol and the third was the soda/water package. On the second morning of the cruise one of our kids had a few bites on his neck. The next day another child had several bites on his stomach. That child had seen and killed a bug on his brother's bed. We immediately reported the incident to the Hospitality desk. They took all the kids clothes and luggage and washed them and sent the kids to the ships hospital where they proceeded to give a cream treatment to the child that had more bites. Turned out that child was allergic to the detergent used on the ship and had to return a second time to the hospital where he received a shot of steroids and more medication. From there the trip went downhill and as much as the staff thought they were doing for us to make this right, anything that was done was more to benefit Costa Cruise Lines. Since child number 2 was not able to use his drink package while on the medication the other one that is old enough did not drink either(its not fun to drink alone). The ship would not refund all the drink packages they forced us to purchase, only the one for the child on the medication. The first dining room could not accommodate the five of us at the same table so we had to find the maitre d' for the second night to change our dining option since its the one week per year we get to spend together. They gave us the second seating in the dining room which was 9:00pm. The service was so slow we did not finish dinner until almost midnight. We then decided to try the anytime dining. Because we changed our dining option after the first night, we were charged per person for the change. The restaurant manager couldn't have been nicer though and the rest of the cruise did not charge for the change. The food on the ship was very mediocre and to eat gluten free anything as my diet requires, the only option I was given was to eat in the dining room. None of the buffets during the day or even room service has gluten free from what I was told. Basically I had one meal per day! Having adult children, they were looking for nighttime entertainment in the disco or other areas of the ship. The disco had 13-17 year olds enjoying their time leaving our children feeling uncomfortable to be in the same disco. They were very underwhelmed having very little 21-25 adult activity. The communication was poor across the board. We had to search for ourselves to get any information about the ships activities or entertainment. We felt as though we were a very unwelcomed group of travelers as well as other travelers that fit our profile, we all felt the same way. The overall attitude of the staff was disinterested in doing anything to work when all we were looking for was help. The rolling of their eyes when we approached them and poor bodily language was a reinforcement of their behaviors. This is not a ship we would recommend to any of our peers! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
the ship has 14 floors. floors 3-5 are the main floors for dinner and entertainment. prime rooms start on floor 6. you are assigned to a restaurant (two seated, one buffet) and a time 1830 or 2130. if you come after 1900 they wont ... Read More
the ship has 14 floors. floors 3-5 are the main floors for dinner and entertainment. prime rooms start on floor 6. you are assigned to a restaurant (two seated, one buffet) and a time 1830 or 2130. if you come after 1900 they wont let you in, and in fact, you wont have enough time to ear through all the courses until they evacuate you at 2045. drinks cost money during dinner, even water. prices are reasonable to a middle priced restaurant. drinking deals are good only to heavy drinkers, and all your table need to join. The service was bad and at time insulting. The staff looks mostly very sad and it looks like they are treated badly and have no joy in providing service. the worst were the breakfast crew and the front desk. Food was ok. not too good and not too bad. shows were nice Cabin was good the behavior of the ship was strange - I dont know why they confiscated our passports during our boarding. on the other hand they didnt take our credit card, but we were forced to give it later. there is a 20 Euro per day service charge you cant avoid, for the bad service you get, but still you should give tips if you want to get a smile from a service provider. staff were occasionally very rude to us with no reason, like in the first drill where we were told to stand in the middle of the room for no reason - we were shocked... during breakfast you can have a buffet on the 10th floor or a la carat on the 5th floor but the staff dont want you to order. its work for them so you need to know in advance 'your rights' to order otherwise they send you to the limited buffet in the center of the hall. there are two very very small swimming pools. one indoors and one out. we were surprised how little the pools are for so many people. the balcony family cabin we stayed in was roomy and nice. basic, but new and nice. the shows were really impressive and provide good entertainment The poor service we got did the job..and we will never return to Costa again Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I wanted to take my mom on a cruise for her upcoming 65th birthday as she loves cruises and they're usually the best way to relax and visit so many different countries/places. We have cruised before with Norwegian Cruise Line and I ... Read More
I wanted to take my mom on a cruise for her upcoming 65th birthday as she loves cruises and they're usually the best way to relax and visit so many different countries/places. We have cruised before with Norwegian Cruise Line and I have cruised myself several times with Carnival, but as she lives in Bosnia and Herzegovina now, so the closest and the best cruise that worked for the dates I was visiting her was Costa Diadema 7 day cruise out of Civitavecchia. I noticed right away that on our Costa cards there was a designation of WaterUSA, so to our surprise this meant that you could only get water for free, without being charged, while you were at the restaurant/buffet during breakfast, lunch or dinner hours. Otherwise, they charged for a glass/bottle of water. Same goes for juices, which were only available during the breakfast hours. This was our very first shocker. Dinner experience was horrendous. You are assigned to a restaurant at a specific time, so you have to go there during the assigned time, otherwise you would need to go to the buffet. Food quality was good, but the dining experience every time, except for the last night was horrendous. I'll explain. We wanted to change to 2nd sitting option and that request would need to go to effect next evening, not the same evening; fine, not a big deal. We go next evening to the second sitting and needless to say that waiter only the first night was ok/kinda friendly for the first sitting which we changed. The waited at the 2nd sitting our 2nd night seemed to care less about customer service or just showing a smile, everything seemed like a chore and like a bother to him. At the end, I noticed that my card was not returned once I got to my cabin after ordering a glass of wine. I went back to the restaurant and he claimed that he gave it back to me and to talk to the Maitre D. She was confused as to why I was directed to talk to her, but she tried her best to resolve the issue and mentioned we can request a new card and get it in the room the next day. I got the new Costa Card but lo' and behold all of a sudden my old card was thrown on the floor of the room by someone who obviously dropped it in there. Next day, we obviously didn't even want to go back to our table and requested to be switched to a different one with a different table, so we decided to eat at a buffet, as by now we knew this request wouldn't be completed the same evening, but rather the next day. Next day, our new waiter on the other side of the restaurant seemed overwhelmed and we waited for a while until we were able to place our orders. He noticed that my Costa Card showed the previous table and wanted to tell us we are seated at the wrong table, but I showed him a temporary card given until the new card arrives. Right away, negative kind of attitude. The order by which he took orders didn't seem to match when each party got seated, as other parties that arrived later seemed to get service prior to us already waiting there for a while. Finally, when we placed the orders and the food came to us, he got one of the orders wrong. All in all, it would have been nice to see these waiters be more friendly and not act like we are bothering them by dining there. Our dining took about 2 hours because of all the waiting to order and waiting for food (correct food order). Needless to say, we wanted to see right after that dining experience if we have an option of doing the open seating restaurant Corona Bleu that seemed to have a nicer ambiance. We were told to just go there and that it's free and there is no difference other than having open seating, which would be perfect for us. We went to Corona Bleu the next day and the lady at the front said that it's a 5euro cover charge per person as we would be taking someone else's table. I explained that we were told at our assigned restaurant to come there, but she didn't seem to care to find a solution and just said that I could go back to our assigned restaurant and asked to be assigned to Corona Bleu if there is availability. Of course, that made us go back (due to all sorts of miscommunication happening all the time and lack of customer service), to wait again for next evening to find out if we were able to get the Corona Bleu. We would be notified via letter in our cabin by next day. We opted for dining at the buffet. Next day, no letter, we go to our assigned restaurant to give it and that waiter one more chance, he right away said that an older Italian man is sitting at our table and it's not ours. I was confused and mentioned we were not notified. He seemed almost angry and very unfriendly to have to deal with it, as he referred us to Maitre D who said we were assigned to Corona Bleu. Advising no one has notified us, as was indicated, asked if they can call to mention we are coming, as we don't want to miss the dinner time. Finally, our last night there, all the confusion and unfriendliness, but we got to Corona Bleu and at first our waiter was overwhelmed and didn't seem to know what to do with us, as our table wasn't even set up properly, but he did get us water by telling another waiter to bring it for us so we don't have to wait a long time again. Finally, one of the supervisors was checking to see if everything is going well and we explained our frustration and that even here we weren't sure who our waiter is and it's our last night and this whole experience has been frustrating. He didn't seem to care much either but he listened and sent our waiter, who was indeed very friendly and apologetic and explained he tried to tend to a table with the birthday cake. 2nd Maitre D or manager came that has a higher position that the previous one, Francesco, who really took the time out to listen and resolve the issue, even though it was kind of late, but he did what he could that night to finally make our dining experience a positive one. The waiter with a unique name that unfortunately I can't remember now was indeed very nice and attentive. Francesco tried to make up for all the other negative dining experience days by bringing out a free delicious birthday cake for my mom, as I mentioned it was my birthday present to her in advance, and she didn't want that kind of recognition necessarily as her birthday is not until September, but he did it anyways. Also, he noticed that I was drinking red wine and had the waiter bring me the quality red wine that he likes to have a few glasses of. I wish as he said that we were able to find Francesco sooner, as he was the only one that understood the concept of customer service. Entertainment crew was great, so luckily at least we were able to relax and enjoy the evening dance events with them. They were very energetic, funny, and friendly. The highlight of our cruise was dancing with them. Especially if it's your first time cruising, by all means, please choose a different cruise company, as they simply don't care for customer service or to resolve any issues you will have on the cruise. I have more details of interactions with guest services/reception and so much miscommunication and misguidance on their part as well that would take another page to get into, but the dining experience was really what every night frustrated us and took away from the whole cruise experience and even the quality of food that was actually pretty good. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
The story with Costa started badly from the beginning. It was our first cruise. When we were getting on the cruise, we were attended by a person who barked at us in an incomprehensible language and forbade us to enter because of a ... Read More
The story with Costa started badly from the beginning. It was our first cruise. When we were getting on the cruise, we were attended by a person who barked at us in an incomprehensible language and forbade us to enter because of a non-existent schedule problem. Behind him came an officer on board who, in very bad manners, let us reluctantly pass by the cruiser. On entering, we asked for the Wi-Fi in the Hospitality Service and we were 'greeted' by an Italian woman with very bad manners who made us feel like idiots for asking questions (it's her job to answer them, after all), and informed us that the Wi-Fi service was not only paid, but it was also divided into two RIDICULOUS categories: social networks and internet. Either you paid one or you paid the other. And they charged you 100 euros for 3 GB for the internet. The worst thing was that in addition to the theft of the price if you left the cell phone turned on unused it consumed all the data bought. Of course, this was not advised when offering the "service". We happened to buy the internet and went to dinner and on returning, we no longer had access because the data had been magically consumed. In general, the customer service was appalling. At all times the relationship with the staff was horrible and unwilling. The waiter from the restaurant, for example, charged us with things we didn't consume, brought us the wrong dishes, and was angry when we explained his mistakes. The cleaning of the room was bad: when drawing a curtain, some peanuts showed up on the floor, thrown together with who knows what. The decor, cheap and tasteless. Rome is one of the most important destinations on the itinerary. The cruise arrived in Rome at 8 am and departed at 7 pm. To take advantage of the time, from the excursion office we were suggested to take the train instead of the bus to Rome, on a tour organized by Costa in which they would only leave us in the city (without tour included). In this way, we were promised to arrive in Rome in an hour and a half, so we could be in the city for about seven hours. 8.15 was the time of departure. The bus that took us to the station was delayed by Costa service issues and when we arrived at the station the train had already departed (we learned of this only because we heard our guide speaking on the phone in Italian saying that it had left, because nobody explained anything at all). As a result, they decided to take us to the next train stop. When we arrived, we saw on the tracks a train that looked like it came from the last century; not even seen in third world countries. To our stupor, it was the "fast" train that would take us to Rome. They made us climb on it, but the train did not start. Other passengers told us that the train was broken and that it would not start. Our guides told us that everything was fine and that they were only waiting for authorization to depart. Meanwhile, from inside and with a temperature of 40 degrees (in summer and with the air conditioning turned off), we watched the train driver pacing from one end of the train to the other talking on the cell phone hotly. Finally, we saw him pace one last time, this time with his backpack on his shoulder, and off he went. He had left us in the middle of nowhere. By now it was 11.15. TWO whole hours inside the hot train, which was sealed. Really dangerous. The guides told us that nothing happened, that in a few minutes the train was leaving. With other Spanish speakers, when we saw the driver leave, we got together and decided to pull the emergency levers to get some air and get off the train, which was already a living hell. We asked the Costa guides to send us a bus to take us to Rome. They refused and said we would return to the cruise. We told them that we did not want to lose Rome, but nothing convinced them. At 12, having already lost three hours, the broken train brought us back to our starting point. If we wanted to get to know Rome, we had to sort ourselves out. When we reported this to Costa, all they did was bring some grapes to the room along with a bottle of cheap champagne that did not even reach half a liter, and they gave us back the money for the tour. At no point did they seek compensation in any way for making us lose one of the most important destinations of the cruise. The worst thing is that they treated the money refund as if it were a favor. As a cherry on the cake, the night before the cruise ended, we found that the refrigerator door of the cabin was locked. The bottle of water (which in any part of the world is courtesy of the service and in Costa was charged) and snacks (which of course if consumed were charged) had disappeared. Why? Because as they closed the account at midnight, Costa did not want to risk the consumption of soft drinks or snacks without paying (!!!!!). It is stated that as a rule of the cruise each person had a charge of 10 Euros per day per trip. As 5000 passengers travel, they collect 50,000 Euros daily for gratuities, but they can not conceive losing two Euros if any passenger consumes a snack or a bottle of water the night before departure. This is only a sample of the pettiness of these people; The examples (in just seven days) are too many to write. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND COSTA. At all. Unfortunate experience and unfortunate service. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I have traveled to many places all across the world, but this vacation was my absolute best yet! The Costa Diadema is a huge(really, really Huge) ship with things to do for people in every age. From going to the Daily show att 9.30 PM to ... Read More
I have traveled to many places all across the world, but this vacation was my absolute best yet! The Costa Diadema is a huge(really, really Huge) ship with things to do for people in every age. From going to the Daily show att 9.30 PM to playing bingo, there's something for everybody on this ship! The staff on the costa Diadema is well trained and always put you first. The service is outstanding. We ate dinner in the Fiorentino Restaurant and the food there was amazing! There is a new menu every day where you can choose four different courses. You have the same table and server every night which gives you a "luxurious" feeling. At all the ports you could chose from going on an excursion(which comes with an extra cost) or just take the shuttle bus to the city you where in. We went on several excursions and att all of them there was a professional tour Guide who told us about our different destinations. The cabin was spacious and very clean. You could choose from getting your room cleaned once or twice a day, and during the morning or the evening. Great experience and would love to go again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose The Diadema for a week's cruise around the Med to celebrate family birthdays. We were bowled over with the caring attentive staff on board - every single member working so hard to make our holiday a memorable one. This is, by ... Read More
We chose The Diadema for a week's cruise around the Med to celebrate family birthdays. We were bowled over with the caring attentive staff on board - every single member working so hard to make our holiday a memorable one. This is, by far, the best cruise we have been on. All the staff went that extra mile. Everything on board was immaculate, fully equipped for your every need. The food was of the highest standard and was very tasty and very well presented.. The evening shows were top quality and entertaining. Toilet facilities were immaculate and well stocked with hand towels and toilet paper at all times. This was let down by a small minority of passengers who could not be bothered to flush the toilet after use!!! I guess they have a "poop" fairy that just magically comes along to dispose of it! This was by no means the fault of the ship or crew!! It is not their job to flush the toilets! Hope this is not a reflection of how they would behave at home. There is a vast amount of top entertainment around the ship including Clubs and entertainment for children such as Peppa Pig and Princess and Captain for the day. Also a late night disco for teenagers and youngsters to dance the night away. Again, in some of the venues, a small minority of passengers let their children climb all over furniture with total disregard for other passengers around them! Again it left us thinking how they would act in their home environment! I have children and grandchildren and they love to enjoy life to the full but we would make every effort to stop them from climbing all over the tables and chairs - this was somewhat lacking with some passengers. Again - not the fault of ship or crew members who worked so tirelessly to ensure everyone had a great experience on board. Great facilities for passengers with mobility problems and staff were on hand to assist passengers to their cabin rooms etc.. The cabins were immaculate with super comfortable beds and lovely shower rooms, lots of storage space and a fridge. There were plenty of lifts and we never had to wait for any length of time before one arrived. The ship is very colourful and tastefully decorated. Lovely outdoor pool, jacuzzi areas, indoor pool, well equipped gym , 4D Cinema, Casino, Massage, Laser games, Hairdressers and vast amounts of shops to browse around. Everything was computerised which made for very littlle queing at any Hospitality Desks. I would highly recommend this cruise ship. We have definitely had a holiday to remember with many happy memories made along the way. 10/10 - well done Costa Cruises. Having read some of the reviews on here just before we were due to go on our cruise, we were more than a little apprehensive! We need not have worried so much as our fears melted away as soon as we stepped on to the ship. Will definitely return. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
My Italian parents (65+) enjoy cruising and invited us to go along (single mum & 2 kids, aged 11). So we chose Diadema to coincide with our various travels and room requirements, schoolbreak, flightsprices, etc.... no other particular ... Read More
My Italian parents (65+) enjoy cruising and invited us to go along (single mum & 2 kids, aged 11). So we chose Diadema to coincide with our various travels and room requirements, schoolbreak, flightsprices, etc.... no other particular reason. Its a huge ship, therefore called the Queen of the Med with about 4500 passengers and 1300 staff members. Clean cabin, attentive & friendly service staff. Most of the entertainers are Italians, hence it is the most spoken language.When sunny and at see the Sundecks are packed with no space in between. The buffet has plenty of food with above average quality. For unknown reasons, there was a waitling line of about 30min to enter the restaurant every evening. Entertainement was nice, with a vast variety in how you want to spend your evening. My kids were looking forward to use the F1 simulator, but this was out of order for the whole week. Unfortunately Icecream and Pizzas are not included, so these have to be paid extra for, which seems a little strange on an Italian Ship. The Waterdispensere where only located in the selfservice restaurant and only accessable when these were open (and...a funny smell surrounded this dispenser). Check out the locations you want to disembark and study public transport, as their offers are very pricey.All in all, OK but just too crowded. If I am ever going on a cruise again, then just in a cabin with private balcony. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
It seems most of the reviews on this site are from couples, and not very many Americans on Costa. So I thought I would post our impressions and some thoughts in particular regarding kids. Spoiler alert: we loved it! But I can see that ... Read More
It seems most of the reviews on this site are from couples, and not very many Americans on Costa. So I thought I would post our impressions and some thoughts in particular regarding kids. Spoiler alert: we loved it! But I can see that Costa might not be for everyone. My family (me, my wife and two girls aged 11 and 13) went on a one week cruise on the Costa Diadema sailing form Savona on April 8. Basically a different port every day, with only one sea day. I was trying to expose my kids to as many places as possible within our time constraints. While we succeeded in seeing a lot, we may have overdone it, as we were rushing around the whole week. Timing. Our cruise was scheduled around my kid’s spring break from school. This seemed like a great idea to me. I thought it would be less crowded than the summer. I’m not sure it was. Our spring break coincided with Easter week, so there were tons of people everywhere but especially in the Vatican and other cathedrals in Italy. We were at the Vatican the day before Good Friday. At our school, if Easter comes particularly early or late, they will not schedule spring break around it. If you have a situation like that, I would say go for it on spring break. I would not recommend the Vatican during Easter Week. Our kids break was only one week. We flew out of San Francisco on Thursday night and returned a week and a half later on Monday afternoon. Kids had to miss two school days and were actually not happy about that – they are serious students and didn’t want to miss any school, so we tried to minimize it. It was really a lot ground to cover in that time. If we do it again I think we will try the summer. Kids on Costa. On our cruise, there were tons of kids, so you will have lots of company. Our girls are 11 and 13, so we were a little surprised when we were told on check-in that the initial organizational meeting for the kids club would be at 11:30 p.m.! Italian kids stay out later than their American peers, and Italian families like to eat late. Our kids never participated in any of the organized kid’s club events. Aside from the somewhat inconvenient hours, we were just too busy. Ambiance. Hard to explain. The ship was loud and bling, bling, bling everywhere. Lot of excitement, music, shows, kind of crazy. We actually liked it, but if you are looking for peace and quiet it’s hard to find. It was sometimes hard to figure out where things were, how they worked, or what was going on. All of the crew spoke adequate English for their jobs, but not always adequate to give directions, and there seemed to be a lot of confusion on their part about how things actually worked. So if you are a control freak and expect there to be some resource somewhere that finally and definitively spells everything out, I expect you are going to be disappointed. If you can kick back and go with the flow, you will have a great time. Dress. Not nearly as formal as we expected. I had only been on one cruise before, on Norwegian years ago. On that trip, I actually brought two tuxedo jackets, one black and one white, for the two gala nights. No need for that on Costa! Diadema had one gala night. I wore a blazer and tie for it and my girls (big and small) wore cocktail length dresses. Most people didn’t bother. I would say maybe 10% of the men were sporting a jacket and tie that night, and maybe another 10% jacket no tie. We actually packed pretty heavy for the trip as my girls were kind of into the idea of the theme nights (all white, tricolore, black and red). But when we saw how casual everyone else was, they didn’t want to bother to dress up. We could have packed a lot lighter and if we go again we will. The only theme night that had a high percentage of participation was the White Nights. Most of the people that actually went to the White Nights party were wearing white. You often hear in the US that “Europeans are better-dressed than Americans.” There is a lot packed into that statement, not least of which that “Europeans” is a pretty broad term, that includes diverse populations that are not homogenous. I will leave that aside and address only the Europeans on our cruise (practically everyone on our cruise except us was European.). The second nuance is just what you mean by “better dressed.” This can be used to mean either (i) “more formally dressed” or (ii) “more stylishly or fashionably dressed.” I can say that, with respect to the Europeans on our cruise (i) was not true at all. It used to be that you seldom saw adults in Europe wearing jeans, shorts or sneakers unless they were American tourists. This is absolutely no longer the case. I do not think people were dressed more formally than they would be at, say, a resort in the US. However, with respect to (ii), dressing more stylishly, it is true. Everyone you saw just looked better than the average American in terms of their clothes. They were wearing the same general kinds of clothes, just wearing them better. Even families with little kids managed to have everyone clean, matching (where appropriate or desirable!), newish and somehow just together and well turned out, all the time. So I would say, don’t worry about dressing up too much, but do try to bring your “A game” in terms of not wearing worn out clothes or mismatched outfits unless you want to stand out as a schlub. Dining. Fabulous. I actually thought the food alone was worth the price of the cruise, like they were throwing in the accommodation and travel for free. We were assigned to the main dining room, Fiorentino, for the early seating for dinner, which was supposed to start at 6:30. Our biggest challenge of the whole cruise was getting there on time! We basically never were on time. The first night, it was about 8:00 when we were ready for dinner, and they wouldn’t let us in. We went to the Corona Blu for dinner that night, which had open seating with the same menu as the main dining room and had a great meal. We tried that again later in the cruise but were rebuffed, and told that this option was only open for those who had been assigned it as their dinner choice every night. Second night we got to the dining room around 7:30. We bypassed the Maitre D’ by entering through the upper level and going down the internal staircase to get to our table. After we were seated, the Maitre D’ came back to our table and started yelling at me very animatedly in French. I speak French well enough to know what he was saying, but not really well enough to go toe-to-toe with him in real time. He was actually justified at being annoyed at us – we were an hour late after all – but I thought the way he went about it was more than a bit rude. So, I responded with my best Gallic shoulder shrug and a casual “D’ac” while I returned my attention to my aperitif (vermouth, light on the ice, with a lemon twist, not a wedge – I already had the bartender at the Stella del Sud trained!). This turned out to be the perfect response, as he sort of ran out of steam and stomped off, still in a huff. The rest of the week we struggled to get there on time, and ate at the Adularia one night, which also had open seating, and at the buffet one night when we were really late. Although we only made it there half the time, the waiter at our assigned table in Fiorentino (Ahri) was great. Very attentive, perfect English, he would leave wine and water on the table so we could help ourselves (Piu Gusto drinks package is supposed to be by the glass only). He was the only waiter we really talked to much or got to know anything about on the whole ship. He was from Jakarta and was very interested that I had been there recently on business. He was also the only person on the ship that we tipped separately. I figured Costa’s 10 Euro per person per day could take care of the rest of them. On any given day you would likely receive service from literally dozens of people, not necessarily the same from one day to the next, and I don’t see how you could tip them all individually. In general, the whole ship is run pretty efficiently, but it’s kind of an assembly line operation. You are waited on by tons of people, so it’s understandable if the service is not very warm or personal. Overall, I thought almost everything we ordered in the main dining room was good quality, with a thoughtful menu, well presented and served hot. There were usually two to four choices for the main course, two for the other courses or maybe three for desert, along with several “always available” items. It was basically all an Italian menu, although varied and tending towards Northern Italian and a mix of more original dishes and traditional ones. It was not just spaghetti marinara all week, have no fear. My wife was a little disappointed they did not also feature more French or Spanish dishes but overall we were very satisfied. My kids ended up loving the formal dining. I was sort of surprised by this since normally they prefer buffets. They would bring a book or an iPad to dinner and did not mind how long we took. My wife and I would kick back, have a couple (or more!) glasses of wine and really enjoyed the pace, which would be considered very slow by American standards. We had a great table with views out big windows on the stern and a couple nights were able to see the sunset from it. I helped my kids order and encouraged them to order most of the six courses on offer. They would try things and if they liked it they would eat it. I never pressured them to eat anything. This worked great – they tried a lot of things they would not have otherwise, and ended up loving some of them. It was successful in getting them to broaden their palates a little. Breakfast. The buffet selection was pretty big. As many others have noted, it did not include eggs. But for a “continental” breakfast, there was a lot on offer. I prefer complex carbs and protein for breakfast so usually selected whole grain bread, cold cuts and cheese. My wife likes fresh fruit for breakfast and there were always several good choices including fabulous and fresh melon. My kids love pastries and sweets for breakfast and they were in absolute heaven. There was some really good prosciutto, which I liked to have with the melon. In the US, and I suppose in Italy as well, this is usually eaten as an appetizer at dinner, but it worked just fine for breakfast. I think even the pickiest eater should be able to find something they liked here. It’s crowded, but manageable after you learn your way around. If you absolutely have to have bacon and eggs, it is only available in the main dining room. We did this on the one sea day. I had an English Breakfast, which was awful. My wife had Eggs Benedict, which she thought was barely edible. My kids ordered the Belgian Waffles with chocolate sauce and whipped crème, which they pronounced delicious. We didn’t bother with the cooked breakfast after that. Lunch. We only had lunch on the ship two days, the day we arrived and the sea day. The buffet both days was vast but insanely crowded. The food was good, especially the roast suckling pig, but the mob scene sort of detracted from it. Drinks. We got the “Piu Gusto” drinks package and I highly recommend it. Everyone in your cabin or traveling together has to get the drinks package if anyone does, and I wasn’t sure if my kids would get the value from it. I needn’t have worried. Kids enjoyed a steady stream of hot chocolate (including multiple flavor variations from the “chocolate bar”), smoothies and Shirley Temples and other virgin cocktails. They really liked being able to get whatever they wanted whenever they wanted (I liked that too!). They normally are not allowed to drink soda or other sugary drinks at home, so this was a treat. One funny thing about the drinks package is that it included almost anything you could want to drink, but you could only get water by the glass, not a bottle. This was inconvenient if you wanted to have water in your cabin. I would basically stop by the nearest bar and get four glasses and carry them back to the cabin. Kind of silly. Cabin. We booked last minute, and we had no flexibility on dates due to kid’s school schedule. We got what I was told was the very last four person cabin on the ship, and that may have actually been true as I got on a waitlist to upgrade but did not get an opportunity. The ship was very full due to Easter holiday. The only cabin available was an interior one, with one queen bed and two bunk beds to the sides over it. Really cramped for four people! My only prior cruise experience was with two people in a suite with a balcony on, if I recall, the top deck of the ship, so this was a different experience. Having said that, the cabin was laid out very well and efficiently with lots of storage. We hardly spent any time in the cabin, literally just sleeping, showering and changing clothes, and my family cooperated and made the best of it. If we do it again we will upgrade to balcony cabin at a minimum, and maybe a suite. The best part about the cabin we had? I kept reminding myself what a great price we got! Shore excursions. We went on shore at every opportunity, and most days stayed as long as we could. On three days, the days where we had more ground to cover, we booked tours through Costa. On two days we toured on our own. I thought the Costa tours were well run, interesting and packed a lot in. I was aware that we could book tours independently and save some money. I was afraid that if we toured independently and were late returning to the ship, we might get left behand. If we were on a bus full of people who were all late on a Costa-booked cruise, I figured they would have to wait for us or at least put us up and get us to the next port or something. This theory got tested on our day in La Spezia. It was Good Friday, and we did the longest, most jam-packed tour available, going to Florence and Pisa (In one day! This is probably a criminal act, and if not it should be.). Every place was swarming with tourists, and the bus was quite late getting back. But they waited for us! Price. I thought the whole thing was very reasonably priced, and if you spend a few minutes pricing cruises on websites you will see Costa is consistently competitive or lower than the competition. I felt we got good value for money. Travel Tips. We flew into Milan via Istanbul on Turkish Airways. I think a lot people, especially Americans, are afraid to go through Istanbul, and many of our friends scrunched up their noses when we said we were flying Turkish. I think this is misguided. Although there have been terrorist incidents in Turkey, nowhere is immune from this in today’s world, and when you factor overall crime rates, I believe you are safer there than in many American cities. Because of this skittishness, Turkish Airlines is offering great fares right now. It is an old school “flag carrier” which means service is far superior to what you will get on an American airline in the back of the plane. I chose the longest layover in Istanbul offered, 24 hours. We booked a hotel in the Old Town, toured some historic sights, had a great meal and overall had a wonderful finale to our vacation. Highly recommend both Turkish Airways and a stop in Istanbul. We had access to airport lounges in Milan and Istanbul through “Priority Pass” which is offered as a perk through many credit cards in the US (and I assume worldwide). This is a very valuable bonus and made the layovers much less stressful. My kids normally get pretty cranky waiting in airports, but with a clean, comfortable place to sit, wifi, snacks and drinks, they really didn’t care when the plane left! If you don’t otherwise have lounge access you should look into it. Bottom Line. If you want a high energy, fun-packed experience that covers maximum ground in a limited time in a part of the world rich in history, Costa Diadema, should be on your list. You should think twice before going to Rome Easter Week, however. If you want to kick back and relax on spring break, I suggest you might want to look into Club Med in Mexico! For us, I think we will do it again, likely Eastern Mediterranean next time, but will probably go in summer, book a bigger cabin and not try to do everything in one week. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Cruised out of Barcelona on March 20, 2017 with our 2 teenage daughters. We had two cabins next to each other. The ship is beautiful and very large. OUr cabins were on the lowest deck. It was by far the nicest ocean view cabin I ... Read More
Cruised out of Barcelona on March 20, 2017 with our 2 teenage daughters. We had two cabins next to each other. The ship is beautiful and very large. OUr cabins were on the lowest deck. It was by far the nicest ocean view cabin I have ever had on a cruise ship. Very large with 2 bathrooms. Ports of call were all very nice. Food was just average. Half the nights we ended up at the buffet for dinner instead of the dining room. We were assigned to open seating at Corona Blu. The nights we did eat there, we got right in. We were given free tap water. No problem. We also purchased a package to get bottled water. Our room steward Rushpandi was incredible!!! He went above and beyond in every way. We looked at this cruise as a nice way to get to see several cool ports and our goal was accomplished. The ports made the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Sadly I found this cruise horribly disappointing! We had multiple issues on board and no help. My first issue was with the social media internet package. It never worked properly. I purchased it mainly for instagram and I never was able to ... Read More
Sadly I found this cruise horribly disappointing! We had multiple issues on board and no help. My first issue was with the social media internet package. It never worked properly. I purchased it mainly for instagram and I never was able to get it to work. I spoke to the same customer service person everyday trying to get it fixed. Then the whole thing shut down and would not work at all. When I showed them I was promised a refund and was later denied because the IT department said it worked fine from their end. That is all great and wonderful, but as a customer who paid for a service I did not receive it. I was told an IT person denied my refund, I never met this person he never looked at my phone or tablet as both didn't work. We then purchased an excursion after being told there was going to be a train strike. Excursion Florence and Pisa this experience was probably one of the worst things I have ever done. First the tour guide lost in the walk to Pisa, he never even took into account that a 4 year can't walk as fast as an adult. When I called him to find out where he was, he hung up on me, I called back and tried to tell him where I was, but he didn't listen to everything and again hung up. After waiting 15 minutes I called again and he realized how upset I was, he at last listened to where I was. We made a meeting point, but at this point our whole time Pisa was gone and we didn't get to see much of the Tower other than in passing. The tour guide then said he would stay with us in Florence and match his walk to my sons walk. He did for about 5 minutes then took off. I ended up carrying my 4 year old all over Florence, but what makes it even worse is that he was moving so fast people were pushing to keep up and my FATHER FELL. He injured himself and his DSLR camera. He asked if my father was ok then proceeded to go on his way not trying to assist in any other way. At this point you would have thought he would slow down. He did not, my father is limping to keep up. Florence was again miserable. Then on the way home we stop at one point so the driver and guide could use the restroom, they don't even bother to ask us. My son who had gone to bathroom prior to leaving had to pee, but it wasn't about us I guess. We then get to the ship I rush off get to the boat carrying my son who is in tears having to pee and ask 3 different employees where the closest restroom is and they all say I DON"T KNOW. I then had to rush up 2 flights of stairs, but it was too late. My son who I told just make it to the boat and all will be ok, had an accident. I then go to talk to customer service and directed to the Excursion office, I spoke to a women who promises to get back to me in 24 hours. She never did! So the next day I go back down to find out what happened and I am told there is nothing they can do. I then ask to speak to a manager. I am told she will be down in a moment, I said ok but I was timing her. I was pretty upset at this point. 20 minutes later no one has arrived. I ask again where this person is, they are surprised she isn't there and call again. Again I am told just a minute 10 minutes later she finally arrives. She apologizes and says sorry I was eating dinner, I am sorry but leaving a customer waiting and then telling them you were eating is pretty upsetting. My family was saving a table at the buffet and unable to eat, which I told her. There should have been another person on call to handle something while she was eating. I completely understand them needing breaks, I don't understand being left waiting. I tell her my story, all I am asking for is a refund on our miserable tour, she says all she can do is one ticket. I am sorry this is unacceptable. I ask about my father and camera and she says that isn't her problem, I can file a claim with insurance. At no time did she apologize. She acted surprised said the tour was great for kids. That is great and wonderful, but is was horrible for us. She said the Tour manager had made her decision, again didn't meet her. There was no I am sorry for what has happened, no let me see what I can do. No offer of anything. The one positive I have about the cruise is the fantastic staff they have in the kids club. They are amazing at what they do. As someone who has 17 years in Customer Service first Disney and now an airline (I purchased this cruise through Costa) I am very disappointed in the customer service staff on board that ship. I have never been anywhere as unwilling to help as this cruise. The food is only mediocre and it is the same thing everyday. They also close off areas in the buffet for pay for restaurants, I would understand this if they had been even half full, but they were completely empty. So you lose seating for the buffet for empty restaurants. We also did not getting any disembarkation information until after 10pm I had to go and hunt down someone for everything so we could go to sleep. I called at 8pm trying to find out where it was and was told it was on its way. You also had to be out of the room, prior to even docking back in Barcelona. If most cruises can turn a whole ship without doing that, how is it Costa can't turn half that in 4 hours. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Horror!!! Horror! Could not wait to disembark after a week from hell !!! The most mercenary employees in tourism i have ever met in my numerous travels, the managers have absolutely no consideration for the passengers, only for their ... Read More
Horror!!! Horror! Could not wait to disembark after a week from hell !!! The most mercenary employees in tourism i have ever met in my numerous travels, the managers have absolutely no consideration for the passengers, only for their business. My family live on different continents hence we thought a week together on a cruise would mean both rest and togetherness, something to remember fondly. We booked together,we flew together, we embarked together only to be split on different decks by the company ( you do not want to know the distances between the decks and the daily hassle). The stewards told us they had rooms on the same decks and we repetitively tried to reason with the management/ guests services explaining that the very reaons for the cruise was for us to be together. it was to no avail. We were all hassled non-stop, we ended the one week exhausted since we had not had a single restful day. They are extremely mercenary in everything, thin air is the only thing you do not pay for on costa diadema. No rest, no afternoon naps ever, every afternoon emergency drills and announcements in all cabins (!!!), even if you were drilled upon embarkation you repeat everything every single day, every single afternoon for about 2 hours both in your cabin and on the halls in 5-6 languages. A total of 7 days x 2 hours / day afternoon drills resulted in a large number of hysterical passengers who embarked in the same hope to be able to enjoy a few restful days, only to literally weep with joy at the end of the cruise. Moreover, again, on a daily basis, all the crew only announcements are heard in all cabins, non- stop, as they are way too cheap to buy walkie talkies or professional switchboards to only announce the drills in specific rooms or crew only announcements delivered only to staff. By the end of a week we were bone tired, traumatized, a bundle of nerves and happy to crawl off this pathetic ship swearing never ever to book costa cruises again. Everything on this ship is focused on covering them against any complaints/claims coming from passengers, it is never about the passengers' wellbeing. Nothing works properly hence you have to run to and fro for several km/ day from upper decks to reception to sort out malfunctioning cards, misunderstandings etc after, obviously, repetitively standing in huge queues. 5000 people and two tiny pools ( one in the middle of the buffet area- imagine the chlorine smell and the flooding restrooms nearby - pictures upon request) . Ever day they automatically withdraw 10 euro/ passenger from your card unilaterally - you are compelled to put money on their card and they administer it as they think fit- conveniently forgetting to mention that this is a daily tax not legal to impose on passengers in european waters. On the contrary, the management at guest services insists that it is a must. In european waters, it is the passengers' decision to offer the sum if you are happy with the services, at the end of the journey as all other companies know and accept. Generally speaking on cruises you comply gladly because you are satisfied and well rested, happy with the services provided. here, whether you are a satisfied customer or an extremely dissatisfied one you are told that " bad luck", you have to pay (i have recorded proof i can provide in this respect). On costa diadema everything is on savings mode. On other cruises you are looking forward to the fabulous performances in the theatres every evening. On costa diadema they have a weekly evening show ( one of your 7 paid evening shows!!) delivered by the employees - pathetic amateur night they claim the passengers must appreciate as it is a gesture for them. I shall not be imposed amateur shows upon myself and my family as we did not pay for them ( can provide some videos for general hilarity). I suggested we, the passengers, could also help with further savings, some can sing, others dance, a few recite, numerous hum etc. It is extremely embarrassing for both sides: passengers who are told that they should be grateful and appreciate this " nice" gesture on the part of the staff, and the staff themselves who are ridiculed on stage. When compared with the grandiose shows on other cruise lines you feel like crying at your stupidity of having chosen costa. On the other nights a few pathetic dancers/ singers on a big stage on which they get lost, try hard to warm up the passengers, again to no avail. Non stop mix ups, attitude problems, laziness, misunderstandings because of language difficulties of employees ( we suspect super overworked and very cheap for the company, hence no special skills are needed). Should you - god forbid - expect an egg for breakfast, you are told to go down two decks and buy one in a specific restaurant:)) how cool is that ?! Fabulous Diadema savings mode Part of my family accommodated forcefully- as i have shown above-on a superior deck hardly saw their steward ( we had a very good steward on a lower deck). When they complained at reception they were sent a few apples in a basket and a bottle of cheap champagne and nothing changed, they were told that they should be pleased. No further comment. Do not recommend costa diadema to anyone ever!!! Those who worked hard for their money and wish to rest and enjoy a few nice days are in for a very nasty surprise. Buffet closed and cordoned off 1-1.30 hours before closing hour, resulting in even longer queues, even machine water and coffee are attentively monitored and offered only for a short time, while staff watch eagle-eyed so that you do not take 3-4 cups of water. Have been waiting for months on end for this cruise together with my family only to find that at the end of it i had to apologize to them all for the week from hell i had imposed on them. Never, never again costa. We have been on very many cruises before but never experienced anything of the kind. I had expected february to be a more savings oriented cruise but nothing to this extent. If that is the way they treat passengers i do not think i can afford to throw money away on them and, meanwhile, on my own money, masochistically torment myself and my entire family. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Firstly i wish to draw attention for other travellers to what happened to us: It clearly states on our invoice to pay by bank transfer, we were told initially when to do so which we did, however Costa subsequently made a deduction for ... Read More
Firstly i wish to draw attention for other travellers to what happened to us: It clearly states on our invoice to pay by bank transfer, we were told initially when to do so which we did, however Costa subsequently made a deduction for the same amount of 3000 euros from the original card which we had used to make the deposit 12 months earlier, despite my saying not to use this card again. I called to point out and was told it would be refunded straight away, 2 weeks later nothing and each time i called no one seemed aware what was going on with different variations and different people each time i called. They have a free call back service to make a booking, but once you have done so they do not seem to want to know and you have to call at your own cost! Eventually 3 days before the trip we did receive most of the money back but with a shortfall of 70 euros which was due probably to a difference in exchange rate/ bank charges ( we live & so booked in Spain and the original card was a UK card) however through no fault of our own do not see why we should be out of pocket at all. I complained again and was told it would be refunded to us before the cruise, but again No! Once on board i went to speak to customer service, in my opinion and for the sake of keeping our group of 8 people happy i felt they could add this relatively small amount of money to our on board account to use on the ship, it was our own money we were simply asking for it to be given back. The attitude I was met with was one of total indifference, a fob off and go away, stop bothering us approach, yes yes it will get sorted but its Xmas so theres no one available, come back in 3 days!!! I did this and by now am seething only to be met with more of the same! No one on board, so i am told, had the managerial authority to just make a decision, i had all the bank account evidence and an email from Madrid office which agreed that it was an error BUT they STILL could not authorise to give us the missing money. I asked to speak to someone in authority and again was fobbed off with an english speaking supervisor and finally a department head but still without any authority to do anything..... NOT Even APOLOGISE! Not once did they say sorry to us! I was told they now had to wait for email authority, i said just pick up the phone! Finally on the penultimate day of our cruise they added the 70 euros to our on board account, still not an apology or gesture of goodwill, it was as if it were my fault, how many customers has this happened to, and how many people simply pay the full balance which is on the invoice they sent out 3 times, on booking, on the 25% due date and on final bal due date, never do they send an actual statement showing the DUE amount, i am sure some people forget they have paid the 50 deposit & i doubt Costa would tell you because had we not noticed the extra 3k disappearing and calling to chase it we would never have had it back! Now on to the cruise itself: The dining experience was a pretty hideous event, we had the second sitting beginning at 9.15 pm which for us it is far too late, (& the 6.15 one is too early) and took far too long, exacerbated by the fact they had just implemented a new electronic hand held device for taking orders. The result was our poor waiter was in a state of total confusion for the entire week, he told us he was supposed to have an assistant but he was always deployed elsewhere. The food came in erratic order, eg of the usual 5 courses available not all of us ordered each one, but instead of bringing all the first courses followed by second course etc he seemed to bring them randomely, this resulted in one person eating the main second course whilst someone eating desert, on one occasion one of our children got nothing even though he had ordered the same as other people. We laughed when one person got something as we tried to work out which course it was saying ooo i have got that to come next! Each course should be served together. Although a lot of effort was put into the gala Xmas eve & Xmas day menus, and it was followed on the 3rd night with an extra special menu by a celebrated chef, this meant for 3 nights in a row there was "gala" type food and was too much on consecutive evenings, the portions were too large in my opinion, i would have preferred smaller "taster" size portions of each dish to enable us to try more without over eating and judging by the amount of waste returned to the kitchen, i think others felt the same. Breakfast in the foirentina restaurant was nice if you just want an alternative to the buffet, but dont expect the hot food to be so! The pancakes i ordered were far too thick and freezing cold with little or no syrup. The Eggs benedict turned up freezing cold, as if they had never been introduced to a pan! and on our final day the hot waffles i ordered never materialised at all! The bars and entertainment were on the whole great and we loved the variety available, always somewhere to enjoy live music, our favourite was the country rock club where the band and duo were fabulous. Disabled facilities are very good, level access to all areas, mums window cabin was amply spacious for a wheelchair to turn and manoeuvre & level floor shower and spacious bathroom. Some of the disabled loos however opened the door when they should not have done so beware! On a final note i booked the holiday 12 months in advance and as we were travelling as a family with 4 cabins one of which was for a wheelchair bound person i asked for our rooms as close together as possible, especially for mine to be close to hers so i could help her when necessary. We initially had 9003 & 9131 which is half the ( huge) ship away, and the others on another deck, despite emailing each month to ask for closer cabins i was always told that there had been no more cabins released yet, finally in October to be told the ship was almost full!! How had that happened when there had not been cabins released - ridiculous, how far in advance must one book in order to get what you want! In the end by coincidence i called once when a closer cabin was located so i ended up with a cabin around a quarter of the ships length from my mother, i still had to trip along the corridor each morning to let in her breakfast server but that was not so bad, but it would have been nice to have been next door. Disembarkation was good, they allowed mum to keep the room a little longer and there was no rush to disembark for us all. On the whole we enjoyed the cruise, but next time I will try another company! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Costa Diademia Our Cruise December 24th 2016 We live in San Miguel de Salinas in Alicante, our trip starts December 24th 08,00am we drive to Alicante airport and leave our car with www.parking10.com 8 days for just 48 euro. We hop on a ... Read More
Costa Diademia Our Cruise December 24th 2016 We live in San Miguel de Salinas in Alicante, our trip starts December 24th 08,00am we drive to Alicante airport and leave our car with www.parking10.com 8 days for just 48 euro. We hop on a Vueling 1 hour flight to Barcelona at just 35 euro per person. We get Taxi from Barcelona airport to the Cruise terminal for 35 euro for 5 people and 5 cases. Queueing to get on was a bit of a pain especially having to write out and sign sickness form, but in less than an hour we were on board. We were pleasantly surprised by our inside Samsara cabin 12009 it was huge. And In a very privileged position. The ship is fantastic, clean, well laid out. Christmas day was Chrissmassy! Good points nice cabins, nice spa package, nice room attendants, and nice waiters in bars. Show every night, drinks package is well worth it. Facebook internet package is cheap. Bad point’s staff not so happy in their work, self-service buffet a disaster at breakfast and lunch. Spa wet are far too small. You have to buy water! Pizza area really really dirty. We have cruised with Costa before we had suites on the Concordia and the Serena, guess what Costa would not honor our accumulated points. So we have finished with Costa because of this forever.We should be VIPS! On the whole we had a great cruise totally enjoyed the Floretine restaurant for breakfast and evening meals. Managed to get a full English every day. We got free pepsis and 7ups instead of buying water. Trips, Calgaria, we did a coach trip to Nora, boring. Rome do it on your own, far cheaper , less walking, see everything in half the time with Civitachechia Cabs. La Spezia having done the leaning tower of Pisa many time before we went on a shopping tour to “Shoppin outlet village” What a con, very expensive. Not worth the bother visiting. Savona, here we went to Monaco and Monte Carlo, the best trip of the cruise, very impressive, clean and exciting. Marsella, what a dump, they are trying, we were very scared by the amount of Muslims around they spit at women in the street. Couldn’t wait to get back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our seventh cruise, the second with Costa. We previously sailed with Royal Caribbean and NCL. We booked a back-to-back cruise, doing the same six-day route twice in the Western Mediterranean. For the first cruise we received a ... Read More
This was our seventh cruise, the second with Costa. We previously sailed with Royal Caribbean and NCL. We booked a back-to-back cruise, doing the same six-day route twice in the Western Mediterranean. For the first cruise we received a free upgrade from inside to balcony, which was a real treat. My wife has special dietary needs and was looked after superbly by the crew, delivering food to the room every morning at no extra charge. The interior is tastefully done, certainly the most appealing of all cruise ships we have been on. The ship was kept impeccably clean. The entertainment was good with a variety of lounges where musicians perform. The food however did not compare well with the other two cruise lines mentioned above, e.g. cold buffet breakfast (it is called an Italian breakfast); so there is no bacon, eggs and sausages which I associate a buffet breakfast with. You can have an English breakfast in the formal restaurant, but it closes around 9:00. Being a late sleeper, I usually did not get to the formal restaurant, but the two times I did eat there the bacon and eggs were cold and not worth the effort. Free drinking water is not served at dinner, you have to pay for it. Ice cream is charged at Euro 1.50 per scoop. I thought that was a bit stingy on the side of Costa. On our NCL cruise earlier this year self help soft serve ice cream was freely available at the pool area from mid morning to late afternoon. The internet is expensive, slow and unreliable. I used the internet early in the cruise but had difficulty to log off ("unable to connect" appeared on the screen). I immediately went to the help desk to report it and found I was logged on for another six minutes after I tried to log off. I requested a refund, they "investigated" and "found" I had used the internet for the entire period and they would not refund. I did not make a fuss about it because it only cost an extra Euro 1.50, but after this incident I did my internet connections at internet cafes and coffee shops in the port cities. Despite the small hick ups we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have just returned from our Med cruise on board the Costa Diadema. We have previously sailed with Cunard, NCL, Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Overall, we enjoyed our first cruise with Costa. The Diadema is a large ship and it took ... Read More
We have just returned from our Med cruise on board the Costa Diadema. We have previously sailed with Cunard, NCL, Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Overall, we enjoyed our first cruise with Costa. The Diadema is a large ship and it took us most of the holiday to find our way around. We were very impressed with the cleanliness of the ship, one of the cleanest ships we have sailed on both inside and out. Obviously, as an Italian ship, it was very stylish and we were impressed with all the public areas. The majority of passengers on board were either Italian or Spanish. As English passengers, we were in the minority but this didn't trouble us really. Our restaurant waitress, Jane was fantastic and was very attentive at all times. Despite being rushed off her feet serving other tables. However, we found some of the other staff not quite so helpful. Guest relations particularly. The food on board was somewhat of a mixture. The lunchtime and evening meals were excellent. This being an Italian ship, the breakfast choice was largely continental. We found that the cooked breakfast was only available in the restaurant. Some of our cooked breakfasts were served not very hot and had to be returned. In addition, it was quite a challenge to get boiling water for a decent cup of tea. Unlike some other cruise lines we have previously sailed with, Costa charge for room service which we found disappointing. One of the main issues we had was the apparent lack of any dress code during the evenings. We noticed that other passengers in the restaurant and public areas were wearing jeans, t shirts, baseball caps and trainers. Personally, I think that Costa should be stricter regarding the dress code in future. Being a family friendly ship, most of the public areas were very lively. It would have been nice if there had been a quiet bar to retire to in the evenings, just for the adults. Gratuities are mandatory with Costa, which we personally disagreed with. In the past, we have chosen to pay however much we could afford. The drinks package we had was good value and I would recommend purchasing a package before embarkation. In summary, our cruise on board Costa Diadema was generally very enjoyable.It was certainly not the best cruise we have ever been on, but we would sail with Costa again in the future. I would certainly not recommend it however, if you're looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday, as this is a ship that is aimed more towards families. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Costa Diadema Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 4.0 3.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.4
Public Rooms 4.0 3.7
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.3
Family 4.0 3.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.0
Enrichment 2.0 2.9
Service 4.0 3.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.1
Rates 3.0 N/A

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