1. Home
  2. Cruise Lines
  3. Costa Cruises
  4. Costa Cruises Cruise Reviews

44 Costa Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

Last year we cruised the Mediterranean on the MSC Opera- this time we chose the Costa neoRiviera. The ships are similar, although the MSC Opera was lengthened a few years ago. The Costa neoRiviera is leaving the fleet in November and ... Read More
Last year we cruised the Mediterranean on the MSC Opera- this time we chose the Costa neoRiviera. The ships are similar, although the MSC Opera was lengthened a few years ago. The Costa neoRiviera is leaving the fleet in November and will be transferred to their German division, AIDA Cruises, so this review won’t be relevant for much longer. The good points: it was a very affordable cruise in peak season for 11 nights. One of our party was travelling as a single passenger and Costa’s policy (in certain markets) is to only levy a 30% surcharge- this is another reason we chose this trip. Atmosphere: Costa neoRiviera is a smaller intimate ship and is easy to navigate- the only trick to remember was the middle elevators didn’t go past deck 9. The crew were fine and we encountered no constant upselling like on MSC. The only disappointments were a confusing 30 minute life boat drill and crew not always enforcing the pool age restrictions, although considering this voyage was mid August this was often an impossible task. Most of the passengers were Italian, the remainder French, German or Spanish. There were perhaps 20 native English speakers on board so if you were looking to expand your Anglo social circle, this wasn’t the ship for you- English speaking guests are targeted by sister company HAL. Since Costa and MSC are mass market cruise lines, the demographics of your fellow passengers come from a wide social spectrum; therefore, standard Anglo behavioural norms/etiquette are often lacking. Being in the minority, the only solution is to modify your own behaviour: “when in Rome…” Dining/Food: Hurray! After last year’s MSC disgusting culinary experience (straight from the microwave to your plate) and rude Maitre D’ attitude, it was great being on a ship where you could actually eat well and alter dining arrangements without any fuss. Except for one night featuring a brand new celebrity chef menu (resulting in many half consumed meals) which the dining staff observed, the quality and portions were very good in the main dining room and buffets. Cleanliness: The ship was clean (not MSC obsessive compulsive clean) and satisfactory although some open deck areas on level 12 required attention. As the ship is being refurbished soon, perhaps it was decided to wait until then to perform the necessary work. Having said that, there were sufficient deck chairs on board (an MSC Opera problem) and the ship never felt crowded. Entertainment: This is the only area that needs improvement compared to MSC which was exceptional. While the special guest acts were quite entertaining, if the night involved the neoRiviera singers the performances were too repetitive- I think we saw the same prancing/dancing moves a number of times- just in different costumes. There is also a design flaw in the Ravello theatre- rows are tiered, but there are two rows in every tier so the second row can’t see over the first so you need to arrive early to get a seat with a view. Overall verdict: yes we would cruise with Costa again. Our expectations were met and the overall experience far surpassed MSC. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Before going on the cruise I read these reviews and thought to myself how can a big cruise company have a ship that bad? But the ship was great, everything was nice, food wasn’t bad and overall I had a very nice time. The room my family ... Read More
Before going on the cruise I read these reviews and thought to myself how can a big cruise company have a ship that bad? But the ship was great, everything was nice, food wasn’t bad and overall I had a very nice time. The room my family and I took had a balcony which was really nice and big. The cabins weren’t that small and 2 people could and will comfortably live in them. The restaurant on the 2nd and 3rd floor was really good, and so was the pizza restaurant on the 9th floor, but the buffet on the 9th floor was good but not the best. The negatives of the ship were that everything is expensive on the ship and the WiFi was really, really expensive. But literally everything else on the ship was really nice, would recommend for everyone to go on it. If you go with a positive attitude then you will be guaranteed a great time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Price and Itinerary were the reasons picked. I was quite scared after booking after I read the bad reviews about the Victoria and all of Costa's ships. I found the bad reviews not to be true at all. I guess I was on board with ... Read More
Price and Itinerary were the reasons picked. I was quite scared after booking after I read the bad reviews about the Victoria and all of Costa's ships. I found the bad reviews not to be true at all. I guess I was on board with civil travelers. Lots of Italian speaking, but they all seem to be having a great time. Fun atmosphere. Cabin was clean and adequate and always made up. Friendly cabin staff. Food: I preferred the dinning room for breakfast. Good menu and also a self serve buffet and coffee, juice, milk available. Quiet. We were off the ship for lunch, but enjoyed the deserts and sandwiches at tea time from 4-5 pm. We had early seating and having assigned seating made service quick and we liked our waiter. He worked very hard. Food choices were kinda weird for me, but enjoyed trying new things. We did not spurge on the added price options. I was concerned about paying for water, but we had USA water on our card and always offered water with meals. We do not drink, so we did not buy or need a beverage package. But everyone seemed to have plenty to drink. So I would say the food was as good as most cruises I have been on. Entertainment in showroom was good. Happy we only had one sea day, because there was nothing to do on the ship and NO Movies! I missed having movies, even if I had to read subtitles, would have been OK. So I would suggest that you pack a small DVD player and movies in your bag if you have room. Venice port was amazing. Be sure to be up on deck when you leave and see Venice. We also got up early on day we returned and saw Venice at sunrise. Again best view of the city is on top of the cruise ship. All the ports were amazing. Bari/Alberlobelo Italy, Corfu, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Venice!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
As part of my aim to cruise with as many different cruise companies as possible in 2019 it came to the turn of Costa. I will have to say my expectations were low in advance of the cruise, mainly for three reasons. My previous ... Read More
As part of my aim to cruise with as many different cruise companies as possible in 2019 it came to the turn of Costa. I will have to say my expectations were low in advance of the cruise, mainly for three reasons. My previous experience with an Italian based cruise line, MSC, had been appalling. Secondly the cruise was cheap - did that mean I would be getting what I paid for and, thirdly, there have been some very mixed reviews about the ship on here. Embarkation was typical Mediterranean chaos but it was reasonably quick. Registering payment card for onboard spend was easy at the self-service terminals on board. As we were planning to spend most days ashore we opted for a seaview cabin and it was satisfactory with a nice large porthole style window. The cabin was a reasonable size with plenty of space to walk around. Both the bed and pillows were very comfortable and that is praise indeed from me as I'm incredibly difficult to please when it comes to pillows. Initially we only had one pillow each but a quick chat with the cabin steward soon resulted in a couple of extra pillows. The steward was very good, almost OCD when it came to tidying - charging cables left on the desk were always neatly arranged on our return. Paperwork was also neatly stacked etc. and most days the valance across the bed had been arranged in some neat sculpture. The bathroom was good and although very small the shower head was detachable. Water temperature was just about hot enough. There is no night time turn down service but that's more a luxury than necessity. Food fell into two categories. The main dining room was good with five courses available for the main evening meal. Food was hot and of a good standard. Service, on the whole, was good although one night there was a problem with the tablet used for ordering and they had to resort to paper, which slowed things down a bit. The final night of the cruise they played Italian opera with some audience participation - not normally my scene but it was actually good fun. Most days we had breakfast in the main restaurant, although the first morning we diod regret our decision. There are breakfasts from around the world available and we made the mistake of ordering the "full English" The only edible part was the scrambled egg, the rest was inedible as everything else had clearly been deep fried and it was like eating an oil slick. Plus the "bacon" was the appalling streaky variety, cooked to within seconds of cremation. The other days we stuck to the extensive cold buffet which was good with plenty of variety. By contrast the buffet was disappointing. relatively small with limited choice and many items appearing every day, so not a huge amount of variety. Also, in contrast to the main dining room, the food quality was variable. Minute steaks for example were very chewy with a lot of gristle. Buffet opening hours were more limited than other cruise lines. What was exceptionally good was the use of ropes to funnel passengers through the serving areas, greatly reducing the amount of pushing in which can occur. Other cruise lines take note. We had the Pranzo and Cena mealtime drinks package included in our fare but upgraded to the Brindiamo package for €10 a day each. We are not great drinkers by any means but the package also included tea and coffee so it was worth the extra cost. Dress codes are optional. On the "Gala night" probably no more than a dozen men wore dinner jackets. It's a shame but that's the way it is with some cruise lines Three of the four shows in the theatre were from the in-house entertainment team with two lead singers to the fore. The female singer was superbe and the male singer had a good voice as well, however many of the songs he was given to sing were not suited to his voice, which did not do him justice. The other show was an exceptional acrobatic show - the standard of which would give Cirque du Soleil a run for its money. There were plenty of activities throughout the day with an enthusiastic entertainments team - although having to use half a dozen languages all the time did slow things down. Costa Victoria is a smaller cruise ship, around 2,000 passengers but for me that is a major plus - I prefer the smaller ships to the new mega-ships which are, sadly, becoming the norm. Built in 1996 she is also a little dated but that, also adds to its charm. The staff were generally friendly and attentive, without being in your face. The captain was conspicuous by his absence, appearing only for the obligatory photo call - something I still cannot get my head around. Why do people queue to have their photograph taken with the Captain then pay an extortionate amount for the photograph. If I catch a bus or train I don't queue to be photographed with the driver, so why do it on board a ship. I'm happy to admit my initial concerns about Costa were wholly unfounded. Would I sail with them again - absolutely. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
So a group of 7 girls decided to go on a cruise for one of our friends 40th birthday, only 2/7 people has done a cruise before so it’s an amazing idea on something different to do. We boarded at Barcelona, everything went very smooth, ... Read More
So a group of 7 girls decided to go on a cruise for one of our friends 40th birthday, only 2/7 people has done a cruise before so it’s an amazing idea on something different to do. We boarded at Barcelona, everything went very smooth, the check in staff were helpful and informative, so sat at the bar waiting to be called. After looking at the info the check in desks give we head into our room, collect the cards and walk out. We then go to reception get a drink, go for an explore, then head to the top deck. That’s when it goes slightly downhill, no one knows what to do next, we didn’t know about the entertainment information or the timetable as we were so excited to go exploring we seemed to miss the little pigeonhole right next to the door, I finally understood on the last night. Not Costas fault but it’s not explained very well once onboard the ship. Also being a group on girls on a birthday weekend I think there was a few more drinks flowing than normal. At 6.30 there was a safety demonstration which lasted about 20 odd minutes, then off to dinner for 9.15pm, that was a definite eye opener so very busy, the waiter we had wasn’t at all friendly (although we later found out they can work up to 8 months and that’s without a day off), even I don’t think I could plaster a smile on my face everyday. While dining in the main buffet Michael Jackson started blaring on the loud speaker, then up out of no where all the waiters start jumping about dancing. That was amazing as it comes out of nowhere!! Food was good, although the menu can get confusing as the waiter never did explain that you can order anything and everything if you choose. We all dance the night away and that was a great first night. Next morning with a slight hangovers and an early morning wake up call as someone managed to get locked out of their room and went off with another friend in another cabin, we all shower and up we get for a buffet breakfast. I can see from the choice of breakfast that they do try to cater for different nationalities but the breakfast isn’t great to be honest. I try some pancakes and bacon and that’s it. The coffee also isn’t great as unlike the bars where they have a machine and a milk frother they don’t have in the buffet, so water or orange juice is the way forward, also they don’t have a toaster, and the bread is rock solid. You could kill a bird with it. Off we go to marseille, hmmm next time I won’t bother as there’s not overly a lot to do there, walked around, saw some buildings, forced an alcoholic drink down our neck and back on the boat. lunch at the buffer, again it wasn’t too great, rock hard bread again, some warm focaccia, pasta, and a big lump of beef with potatoes, not great if you’re a vegetarian (I’m not, but 2 of our friends are). Go to dinner at 9.15pm, this time the waiters dance to some latin songs, ver well done again. Then another repeat of the night before, more drinks and dance the night away). The 3rd morning head off to the buffet again, this time no pacncakes, I don’t eat eggs so not a lot to choose from, I grabbed 2 pieces of French bread with cinnamon and some pineapple, that will do. We get off at Savona, 1 MASSIVE tip, other than supermarkets everything else shuts at 1.30 and opens back up at 4.30, unfortunately we have to be back on the ship by 4.30 so we spent an hour walking in a group of 7, with different people trying to find a restaurant just so we can get a pizza, it didn’t go down too well but got there in the end. Back on the ship, more drinks, a lot more passengers so the bar on deck 9 was a complete nightmare, then off we go again. Down to shower, off to the 9.15pm dinner, waited until 10pm to ask the waiter what time will the dancing be on tonight, he tells us there won’t be any, shame, so we all thanked him, 3 went off to bed, 4 of us decided to pop off to the casino. Within half hour our 50€ was spent and off to the bar we go. A few more drinks down our necks an the conversation turned to the bar staff. When we took 5 minutes out of our busy lives to see the amount they work, the stuff they have to put up with, and the hours they work on a daily basis, I’m so grateful for my life. The amount of time they’re away from home, they don’t see their families for months and months at a time. While we go on holiday they’re there at our beck and call when we want a drink or service. So thank you Henry and Danny for that night. So last morning just before we go to Barcelona, we set our alarms to make the restaurant breakfast. I do wish I’d gone there before but to be there by 9 is a bit of a deal breaker, unfortunately again we had a not so friendly waiter and had to be called about 3 times before he would come over to serve, at least it was nice. Back to the room to get our stuff as we had to be out by 10. We decided to go back to deck 9, as we started off from there a few more Prosecco to finish up the holiday, and off we go to the shops, pay our bill at the desk and get ready to leave. As they bleep mine and my roommates cats and unfamiliar buzz goes off, we’re not allowed to leave but everyone else disembarked, so back off to the desk to sort the cards out. Cards done and out we go. The 2 of us are last to pick up our luggage go through everything and my friend realizes she’s had some money stolen from her case. Do not leave any money in your case. There’s signs around saying the same so I don’t know what was going through her mind at that time when she left the case outside the door the night before. You HAVE to leave your cases outside of the room the night before for them to collect it. They advise to leave the cases the night before by 12 midnight and no later than 1am, but I witnessed them not coming until 3.30 am. Do not leave anything valuable at all. There’s always people workers and non workers wandering the hallways so could have been anyone. I also had stuff taken but luckily not money. Anyway other than the little hiccup at the end it all went well. I also missed the last day lunch as I was too busy booking my next cruise onboard. This time as a family, so hopefully the next one will be a little less partying and a little less hangovers. On the last note, be aware that if you suffer from rocking on land, It’s been 48 hours and I still don’t feel great and I’m still rocking and swaying. Maybe I was a little hasty in booking the next one but I’m sure I’ll be over it then. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Single traveler on 'Isole Del Sole' cruise with 'Costa Pacifica' from Savona. I chose this cruise to experience 'Costa Crociere', Madeira and Canary Islands with some more sea days again. Embarkation - The ... Read More
Single traveler on 'Isole Del Sole' cruise with 'Costa Pacifica' from Savona. I chose this cruise to experience 'Costa Crociere', Madeira and Canary Islands with some more sea days again. Embarkation - The process from arrival at the terminal to my stateroom took about 2 hours, but I was repeatedly addressed in German, my native language. The stateroom was not yet ready at shortly after 01:00pm, but I already could store my hand luggage and grab my board card. Security Drill - It took less than 30 minutes and was held in Italian, English and German languages shortly before departure; movies in other languages were available on the TV in the stateroom the entire cruise. Cruise guests had to bring life vests from their staterooms. The Ship - 'Costa Pacifica' is a classic cruise liner, 9 years old, with a more traditional form, compared to newer ships. Interiors featured the theme music, with many colorful symbols and images in warm colors. There were always lots of free sun loungers on the very spacious sun decks, even in quiet areas. The cruise was outsold and the ship appeared crowded sometimes. 'Costa Pacifica' was well maintained and in good shape, given its age. Orientation signs on board were good. Crew And Staff - The crew was friendly, caring and attentive, always trying to talk to their guests in each their languages, a charming Babylonian language jumble. The stateroom stewardess made a good job and was always open for a small talk. Dining - There were different theme evenings in the main dining room, but I couldn't find a menu before entering the restaurant, and since I am a buffet type of passenger, generally avoiding long sessions in the main dining rooms, I did not visit the main dining room at all. In the evenings, the 'Ristorante Buffet La Paloma' was open from 07:00pm to 09:00pm, there were queues sometimes, since the buffets are arranged on long bars, not allowing guests to jump. Plastic table ware was used, but the offered food was among the best things on the cruise. Different variations of meat - including very good Bratwurst - and fish, a selection of pasta and different potato and vegetable preparations, very delicious small bites from the patisserie were always offered for lunch and dinner. Other deli was presented at special events at the main pool for example, as well as hamburgers and fries daily from 11:00am to 02:00pm. For 'La Merenda' from 04:00pm to 05:00pm, the restaurant was always very crowded, for good reason, the many different bites were very good; queues at the basket with freshly fried cinnamon rolls. On sea days, the 'Ristorante Buffet La Paloma' was crowded for breakfast; choice and quality was always very good, except for the fluid scrambled eggs. I had the 'Pranzo & Cena' beverage package, since only some beverages for breakfast and 'La Merenda' - coffee, hot chocolate and tea, plus juices for breakfast - were included in the cruise fare. The guest can get beverages at the end of every buffet line in the 'Ristorante Buffet La Paloma' at lunch and dinner, manually served by friendly staff, a full plastic cup with 250ml to 300ml out of cans or bottles. The 'Carta Costa' must be shown or handed over to the staff for paying therefore, any purchased beverage package is noted with its code on the card. Tap water was free, available from dispensers in the 'Ristorante Buffet La Paloma'. Hand disinfection was available at every buffet, but was not taken very seriously by most guests on this cruise. The dress code was casual, long pants were required in the evening. The Guests - Majority from Italy, followed by cruise guests from German speaking countries. Other remarkable groups were from France, Spain, UK and Eastern Europe. The cruise was like all Europe on one ship. From my observation - I saw people in wheel chairs and with rollators - the ship was very kid friendly, with different kinds of kindergarten like care, plus a dedicated pool and play area. Kids were involved in festivities and had their appearances as special guests. Shore Excursions - This is something I usually organize on my own. Disembarkation and Embarkation at ports of call was quickly without long waiting. The ship was always very punctual, but harbor stays were short. Guests were not allowed to bring beverages on board, but could walk in with even big bottles sometimes. Entertainment - The program offered something for everyone, with live music every day, plus the shows in the theater of course. There were also entertainment offers in other languages than Italian. Over all, the program appeared a little bit limited, especially on sea days. Shopping - Some few shops offered different things, from clothes to gifts, spirits and tobacco, as well as perfumes. There was no intrusive spa promotion on this cruise. The photo area was under renovation, temporarily moved to another location. Internet - I had purchased the Internet 500mb package, the internet speed was not so good, temporarily overloaded or even unavailable sometimes on sea days. Disembarkation - Cruise guests were assigned to disembarkation time slots and had to leave their staterooms until 08:00am, spending time until disembarkation with breakfast or waiting in crowded lounges. The baggage was easy to find in the terminal, on-board accounting was correct. Thank you 'Costa Crociere' for an again wonderful cruise with so good food, charming multilingualism and your warm Italian hospitality on bella 'Costa Pacifica'! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise because it departs and arrives from a single location (Savona), where we can park our car safely. This is our third time to cruise with Costa and we always enjoy their friendly service and their on-board entertainment. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it departs and arrives from a single location (Savona), where we can park our car safely. This is our third time to cruise with Costa and we always enjoy their friendly service and their on-board entertainment. The itinerary included some of our favorite locations (Malaga and Barcelona), as well as some places we had not been before (Valencia and Cadiz). The length of stops was okay, except for Barcelona, which was only about 4 hours and was therefore pretty frustrating. Savona is always our starting and stopping place for Costa cruises. This is a lovely little Italian town. Boarding was well organized, with parking and luggage service. We dropped our bags off together with our car, then walked into the terminal and waited for our boarding time. The parking/luggage attendants are really friendly and they took excellent care of our luggage and our car. After boarding, we had time to have a drink or snack while enjoying a view of the harbor, waiting for the cabins to be ready. When our cabin was available, they advised us, and then our luggage was there waiting for us, without incident. Disembarkation at Savona is chaotic and not so well organized. Although Costa enforces the disembarkation schedule, there were too many people in the terminal at one time, making it very hard to negotiate with a wheelchair AND baggage cart. However, we were prepared for this and we just took it as it was. We were driving to our next location so we were not stressed about meeting a plane or train, but I can understand others who did have to deal with that stress. We highly recommend to others to NOT plan to drive a long way on the day you leave the cruise, because you will be really tired. We normally drive a few hours to Firenze (Florence) that day, and that is as far as we would want to drive that day. Prepare to be exhausted at the end of a cruise. On board, we enjoyed the evening shows with fantastic dancers and great musicians. They truly make it easy to have fun. This time we were less than impressed with the overall dining experience, where we felt that the variety was limited, and the qualify of food was not as good as on previous Costa cruises. Unfortunately, Costa does not really cater to travelers in wheelchairs. They have some accessible cabins, but very few accessible suites, and so far we have been unable to get a suite, even though we tried to reserve from the first day the cruise was available online. Maybe we have to have some other connection that we don't know about. More about the cabin below. Excursions organized by Costa do not offer wheelchair accessible buses, so it is up to us to organize ourselves. We gave the "Public rooms" category a lower rating because in many places, the music was way too loud, making it impossible to have a conversation. However, we found a piano bar where the music was to our liking and not too loud, and there we enjoyed snuggling with drinks and having time to just be together as a couple. Overall, we had a great time and are looking forward to another cruise in the next couple of years. One plus of traveling with Costa is that they are registered in Italy and therefore are subject to EU regulations. One of these regulations states that when traveling with a disabled person that needs constant assistance, the companion/carer does not have to pay other than drinks and taxes. Costa respects this regulation and therefore we pay full price only for one of us. However, beware that if you are eligible for this allowance, you must request it from Costa BEFORE departure. We learned about this during our second Costa cruise but too late to request it for that cruise, so this time we were wiser. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I read a lot of bad critics before going but we really enjoyed the cruise. Sure there were things we would like to change but overall it was a good one. -the embarkation was at venice. We went with the people mover from piazza roma ( ... Read More
I read a lot of bad critics before going but we really enjoyed the cruise. Sure there were things we would like to change but overall it was a good one. -the embarkation was at venice. We went with the people mover from piazza roma ( tip- remember to buy tickets for the coming back to venice and skip the lines at the ticket machine). The embarkation is very very slow! We waited more then 2 hours, so no need to harry , come very early or very late. We came around 12 and and entered the ship around 3 o'clock. The rest of disembarkation at ports and at venice was pretty good )we had a flight to catch so asked to get first at venice). The ship was very clean, i thought the decor will be italian -something special, but i didn't like it- looked old fashion not at all impressive to my taste. The cabin was a little smaller the the celebrity but clean and the stewart was all the time there- very good. There was cigarette smoke in the corridor (i think from the inner rooms) , complained several times but nothing was done. The food- was very good in the restaurants, good attention and good quality of food. We were worried about the water but because our agency was from the usa we received free bottles at dinner. At the embarkation we did the water package - 13 bottles for 39 euro( don't remember exactly) - so we had water at night and at gym. About the drinking package - we were 2 adults and a 14 years kid - all of us are not great drinking - not soda or alcohol so didn't take the drinking package and bought a wine and water package- 6 wines and some 7 bottles of water for 130 euro. We were glad with this package. Had some beer (4-5 euro plus tax) and some cocktiles ( 7-8 euro). Cappuccino 3-4 euro at evening. During the last days they also selled some wine =very cheap =some 10 euro (not so good but we had for the evening at dinner). The entertainment was mediocre - had a great tenor one evening , the rest were the entertainment stuff - not at all the same level as the celebrity. The theater is very big and very well equipped. The buffer is chaos!! Very bad organised - the tables are for 6 and couples or singles occupy them leaving you no place to seat. Usually we strolled with plates and looked for a place to seat. A lot of noise and a lot of queues ...very bad experience and we preferd to go to the restaurant. Maybe less selection but quieter. The service was very good ! Last problem- there was supposed to be a teens club - a spacial room with play station and etc. No place like this just an announcement to gather near the disco...and the activity was at night with parties- this is a shame because our teen couldn't meet other children his age. OVERALL WE KNEW THIS IS NOT A CELEBRITY OR CARNIVAL CRUISE SO HAD LOWER EXPECTATIONS BUT ENJOYED IT AND HAD GREAT PORTS (AGAIN VERY SHORT TIME AT PORTS...) Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We’re experienced cruisers, but this was our first time on Costa. We selected this cruise because it sailed from Venice (which we love) and because there were a couple of the ports that we hadn’t visited previously. The embarkation ... Read More
We’re experienced cruisers, but this was our first time on Costa. We selected this cruise because it sailed from Venice (which we love) and because there were a couple of the ports that we hadn’t visited previously. The embarkation process went smoothly and we were delighted with our cabin. It was a mid-level balcony and had plenty of storage space and room to spread out. We loved every port and felt that we had adequate time in each one. The food was surprisingly good!! The breakfast buffet had lots of choices that were properly prepared. Dinners were terrific. Absolutely no complaints with the food. We were pleasantly surprised that smoking was very restricted and did not cause us any problems. I was a bit concerned about taking a Costa cruise since it’s considered “budget.” Fortunately, those fears proved to be unfounded and I would gladly book another Costa Cruise. One other thing...a couple of days after we completed this cruise we took a 12 day MSC Cruise out of Barcelona. What a contrast! The MSC cabin (same category) was tiny and the food...oh my goodness. It was just awful. Never again! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was our first cruise ever; we didn't knew what to expect, but it was all very good and it won't be the last cruise we make. More than enough space on the ship. You don't notice that there are more than 2.000 guests on ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever; we didn't knew what to expect, but it was all very good and it won't be the last cruise we make. More than enough space on the ship. You don't notice that there are more than 2.000 guests on board. Nice room (inside cabin 1248). Friendly personel, enough place on deck to find a nice/silent spot to sit in the sun. The food is good; for dinner you can choice for a luxury dinersetting on deck 2 or self-buffet on deck 9. When having dinner on deck 2 (restaurant Taurus), it takes sometimes a bit longer to finish dinner and therefore coming to late for the entertainment in the theater. Every evening we got the daily program for the next day in our cabin. We were with the two of us. You can see than Costa cruises are interesting for family's with children, because there were quit a lot of them. Not many older people. We didn't wnet with a shore excursions; we did it all bij ourselves. That's the nice thing with cruising, you are never very far away from the cities. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We choose for this cruise , because ; -The itineraries -The price of the cruise -All Inclusive (Diner and lots of beverages as wine, cognac,whiskey,beer, liquer,cocktails... -The total amount of days (just one week, not ... Read More
We choose for this cruise , because ; -The itineraries -The price of the cruise -All Inclusive (Diner and lots of beverages as wine, cognac,whiskey,beer, liquer,cocktails... -The total amount of days (just one week, not more) -The size of cabin and balcony -Entertainment We enjoyed the services of the crew, we liked the lay-out of the ship, - yes on this ship one can enjoy also more quiet areas. Deck four we loved quite well , if you like to walk quite a bit, this deck was well made for this This was not our first cruise and we enjoyed also other companies as; - Royal Crarribean (2x) - Norwegian Cruiseline - Celebrity (2x) - Holland America Line And yes ,they were all good ,so also Costa Luminosa was. And no; this ship was not too noisy One demand from us to Costa; Please make Venice or for exemple Triesta a port where you have more control on (communication with port authorities) Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Our first Costa cruise ,chosen for the ports that we had not been too. The ship is quite large in good condition, clean, with elaborate decor. Most of previous cruises have been with Royal Caribbean. It has some very different policies. ... Read More
Our first Costa cruise ,chosen for the ports that we had not been too. The ship is quite large in good condition, clean, with elaborate decor. Most of previous cruises have been with Royal Caribbean. It has some very different policies. Passengers were mixed mainly Italian French Spanish, only about 250 passengers spoke English, although most staff had reasonable english skills. The most notable was they sold Tea/coffee onboard packages\which suited the europeans. Now to get a cup of tea as long it was before 10am at breakfast or afternoon tea 4-4.45PM. you had to pay about Aus $4+. No tea served with lunch or dinner. Costa wins presentation prize for dinner. Extremely well presented entrees/mains but note they are only small portions, so if you are a big eater etc, you will have to double up. Once your 2 hours were up for your dinner setting they politely shunted you. Interestingly there was no real push to sell wine etc at dinners. Very different to R.C. and other cruise lines. No ice cream available anytime unless you paid. Like all cruise lines, no information is given in advance re port procedures etc. The daily news bulletin was not delivered till at least 7-8 pm the night before with no real info. Embarkation at Barcelona was a breeze as was departure. They did allow you to take wine etc on board at departure only. Our 10 day cruise actually was a combination of 3 itineries. with a lot of passengers joining at Savona, Marsaille (exit at Genoa , Marsaille next cruise). Interior activities were relatively quite with not a lot attendance it seemed. Again quality to me of the artists playing venues across the ship, were pretty average. The main entertainment was better, some good shows. However cruising days, (the weather for the Europeans was superb) drew everyone outside on the deck chairs. Some interesting points. On the decks there was no one pushing drinks even when the sun was out and decks packed. very different to normal cruises At breakfast there was only one point .in solarium, that you could get a cooked breakast. The same for breakfast cornflakes, bran etc. Only one place. You could (depending where you found a seat) walk 40-50 metres. Also other than breakfast , you could not get orange or apple juice. The staff to passenger ratio seemed to me to be much lower than other cruises I have been on. Cadiz , Malaga were the standouts, we took the 13 hour trip to Marrakech (not the costa coach deal) hired our own guide /vehicle (Memphis Tours). Good young driver. Guide in Marrakech spoke excellent english, but as usual they take you to shops (Carpets Furniture, Oils, Antiques jewellery etc). My advice is to be very explicit in telling guide you dont want to do this or that. These diversions do not get mentioned upfront) Long trip by private vehicle and coach is the only way to go. We enjoyed the cruise for the places, but if taking your first or first mediterean cruise, I would take an english speaking ship until you learn the ropes. Weather was superb , except for a force 10 gale, which delayed ship from leaving Marsaille for 2 hours. From Casablanca we took 2 and 1/2 days to sail to Valencia. Crawled really. Got off Valencia 1.3opm all aboard 6 pm . Why shorten the port stay ?? Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The Costa Magica is not the most modern ship in Costa's fleet (2004) but it's still in good condition and probably more importantly it's a happy ship. It has a ship's compliment of just over a thousand and carries just ... Read More
The Costa Magica is not the most modern ship in Costa's fleet (2004) but it's still in good condition and probably more importantly it's a happy ship. It has a ship's compliment of just over a thousand and carries just over two thousand passengers. All of the senior officers including the captain are Italian, while stewards, security, catering etc are provided by mainly Asian staff - all of whom are very friendly and helpful and probably underpaid by EU standards. Costa includes a surcharge in the price to cover tips which means that you don't have to tip the staff but a ten euro 'thank-you' to your steward or waiter at the end of the cruise will be very much appreciated unless you actually believe that the company accountant who dreamed up the surcharge also insisted that it was paid to the people who are looking after you. We took a Mediterranean 10 day cruise that took in Italy, France, Spain and the Canary Islands during late September which meant that there were very few school-age children on board. The passengers were predominantly Italian and French along with a few hundred German, Dutch & Spanish and from what I could make out possibly a dozen British and American. However all of the crew speak English so you can order a drink without having to consult a phrase book. We were lucky enough to have a cabin with a balcony. The cabin was clean, the bed was comfortable, there is a thermostat to control the temperature and there was a couch, desk and plenty of room to stow cases and hang clothing - although if you have a lot it might be worth bringing a few extra coat hangers with you.The shower/toilet was clean with plenty of hot water and towels were provided for the bathroom, and also for use with the on-deck sun loungers. The TV in the cabin broadcast 4 ship's channels giving information on where you are/where you are going together with timings, excursions, what's going on, stuff you can buy etc. The info being in all of the main languages including English.. The rest of the channels are mainly Italian, German and French but there is the ubiquitous BBC World should you need it but no other English language channels - But then you haven't come on a cruise to watch TV have you! Dining - I have to say that the food was much better than I had expected. We took breakfast in the self-service buffet-type restaurant where a good selection of both continental and cooked food was available. The restaurant tended to be very busy for breakfast and (I don't know why this is but it seems to be a world-wide occurrence) there will inevitably be an elderly passenger carrying a tray loaded with more food than they can possibly eat who either stops dead in their tracks in front of you and then looks around as if unsure as to why he/she is there or marches resolutely to the front of the queue to grab a coffee as if their very life depends on it whilst ignoring everyone else. Strangely this only seems to happen at breakfast time and seems to be universal rather than confined to any particular cruise line - if you are going to have some minor irritations it will be with your fellow travelers rather than the staff who seem to have been blessed with an additional 'niceness' gene. The main meal is in the evening at one of the restaurants on board where you will be allocated your seat for the length of the cruise and will keep the same waiter during your time on board. We had originally specified a table for two but on the first night were seated at a table with 4 other people. Having pointed out this out to the staff we were then given a table for two for the rest of the cruise. The evening meal consisted of six courses with a choice of starters, main course and desserts and I have to say that each meal was very good indeed and is the sort of thing that you would find in a good Italian restaurant rather than in a spaghetti house. In between breakfast and the evening meal, brunch, lunch, tea, supper, snacks etc can all be had from cakes to a burger to a roast dinner. When you buy your cruise there is the option to have wines, coffees, beers and spirits included in the price. This is called Brindiamo and it is well worth having unless you intend to drink only water, which of course you won't as you're on holiday. If you intend to drink cocktails every night rather than G&Ts or Barcardis or beers then there is another deal called Piu Gusto which costs a bit more. Also if you really, really must have lobster stuffed with cavier and sprinkled with saffron washed down with Champagne there is a select restaurant where you can pay extra to eat away from the rest of us un-washed masses. Smoking - Is allowed in designated areas and also on individual balconies. Stuff to do on board - Plenty of things for all tastes really, swimming in the (small) pools, open-air hot tubs, dance classes, zumba, shopping, sauna and gym, hairdressers and beauticians. In the evenings there are shows in the theater which range from good to mediocre (not surprising as they are catering to an audience that communicates in perhaps a dozen different languages). a number of bars ranging from dance-hall size to piano bar most of them with music, also a night club/disco, and a casino. Stuff to do ashore - Do your homework before taking an excursion as sometimes you will be better off making your own arrangements rather than paying Costa to do so. For example when we docked in Malaga we took an excursion to a beach which meant a 45 minute coach ride followed by 3 hours sunbathing then 45 minutes back. There was actually an equally good beach within 500 yards of the dock which was as good if not better and we could have simply walked there. Reckon on any transfer times you are given to be twice as long as stated due to the faffing about getting people on transport and if you only end up with three or four hours in port you may be better off either making your own plans or even staying aboard as it means that the jacuzzi isn't crowded and you have a better chance of grabbing a good sun-lounger. A note on leaving and re-boarding the ship: When you first arrive you will be issued with a 'Costa card' this is a card similar to a credit card with a bar-code on it and is used to open your cabin door, pay for any purchases or extras you might want and it allow you to leave and re-enter the ship so there is no need to take your passport ashore, it works very well and is one of those things that you think "I wish I'd thought of that". Dress code - Costa aren't aimed at the high end of the market, but neither are they bargain bucket. They are also European rather than Brit so you won't be allowed in the restaurant for your evening meal wearing an Arsenal shirt, shorts and flip-flops, also you won't have to drape yourself with gold and diamonds while having to listen to Nigel and Joan from Crawley bore you to death telling you how much their house is worth. Thank God. Each day there will be a news sheet delivered to your cabin giving the activities for the following day and suggesting the dress for the evening. It isn't mandatory but can be an enjoyable thing to do. During our cruise the dress code was Town - smart-ish but not over the top. Red and black. White night (Get yourself a white suit from Amazon, it's only about 40 euros and you might never get another chance). Red, white and green (Italian) and Gala (posh evening frock, fancy knickers and uncomfortable heels girls). Disabled access - There were around 20 wheelchair users on board and access did not appear to be a problem. also there was allocated seating for the disabled in the restaurants and by the pools and the staff appeared to be very attentive and helpful. Stuff that went wrong - The battery packed up on the cabin safe and it took 3 days before it was fixed and that was about it. Would we do it again? Yes I think that we probably will. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
'Costa Luminosa' is a classic cruise liner, 8 years old, with a more traditional form, compared to newer ships. Interiors appeared to me like some sort of 'Art Deco', with lots of colorful illumination and warm colors. ... Read More
'Costa Luminosa' is a classic cruise liner, 8 years old, with a more traditional form, compared to newer ships. Interiors appeared to me like some sort of 'Art Deco', with lots of colorful illumination and warm colors. There were always lots of free sun loungers on the spacious sun decks, and the ship did never appear crowded. Everybody on board was friendly, caring and attentive. After arriving at about 11:30am, it took me nearly 3 hours from the port gate through the entire embarkation process to my stateroom, long waiting times again and again, but I was repeatedly addressed in German language. The staff and crew was always doing a good job in talking to their guests in each their languages. The security drill took less than 30 minutes and was held in Italian and English languages; movies with other languages were available on the TV in the stateroom the entire cruise. I found some clocks going wrong on board, and generally, light wear and tear. Since I am a buffet type of passenger, and I generally try to avoid long sessions in the main dining rooms, I did not visit the main dining room. In the evenings, the 'Ristorante Andromeda' was open from 07:30pm to 09:00pm usually, a very limited time for a buffet restaurant, not so Italian like, and there were queues sometimes, since the buffets are arranged on long bars with a narrow alley, not allowing guests to jump. Plastic table ware was used, but the offered food was among the best things on the cruise, although two typical Italian foods like pizza and ice cream were not included in the cruise fare. Choice of food was very good with a big variety, not just pasta, but also different kinds of fish and meat, even the best possible Bratwurst, always very freshly prepared opposite to the buffets, and very delicious small desserts from the patisserie. The spoons and forks at the buffet had greasy handles sometimes, and food was partially the same for lunch and dinner or dessert and 'La Merenda' on some days. Not so bad, since it tasted always very good. I had the 'Pranzo & Cena' beverage package, since only different beverages for breakfast and tea time were included in the cruise fare. Usually, only one side of the restaurant with each 2 different buffets was used in the evenings, thus there was always more free seating on the other side of the restaurant. At rush times, the restaurant was full, and it was hard for me to find free seating. 'Costa Crociere' offers some very few beverage 'Vending Machines' in the 'Ristorante Andromeda'. The guest can insert the 'Carta Costa' and choose between 6 different refreshment drinks. The given price on the monitor will then either be added to the board account, or was already paid with a beverage package. I tasted cool water instead of the expected lemonade, and was also astonished about the amount that came out of the machine, it filled the plastic cup only half, an estimated of 150ml. The guest can also get beverages at the end of every buffet line in the 'Ristorante Andromeda' at lunch and dinner, manually served by always very friendly staff, a full plastic cup with 250ml to 300ml out of cans or bottles. The 'Carta Costa' must be shown or handed over to the staff for paying therefore, any purchased beverage package is noted with its code on the card. Tap water is free, available from dispensers in the 'Ristorante Andromeda'. The 'Samsara Spa' crew was always very busy with promoting their offers, paper ads were delivered to the stateroom and handed out to guests near the gangway when returning from excursions. Hand disinfection was available at every buffet, but was not taken very seriously by most guests on this cruise. The entertainment program offered something for everyone, every day, with live music sometimes. Entertainment was as multilingual as the entire cruise, a charming Babylonian language jumble. I had purchased the Internet M package with a bandwidth for the entire cruise, and the internet speed was good on board. Excursions; I only booked a transfer from Katakolon to Olympia, the fare was ok, the bus on time, the journey times shorter than announced, but the stay of only 2 hours was too short for an interested visitor like me. Generally, short stays of the ship in the harbors with only one single full day stay at Mykonos. As on most ships, orientation support lacked on 'Costa Luminosa' as well. No port and starboard signs, and no stateroom direction signs in the staircase halls. I learnt after dinner on the last evening of the cruise about the departure procedure for the next morning, about only 3 hours before I had to put my baggage in front of the stateroom door at midnight. Staff at the 'Hospitality Service Desk' was very friendly and gave me an earlier disembarkation slot, since my assigned time was way too late for catching my flight. Disembarkation then proceeded very quickly the next morning. On-board accounting was correct. Thank you 'Costa Crociere' for a wonderful cruise with so good food, charming multilingualism and your warm Italian hospitality on bella 'Costa Luminosa'! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I chose this cruis for the itinerary and Costa's Italian touch. I really loved this boat, the food both in the buffet and at night, our premium balcony cabin and the staff. We only took a ship excursion in Barcelona. We sail ... Read More
I chose this cruis for the itinerary and Costa's Italian touch. I really loved this boat, the food both in the buffet and at night, our premium balcony cabin and the staff. We only took a ship excursion in Barcelona. We sail from lovely Civitavecchia. Then we sailed to Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Cagliari, returning to Civitavecchia. All are fantastic places. If you like Italian food and products cruise on the Diadema. Every night, we drank Prosecco or Sprtitz during the shows. On our table for 2, we had a ncice bottle of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (paid). We had the free water package for lunch and dinner. The ship is very modern and the ambiance is fantastic. A lot of bars to hang on with live music. I liked the shops and the outside promenade boarding the restaurants on Costa Diadema. We ate at the pizzeria ( Diadema makes its own fresh mozzarella) and at the Amarillo gelateria (great gelatos) Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise because we flew into London for 2 day -took Eurostar to Paris for 2 days -then train to Marseilles. We Ubered from St.Charles train station for 21euros, great uber driver, we embaraked about 2 pm with a very short ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we flew into London for 2 day -took Eurostar to Paris for 2 days -then train to Marseilles. We Ubered from St.Charles train station for 21euros, great uber driver, we embaraked about 2 pm with a very short line.This is a first time for us so even as we didnt know what steps to take we made it without a problem. We went straight to the cabin and greeted by our new best buddy Rommel. He was great, attentive, and cleaned our room like twice a day. Our beds were put together to make the large bed which i kept falling in the middle all night, but oh well. We had the inside room, no window It was pretty large and the bathroom was large too. We could put our luggage under the bed and it had a small fridge. had all-in-one shampoo/soap in the shower. Overall i was impressed with the size of the room. We had breakfast brought to the room for 10 extra euros a day. All carbs, no meat, so i went out to the buffet to add cold cuts. Breakfast buffet does not have hot food that i could remember,only cold cuts, bread,cereal, danishes,donuts. negative on eggs or bacon. Buffet food was good, there were certain days that the buffet had my favorites like Prawn, Paella etc. I think that was when we docked in Spain. I preferred the dining food over the buffet. Our seated dining was a table for 2 with the view of the ocean in the back, they said that was the best seat in the house. It was very romantic. Our waiter Nyoman was training and he was shy at first, but day 2 and 3 etc, he loosened up and felt comfortable with us too. I danced with the waiters on Italy night and it was great fun. Gelato and crepe bar was cute and colorful but extra cost. We got the middle drink package 26 euros a day, gave me all the sodas i wanted and a few cocktails(i dont drink much), but my husband was constantly out of package for the drinks he preferred. So he settled for Gin and tonic, so maybe the third tier was better but didnt match me, the non-drinker, in cost. Coffee was excellent Illy cappucinos all day long. The announcements are in italian with brief English translations so might as well be all italian coz i didnt undertand a thing, but thats ok coz the itineray plan was in english. The Shows were one main show an evening, and band nights in different bars on the ship. I didnt care for the shows, seemed mediocre but the bands were fun, also in italian or english songs with accents The singing contest was fun, also an italian host. No translation except for the American songs they sang. There were always dancing lessons all over the ship and plenty of people joining in. the day activities were few so its best to get off the ship and check out barcelona, palma de mallorca, civitavecchia, savona , and spend the day or half a day outside. It was very very hot outside this time of year. Pools are very small, So i never used my bathingsuit because it was too tight and crowded. Photo guys were out to sell. They didnt have choices in the packages basically it was 14,20,30 euros for individuals or 400euros for all. Couldnt afford to buy them all. We took a drop off costa sanctioned bus to Rome and we walked it ourselves. Then we ubered to the Vatican. It was cheaper and at our own pace. We felt we did the right thing for us. All went smooth and got back to the ship right on time. Embarking was chaotic so we sardined our way back in. Disembarking was easy and we found our way back to the train by taxi because uber couldnt get in 28 euros. For the inexperienced cruisers like us, we were very satisfied, but all the experienced ones may find the need for more activities on the ship. My husband says he loves cruising now, so thats all of it in a nutshell. Read Less
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
Sail Date August 2017
We went as a family of nine and had a superb week, it was my 80th birthday which was the main reason being choosing these dates and Costa Luminosa staff were wonderful. The whole cruise was really enjoyable we ate mainly in the Taurus ... Read More
We went as a family of nine and had a superb week, it was my 80th birthday which was the main reason being choosing these dates and Costa Luminosa staff were wonderful. The whole cruise was really enjoyable we ate mainly in the Taurus Restaurant the food was Italian based as you would well imagine but was great however there was international menu most evenings. The waiters were terrific. The entertainment was top notch with singers and dancers put on three exceptional shows that were marred for me personally in that it was too loud as I have hearing sensitivity problems. The organisation on board is like clockwork as the staff have done it all before many times. We have been to most places on the itinerary and therefore didn't go on the excursions. Costa Luminosa is a rather glitzy ship which we rather like and with the passenger compliment of approx. 2500 is not too big that services are at times stretched. The gym was not entered. A great time was had by all our family and we will certainly be going back for more. 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
We were looking for a cruise, when we saw the ship Costa Fascinosa, we were in love at first sight. The ship is huge and clean in and out, we quickly decided to booked although we are familiar with some of the routes , what we are after is ... Read More
We were looking for a cruise, when we saw the ship Costa Fascinosa, we were in love at first sight. The ship is huge and clean in and out, we quickly decided to booked although we are familiar with some of the routes , what we are after is the experience. The size of the cabin is more than enough for the 3 of us. We were impressed, the room is tidy and cozy.. The first day we were disappointed because of the limited informations about the dinning procedures, we were not able to catch up the sitting dinner, so we stock up at the buffet. The next day it went smoothly and we enjoyed the activities, the only thing that pissed us off the children are playing at the dancing hall, it seems it is their small playground, there should be strict rules.As the days goes on it is so homely for us, the service is good, the crews are in smiles and accommodating. The excursions were well organized. In total it was an excellent experience for us. Looking forward for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
For perspective, we are an American couple in our 50's. We booked this cruise for the itinerary of almost all places we had never been to before. We are now "empty-nesters" so this was a chance for us to travel off season ... Read More
For perspective, we are an American couple in our 50's. We booked this cruise for the itinerary of almost all places we had never been to before. We are now "empty-nesters" so this was a chance for us to travel off season and enjoy each others company. We chose to embark on the late side to enjoy some more time in Barcelona. After maybe a 10 minute cab ride from the Duquesa Suites we were at the port where we found embarkation to be quick and efficient. As non-EU resdidents, our passports were held for the cruise and returned to us the morning of disembarkation. Also, Costa's terminal in Barcelona is beautiful, lots of natural light. Coming back, disembarkation was very well organized, but since we were disembarking at the same time as everyone else there were some lines. Operationally, the cruise was excellent. Always punctual, and the ship is kept very clean. The decor is "loud", but we liked it. Especially liked all the sculptures in the main atrium of the ship. Food wise, pasta and appetizers were always good, but proteins were not. The only proteins we enjoyed were the extra cost burgers and the duck on gala night. Fish seemed to taste "fishy". We ate in the club restaurant one night, service was outstanding, but the filet had an off taste. It was however cooked a perfect medium rare. Salads on the buffet were always very good. We chose open seating, this worked well for us as we almost always ended up eating early. Later on, there were lines to be seated. Piu gusto drink package was a great value. Wines were good, as were cocktails. Espresso every bit as good as on land in Italy. Entertainment staff keeps things fun. The white party was the best I've seen at sea. I was a participant in the "Voice of the Sea" which was also a lot of fun. Shows were below average for a cruise as were lounge entertainers. The multi-story gym, with a hot tub in the middle, was the nicest I've seen on a cruise ship. All varieties of cardio equipment, weight machines, and dumbells. One nice touch, they had an English speaking (from England) customer service rep who always asked how things were going and genuinely seemed to care. Overall, service was not great. Many were rude or indifferent in the dining room, bars, and customer service desk. However, shout out to Ryan, the English customer service rep, Rina our outstanding cabin steward, and Michael the wonderful bartender on Deck 9 aft. Would I take Costa again? For the right itinerary at the right price, sure. All Cruise lines have their pros and cons--Costa's strong points are fun, pasta, and espresso in my opinion. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I've written an extensive report of our experience on the costa board. This was deal we couldnt say no to. A guaranteed inside cabin,so weren't expecting much. Upgraded to a Balcony. Cabin spotless throughout the ... Read More
I've written an extensive report of our experience on the costa board. This was deal we couldnt say no to. A guaranteed inside cabin,so weren't expecting much. Upgraded to a Balcony. Cabin spotless throughout the cruise. Some of the best food i've ever had. It is aimed at the Italian market and therefore meats, cheeses etc are aimed at western Europeans. Hot breakfast in main dining room only. cold in buffet.Dining times later than english/american lines. Entertainment good to great. Bands around the ship-good. Laundry service reasonably priced but do NOT send anything other than plain laundry. A good dress shirt of mine was ruined (took all the glitter off) and you will only get back 7 times the laundry charge. it does clearly state thin on laundry t&c. so i only got back 21€ We enjoyed the cruise a lot but do remember this is aimed at the Italian market. We'd definately go back on her. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was my first ever Costa cruise so I had no idea what to expect. The check-in went smoothly on my arrival in Barcelona with my bags taken, given a boarding card and told to await for boarding on the first floor at my allotted time. ... Read More
This was my first ever Costa cruise so I had no idea what to expect. The check-in went smoothly on my arrival in Barcelona with my bags taken, given a boarding card and told to await for boarding on the first floor at my allotted time. I was two hours early and sat in the cafe (nice) and had some lunch. I started to join the queue for boarding and found that I was meant to have checked in (again) at the desk on the first floor and have my health declaration checked. Why do a check in twice? There were lots of people behind me and the same thing happened to them and we had to leave one queue and join another and return to the original queue. Chaos! The Diadema is a beautiful ship and looks amazing as you walk around. I was aboard for a week and think there were areas I still haven't seen. She is massive! The food really lets the ship down. The buffet at lunchtime and evening on the 10th deck is horrible with inedible food, dirty tables and not enough staff. If you have a restaurant on your card (I was Coruna Blu) then have your evening meal there. It was open dining so I could go there at any time. Best time is immediately after 7pm as many of the other passengers seem to opt for eating later in the evening. I never found more than 5 people waiting in front of me to get entrance in to the restaurant. The food was usually cold when delivered to the table but there was no point complaining as the staff were so rushed off their feet. I spent an extra 10 Euros on a beef steak on my final night and it was superb. Breakfast in the Fiorentina restaurant was nice if you just want an alternative to the buffet, but don't expect the hot food to be hot. They have an English breakfast but it was cold every morning. I had breakfast delivered to my cabin on 3 mornings and it was fine. You pay 5 Euros for the privilege but better than sitting in the dining rooms in the midst of breakfast chaos. The highlight of my trip was a meal in the Teppanyaki restaurant where the staff, food and overall atmosphere was exceptional. It was wonderful and I should have booked it every night! If you make the reservation on the Costa website, it doesn't automatically make it with the ship as I found out to my cost. I turned up to find that there was no reservation in my name. Fortunately, I got a table. The internet is expensive but very reliable. It worked out at about 120 Euros for heavy usage for 7 days. I did several excursions and they were all very good. The trip to Rome was horrible as the seats on the coach were that close together, I couldn't even sit properly in the seat. I am only 6'1" and it shouldn't be that bad. We had a 90 minute journey and it was horrible. I wasn't the only passenger to feel the issue with the seats but there was nothing that could be done to sort out the problem. It is definitely worthwhile getting the drink package from the outset as it will save you a fortune if you have a couple of glasses of wine, unlimited soft drinks/coffee/tea and the odd cocktail at night. Always a good buy is the laundry service which was on offer at 20 Euros for 24 items. It was done overnight and appeared the following day beautifully cleaned and pressed. Check you final invoice as mine had several mistakes. They were fixed by the hospitality team without any problems. I thought the entertainment was very good. The bands playing in the bar was exceptional and the couple doing acrobatics were fantastic. A great atmosphere in all the bars and very attentively looked after by bar staff. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
(This will be a long review since I promise myself that I will leave a good detailed review just so people know what they are missing.) We are a couple in our 30's and 40's, no kids. We travel a lot but never been in a cruise ... Read More
(This will be a long review since I promise myself that I will leave a good detailed review just so people know what they are missing.) We are a couple in our 30's and 40's, no kids. We travel a lot but never been in a cruise vacation.We decided to take this cruise because of the rate, schedule, cities that are covered and port of embarkation which is at Marseilles. We purchased the package because of the rate which is really a good deal during that time without reading reviews from other customers. After reading all these reviews, it really made me feel that it's going to be a bad vacation. Complains from food, water, service, over pricing in everything and even the program which some said it's just average. My expectations are really low to the point that I was not excited for this trip. I'll start my review with embarkation, it was easy and fast. We made a mistake not coming early because we thought its like a flight that after check-in, you will be going to the gate and waiting for boarding. But big mistake. After leaving your luggage and check-in, you will go directly to your room and your card is just waiting for you on the bed. You can enjoy all the services that are available as soon as you have this card (only if you already made a prepayment package, which we did. We bought our drink package so that we can just drink and never think of how much are we spending already.) If not, register your credit card before purchasing, which is super easy. The ship is gorgeous. It looks new and every inch of it is very clean. As soon as I got inside, I was regretting already that we only took 7days. It was alive with colors and music. It's huge and everyone inside are having fun with drinks and activities. Breakfast has two areas, international and Italian. On our first breakfast we went to international, there was a long queue outside the restaurant. We waited for at least 15minutes before getting seated. They serve hot meals here which I advise to go to if you like eggs and sausages. On our following breakfast, we decided to go to the Italian. I find it more relaxing and there are a lot of options but yup of course, no eggs. We tried the breakfast room service one time because we had to leave early for Rome and I find it very simple, not so much options. We tried lunch only once because we always eat out when we are on dock. Lunch is buffet, food is okay lot's of options but it's like a market. So get ready to fall in line and rubbing elbows with other guests. Dinner is seated. I really like the idea. Food is great when its like a special night but average when its just a normal day in the boat. Food and drink are served right on time. We always anticipate watching the spectacle before our dinner at 9pm. I find the singers and dancers amazing. Top notch talents. They even had an opera singer which was really good. Different program each night so you always have something to look forward to. I didn't like the comedy guy but my husband like him, so maybe it varies. There were activities from 8am until late night. They never ran out of things to do. I like the most was the white party, gala night and Italian night. I was amazed that people were dress to impress. My advise for future costa female clients: bring long gowns, heels, make up. And for guys, bring your suits! You will feel left out if you don't. Plus it's really nice to dress up. Service is excellent. Drinks are served fast. Servers are pleasant. We paid 25euro/day for our drink package and it was an amazing deal. Coffee is served during breakfast but this is just regular one. If you like espresso and cappucino better get the drink package. There are juices at the buffet area but if you like smoothies or virgin cocktails better get the drink package. If you like wine with your every meal then get the drink package. If you missed buying one before embarkation, they sell it there for the same price. But there was a loop hole with the drink package, you can order water by the glass but you cannot order a bottle of water. It's extra charge or you can buy the premium drink package which is around 40euro/day or buy the water package. It was funny that I was expecting this type of things might happen, but it didn't matter. You can actually buy water from outside and bring it to your cabin. We tried and I can say that you really can. Regarding excursions. I saw complains that its very expensive. Well this is true, but i think it's just the same with other cruises and even 5 stars hotels. So, if you are in a budget just go do it on your own. It's a bit of walk to take buses or trains but it's cheaper. We didn't had a problem getting out of the port or even getting back but we researched well before our trip. It was an amazing experience. We would go back for sure and we already told our friends about it. Actually one of our friend already went with his wife for the 12 days mediterranean cruise, and we just have the same experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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
Already Booked?

Get to know who you’ll be sailing with

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click