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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Wow where do I start?? 7 family and friends first time cruisers. Flew into Venice and transferred to the amazing ship on the pre arranged bus..painless security and embarkation and a really friendly welcome to the ship from the great ... Read More
Wow where do I start?? 7 family and friends first time cruisers. Flew into Venice and transferred to the amazing ship on the pre arranged bus..painless security and embarkation and a really friendly welcome to the ship from the great staff. Luggage handled by Costa and placed outside our cabins...obtained a costa card that would become our best friend for the next week...it goes everywhere with you..no getting on or off the ship without it or drinks from the bar. Having read numerous reviews was a little worried about the cabin size but no worries at all...premium balcony cabin had a queen size bed ,table and sofa,three single wardrobes with hangers (but did take some of my own hangers) set of storage shelves with the safe in and cupboards under a surface with a mirror above and hairdryer...a full length mirror was on the inside of the wardrobe door. Plenty of shelves in the bathroom and great power in the shower and plenty of hot water..dispenser of shower gel in the shower. The cabins were cleaned daily... you had a choice of morning or afternoon cleaning..lovely hard working professional Frankie looked after us well. There were 2chairs and a table on the balcony ideal for a quiet afternoon with a book and watch the scene changing in front of you The food...oh the food! Again after mixed reviews was a little worried but again no need to be! Hot and cold choices for breakfast...seated in the restaurant or at the buffet all hot if needed to be or cold if needed to be...lunch...3 courses seated in the restaurant or tremendous choice in the buffet meat fish and vegetarian and accompaniments at each sitting....afternoon tea...focaccia sandwiches or filled cobs always along with cake and fresh fruit..and of course tea or coffee dinner was an amazing 4 course affair seated at our own table each night...with differing dress codes which you found out on the daily diary sent to your room We had purchased a drinks package with meals and were very glad we did...I would purchase an all drinks next time...the only minus point was the seating at lunch if you wanted the buffet it was a scramble to get a seat. The entertainment was great..shows each night and days were packed with things to do if you wanted.Being an Italian ship and many different nationalities made listening to all the introductions in all the languages a bit monotonous We went on 3 costa excursions which were well organised and for first timers we felt safe. The tuk tuks in Dubrovnik were amazing with very informative guides...there were chances to do your own thing too Looking already at booking the next one...if you're looking to book...do! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
We chosen this Cruise because it was an opportunity to know dfferent places like Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallin, Riga, Port of Kleipeda and Gdingen and Gdansk finally back to Kiel. The trip was great, the Staff amazing polited ... Read More
We chosen this Cruise because it was an opportunity to know dfferent places like Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallin, Riga, Port of Kleipeda and Gdingen and Gdansk finally back to Kiel. The trip was great, the Staff amazing polited and helpful. The cabin was very clean, several times a day it was checked. The food floor, nineth floor was very clean and offered several meals and the quality was very good. The special restaurant was very goo also. We only did the Ship Excursion in St Petersburg and it was very well organized and well done! The great setback is the internet connection. It would be better and more correct to say there was NO INTERNET ON BOARD. Either you have a twenty fours hours package for five euros a day, which does NOT WORK PROPERLY. Or you have choices of packages of 250 MEGABYTES or 500MEGABYTES or 3 GIGABYTES. Prices hanging from 32, 47 or 109 EUROS per package. BUT then comes the BIG catch , which you find out later written in very small letter at the botton of the page ...remember to disconnect by typing logout... What happens if you do not do so, there is a stopwatch measuring your use and then your package is gone almost without using it. An absurdity, it seems done with really bad faith!!!!!! Who after each use of your phone, whatsapp, or anything similar connect and disconnect every time. PLEASE Sirs, either you do not offer this lousy type of internet connection OR offer a reasonable one which might be used in your favor to send family and friends how we are enjoying the Cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
I chose this cruise because it had the right mix of fjords, northern ports, and international feel. I did not want to be on a cruise with a whole bunch of Americans, so instead chose a cruise with a whole bunch of Italians. This made a ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it had the right mix of fjords, northern ports, and international feel. I did not want to be on a cruise with a whole bunch of Americans, so instead chose a cruise with a whole bunch of Italians. This made a big difference in appeal and also in quality. Overall the cruise was fine and I am glad we did it. However there are a lot of issues at a corporate level I think they need to address. Not the least of which is providing more information about the cruise and also about the excursions. There was simply not enough information in English about what happened on the cruise. there were no packing lists, no weekly overviews to tell when 'gala nights' happened or what clothing you might need in order to be appropriate for the them (white night, mask night, etc). On excursions, they need to seriously address the time element. Two excursions we were on stressed us about making it back to the ship in time. The Kayaking adventure was nice, but hurried and we did over 4 miles of kayaking in less than three hours -- and with no current, that was quite a workout. The lighthouse excursion allowed us only 90 minutes at the lighthouse, way to little time. This is just one example of how Costa corporate fails the people on the cruise. The crew we interacted with were excellent -- the waiters in the restaurant and our cabin attendant were superb. The officers and the senior leaders were standoffish and arrogant when asked questions. In addition, the bar tenders were particularly rude. The food was above average, although the buffets were often very stressful due to the different social conventions across the ship. Some European cultures have a tough time standing in line and waiting their turn -- something you have to get used to. Anyway, the entertainment was fine and the ship was immaculately clean. I would go with Costa again, but only after asking a LOT of questions. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
Crew and staff are very nice and all the Port excursions are well organised in different languages. Food is very good , especially Italian food, Entertainment is awesome during the cruise. Cabin comfort is good although it was an ... Read More
Crew and staff are very nice and all the Port excursions are well organised in different languages. Food is very good , especially Italian food, Entertainment is awesome during the cruise. Cabin comfort is good although it was an inside cabin, next time it will be one with a balcony. Overall the cruise exceed my expectation. Looking forward for the next one in the Mediterranean next year. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise because of port of embarkation convenience and itinerary. Also had cruised before with Costa, and had an overall great experience. The embarkation procedure was not very smooth, but forgivable because it was not ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of port of embarkation convenience and itinerary. Also had cruised before with Costa, and had an overall great experience. The embarkation procedure was not very smooth, but forgivable because it was not the main embarkation port (cruise normally starts at Venice, we embarked in Katakolon). The ship was adequate, with all the usual amenities, fairly good condition. The cabin was on the small-ish side but understandable since it was an inside cabin at the lower deck. The cabin attendant was polite, but seemed overwhelmed with the number of cabins he had to attend to (reduction in staff?). Also we were charged minibar usage we never made. The amount was returned after complaining about it. Additionally, there may or may not be a situation with the blue towels (pool towels): twice the cabin attendant gave us back fewer than the initial number (there is a plaque when you arrive that states any missing towels will incur a 20 euro fine). I would like to believe it was an honest mistake. The dining was the highlight of the cruise, as the food was consistently good and well presented. However, we were assigned to just one waiter (as it seemed to be the normal in this cruise) who was not overly friendly. Also very bad decision not to include water with the restaurant meals (you have to actually buy it). The buffet restaurants (which we used fewer times) had also good quality food, but it seemed that the quantity was very tightly controlled. The main entertainment (theater/shows) was a hit-or-miss affair. The highlight was the "Voice of the sea" final. The singing/dancing troupe was adequate, and probably better than the remaining one-man-shows. Also one of the shows was repeated on two separate days in a 7-night cruise. The various activities however, where probably geared toward either humiliating a guest for the enjoyment of the other guests, or bluntly advertising a for-pay on board service available. The service in the bars was generally good, however the best (in our opinion) venue which is the gelateria on deck 3 was not adequate (too many customers for the assigned waitstaff). The itinerary was changed just before we embarked to visit Argostoli instead of Mykonos (not a big deal for us, but I can imagine the disappointment for someone having traveled from afar just for this visit). The visits and excursions were generally good, however very brief in some cases (Trieste is 4 hours at best). The excursions were very expensive for what they were offering (the exception being the visit of the caves of Postojna which was excellent). Case in point: the offered shuttle to take you from the cruise terminal in Corfu to the old town, is 10 euro per person. A taxi for the same distance (up to 4-5 people) is just 5 euro total. We traveled with our two children (pre-school age) who probably enjoyed it more than us adults. Costa seems to have taken the wrong approach, compared with their past. It used to be great value, great food, but now it seems that they are trying to compete on price on the initial ticket, and then attempt to monetize the rest after you board. The cost cutting is also obvious: no more free pizza, no more free ice cream, no more free water (outside the buffet restaurant), obvious reduction in staff (dining and cabin). Also the decision to automatically deduct the tips every day (instead of asking for it at the end) has probably an averse effect on the behavior of the crew in general - they are definitely trying, but honestly they are not really compelled to. I would probably try with a different Carnival brand, but overall our experience with Royal Caribbean was better. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This cruise was chosen by Altius Insurance Cyprus (my husband work in this company) as a reward. It was my first cruise, but definitely I will do it again!!! The ship was so clean, nice odor, you could smell the cleaning odors ... Read More
This cruise was chosen by Altius Insurance Cyprus (my husband work in this company) as a reward. It was my first cruise, but definitely I will do it again!!! The ship was so clean, nice odor, you could smell the cleaning odors everywhere. We had cabin 6109. The service was amazing. The man that was cleaning our cabin was so polite. The dining on the second deck was amazing. I was wondering how they could serve so tasty food to thousand people "a la carte". The waiters were amazing...so polite! What impressed me the most was the guy and the team in charge with the entertainment!! I remember his name! Louis...was everywhere...dancing...singing... presenting...amazing humor and energy! But what amazed me the most was the assistant bar manager: Pantelis Zoografos! What a personality! I am a marketer and maybe I evaluate different than other people but his eyes were everywhere, ready to offer his services, to say a joke or to say something nice! Make me wonder if this man was born for this job or maybe the job was invented for him!!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This was our first cruise experience.. and we are already planning for our second time, so i can say it was nice, defintely! I loved the ship and the itinerary, quite less the dining: the buffet was too crowded and quite often with poor ... Read More
This was our first cruise experience.. and we are already planning for our second time, so i can say it was nice, defintely! I loved the ship and the itinerary, quite less the dining: the buffet was too crowded and quite often with poor quality. Room service was very good and frequent but bar service was not as good: waiters seems to avoid looking at you when they are even partialy busy, and it's not a nice sensation. Pool are also too small and crowded and so i never used them I loved samsara spa very much, even if, in my opinion, entrance fee is a quite too expensive (35 €/day/person). Squok (mini) club is very small but the service is fine and my child loved it. Unfortunately, due to rough sea, captain choosed not to land in our main stage: Mykonos... i'm just wondering if any other captain would make the same decision. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 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 have ... 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
18 Helpful Votes
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
I am writing this review because my family felt many differences with other previous cruises. For example, at the Andromeda buffet the opening hours were too limited with periods where you find nothing to eat (only water). In other cruise ... Read More
I am writing this review because my family felt many differences with other previous cruises. For example, at the Andromeda buffet the opening hours were too limited with periods where you find nothing to eat (only water). In other cruise lines you can go to the buffet area to drink a coffee and eat at least pizza or sandwich at any time, making the atmosphere more relaxed and flexible (important if you have children). And when the buffet is open, Andromeda is crowded and is difficult to find a table. In other lines this is not an issue to be stressed on vacations (to stay on schedule and to find a table). There were many teenagers, but some of them playing at the swimming pool (Lido) without care of the elderly or the little kids (jumping and diving), only when they were splashing the cooking show they were stopped by the crew. The Costa Tour staff is very rude, if you ask something they just want to send you out of the ship. All these little things made our experience like you were part of a business chain, and not on vacation. The only places were we felt very nice were the cabin (cabin steward very polite and attentive) and during the dinner at Taurus restaurant. Read Less
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