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12 Costa Fascinosa Transatlantic Cruise Reviews

We are from the UK and after previous cruises on Princess Royal Carribean NCL Carnival we were worried about the sailing we had booked on the Costa Facinosa from previous reviews we had read we got a great deal for £399 each in an ... Read More
We are from the UK and after previous cruises on Princess Royal Carribean NCL Carnival we were worried about the sailing we had booked on the Costa Facinosa from previous reviews we had read we got a great deal for £399 each in an inside cabin for the South America Transatlantic cruise back to Europe . We had no need to worry at all the ship was one of the best we have sailed on she is pure elegance and the inside cabin was the largest we had stayed in and the bathroom was huge with a large shower .Plenty of storage space in both and the bed was so comfortable. The ship was spotless and the elegant quality of the furnishings and lighting truly amazed us. The crossing was so smooth and we had hot sunny weather most of the way. After reading previous reviews that no one spoke English this was a complete load of rubbish. All staff spoke English the daily update was printed in English and the Captain gave updates in English too. After reading reviews there was nothing to do during the day again a load of rubbish there was something to do from 10:00 to 18:00 every day. We joined in pool games quiz afternoons dance lessons art and craft lesson all with English speaking staff and there were many more activities to choose from. The food and quality was some of the best we had eaten on any ship the quality of the Italian hams cheeses bread pizza meats soups salads etc etc were of a really good standard. Every evening we had a different five course evening meal in the restaurant on Deck 3 and during Gala Nights the meal was also excellent.Lots of people did wear elegant outfits for the Gala Nights. We enjoyed the shows on an evening so much variety acrobats dancers opera singers magician illusionist and many more . We would highly recommend the ship and really enjoyed the South America Transatlantic crossing we had so much value for money and would not hesitate to book another cruise with Costa . Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I chose this cruise because I thought Brazil would be exciting. It was until we got to the Fasinosa. Then everything went wrong. There are too many people for the common areas and too few staff to control them. The rules are good but no ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I thought Brazil would be exciting. It was until we got to the Fasinosa. Then everything went wrong. There are too many people for the common areas and too few staff to control them. The rules are good but no one to carry them out. Therefore there are children running riot in the theatre at night and in the restaurants at mealtimes. The hygiene rules are not carried out. Toilets are blocked and overflowing quite often. The food is mediocre, the staff are rude and the waiters untrained. Not to have water on the table at dinner is terrible and saving nothing as hundreds of people are walking about with glasses of water and of course spilling it on carpets and floors which is causing people to slip. There were two people with broken arms. Hundreds of passengers were complaining at the desk, but I guess nothing will be done as it seems this has been your policy for at least three years. I do not appreciate being herded like a holiday camp atmosphere. The music is too loud and once again people were complaining about this. We enjoyed the shows very much and appreciate it must be difficult to entertain so many nationalities. The ship is geared to Italian and Brazilian people. It should not be advertised for British people. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
A wonderful holiday,on the most beautiful ship I have travelled on.Immaculate and spotlessly clean,art works and sculptures to admire,and clever design.Our cabin was an ordinary outside,but so spacious and well equiped,and great cabin ... Read More
A wonderful holiday,on the most beautiful ship I have travelled on.Immaculate and spotlessly clean,art works and sculptures to admire,and clever design.Our cabin was an ordinary outside,but so spacious and well equiped,and great cabin steward. Dining in the buffets,very good ,lots of choices,restaurants excellent,to be born in mind the number of people includind crew,to be catered for,I really can't imagine the skill neccessary in the galleys. Entertainment crew were amazing,keeping up that energy all day and evening,crossing the equator,never to be forgotten,what fun.Impressive theatre,good variety of shows. As a group of 8 people,we did our own thing ashore,using taxis,we enjoyed Brazil,Buzious,the smallest,was the most interesting and attractive. All the crew were very polite and friendly,happy to chat,though of course we were aware this was an Italian ship,and most passengers were Italian,we were very well looked after,and provision made for British passengers. So take no notice of people who only take time to complain,a holiday is how you make it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have done 5 cruises with Costa this was the worst.food was bland no water at table the waitress was the best thing about it.the cabin was very noisy as we were at the front asked to change but said ship was full so several days ... Read More
We have done 5 cruises with Costa this was the worst.food was bland no water at table the waitress was the best thing about it.the cabin was very noisy as we were at the front asked to change but said ship was full so several days didn't get much sleep.cabin was kept clean but the cabin boy was not very helpful.days at sea were boring as not much entertainment put on.there were only 50 or so English so maybe that didn't help.entertainment was not up to much maybe the language was at fault.think we have had better cruises with Costa feel we shall look to other cruise lines.staff were very unhelpful only the reception were helpful.nobody dressed up much at night formal night was a no no.we also don't like paying the 11.50 euros a night would rather reward the helpful ones as not many staff deserved it.the intinerary was good that was why we choose it not again Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We booked this cruise because of its destinations and reasonable price. Having been on Costa before on several occasions, we were aware of the potential problem with few english speaking passengers but this did not detract from our ... Read More
We booked this cruise because of its destinations and reasonable price. Having been on Costa before on several occasions, we were aware of the potential problem with few english speaking passengers but this did not detract from our enjoyment. We travelled as a group of 8 younger pensioners into dancing and activities, all of which were excellent. Even the six days at sea from Tenerife to Buzios in Brazil were busy, dance classes, Stretch classes and the entertainment team were excellent. The decor of the entire ship was top class and the cabin, [an outside one for the first time] was well worth the extra. The buffet area was often a bit too hectic for us and we ate in the restaurant on most occasions. The food was certainly not as described by some reviewers and the menu changed constantly. We were more than happy with the quality and the service. We found that the shore excursions were way overpriced as is every cruise ship we have ever been on. Being fairly resourceful people, we just get outside the docking area and find a mini bus or similar and negotiate with the driver a price for where we wish to go. Invariably, the price is around one third of the book on board price. All in all an excellent cruise at a good price which is apparently going in reverse in March/April. Look for a deal!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We have recently returned from a transatlantic Cruise on the Costa Fascinosa and completely disagree with the 2 previous reviews. What do people expect for approx £20 per night full board ( that is all it cost when taking off the air ... Read More
We have recently returned from a transatlantic Cruise on the Costa Fascinosa and completely disagree with the 2 previous reviews. What do people expect for approx £20 per night full board ( that is all it cost when taking off the air fares and transfers). We don't go on a cruise to sit in the cabin to watch television so the lack of English channels was not a problem, the staff on the ship were pleasant and helpful and it was also nice to meet so many nice people from other countries( I am ashamed to say the only people we heard moaning were British) OK the entertainment was not as good as on P&O, Fred Olsen or Thomsons but they are not catering soley for the British guests, there was a least 7 different nationalities so entertainment had to suit all tastes. They did several quizes every day in different languages. One of the best shows I have seen on any cruise line was the Brazilian Three Tenors. so come on you moaners if you don't like Italian food or Italians why pick an Italian cruise line.. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We have cruised many times before with various companies,including once Costa.We said we would never cruise with Costa again but we were attracted by the intinery so decided to give it another try.What a mistake!! So never again!!!! First ... Read More
We have cruised many times before with various companies,including once Costa.We said we would never cruise with Costa again but we were attracted by the intinery so decided to give it another try.What a mistake!! So never again!!!! First impressions were of a beautiful ship which it was to a certain extent,unfortunately some areas were badly planned. The seating in the theatre downstairs was all on one level instead of tiered so unless you were in the first few rows you couldn`t see the stage,upstairs in the balcony the hand rails were positioned so they obstructed the view of the stage. In the buffet the serveries were well positioned but the seating meant that at busy times the it was difficult to pass between the tables.Also once seated it was difficult to get out without disturbing other diners. The choice of food was unimaginate and monotonous in the buffet and tasted even worse than it looked. The evening meal in the dining room was no better-the choice was poor and the quality was not good.Our service was very slow and the food often cold.We complained to the matre`d and for a couple of days the service improved but soon it was back to how it had been.Some of the meals ordered from the menu were unrecognisable when presented at the table! The organisation was chaotic and as a result there were many angry confrontations. On the plus side the ship was kept very clean and our cabin was kept immaculate by our girl.  We had an inside cabin which was perfectly adequate.There was plenty of cupboard and drawer space for the two of us and the toilet and shower room was fine.The large bed was very comfortable,in fact it was probably the best thing about the ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
The only thing I will agree with about the previous 2 reviews is the 11 dollars per day service charge, it should be up to the individual to tip as they see fit, apart from that I think their reviews very unfair. The cruise itself taking ... Read More
The only thing I will agree with about the previous 2 reviews is the 11 dollars per day service charge, it should be up to the individual to tip as they see fit, apart from that I think their reviews very unfair. The cruise itself taking of the airfare and transfers worked out about 20 pppd full board and the use of the facilities of a beautiful ship. The staff were very polite and obliging and the food, there was a good choice and you never went hungry and it was warm food not piping hot. I do not go on a cruise to sit in my cabin and watch TV so the lack of English channels didn't bother me.We met some very nice people from various countries and if you took the trouble to communicate they were very nice, the only people we found moaning were the Brits. As for the entertainment they are catering for at least 7 nationalities therfore you can't expect it to be like Fred Olsen, Thompsons or P&O. Although I must say one of the best acts I have seen on any cruise was on this cruise The Three Brazilizn Tenors. I have been on 13 cruises and this was the best value for money I have had, so if you don't like Italian food or Italian people why book on an Italian ship! Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, we wanted a taste of Brazil and the time of year suited us, as our main holiday is now usually taken during the northern European winter. I booked all the elements separately because I used the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, we wanted a taste of Brazil and the time of year suited us, as our main holiday is now usually taken during the northern European winter. I booked all the elements separately because I used the opportunity to use some frequent flyer miles for the flight. This was our first cruise with Costa. Sailing from Santos to Rio de Janeiro (overnight), Salvador Bahia, Maceio, Recife, Tenerife, Madeira, Malaga, Palermo, Corfu, Dubrovnik and Venice. For what Costa classified as a Premium Balcony I paid 650 UK Pounds each, to this I added the All Inclusive Drinks package. There is also a compulsory Service Charge of 11US$ pppd. We found the drinks package is worthwhile if you have several drinks of alcohol a day, plus soft drinks, water and coffee. It also includes the 15% service charge that you would pay if buying individual drinks or cocktails. The cocktails are passable but not brilliant as we have had much better on other cruises. For anyone flying into Sao Paulo Guaranlos airport and wanting to travel onward to Santos there is an hourly coach service from outside the Terminal. It takes approximately two hours depending on the traffic. The fare is 25 Brazilian Reals pp. The bus travels directly to Santos Bus Station in the Old Town and there is a Tourist Office about 50 metres from the stop. The lady spoke excellent English, supplied maps/ literature and suggested things to do and how to use the local buses. An official taxi rank is beside the Tourist Office, she advised to only use the regulated cabs with a green stripe down the side. On the beach promenade at Santos there is also an old Tram which is actually a Tourist office. The staff was really helpful with lots of ideas for the visitor and great knowledge of the local public bus network. Santos is nice city but does not have numerous hotels, we choose the Mercure, which is a decent central hotel overlooking the beach. The staff spoke English which proved very helpful. It had a rooftop pool and did a reasonable breakfast. It is directly in front of the Ibis Hotel which also looks modern and well kept. Locally it is surrounded by beachfront bars, cafes and restaurants. The local beer, Brahma, is served ice cold and is very cheap. In Brazil terms Santos is relatively safe. Just do not flaunt expensive jewellery or cameras etc. Tip: Unless you have some knowledge of Portuguese, invest in a cheap phrasebook or at least make a list of everyday food items, eg: frango = chicken. The majority of Brazilians do not speak English. The Old Town is about 15 minutes bus ride from the beach and a tourist Tram does a circuit of the Old Town and costs 5BR, it is worth the ride as it lets you get familiar with the other attractions in the Old Town area. The commentary is in Portuguese. A harbour cruise for a couple of hours is also worth a bus trip of about 10 minutes and departs from the old harbour area. The Fascinosa is a large ship that carries around 3000 passengers, but I must admit that although the ship was almost full, the only time I felt crowded was when disembarking at some ports. There were always lots of sun loungers and plenty of deck space. There was always plenty of space in the public rooms. Around the central pool area can get quite busy, because of the activities some people like to make it their base, but it did not affect us as it was an area we did not frequent very often. The bars, lounges, etc. are spacious and the décor would not go amiss in Las Vegas or even Blackpool. The Bars got very busy at the end of first sitting dinner and the start of second and getting service could be very frustrating at times. Tip. The crew are mostly from SE Asia and India, just remember they have just spent four months cruising out of Brazil where English is not widely spoken, thus they did not have great interaction with passengers. The crew however all speak English and if you give them a bit of your time you will find that they are delighted to engage with a bit of conversation. Ports. The two days in Rio can be very enjoyable with enough time for a good run around, but can be tiring. Do not miss the arrival into Rio harbour it is well worth getting up for. The ship berths close to the city, about a ten minute walk to the Business District where you can catch buses and the Metro to Sugar Loaf, Christ the Redeemer, Ipanema and Cococabana Beaches. There are Tourist Reps in the terminal with maps, which will also mark the maps of where to catch buses and the route numbers etc. The buses are fast and very frequent, have change to pay on entry, plus hold on tight, they do not hang around. We divided our stay by Sugar Loaf and Ipanema, morning and afternoon with lunch at the beach on day one, Christ the Redeemer, Cococabana on day two. There is a very large outdoor market about 15 minutes’ walk from the ship just off the business district and worth a visit. If it all becomes too much jump a cab, but for us public transport provides a real feel for the place and is not too difficult. The busiest times at Sugar Loaf and The Redeemer are around 9 to 11 when the tour buses descend. Salvador Bahia, Brazils first Capital and a world heritage site. It was also the centre of the slave trade in Brazil. The ship berths at a terminal next to Avenue France and it takes less than 10 minutes to walk to the old funicular railway that takes you to the old city, a little further along you will find the new elevators that will also take you up. This area provides you a clear picture and feel for the early Portuguese settlement. It is a very pleasant with lots of colourful buildings and very old churches, virtually all is pedestrianised. Some nice cafes and bars to rest awhile when soaking up the sun. There are lots of Police around which again provides a certain comfort for those that get nervous. Maceio is a modern clean beach resort with the usual bar and beach shopping opportunities, the ship berths a bit of a distance from the centre, about 10 -15 minutes by the shuttle bus. It is walkable but is a longish boring walk through the port area. The beach promenade / boardwalk is modern clean and stretches a couple of miles along a nice clean sandy beach. This is a time to enjoy the beach or just stroll the prom. The place is safe to walk around. Recife, this is a place to be vigilant. Don’t panic we walked around most of the day with nothing untoward, just taking the usual precautions, no jewellery, handbags, loose cameras, i-phones etc. I became aware later that several passengers had stuff stolen, it was not confrontational, they just snatch and run. The ship terminal is again reasonably close to the centre, the tourist office staff are at the terminal with maps and lots of advice and info. It is a straightforward walk to the center 15-20 minutes. The centre can on first look to be quite shabby but there are many fine old buildings and churches and several large squares. Clothing shops abound and the people are friendly. There is also a large and busy fresh goods market which is worth a look. Olinda is nearby and apparently more worthy of a visit. We missed this by not reading the guide in advance of our stay. Other passengers went there, by taxi or bus, and rated it highly. Tenerife, Madeira, Malaga, Palermo, Corfu, Dubrovnik and Venice all European cities that are on the whole safe clean and easy to get around. The only place we used the shuttle bus was Dubrovnik, although there were lots of Taxis available in each of these ports. In Malaga a little tourist train runs from the terminal to the centre at 3 euros. I liked Malaga it is a real nice city to stroll around. Palermo is large place and a map is a must but lots to see. There is the big red double decker Sightseeing hop on hop off bus which may be worth considering. It can be booked online with a discount. We stumbled upon the Church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio by accident. It was a wow, and outshone the Cathedral. Back to the ship. Fascinosa is incredibly clean and well maintained. The entertainment is very much geared to the South American market as they made up the bulk of the passengers aboard for the voyage to Europe. Shows, Musicians, novelty acts etc, and maybe different to what US and most European passengers usually get on cruise ships. There is a lot of live Latin music and a lot of dancing - they really take their dancing seriously and are very good at it. I have never been on a ship where so many people danced so well and it was a pleasure to watch them. The ship itself is very steady even in very rough seas. We had an Argentinian music / singing trio who were exceptionally good. The food, overall we found to be a bit mundane and not of great quality, you will not starve but neither will you be blown away. Simple things like a poor selection of cereals at breakfast and an abysmal selection of fresh fruits. Three toasters for a buffet serving a couple of thousand people. For an Italian ship, and we are fans of Italian food, the pastas and pizzas etc were nothing to write home about, almost downright boring. Even the grill that served burgers, sausages etc on the pool deck were of cheap quality. Essentially, the food could best be described as cheap ingredients poorly put together. The buffet restaurant was at times very crowded and the food was sometimes cold or overcooked. The Big Questions. Did we enjoy it and the answer is yes, it was a simple and easy way of having a brief look at Brazil. Is it good value for money, again yes, you would have a job putting together a 21 night holiday and visiting the places that we did for the kind of money that was spent. Lastly, would we do it again, probably not. Would we use Costa again, probably not, unless there was an itinerary that we really wanted to do and at the right price. Finally disembarkation, this could reasonably be described as chaotic. After waiting almost an hour beyond our allotted disembark time, we could stand it no longer and just walked off the ship. Brazil suffers from a high crime rate, but do not let this stop you, just remember the basic rules and think about staying safe.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
If you are considering a cruise please please do not choose Costa ,I have just returned from the worst cruise ever on the Fascinosa...English speaking nations are just ignored...Its a waste of time complaining ,it goes in one ear and out ... Read More
If you are considering a cruise please please do not choose Costa ,I have just returned from the worst cruise ever on the Fascinosa...English speaking nations are just ignored...Its a waste of time complaining ,it goes in one ear and out of the other...The food was fine ,so was the cabin staff and the waiters in the dining room but that was it ..The Shop staff were rude and did not want to know,two TV channels both News Channels for the English speaking yet the Italians had 29 channels...We complained 4 times but nothing was done about it..The entertain was naff very amateurish,most night it was the cruise staff that had'nt got a clue.We took the drinks package which was well worth it,3 drinks and you had you money back.The Service charge of 11 dollars per day which is compulsory is a joke...We spoke to a number of staff and asked if they got any of this money and everyone of them said ,NO they never see a penny...Does Costa cream this off!!!!I received my final bill ,was disgusted to find I had been charged 1.50 dollars service charged when I purchased 2 packets of cigarettes from the bar .I had already paid the 11 dollars per day service charge..My final bill came to 269.50 Dollars but they rounded it up to 270 dollars,whilst it may only be 50cent ,if only half of the cruises on board had their bill rounded,what a nice little earner for Costa [3,800 on board]70 dollars not bad for nothing..Never would i recommend Costa to anybody ,and reading the reviews so many people feel the same .STEER CLEAR OF THIS COMPANY Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
I agree with the majority of comments about this cruise. We found the ship a beautiful clean ship but that is the only good thing about this cruise. Why are our travel agents selling these cruises for English speaking guests when Costa ... Read More
I agree with the majority of comments about this cruise. We found the ship a beautiful clean ship but that is the only good thing about this cruise. Why are our travel agents selling these cruises for English speaking guests when Costa only want the English on board for their money and are not prepared to cater for them. The food was awful, limited choice and nearly always served cold or luke warm. The breakfast and lunch were also served on Deck 3 dining room as well as the buffet on deck 9. However because I am Coeliac (gluten free) I was not allowed to eat in the buffet (no food was available for me). I was served in a small section on Deck 3 by Sherwin the only waiter who seemed to know anything about gluten free food. We were served well by Sherwin although the choice was very limited. I had the same dessert for 20 days although they called it by different names, it was still the same cake. They only gave out the announcement for lunch being served in the deck 3 dining room in Italian so rarely English people went there. Our waiter hardly spoke English on our evening table and we spent half an hour sitting waiting for him to bring our menu. I tried the stretch class (I am a teacher myself) but the instructor was Brazilian and spoke no English which I found really difficult to follow. As everyone has said we might as well not have been there. As for the $11 per person per day - what a rip off. We had already paid the fare that Costa required but to get on board and find there was an $11 per day hotel service charge added to your on board account a total shock. This was not to cover gratuities but an increase in the cost of the cruise. A large group of English speaking guests finally rebelled having all complained so many times and not getting anywhere. The staff were all stony faced when confronted but I can now see that from all these bad comments that they are obviously used to people complaining. If you want to have a happy relaxed cruise with good food DO NOT CHOOSE COSTA. This is on behalf of the 5 people in our group who all share these comments. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
the destination were very nice, however Costa is not one of my favorite cruise lines. As a previous cruiser I have taken cruises from different cruise line, and Costa is actually the one I like the least. I thought Carnival was bad but it ... Read More
the destination were very nice, however Costa is not one of my favorite cruise lines. As a previous cruiser I have taken cruises from different cruise line, and Costa is actually the one I like the least. I thought Carnival was bad but it doesn't compared to Costa, overall the food was not that great, they force you to go to the dinner at the restaurant which the food there weren't many variety. Being Italian I thought the pizza would be tasty, but it was just bread with bad tomato sauce. For Room Service you have to pay for it. also for the basketball court, ping pong, and miniature golf, basically all the facilities you have to pay. The entrainment was ok if you were Brazilian, the team were more tailor for Brazilians they were constantly speaking Portuguese, sometime they tried to speak in English but they were more shy to speak English. They also were not so interested in other guess that didn't speak Portuguese, this was disappointed. the dancing team were nice, cheerful. The cabin steward was nice, he was very friendly. The style of the cruise wasn't my cup of tea, I thought it was ugly. the Gym was full all the time! I didn't like the many language announcement, I thought it was a bit irritated. I am not sure if is true but I don't think costa leave you if you are not on time. they keep your passport, I didn't dare to try but if this is the case then it will be bad! Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
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