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2 Crete (Heraklion) to Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

We really enjoyed this cruise. We were in cabin 6001, and were a bit worried when we read some of the reviews on here after we'd booked it. But no real problems. There is some noise from the anchors being let out, but that's over ... Read More
We really enjoyed this cruise. We were in cabin 6001, and were a bit worried when we read some of the reviews on here after we'd booked it. But no real problems. There is some noise from the anchors being let out, but that's over in a few seconds. There is shuddering as the ship manoeuvres, but that's felt everywhere. The walls are thin and we did hear sounds from the next cabin and from the corridor, but it seems that most cabin walls are thin on this ship. We had no problems over having our luggage delivered to the cabin. All the staff were friendly and helpful. The food in the dining room was good and the menu was quite wide-ranging and changed daily. Breakfast was also wide-ranging and there should be something to suit everyone. Drinks: they offer an all-inclusive package at €23.80 per person per day, plus 15% service charge, which wouldn't be value for money for us. When we turned that down they offered instead a "light" package of drinks with meals at €9.13 plus service. As a glass of wine with dinner is at least €5.50 this was good value, though they failed to make clear that it didn't cover drinks from any of the bars. Even so, we did better by taking this option than the all-inclusive package. You can get free tea and coffee, and water, from dispensers at the rear of the self-service restaurant. There is a daily newsletter covering that day's arrangements. Communication isn't perfect - the newsletter did not say that at the "Captain's Gala Dinner" most male diners would tend to wear a jacket and tie, so I did not and was a little out-of-place. But I wasn't thrown out! We went on just one of Costa's shore excursions, having booked others independently. At Santorini you go ashore by tender - they have crew members to assist passengers stepping between the ship and the boats - and those going on Costa's own excursions leave first, and the rest have to wait, which might have caused a problem for us getting to our excursion's meeting-point on time. We had to phone our company's emergency number about this. There is a separate service charge of €8.00 per person per day for gratuities to the cabin staff. There were several entertainment activities each evening but we didn't go to any of them. There is a small library, with a very small English section. There were six computers for public use but I could not get any of them to connect. Would I use Costa again? Well, what interests us is where the cruise is going, and the price. So Yes, if they were going where we wanted, when we wanted, and the price was reasonable,. But I'd also like to try another cruise line, perhaps one offering a different kind of experience - say, one that provided talks about the places the ship was visiting the next day. We went on this cruise to celebrate our fortieth wedding anniversary, and then spent a few more days in Heraklion. We thought the whole trip provided just the kind of celebration we wanted and we have no regrets bailout sailing on the Costa Classica.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
The boarding was a little shambolic especially when the baggage scanner packed in and they tried pushing all luggage through the hand baggage X-ray, total chaos ensued. Eventually got through this one and bussed to another queue in a ship ... Read More
The boarding was a little shambolic especially when the baggage scanner packed in and they tried pushing all luggage through the hand baggage X-ray, total chaos ensued. Eventually got through this one and bussed to another queue in a ship side marque that turned out to be for the pre-boarding snap, not a happy picture! Glad to say it all improved from then onwards. This was our second Costa cruise, the first was on the Favalosa, the Mediterranea is a slightly older ship, but equally as impressive. Cabin (inside) was spacious, clean and well maintained. An issue with the beds was quickly resolved. If you like a couple of drinks during the day and wine at dinner I would always recommend the package My only small criticism of the Costa experience would be the evening dining; unlike some other cruise lines it is not the occasion it could be. The food it of a good quality it's just they serve it so fast, as soon as one you finishes a course the next is served meaning some were almost on their sweets whilst others were 3 courses back. The wine bottle is no longer left on the table prompting regular reminders to the waiter.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013

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