After touring Genoa, we took our pre-booked Costa shuttle bus outside the Genoa main train station on Sept. 1, 13:00 to Savona pier. With only 1,100+ passengers this time, the transfer & check-in process ran well. We entered our cabin ... Read More
After touring Genoa, we took our pre-booked Costa shuttle bus outside the Genoa main train station on Sept. 1, 13:00 to Savona pier. With only 1,100+ passengers this time, the transfer & check-in process ran well. We entered our cabin at 16:30.
We were on the premium outside cabin. It has no space for a small table but enough to get by. Our 2 twin-sized mattresses can't seems to pull together tight for sleeping. And no thick bed/mattress sheet available to cover the center gap there. 27" flat TV shows no "account" menu & the "wake-up" function isn't ready. It offers 3 English channels though. Storage space is enough for us but the washroom counter is small. It has hair dryer & coffee machine. For coffee/tea, the first 2 are free & charges €1,50 per cup after that. Our free room meal service has continental breakfast menu (finishes at 10:00am) & the regular meal menu has very limited salad/sandwich/drink selection. Our room steward cleaned/stock-up well our cabin twice daily. Room temperature, lighting, decor, noise level, shover space, hot water are OK.
Its alternative restaurant "St. Tropez" only opened twice for its €15 brunch offers in this sailing. For full service dining, we all were placed to the larger "Cetara". Premium class passengers got no reservation privilege to this sailing though. When the line-up is long, the host puts down our details/request & give us a beeper so we could wait (10 min. the most) at the live music lounge right outside. Table service is smooth & the staffs are well trained. Walking space is tight there. Often the passengers & staffs fight for the work station walkways. Night dining menu (changed daily) has 4 starters, 2 prime, 3 main, 1 cheese plate & 4 dessert courses to offer. And our server even occasionally brought us the "non-menu" dishes on request. Our Classic wine package has 3 whites, 3 reds (all above average 2013/Italian ones), 7 waters for €99 including service charge after the Club discount. Good value for us. With open seating likes this, Two of us normally sat down around 7:45 & enjoyed the meal/drink until ready for the 10:00pm show. We like it. The lunch buffet upstair has more varieties & hot foods keep re-filling the two food stations constantly. Silverwares are racked on each dining table to ease our run-round. Also, free pizza station & grilled station in the open deck are opened daily (limited time). Afternoon tea are served daily too.
Shows (from Costa singer/dance to one-time guest) were well presented (both sound, light & stage setup) in general at the very odd seating. Each row has two sets of seats, the movable chairs in front (better viewing) & the fixed sofa (more comfortable) behind it, with a small fixed round table in between. Quite a bit of time wasted on settling down for show. It has 3 dance lounges with live music. One venue was non-stop in evenings between 2 excellent groups, offering very good dance arrangement. We were so busy at the ports & didn't get to the other venues much but it seems the passengers enjoyed them.
Front desk service is well trained but the tour service is questionable. Firstly, all the tour offers (mostly Italian language ones) start around 9:00am (even the half-day tours) when the majority of our port stays were until very late to the evening. Secondly, the staffs there tried not to provide any port related details in words or print to us. Ends up we explored all the ports ourselves with ease. Our only Costa "tour" booking is the €6,95 Salerno city centre transfer (besides the above Genoa to pier & pier to Nice transfers). It wasn't like this at our Costa's Baltic & Middle-East sailings then.
When things is not offered from the Costa normal practice, the answer is often "This the the neo-class"...... Read Less