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16 Costa Pacifica Senior Cruise Reviews

The cruise in October was my 65th birthday present to myself and also the itinerary had great appeal, embarking in Barcelona. Interestingly , there were new passengers on a daily basis, so there were new faces most mornings at ... Read More
The cruise in October was my 65th birthday present to myself and also the itinerary had great appeal, embarking in Barcelona. Interestingly , there were new passengers on a daily basis, so there were new faces most mornings at breakfast.I noticed at least 8-10 wheelchair bound passengers during the seven day trip, fantastic to have such provision for disabled people.For once , the British speaking passengers were the minority, which added to the fun we had. large Italian families travelling together in addition to other folk from all over the world.Offshore shuttles, for those of us not wishing to join booked excursions were punctilious and well organised.The office"staff' went to so much trouble to assist us on disembarkation day, we hade a late evening flight to Dubai, so they kept our luggage in the office and let us stay on Board until 15h00, they phoned the taxi company to change our collection time, all with a smile and such efficiency (Laura and Miekle) World Class Service indeed. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
First of all Good prices - Wifi was too expensive and not properly received - The ship cleaned all day long and the pool well kept Our Cabin was properly done every time we needed by Ian Magdaraog - Astonished entertainment ... Read More
First of all Good prices - Wifi was too expensive and not properly received - The ship cleaned all day long and the pool well kept Our Cabin was properly done every time we needed by Ian Magdaraog - Astonished entertainment by people singing different languages - Good and various food for all tastes - Hospitality Service well managed with the help of foreign languages - Mainly Rodrigo with his smile - Very good and warm bar services - with smiling and friendly bar maids - mainly Remy and the blonde girl (forgot her name) The everyday shows were very good with different teams and the show delivered by the various people (non entertainment team) on the day before our departure was great- can't imagine such good talents behind the scene We bought various good excursions - value for money - To end : Very Good cruise to be renewed every time now and then when in need of rest Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chosen this Cruise because it was an opportunity to know dfferent places like Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallin, Riga, Port of Kleipeda and Gdingen and Gdansk finally back to Kiel. The trip was great, the Staff amazing polited ... Read More
We chosen this Cruise because it was an opportunity to know dfferent places like Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallin, Riga, Port of Kleipeda and Gdingen and Gdansk finally back to Kiel. The trip was great, the Staff amazing polited and helpful. The cabin was very clean, several times a day it was checked. The food floor, nineth floor was very clean and offered several meals and the quality was very good. The special restaurant was very goo also. We only did the Ship Excursion in St Petersburg and it was very well organized and well done! The great setback is the internet connection. It would be better and more correct to say there was NO INTERNET ON BOARD. Either you have a twenty fours hours package for five euros a day, which does NOT WORK PROPERLY. Or you have choices of packages of 250 MEGABYTES or 500MEGABYTES or 3 GIGABYTES. Prices hanging from 32, 47 or 109 EUROS per package. BUT then comes the BIG catch , which you find out later written in very small letter at the botton of the page ...remember to disconnect by typing logout... What happens if you do not do so, there is a stopwatch measuring your use and then your package is gone almost without using it. An absurdity, it seems done with really bad faith!!!!!! Who after each use of your phone, whatsapp, or anything similar connect and disconnect every time. PLEASE Sirs, either you do not offer this lousy type of internet connection OR offer a reasonable one which might be used in your favor to send family and friends how we are enjoying the Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Daily, each passenger is charged 10€ for "tips". On the first day, I asked what the tips went for, and I was informed that they were given to those people who provided services: busboys, waiters and waitresses, bartenders, ... Read More
Daily, each passenger is charged 10€ for "tips". On the first day, I asked what the tips went for, and I was informed that they were given to those people who provided services: busboys, waiters and waitresses, bartenders, food servers, cabin cleaners. GOOD! These professions are often underpaid and many people do not tip for those services. The day before my cruise ended, I asked one of the service people what they were going to do with their tips at the end of the cruise. (I don't want to get anyone in trouble, so I am making the job of the person generic.) There were slightly over 3500 customers and slightly under 1000 service workers. 11 days x 3500 people x 10 € = 385000 € ! So, I talked with one of the officers of food and beverage and asked where the money went. He smiled indulgently and explained that Americans view "tips" differently than Europeans. The money, he explained, went to the people in charge of the service workers! He further justified NOT giving it to any of the service people by saying that when they signed a contract, they KNEW it was for salary only. I told him that if I had known that my tip money did NOT go to the folks who provided DIRECT service, I would have carried euros around with me to tip those folks who served me! I talked to German, Italian and French cruise mates....and asked them what they thought the "tip" money was for and they explained to me that it was for those people who provide service: busboys, waiters and waitresses, bartenders, food servers, cabin cleaners! SO, they had the same thought as I. Fortunately, there was time to give the person who cleaned my cabin a tip. BUT, all those others didn't get tips and the person who cleaned my cabin told me that it is rare! (OF COURSE IT IS! PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE GIVING EVERY DAY!) The daily excursions were pricey and there were FEW (only 2 out of 11) that had head sets for each member of the tour group. There were often 3-5 cruise ships in the port which meant that there were hundreds, possibly thousands going ashore to see THE sights that made the town famous/important etc. Each tour group was 30-40 people and unless you were directly in front of the person (obviously impossible) you couldn't hear what was being said. The tour companies were hired/subcontracted by COSTA and when this issue was raised with the excursion folks on board, they explained that there was nothing they could do. When I spoke with the tour guides, they explained that the cost of head sets was too much for them....Additionally, the tour guides seemed to routinely get paid less than what I paid for the tour itself! (Another place to tip if you enjoyed the tour.) Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We booked this cruise for a wedding anniversary. 6 months in advance we booked the cruise. On advise of Neckermann Cruises we also booked all our excursions on line a few days later, what gave us on some excursions discounts up to 35%. ... Read More
We booked this cruise for a wedding anniversary. 6 months in advance we booked the cruise. On advise of Neckermann Cruises we also booked all our excursions on line a few days later, what gave us on some excursions discounts up to 35%. We choose English for all excursions. When arriving it was well organized and we got on board: impressive and a very nice clean cabin with balcony that was much bigger than we expected: a big hotel room. On the bed there was a latter that we had to go to the excursion desk. On our last excursion in Bergen there was no English available and we couldn't even take the same in another Language. They cancelled this excursion and we had to book an new excursion. 2 days later we received again a letter for a problem with an excursion on which we had initially a reduction of 22%.. English was not available but we could change it to French. We had to sign a paper but that was at full price. Luckily I had print of all our excursion with the price we paid with me. I told them that I wanted at least the same deduction as the original one. Apparently that was impossible to book in their system !!! After some discussion we had a price that was only a few euro more expensive then the original one. We felt that this wouldn't be the last excursion that would be cancelled so we went to the hospitality desk and explained the problem. They called the excursion responsible and told he that it was normal they cancelled the initial excursion (with price discount) and booked a new one (without price discount). We said we did not agree because WE made no error. Reaction: If we didn't accept their proposal they would cancel ALL our excursions. THAT WAS A THREAT !!! When we received again a letter that the excursion in English was cancelled we said that we would not join another non-English speaking excursion. Their reaction: we booked it so we had to do another excursion. After some words they cancelled the excursion. The last day -1 of the cruise on board there was a meeting for English speaking people on the procedure with luggage on how to leave the ship. There were about 20! people. The Costa guide asked as a first question if we were all satisfied. I think she regrets that asked that question: After about 10 minutes she stopped the negative answers on her question (we said nothing) and she told us not to judge the cruise based on the excursions... Apparently there was on the first day a welcome meeting in English, that no-one present was aware of but that we have seen for other languages when we passed through the saloons. They had forgotten to notify the +/- 100 English speaking passengers on board. In that welcome meeting they would ask that all english speaking people would only choose the same 1 excursion per day, because of lack of English speaking people. INCREDIBLE! When we were on excursions with multiple languages on 1 bus/boat they first spoke the other langauge. The English speaking heard something like: The building that was on your right was... ) = Always to late. Another example was in Bergen where the guide did an explanation in French in a street. She told them they could walk around an to be back in 20 minutes. Then she explained it in English some 15 minutes and we could walk around and had to be back in... 5 minutes. It was always like that... Annoying. On board the performers were really Italian and Spanish oriented: They sung many Italian songs unknown for us while the Italians were having the time of their life. The HI-5 Band was the only band that played international known songs all the time. The saloon where they played was of course always overcrowded. These was our favorite band of course. The other performers was singing there texts in phonetically English! It often looked like a Karaoke show... The buffets and a la carte restaurant were very satisfying. !!! We strongly advise not to book this cruise if you are not Italian, Spanish, French or German speaking !!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Costa Pacifica 9th Oct 16.  Savona, Marseille, Ajaccio, Cagliari, La Valletta, Rome, Savona.  Some nice ports on this short cruise even we ventured ashore in two of them decent weather made my slow walking enjoyable.  Our second ... Read More
Costa Pacifica 9th Oct 16.  Savona, Marseille, Ajaccio, Cagliari, La Valletta, Rome, Savona.  Some nice ports on this short cruise even we ventured ashore in two of them decent weather made my slow walking enjoyable.  Our second time on the Pacifica not much had changed so we knew our way round, very easy embarkation  due to our Suite booking, was dreading the queues at Savona after the new club rules downgraded Gold Pearl to just priority boarding not preferential.   Enjoyed a really nice lunch in what was the Club Restaurant now set aside for Suite guests & Perla Diamante club members, but also for any paying guest who wish slightly nicer surroundings with mainly tables for two.   We elected to eat in the MDR for our evening meals as we enjoy a table for six with company, this proved to be a great choice as we met two from Norway, who told us a little more about that Country, & a couple from six Miles from where we live.  On to the food, in my opinion it is getting  un-expiring & very bland, limited in choice  to just two of each & very hard to understand what is being offered, surely someone should investigate why so much is being left on plates, I was glad however of the extras offered of Shrimp & Lobster even if being charged for them (15E) they saved the night at least twice after not finding anything to my taste on the Menu. A couple on our table were appalled by the menu's after cruising with Costa in the late 90's & telling friends about the wonderful food served to them then, I can relate to that as I still have most of those fabulous menus from those days.   Although mostly the same dishes were served to suite guests with perhaps one extra they did seem slightly better prepared & cooked, if fact I think we may just eat there on our February cruise, & least I won't have to pay for the Shrimp & lobster dishes.   The cabin was well appointed & nicely set out, spotlessly clean, choice of pillows was an added bonus as I do like a soft feather one beneath my head. A little about the difference between these suites & a premium balcony, they have extended the bathroom which now has a Jacuzzi bath, shower & a dressing room, bags of storage space both here & in the main cabin, overall just slightly larger than the normal balcony cabin, also being offered at the moment is the best drinks package the Intenditore (@ 49.95 euros a day free) for purchasing a suite. Not to sure that the so called Butler was of any use other than to serve breakfast, he never once asked us if everything was okay or if we wanted anything, I found him a little off-putting and would rather have had the cabin steward who was a delight.  Only went to one show but put off by the number of guests sitting on the stairs after show had started, chatting a blocking any chance of an exit should we need to leave. This practice should be stopped close the doors after the start, they were still coming in 30 minutes later, one even lent against my leg while sitting down, causing me some pain. However those on our table said they were enjoyable & mainly the songs were in English.  Booked this cruise mainly because we wanted to see the Blue Grotto in Malta having tried twice before with other lines & cancelled, pleased when tickets turned up and boarded the coach, only to be told boat out had been cancelled due to heavy waves & we were taken to top above the Grotto to look, oh dear I couldn't make it down the steps so had to sit up top till they all came back, so just going to have to book another cruise there, so I have another chance. (note to all wishing to see it, don't go while I am on board.)  It might sound that we did not enjoy this cruise, nothing could be further from the truth, Costa have proved once again what great value for the money their cruises are, & even with the falling standard of food choices, we still enjoy them overall, and look forward to our February cruise with them.  Marks out of ten, for service, cleanliness, value & perks we must give a good nine.  Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We choose this cruise because we wanted to see a bit of France and the fact that it was from Malta to Malta our country. it was rather a late booking so we had to be content with the dates available. The cheaper price made it more ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we wanted to see a bit of France and the fact that it was from Malta to Malta our country. it was rather a late booking so we had to be content with the dates available. The cheaper price made it more attractive. Embarkation went smoothly but disembarkation at Malta port terminal was rather hectic. We had to walk a long way with considerable luggage since there were no trolleys available. The ship was clean, though refurbishment in some places is needed. The cabin clean, towels soft and bed comfortable. Room temperature rather warm. Dining average. The cruise attracts many seniors with multiple health problems, most of the food was very salty, and food for diabetics limited. Fruit salad offered for dessert contained high sugar content fruit so not suitable for those who cannot take sugar Entertainment was very good and varied. Particularly liked the entertainment team with their great sense of humor and jokes, and the excellent latin dancers and their dancing lessons. Service excellent. Shuttle buses in ports very welcome. Shore excursions varied, rather dear, and mobility problems hindered our joining, I would go again but not too soon. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this voyage because the timing allowed us to complete an earlier Princess cruise; spend a week driving the northern lake region of Italy; pick up this cruise, and then put us in position to cruise back to the States. (We were ... Read More
We chose this voyage because the timing allowed us to complete an earlier Princess cruise; spend a week driving the northern lake region of Italy; pick up this cruise, and then put us in position to cruise back to the States. (We were celebrating our 60th anniversary/80th birthdays...while we both were still standing.) We've traveled Costa previously. Costa Cruise Line may not be for everyone; it has been good for/to us. For whatever reason, some travel agents will not book you on Costa. If you find this to be the case and you really like your agent, book the cruise yourself and having done that, transfer the booking to your travel agent. Failing that, book the cruise yourself and forget the agent. Costa, in Europe, caters to typically not less than 6 nationalities aboard the ship. Your announcements are therefore (typically) in 6 different languages! Italian, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English. With the increase in Asian tourists, do not be surprised if additional groups are catered to. The preceding isn't bad, it just "is". Since the groups mentioned are on board, the ship's tours are offered in the respective language. That's the good news. The bad new if not enough people of a group book the tour; the tour is cancelled. The option is to join another group's "language" tour. The tour office is well organized and joining the correct tour is typically a non-event. Regarding dining room seating, somehow you are seated with a group that speaks your language. The food is OK. Formal nights are a farce (at least on this cruise). Tennis shorts and sweater around the neck was allowed. Entertainment was generally good+. The "My Way" dining room is less crowded since the majority of guests opt for the NY one. Service was fine in the dining room. Their main floor show is excellent with good cast. The other shows are good/typical. As with all cruises, there are daily events throughout the day such as lectures/demonstrations/movies and such. Their Internet room is fine. There are also stores in which to shop and naturally a Casino. Their "front desk" will change money (U.S./Euro/Pounds) which is important since you'll need $20 in pounds if you are going on a tour in Britain and plan to snack/have coffee. If Costa is going at the time you want to go; to the place(s) you want to go...the go with Costa...if nothing else, the price will be right! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Just returned from a cruise. This time with Costa, the Costa Pacifica. My wife and I are cruising enthusiasts. We have travelled on several cruising lines. Being both retired,we prefare to travel in the off season quiet months. We ... Read More
Just returned from a cruise. This time with Costa, the Costa Pacifica. My wife and I are cruising enthusiasts. We have travelled on several cruising lines. Being both retired,we prefare to travel in the off season quiet months. We are Costa Club members. On the past cruises with Costa, we were greeted in our cabin with champaigne and a fruit basket. This time we were greeted with the misery of a bottle of water with a silly note hung around its neck. On touring the ship we discovered that the chapel had to do without a religious minister. I am not too much of a devotee, but Costa used to boast of its Italian roots and values, which made it stand out among others. During the late hours some guests had to close the insulation corridor doors to cut off some of the noisy fracas made by the night revellers on the reception/piano lounge. I encourage economy on waste, but not on reputation standards. The staff was as usual fantastic and really did all what they could to keep up the hospitality of Costa. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Plus Points 1. Tour Price was significantly discounted 2. Excellent Itinerary 3. Overall Service & Cleanliness were good 4. We liked the dance lessons Negative Points 1) Embarkation was unusually slow, ... Read More
Plus Points 1. Tour Price was significantly discounted 2. Excellent Itinerary 3. Overall Service & Cleanliness were good 4. We liked the dance lessons Negative Points 1) Embarkation was unusually slow, departure delayed by almost two hours 2) Smoking on board a) Limits to smoking only in restricted deck areas outside were not enforced, smokers were running everywhere. b) Cigarette smoke penetrated frequently into the cabin (air condition) c) Smoking lounge very smelly, ashtrays full over the days, place untidy and uninviting, no wonder the people looked for smoking elsewhere. 3) Dining a) Catering was strictly regimented with restricted hours of service, especially in the self-service areas: no coffee or tea after breakfast, no water after buffet time. In the restaurants with service, all drinks, including water, had to be paid. There was not free drinking water served at the table. b) Cuisine was practically limited to an average Italian style: pasta, pasta, cod fish and other simple dishes. Anything above that was subject to surcharge 4) Board Life a) Mismanagement of the ship space due to lack of personnel resulted in huge numbers of passengers crowded in the mid ship atrium with narrow gallery for the shops and the main entertainment lounge. The constant bidirectional traffic, limited practically to one deck, was a nerve wrecking experience every night. Rest of the abundant space with several bars and lounges with seating facilities were empty. Some were not manned or the entertainment was not attractive enough. Additionally, the best places along the corridors were taken up by ship photographers with their backdrops and other utensils. Never seen so many photo stations together before! This crowd feeling and people bumping to each other led frequently to harsh individual reactions. Our cabin was a Robinson's retreat! b) Entertainment: Theater show average with more accent to a naked flesh than to the level of artistic performance. Live music limited to single or max two performers, lot of electronic garbage. c) Inadequate information and solution of the problems, e.g.when a sudden crash of water supply all over the ship happened. 5) Summary We got what we paid for. Try to avoid Costa in future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Our previous cruise with Costa, on a Neo ship was extremely disappointing, but we tried it again on the Costa Pacifica. This time Costa was all what we expected and even more. All the complaints we had on the previous cruise with the Costa ... Read More
Our previous cruise with Costa, on a Neo ship was extremely disappointing, but we tried it again on the Costa Pacifica. This time Costa was all what we expected and even more. All the complaints we had on the previous cruise with the Costa Neo Classica were take care of. No maintenance during this cruise, all elevators worked all the time!!, dinner was great and options were mentioned on the menu. Staff was great as well as service. And no promotions all the time. Nothing is as bad as being asked during dinner if you want to have the day promotion. (Which we could not get as we had all inclusive). This was the first time I went on a cruise while being in a wheelchair, due to an accident a couple of months ago. Housekeeping staff was great getting me on board and off board in my wheelchair! We had great help during this cruise from all the staf. Costa has won us back as our favorite cruise company, although we will never travel again on a Neo Collection ship!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
The Costa web page lacks of enough information. We did not know anything about our dinner and if water was included or not. We got that information the first day we got to the ship because we went to the front desk and ask. Our room was ... Read More
The Costa web page lacks of enough information. We did not know anything about our dinner and if water was included or not. We got that information the first day we got to the ship because we went to the front desk and ask. Our room was old and dirty, some lights did not work, dusty, I had to fix the shower head because it would not stay up, there was not an iron in the room we had to rent it! At dinner time we had to share our table with two other people! We took the cruise as our honeymoon! And we had to share table? Even on breakfast you could not sit alone! And on the buffet people would just share the table because there was not enough space! The food is not that good (except on dinner) the buffet is until 4pm and there is a "Merienda" time that is just one hour! So people is mean doing the lines because is not enough time to do the line and eat in one hour! And if you are hungry between lunch and dinner there was just a pizza and salad place that closes at 6pm. So between 6 and 9 (second dinner time) there is nothing you can eat. The shows in the theater were mediocre except a few that were hire by Costa. I do not recommend this cruise and this Company. Workers are really nice and knowledgeable. The drinks prices are not that expensive, long island iced tea for 8.50 euros, beer for 5 and a gin and tonic for 7.50 so if you just have a few drinks a day the 25 euros unlimited package is not good but if your a bid drinker pay for it. The entertainment is not good. The excursions are expensive and the majority are useless because just paying the hop on hop of would be perfect but other excursions I recommend it like the Normandy beaches and mount St. Michele in the port of Cherbourg France (there is nothing to see or do in Cherbourg). Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Port of embarkation: Kiel, (port doesn't appear on your list above). Costa Past Guests Level: Corail (my husband and I were also on the Concordia a few months before the tragedy and upon returning home we wrote Carnival a letter ... Read More
Port of embarkation: Kiel, (port doesn't appear on your list above). Costa Past Guests Level: Corail (my husband and I were also on the Concordia a few months before the tragedy and upon returning home we wrote Carnival a letter telling them about everything wrong that we found with the ship and its organization. Costa seems that instead of improving, they are going from bad to worse. We have been on the Pacifica before. As usual on all the previous Costa ships, the officers are rude, not friendly at all. They don't greet passengers, they don't look at you . During then 11 days we only saw the Capt. once and it was a brief appearance. In the buffet area if you ask a waiter to bring you water/coffee from dispensing machines,they tell you that that they need to charge you. In the evening the only thing to eat that they have in the buffet is pizza, a bowl of lettuce and small rolls (no butter)...and you need to go before 9pm, otherwise you will have to wait until the next day for breakfast. The buffet always has a number of areas showing the "closed" sign in every language! They have many waiters/waitresses in the buffet, but they are practically doing nothing....they are looking at themselves on the mirrored walls or the waitresses are flirting with their bosses...there are also an army of bosses, also doing nothing! In the main dining room you have to pay for bottled water, they don't serve regular water. Also, they no longer serve coffee in the dining room after dinner... they tell you to go out and get it from the bar! The food in the dinning room is o.k. but the rations are small and there is not a good selection variety The entertainment also needs improvement...the production shows are o.k. but they have no "headliners". The cruise director, a lady, only showed up in the theater ....she spoke several languages but unfortunately gave very little or no info at all. The only reason we took a Costa ship again was because of the very special itinerary... the Pacifica goes to all the Baltic countries. We believed Carnival should straighten up the whole Costa organization or get rid of it. Please be advised that my husband and I are also past guests of most of the cruise companies.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
When we saw the ad for a 5 night cruise for less than �£100, in a premium balcony cabin to boot, we thought it would be extremely rude not to......and so we booked for the Costa Pacifica short Med cruise. The prospect of sailing ... Read More
When we saw the ad for a 5 night cruise for less than �£100, in a premium balcony cabin to boot, we thought it would be extremely rude not to......and so we booked for the Costa Pacifica short Med cruise. The prospect of sailing from Savona was a bit daunting, as I had no idea how we would get to it independently. However, I discovered that Costa themselves were running transfer coached from Milan, Genoa and Nice. So we booked an Easyjet flight from Luton to Milan, and paid �£44 for the return transfer. (It is worth noting that you need to change terminals to pick up the transfer. There is a bus stop just outside arrivals. Turn right as you leave the building) and a courtesy bus shuttles you between the terminals via a couple of car parks - it takes about 5 minutes). The organisation for the Costa Transfer at the airport was rather chaotic, but we finally left for the ship at about 12.30 for a 2.5 hour journey. Unfortunately, there was torrential rain which had caused part of the route to flood and the transfer took almost 4.5 hours. It was lucky that the transfer was run by Costa or we may have found that the ship had left without us, but when we eventually arrived, there she was in all her glory. We were moved swiftly aboard, just as the muster drill was starting and the ship pulled away within minutes of us arriving in our cabin. We late arrivals were given a separate safety briefing at 8pm. Our first impression of the ship were very favourable. We have cruised about 10 times before on a variety of lines, but this was probably the biggest ship we've been on to date. The decor was very vibrant with a strong music theme, and may not be to everyone's taste, but it felt modern and scrupulously clean. Our cabin was good sized, with a 2 seater sofa-bed as well as the king sized double, a very usable shower room, and plenty of storage even for a couple of weeks. There was a flat screen TV, although the menu system for viewing your on-board account etc. didn't work (and apparently hadn't for the past 3 cruises) There were several "Costa" channels as well as the BBC World Service, and a variety of European language channels. The balcony was small but perfectly formed, and was very private. I didn't think we'd get much use out of it, it being November/December, but actually we found ourselves out there several times a day - even in the 95km winds on the last night! Following our safety briefing (where we were assured that the Captain WOULD remain with the ship whatever happened) we went for the late sitting dinner at 9pm (early is at 6pm). The menu was quite extensive with about 7 courses each night including starter, soup, pasta, salad, main, cheese and dessert, and you could have as many or few as you chose. There were also some items like grilled chicken that were available every night. I read a review that said if you go cruising for the food then Costa may not be your best option, and I would agree. However, it wasn't bad, there was plenty of choice, and the service was great - just the food wasn't very exciting. We found that lunch in the dining room was better than dinner, probably because the service was staggered and they didn't have to get 1000 plates to the table, hot, all at one go. We only ate at the Lido buffet a couple of times, once in the afternoon when there was only Pizza and salad available (nice fresh pizza tho'), and once at lunchtime when there was lots of choice but it was absolutely manic. For us, every cruise line has things that we really like, and Costa's "thing" was their "all inclusive" drinks package. We paid approx �£16 a day each including the 15% service, and it covered just about everything except bottled beer, premium spirits, and fresh squeezed juices (I think it used to include that, but it's changed recently). We aren't huge drinkers, but we enjoyed the freedom of trying new cocktails, having good coffee with a brandy and a few glasses of quaffable wine with dinner without thinking about it. As many people have said, if you have more than 3 drinks a day then you're in pocket. For people that don't want to drink alcohol there is also now a package of unlimited soft drinks for approx �£8 a day pp (for adults as well as children), and there is a also Lavazza coffee package which gave you something like 15 coffees at a fixed price, (27 Euros???) but it didn't seem to save you much. There were a good selection of bars, with a variety of types of music - from classic Violin/Piano to disco and ballroom dancing. As many others have mentioned, some bar areas allow smoking, as does the Casino, and it's hard to avoid it altogether when walking around, but we found there were plenty of areas where you could sit in the evenings and not be bothered by it. The main entertainment in the theatre seemed to suffer from the constraints of a multi-lingual ship, and we thought was rather weak. The one male and one female vocalists sang mainly in English, and the guy was pretty good. Then there was a dance troupe who seemed to do the same routine over and over just in different costumes (but I'm probably being a bit unfair.....) We only went 3 nights out of the 5, so it may have been better on those nights we weren't there? The only daytime activity we attended was a quiz, where the questions were asked in 5 languages. Luckily they were all short questions, and only 10 of them, but it was fun. I personally enjoyed the "European" ambiance of the ship, and didn't find any more rudeness or queue jumping than on any British or American ship - just more enthusiastic singing and dancing! And the best bit was that there seemed to be a real camaraderie among those Brits aboard, which led to some great evenings and lots of laughs.... I didn't know what to expect from the Med in the winter, but it surprised me to find that it was choppier than we've had on any other cruise including the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic twice. The "very rough" conditions meant that we couldn't dock in Marseilles, as planned for Day 2, although the ship seemed to handle the rough seas fairly well, so we headed for Toulon instead. Each day we enjoyed sunshine, but most evenings the wind seemed to get up and we'd get a little bit of rock 'n' roll - just enough to remind you that you were on a ship as you got rocked to sleep in the very comfy beds. Until the last night when, on leaving Corsica, both the wind and the waves were stormy, and the numbers at dinner diminished dramatically. Even a few of the waiters looked as if they might not finish the shift! But Costa managed the situation well, giving out sea sickness pills at reception, and helping the more frail to get about the ship safely and comfortably, and by early morning all was calm again both inside and out. Having read a few of the other reviews here, I have to say I was in two minds about a Costa cruise, but thought a 5 day cruise would be a good way of deciding for myself without too big a commitment. Did I enjoy it - definitely! Would I do it again? - probably, and at the price we paid I'd go again next week without a second thought. I thought for the price it was exceptional value, but I do think that they would need to up their game with the food and entertainment offering if they want to compete with the likes of P&O, Princess, Celebrity etc.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We had never been on Costa Lines but the only ship that went to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania was the Costa Pacifica, so a group of friends and us decided to take the cruise leaving and returning to Kiel on August 21, 2011. First of all, ... Read More
We had never been on Costa Lines but the only ship that went to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania was the Costa Pacifica, so a group of friends and us decided to take the cruise leaving and returning to Kiel on August 21, 2011. First of all, this is a ship where many of the passengers smoke, so if smoke bothers you,do not go on this ship.The smell permeates de ship. Second, the food leaves a lot to be desired. Even the Blue Moon specialty restaurant is pretty bad, with service there just as bad as the food. We had to wait a long time for our food, and the waiters were chatting in a corner of the dining room and we almost had to get up to get them to come and serve our table.Food took forever and the meat was overdone and dry. The cabins on the ship were ample and comfortable (we were in a suite on the 7th floor) and the steward which cleaned the cabins was very nice and accomodating. It is a shame that such a nice,big ship has such mediocre food. It seems as if they only rearrange the options with the same sauces with different names! The music all over the ship is quite good, there is an excellent singer on the ground floor every evening, and the shows are adequate. The spa is quite good, with very good hairdressers and manicurist. Prices are high, so in a 3800 passenger ship the salon was never fully booked.I find it difficult to believe this is a Carnival Cruise line owned ship, if they have an interest in this line they should supervise the cuisine.Most of the passengers on this cruise were German and Italians, so maybe the food was meant to cater to their tastes? Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Cruise Line: Costa Cruises Ship: Costa Pacifica Sailing date: April 27th, 2011 Itinerary: 12-day Holy Land, later changed to Turkey & Greece After making a comfortable one-hour transfer by train (independent), from Milan we ... Read More
Cruise Line: Costa Cruises Ship: Costa Pacifica Sailing date: April 27th, 2011 Itinerary: 12-day Holy Land, later changed to Turkey & Greece After making a comfortable one-hour transfer by train (independent), from Milan we arrived at the port of Savona. Embarkation was easy and organized. My accommodations (outside cat. E1 - Notturno deck) had soft colors, beautiful wood cabinetry, a desk with mirror, mini-bar, personal safe, TV set and was clean and comfortable. The closets were ample and the cabin had huge sofa for four persons. The soundproofing is excellent. The room service is limited but worked well. TV options were mediocre. The cabin steward Aldian, from Malaysia was very good, keeping cabin clean and made up. The New York, New York Restaurant is used at lunch and two Dinner seatings; decorated with extremely bad taste in purple, dark red and brown, chandeliers with burnt lamps and very few windows. The food came in tiny portions but was really good and well presented. As a cruise line economy measure our good waiter had to attend 22 persons and the service was very slow until I made a complaint to the maitre D and we got another waiter assistant to help and to put the service in good shape. The Buffet La Paloma used for breakfast and alternative lunch is very informal, the food was acceptable. The Pizza served in this buffet in the evening is the worst I have ever tried in ships. No Midnight Buffets. The officials ignored the passengers, not even greeting us when passing by. The Captain was only seen on the first and last day and did not make any traditional noon announcement during the entire cruise The dress code was very casual and few men wore jack & tie in some occasions. Entertainment was very good with nice music and shows. The boutiques have good service and selections and the photo-shop is very good. Shore excursions were expensive and limited so I took independent tours in all ports. This ship has been very well maintained but has a horrible and very tacky decor, plenty of purple, dark red and brown and very dark in some areas. The casino is unbelievably decorated with "arts" showing panties and brassieres. Ports of Call: Katakolon, Limassol, Marmaris, Izmir, Pireus, Civitavecchia Katakolon The small village is very nice and the gateway to Olympia Limassol The city does not have any touristic interest, the ruins of Paphos outside Limassol is a place to go. Rhodes The best port of this cruise; this island is full of history and historical buildings. Izmir An uninteresting port city, gateway to Ephesus and house of Virgin Mary Pireus The ship stayed in port only for six hours due to a four hour strike in the subway and we did not have time to go to Athens. Interestingly, MSC Musica was also there and stayed in the port for the whole day allowing the passenger to go to Athens and other interesting places. Civitavecchia We stayed in this interesting city as we have been in Rome before. Conclusion We bought an expensive Holy Land cruise but received a cheaper Turkey and Greece instead. Egypt and Israel ports were canceled and Costa did not give us any compensation, option to cancel, a voucher or even a chance to change for other cruise. The ship dEcor is really horrible, call this Italian is an offence to a nation that has so many talented designers. The cruise quality in many aspects was very low, the worst in all Costa Cruises I have been. Next time I want to go Italian style I will choose a MSC ship, Costa never more. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
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