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1 Hamburg to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Costa Mediterranea Cruise Reviews

Notes & comments on our recent cruise. Cruise facts: 12 day cruise on Costa Cruise line leaving from Hamburg, Germany, visiting 8 ports, final port of embarkation, Marseilles, France. Boarded ship in Hamburg. Nice ship, comfortable ... Read More
Notes & comments on our recent cruise. Cruise facts: 12 day cruise on Costa Cruise line leaving from Hamburg, Germany, visiting 8 ports, final port of embarkation, Marseilles, France. Boarded ship in Hamburg. Nice ship, comfortable cabin, Not perfect but OK. Dinner that night in main dining room, a 2 story room that seats 1300 people. Passengers speaking 5 different languages contributed to a rather noisy environment. Our cruises on most if not all other large ships had 2 separate dining rooms. Other observations from the dining room: No water served unless you bought and paid for a bottle of water $3.50. Coffee not served after meal with dessert unless specifically ordered with meal. No cream or real milk for the coffee (anywhere or anytime on the boat). Available milk appeared to be made from powdered milk and was like skim milk in the coffee. Not good! Other comments on the dining room: The menus were OK but not up to expectation or standards used to us on other cruise lines. Same menu for breakfast every morning. Ne menu per table shared by all. Menu selection and food quality OK but not up to our expectation or standards. Breakfast in the dining room was interesting as it was a combination of “sit down & order” and Help yourself buffet. You could sit down and order your eggs or other hot items but if you want fruit, juice, rolls, muffins etc you had to go get it yourself. The Buffet was kind of typical cruise ship style with these notable differences. EVERYTHING you were going to eat or drink had to be self served. No waiters brought coffee or drinks around unless bar orders. You needed to get your food or drinks, find a table (not always easy) and then go back for your food or drinks that you were unable to carry on your first trip. Refills.... Go get it yourself no table service. Food was OK, coffee terrible. Desserts were very disappointing and not at all tempting. I actually lost weight on this trip! There was a Pizzeria on the ship. $4. Per pizza. Also free pizza by the slice in the buffet. I love pizza and tried both. Worse pizza I ever ate and the only pizza I ever ate and did not like! Other than the Pizza we did not try any of the other restaurants that were optional pay venues. One other comment on the buffet. It closes each night around 10 after that the only option for food or drink is room service. Costa advertises 24 hour room service, what they fail to mention is the cost $5.pp even for just coffee. Another thing widely advertised is WI/FI throughout the ship, fail to mention fifty cents per minute. Cruising on a foreign ship and foreign Port. I would not do it again or recommend it. There were probably less than 2 dozen English speaking passengers. It seemed everyone was speaking different languages and people did not speak to others they did not know. Strange feeling being on a large boat with lots of people and no one speaking to each other. In cabin TV service one English speaking channel (BBC News) and one English speaking movies played each day throughout the day. Ship announcements made in 5 languages could be a bit annoying but not a big deal. Entertainment and facilities on the boat were all good, no problems there. Summary: We had a lousy time due mainly to the "major problem" and would never sail with Costa again, even if FREE!   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Costa Mediterranea Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.2
Entertainment 3.0 3.2
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.4
Enrichment 1.0 2.9
Service 4.0 3.7
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 4.0 3.9

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