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10 Marseille Costa Diadema Cruise Reviews

This was our third cruise but first (and last) time with Costa. They first stuck us in a cabin over the propellers and docking machinery. We did get our room changed. All the food tasted ike it was fast food micowaved for the masses. This ... Read More
This was our third cruise but first (and last) time with Costa. They first stuck us in a cabin over the propellers and docking machinery. We did get our room changed. All the food tasted ike it was fast food micowaved for the masses. This was probably to motivate you to try the higher end paying restaurants. Crew looked tired due to working 9 months straight without breaks. Cancelled 3 of our tours and dont even think of taking this ship if you are american or english speaking. Very Italian which implies Patience is not in their DNA nor being soft spoken. Get a good set of earplugs if you take thus cruise. Between the screaming children, rude gestures and poor entertainment we were anxious to leave the ship. Highlights were the wonderful tenor they had only perform one night and after the 50th rendition of 'Volare' heard throughout the ship it finally grew on me :) Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
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 sailed on Costa Diadema for the New Year's cruise on Europe. The boat is beautiful and huge as well as our cabin very good price,quality value. Nevertheless compared with other cruises we have done with Costa which were in our ... Read More
We sailed on Costa Diadema for the New Year's cruise on Europe. The boat is beautiful and huge as well as our cabin very good price,quality value. Nevertheless compared with other cruises we have done with Costa which were in our opinion very good and convenient this one on Costa Diadema was really not good! The service ion the restaurants ADULARIA and Corona Blu were extremely long, about 2 hours and 2,30 hours to have dinner)! The quality of the shows and entertainment team were very poor, not enough activities on board, no hot water or coffee available (everything had to be paid), all passengers were really pushed to consume and to spend as much as possible! No glamour, no magic and a very bad attitude from Costa Cruises. We could tell that the most part of the passengers were very disappointed! And of course on the last morning when you are about to leave the boat and you are charged with fees of 10 € for person and for day for a service that you did not appreciate at all you feel that Costa is really putting his hand on your pocket! The problem is not the crew they just follow orders and they must obey. If this line of exploitation continues to be followed by Costa Cruises I am sure they will lose a lot of clients me included and it is really a pity because they can do much better as they already done before and win money anyway! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
the ship is stunning but they would charge you for the air you breath if they could the over powering Italian atmos can drive you mad plenty of queuing for food grumpy waiters,argumentative bar staff ,forced to tip at end of voyage you ... Read More
the ship is stunning but they would charge you for the air you breath if they could the over powering Italian atmos can drive you mad plenty of queuing for food grumpy waiters,argumentative bar staff ,forced to tip at end of voyage you really have to look hard and consider if this is for you,...oh and dont book via Iglu.. bad advice due to lack of knowledge and poor customer service ,cabins are nice but kettles not allowed [more cost ] unpleasant time waiting to book in to board ship only two people booking you in took ages,waiting one and a half hours for dinner then served by a grumpy waiter ,expensive drinks both alcoholic and soft should be cheaper than uk but they are not,the 5th language is English Italian being number one then German ,Spanish,french didn't find cruise relaxing with the constant Italian babble in your ear and the childish entertainment went on a carnival cruise few years ago was brilliant please look long and hard before you book [not with [Iglu] Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Well what can I say on the outside things look good but far from it on the inside We booked a week around the med first thing I get sold full drinks package for 200€ each spa package160€ do not buy either its a con. Drinks I was ... Read More
Well what can I say on the outside things look good but far from it on the inside We booked a week around the med first thing I get sold full drinks package for 200€ each spa package160€ do not buy either its a con. Drinks I was waiting constantly at the bar to be served one time 45mins they go slow when the know your on package The spa you can never get in and drinks finish at 6 so again they don't tell you that. The food at night was terrible staff don't care waiting 3 hrs one night for four course meal 3 dishes was cold I complained but nothing came of it trying to get a drink with meal well good luck if you want two drinks Tv in room not working cabin 8062 told reception 3 days never fixed The only good food I had was when I left the ship or in pizza bar on deck 5 but you have to pay for that. There is lots more I could say but wasting my time ruined my holiday to be honest was a mess and little to know organisation my first and last cruise with Costa Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Costa Diadema, November 2015, 7 day Western Mediterranean. Costa's newest, largest and glitziest ship. a version of Carnival's newest Fantasy class. Ports included Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma, Naples and La Spezia. ... Read More
Costa Diadema, November 2015, 7 day Western Mediterranean. Costa's newest, largest and glitziest ship. a version of Carnival's newest Fantasy class. Ports included Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma, Naples and La Spezia. Each port had some passengers joining and leaving, which provides a better atmosphere than the highly regimented, everybody on-everybody off one gets in the Caribbean. Seyne sur Mer, near Toulon, was substituted for Marseille on my departure with a coach transfer provided. I had an inside Classic cabin, I don't care about any of the benefits of a Premium cabin. I did not book with Costa USA and therefore did not have a waterusa package, but I knew this when I booked, I simply added the cost of a water package to the quoted price. The Hotel Service Charge is also part of the Terms and Conditions in Europe. Demographics. Costa is known as a family-friendly cruise line but this trip had few children. There was broad age range, but definitely skewed towards “retired”. Still, a bunch of fun-loving people, not a good choice for anyone who wants Holland America style “relaxing” and “in bed by 8 PM”. Muster. Certified for indoor muster stations. Yes! No more standing on deck. Entertainment. Five rooms with live music, three had double groups, continuous music. Each room has a different theme, but overall, for quality, variety and duration, the music was among the best I have heard on a cruise ship for a decade. None of the dance floors are exactly rectangular, dimensions approximate. Grand Bar Orlov. Double height, into Deck 5. More open feel and much better air circulation. Fake stalactites as decoration, limiting sight lines, as far as I could did not conceal anything like air ducts, just a waste of money. Unlike Cunard's Queen Victoria and Elizabeth where I believe this idea was pioneered, there is a staircase between floors and the upper deck would be prime revenue space if better laid out. The seating is curved in towards the floor, instead of outwards as on Deliziosa, and the open area follows this curve. An excellent idea, needs better implementation. The floor is 52' x only 16'. A nice length but far too narrow for this size of ship, for no really good reason, grossly inadequate for a ship this size. Floorcraft consists mostly of waiting for off-peak times, there is no room to maneuvre around others. The dance team was two very well qualified couples from Hungary (their English was better than their Italian), who focused on Latin, and who put on performances good enough to have won first place at a dance competition. Their classes were technically very good, but I found they were not too familiar with social dancing in Western Europe and Costa had not really told them exactly what experience they wanted for the passengers. While there were no dance hosts per se, the team danced with passengers in the lounge most nights. Teodora 46' x 15' (10') . Used for a variety of themes on different nights, somewhat underutilised. Atrium Elio Doro 24' x 12' A new group came on board in Savona, playing little besides salsa, the area was empty within a few minutes. Costa musicians have a tradition of playing to please the passengers, hopefully they will be modifying their mix. Country Rock Club- Country & Western theme 24' x 12' Good choice for the C&W fans. Piano Bar 16' x 16' Surprisingly good music for a piano bar. Pietra di Luna Disco 36' x 20' Tile but not raised, far safer than on other ships. I did not bother going to the disco. Perla Nerla deck area 60' x 30' Used for various themes and an Argentine Tango private dance party. Not a good dance floor for pivoting or turning. Theatre- I did not go to any of the shows, but I noticed extra staging, I expect the shows would be a bit more Broadway-ish than usual. Food. Overall, good but not spectacular. I rate it as “4” largely because of very limited choice after 9 PM. I do not not want a large MDR meal early in the evening, I prefer a light meal later. Breakfast Italian continental breakfast buffet, 0700-1100. Even at 10 AM, still busy, no one seemed to think the choice inadequate. Cooked meal available in MDR. Lunch As well as the buffet, one dining room offered table service, another self-serve. The buffet was again good but not spectacular. Dinner The lack of choice after 9 PM is by far Costa's weak spot. There was no evening buffet on this trip and the English host did not know of any plans for a change. The Corona Blu area, 500 seats, was used as an open seating alternative, same menu, 5 euro surcharge. It was always busy while the MDR was only half-full for both sittings, a clear passenger preference which hopefully will be noticed in Genoa. Bar prices were comparable to shore prices. On the last night freshly printed menus made an appearance but I did not see any price changes. Cabin 1351. One of the oddly-shaped cabins on this class of ship, with only upper and lower berths (the upper stows into the ceiling). Technically a double, excellent value for a single. Sold as a classic, but I consider this to be one of the best-located cabins on the ship. Customer service, There were agents in front of the counter to handle minor questions. As well as credit card terminals, there were cash machines to accept cash payments. Interactive TV. There is a messaging system which greatly reduces paper (ignored by the spa with its endless hard-copy advertising) but the message-waiting icon is very small and easy to miss. Casino wasn't very busy. Since I invested 20 euros in the slot machines and got back less than 5, I can understand why. Laundry prices seemed reasonable. There was a Magic Bag special but it was timed for Savona passengers and the trip was too short to be worthwhile for me. At the price I paid, excellent value. Overall I was impressed and have recommended my travel agent sell this ship aggressively. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This is an engineering marvel. The ship, brand new or four months old, is really a fabulous construction. The food was more than adequate for a cruise of which this was our 6th. Cleanliness, timeliness, organization and staff training are ... Read More
This is an engineering marvel. The ship, brand new or four months old, is really a fabulous construction. The food was more than adequate for a cruise of which this was our 6th. Cleanliness, timeliness, organization and staff training are all superb. Mind you, not being able to use the balconies three out of seven days was absurd as they were 'washing' them. Really. Taking the all inclusive drinks package is the only way as the 15% add-on is hardly fair with drinks at 7 euros 95. Do be careful should you be on the second deck (out of 14) because you bought ''Flash'' price. The night noise as in 3AM with the kitchens and dish washing above you is really beyond belief for a new vessel. When re-approaching the sales people, forget a response. The lack of fresh water is not acceptable. Wine is marginal, too. Unfortunately the tourists constantly getting on/off at each port allows for suitcases blocking the corridors each night. Plus loud passengers in the hallways all night..., but that is not the company's responsibility. While the chef did his best, he did it seven times, without changing. Even the fixed nightly meal never changed, all six courses. The breakfast and lunch were NEVER changed. Too bad that so many things are great but are ruined by a few administrative decisions by the powers that be who obviously have never cruised with real people, and I have to expose this to you. I could not live with myself if I did not... although housekeeping is absolutely the best in the world. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Compared with other multiple Costa cruises done on other ships, the Diadema has been a disappointment. The ship (5000 passengers) has the same surface area of public space (swimming pool, dance floor, theater, reception) as other smaller ... Read More
Compared with other multiple Costa cruises done on other ships, the Diadema has been a disappointment. The ship (5000 passengers) has the same surface area of public space (swimming pool, dance floor, theater, reception) as other smaller ships (3000 passengers), thus causing overcrowding and long waiting in line for lunch or reception. It seems that the number of staff has not been increased in proportion. The staff looks exhausted and sometimes lost with no time to communicate with passengers. In this new concept of ship, forget about eggs in the morning, sorbet at the end of dinner, pizza for lunch, coffee dispensing machine for lunch: these are now options to be paid extra. The daily service fee has also been increased to 8.5 euros per person. It seems that everything is done to save or gain money. The decoration is fine, more simple than older ships, and looks more like an American shopping mall. A sign of this commercial spirit is the publicity placard for an Italian travel agency that hangs from the balcony over the swimming pool. The food at the Fiorentino restaurant is of the standard Costa good quality with good prompt service (except for desserts which are poor, without now the usual possibility of having an ice-cream or a sorbet) but the cafeteria is a disappointment (long lines, poor choice, difficulty to find a table). Scanty tea time (short of green tea, offering only a choice of either dry cake or biscuit), no more midnight snack, no more pizza. We went to the special Costa club restaurant: service was poor and super slow, frozen food was cooked, dishes arrived cold, white wine was not chilled, you had to beg for bread). The Italian spirit of Costa is going downhill: the atmosphere is becoming international, bland and money-making. Globally the entertainment was fine, the music bands very good but forget about dancing comfortably: the dancing floors are of the same size as other smaller ships, which means overcrowding. One last comment about the on-board journal: contained poor information and was unattractive compared with journals provided during previous cruises. Dress code is informal nearly everyday including the day of the captain's cocktail. All this contributes to making this cruise on Diadema far from a dream.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Costa Diadema Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.4
Public Rooms 4.0 3.7
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.3
Family 4.0 3.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.0
Enrichment 2.0 2.9
Service 4.0 3.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.2
Rates 3.0 N/A

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