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2 Costa Istanbul Cruise Reviews

I don't think a lot of people with positive feedback do the reviews, you only see the negative ones. We where a group of 8 people ages 35 to 47 from South Africa (yes we where the noisy bunch), Booked from Istanbul to Venice. ... Read More
I don't think a lot of people with positive feedback do the reviews, you only see the negative ones. We where a group of 8 people ages 35 to 47 from South Africa (yes we where the noisy bunch), Booked from Istanbul to Venice. Costa change itinerary from Istanbul to Venice, they booked our plane tickets and transferred us on there cost and gave each of us a $150 credit towards our on board purchased. Do opt for the drinks package because a beer or 2 , glass of wine and a coffee wil be more than the drinks package cost per day. The food in the buffet was good and the we had most our meals there. The couple of times we did the formal restaurant, it was good, just remember to feed 700+ people in the first sitting does take time so opt for the later sitting, but then you miss out on the entertainment. Most guest where Europeans so language was sometimes a problem but we always managed to find out what we needed to know. TV in English only on news channel, but you are not there to stay in you cabin, go for i swim or explore the places you visit, entertainment on board was more than enough. Bar staff was friendly and helpful. Swimming pools where cleaned every night. Cabins where clean and although not very big, more than adequate. Staff was friendly and very helpful. Excursions organized by Costa are expensive, but if you are capable use local transport at fraction of the cost. for eg in Dubrovnic a cab for 8 to old city cost 15 Euro there and another 15 Euro back, but from Costa it wlll cost 11 Euro per person. Food and wine bought on places you visit does get taken away, but they deliver it to your cabin the night before departure. Negatives: Europeans are rude and will push you out of the way in the food lines, but then again, you are on holiday, have that extra glass of wine or 2 and wait for the rush to be over. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
A new Ship, beautiful! The rooms are big enough and most facilities needed are available, clean and neat. Definetely buy the Boys and Girls Softdrink package that they have, you save a bit with this. Everything worth doing on the ship is ... Read More
A new Ship, beautiful! The rooms are big enough and most facilities needed are available, clean and neat. Definetely buy the Boys and Girls Softdrink package that they have, you save a bit with this. Everything worth doing on the ship is however charged for...Grand Prix and Golf Simulator, use of Spa Steam rooms, 4D Movies etc. Our waiter and our room attendant was stunning, the chefs/cooks and receptionist could learn somethng from them, they were quite rude when asking for something, like "how dare you ask attitude" (Had to ask for butter to be refilled or teaspoons at the coffee stations) Our safe did not work and when you phone the number they tell you to, no one answers, so we left it after reception just told us to keep on trying. Food was good, but average, their coffee sucks. It is in fact an italian ship, but expected more staff to be able to speak and understand english as they had Guests from all over the world, all their onboard entertainers and shows are also not in english, so not so enjoyable and could not really join in on some of them. Furthermore we enjoyed the trip and ports, their daily program is well organized and planned with lots of info. I would however say, unless you get a Costa cruise at a very good price, choose another cruise company.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
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