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14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
My wife and I chose to cruise on Costa knowing full well that they are an Italian line that does not cater to English speakers because we wanted to have a more European experience. We embarked in Barcelona directly from the airport after ... Read More
My wife and I chose to cruise on Costa knowing full well that they are an Italian line that does not cater to English speakers because we wanted to have a more European experience. We embarked in Barcelona directly from the airport after an approximately hour drive around the city while out transfer company (Eros Bus) dropped off other passengers who were not going to the port. Barcelona is a beautiful city and we would like to spend some more time that at a later date. Embarkation went smoothly and we found that all the staff people that we interacted with knew enough English to answer our questions and were very helpful. Once aboard, we were met by the English speaking representative who invited to an orientation in English which was very helpful and she informed us that she would be available for a specified time each day to address any questions or concerns. I did see her several times during the cruise and she was very helpful. I should say here that she told us that there were about 300 English speakers on the cruise out of a total of about 3,800 passengers aboard. During the course of the cruise, we did not meet another American. The entertainment was very good and plentiful, lots of singing and dancing. The shows were very entertaining and included singing, acrobatics, opera and dance. The Italians, who made up more than half of the passengers ( the rest being mainly German, French, Dutch and various other Europeans) kept things lively late into the night during the length of the cruise. We were a little disappointed in the quality of the food in the main restaurants. All the pasta dishes were excellent, but the rest of the dishes were not up to the standards of other cruise lines we have been on. The food in the buffet was very good but does not have a lot of variety. Coffee is not served with dinner and is not always available on the ship, but cappuccino and espresso are available at all the bars on the ship at any time and are excellent. The ship is beautiful and clean, the crew is generally helpful and know enough English to answer any concerns. I will say that they went out of their way to be helpful when they found out that we were Americans. The excursions were excellent, but not always available with an English speaking guide. I would advise you to go anyway, the guides were very patient and knew enough English to let you know anything vital to the excursion. If you are looking for a different experience on your next cruise, this may be for you. However, if you want to go on an Italian cruise for the food, you will probably be disappointed. We came away with a better knowledge of Italian (and European) culture, as well as some very memorable excursions to incredibly amazing locations. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This is the first time I have been motivated to write a review, but we were so disappointed with Costa this time. We have cruised with them for several years, and have always been very happy. Everything started fine. Embarkation in ... Read More
This is the first time I have been motivated to write a review, but we were so disappointed with Costa this time. We have cruised with them for several years, and have always been very happy. Everything started fine. Embarkation in Venice was more or less painless, the cabin was ready, and the food in the buffet dining room at lunch time absolutely fine. It was only when the cruise really got started we began to notice how things had gone down even from 6 months ago. In the main dining room for dinner, there were clearly staff shortages, only one waiting at table, previously had been two. Our waiter, as did many others, looked exhausted, but still managed to be delightful always with a smile and a cheerful attitude. The menu choices have been reduced for every course, and the 'everyday' menu, that is the one that doesn't change day to day, pretty restricted. No steak or meat dish available, mostly consisting of pasta. We expect pasta, there is always a pasta course, but for there to be no alternative for those who don't especially like pasta is not really satisfactory. The food was good, but having experienced what costa had to offer in previous years, didn't feel that it was as good. Worst of all, and we could hardly believe this, given that Costa is an italian cruise line, there was no pizza or ice cream available anywhere on the menu included in the cost of the cruise, not even in the buffet dining room. Reason - they sell it. Outrageous; we have complained very strongly on the feedback form they send out at the end of the cruise. Don't mind the paid for restaurants, don't use them, but accept that everyone has them these days. But pizza and ice cream??!! In the bars, again lack of staff very noticeable. We waited for about half an hour for a waiter, then gave up and went to the bar to collect our own drinks. Which is fine, except that all drinks carry a 15% service charge, so you kind of expect service. Some of the staff behind the bar were very offhand, appeared to be quite demoralised, and some didn't even give any eye contact, let alone engage in conversation. They weren't rude exactly, just did what they had to do, took the card and served the drink and that is all. Once we managed to get a waiter, the ones we had anything to do with were lovely, chatty and friendly, but appeared very rushed. Breakfast in the main dining room was pretty chaotic, they have a weird system of cold buffet, but with some hot items, as well as the served menu items. Getting those hot items from the buffet, to co-ordinate with a hot item from the menu so as to make up a breakfast dish was challenging to say the least. Main dining room should be a served menu, if you want buffet dining then you would go in the buffet restaurant. The reason we didn't go up there was that it was extremely difficult to get a seat at busy times, and again was pretty chaotic. At least in the main dining room you do get a seat, even though service could be slow, and on one occasion we had to get the Maitre'd involved as the table we were led to was not set, and no amount of asking got us any cutlery or crockery. The ship was almost full, there were clearly not nearly enough staff. Everything else was pretty much what we have expected from Costa. Entertainment is difficult we recognise that, with there being so many different languages to contend with. The cruise dancers and singers are good, and the acrobat dancers who put on an individual show were excellent. Otherwise the only alternative was 'the Voice of the Seas', talent show, and the crew show. The crew show was the most enjoyable of them all and the theatre was packed. Sadly packed with some very rude people who don't get that pushing past people and knocking their drinks over isn't acceptable, especially when the show has started. But this is the passengers, not Costa. They no longer serve drinks in the theatre, which is a good thing, but you can take them in. Apart from a cruise in an area where Costa don't go, this is the only line we have used in the past few years. Sadly, we will be trying someone else next time. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I booked this cruise because of the itinerary and the very good price. We have been on several other cruises in the Carnival brand i.e Cunard X1 Princess X4 and Carnival X1 plus also NCL X2 and Royal Caribbean X1 . I was expecting some ... Read More
I booked this cruise because of the itinerary and the very good price. We have been on several other cruises in the Carnival brand i.e Cunard X1 Princess X4 and Carnival X1 plus also NCL X2 and Royal Caribbean X1 . I was expecting some compromises due to the very keen price... what I wasn't expecting was the constant penny pinching for example no tap water or coffee with meals outside of the breakfast time without additional charge.It is also the most aggressive sale of Drinks packages I have ever seen 30 euros per day plus...you have to drink a lot to make that worthwhile and many people were. The ship itself was very clean and high standard certainly having the Italian sparkle. I knew about the compromises on the multi language being mainly European clientele my wife and I were okay with that. The menu is European focused and we really liked the menu in the formal dining room (I like pasta and Italian and sea food) however the buffet was very limited choice compared to other ships and much more restrictive hours presumably to keep costs down... it was even additional charge for pizza!. Entertainment by the formal ships company was good but several of the nights were just Karaoke by the ships entertainment crew in Butlins red coat style not really cruising standard by any stretch. Trieste Easy walk and okay for 4 hours not fantastic but ok. Corfu 2.5 Km into town not really enough time allowed here... we arrived late and due to weather only 3 hrs so did not see much beyond the immediate town. Katakolon good trip to Olympia for 15 euros with Costa...and enough time to see. Mykanos landing by tender but nice place and decent time allowed. Dubrovnik...this was missed out and went to Kotor in Montenegro instead which was lovely. In summary great potential but I do not think we will be cruising Costa again.... an inclusive drinks package would remove some of the grumbles on penny pinching. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 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
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I'll begin saying that every single cruise I have made so far has been a great experience, and this one is no exception. But as this is a review, I should also point out that compared to other cruise lines and ships, this one was ... Read More
I'll begin saying that every single cruise I have made so far has been a great experience, and this one is no exception. But as this is a review, I should also point out that compared to other cruise lines and ships, this one was somewhat disappointing. The good This baltic itinerary is wonderful! Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersbourgh and Tallinn are all wonderful places to see. There was always enough time to visit (2 days for st Petersbourgh and Stockholm) and only one day at sea, which is perfect. Our waiter at the restaurant was great: incredibly professional and efficient, it made our dinners a great experience. We had a guaranteed balcony cabin, and were upgraded to a "Balcony Premium". Really nice cabin, enjoyed great views. Took the airplane with them, and except for a delay on the way back, everything was organized perfectly. The bad The buffet was a nightmare: it felt like a battle every time you got into there. Poorly managed, very low quality, no rules enforced (not even basic hygene), lines everywhere. Also, no drinks at all except for breakfast and tea (16.30 / 17.30). Only water throughout the day: no coffee, no tea, nothing. Asked for hot water, told to get to the bar and pay for a tea. Closed for most of the day. Waiters looked like they didn't want to be there, and some of them were downright rude. It's a pity because most of the crew is hard working and really nice. I think management is to blame for that. I've travelled with NCL, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, MSC, and this was by far the worst buffet I've ever seen. One of the things I love about cruises is the evening shows at the theater. Well, the shows there were so boring! This is a pity because dancers were pretty good, but overall it seemed there was no direction. A couple of times I went out before the end of the show. I didn't like the ship. Everything seemed a bit "cheap". Plastic everywhere, fake flowers, fake statues, fake columns, fake everything. Also, rather dark and not the cleanest I've seen. The gym opened relatively late (7 am), and was not kept clean at all. Rules were not enforced (like everywhere else) so that some people were walking on the tapis roulant for hours, with people behind them waiting or having to argue. Lines there as well. On the other hand I should mention the the instructor was very good. Overall I wouldn't consider Costa for my next cruises and would't recommend them, unless for a VERY good deal and a great itinerary. Not because it's a bad experience by itself (it isn't), but because any other mainstream cruise line I've travelled with is simply better for me. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise because of port of embarkation convenience and itinerary. Also had cruised before with Costa, and had an overall great experience. The embarkation procedure was not very smooth, but forgivable because it was not ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of port of embarkation convenience and itinerary. Also had cruised before with Costa, and had an overall great experience. The embarkation procedure was not very smooth, but forgivable because it was not the main embarkation port (cruise normally starts at Venice, we embarked in Katakolon). The ship was adequate, with all the usual amenities, fairly good condition. The cabin was on the small-ish side but understandable since it was an inside cabin at the lower deck. The cabin attendant was polite, but seemed overwhelmed with the number of cabins he had to attend to (reduction in staff?). Also we were charged minibar usage we never made. The amount was returned after complaining about it. Additionally, there may or may not be a situation with the blue towels (pool towels): twice the cabin attendant gave us back fewer than the initial number (there is a plaque when you arrive that states any missing towels will incur a 20 euro fine). I would like to believe it was an honest mistake. The dining was the highlight of the cruise, as the food was consistently good and well presented. However, we were assigned to just one waiter (as it seemed to be the normal in this cruise) who was not overly friendly. Also very bad decision not to include water with the restaurant meals (you have to actually buy it). The buffet restaurants (which we used fewer times) had also good quality food, but it seemed that the quantity was very tightly controlled. The main entertainment (theater/shows) was a hit-or-miss affair. The highlight was the "Voice of the sea" final. The singing/dancing troupe was adequate, and probably better than the remaining one-man-shows. Also one of the shows was repeated on two separate days in a 7-night cruise. The various activities however, where probably geared toward either humiliating a guest for the enjoyment of the other guests, or bluntly advertising a for-pay on board service available. The service in the bars was generally good, however the best (in our opinion) venue which is the gelateria on deck 3 was not adequate (too many customers for the assigned waitstaff). The itinerary was changed just before we embarked to visit Argostoli instead of Mykonos (not a big deal for us, but I can imagine the disappointment for someone having traveled from afar just for this visit). The visits and excursions were generally good, however very brief in some cases (Trieste is 4 hours at best). The excursions were very expensive for what they were offering (the exception being the visit of the caves of Postojna which was excellent). Case in point: the offered shuttle to take you from the cruise terminal in Corfu to the old town, is 10 euro per person. A taxi for the same distance (up to 4-5 people) is just 5 euro total. We traveled with our two children (pre-school age) who probably enjoyed it more than us adults. Costa seems to have taken the wrong approach, compared with their past. It used to be great value, great food, but now it seems that they are trying to compete on price on the initial ticket, and then attempt to monetize the rest after you board. The cost cutting is also obvious: no more free pizza, no more free ice cream, no more free water (outside the buffet restaurant), obvious reduction in staff (dining and cabin). Also the decision to automatically deduct the tips every day (instead of asking for it at the end) has probably an averse effect on the behavior of the crew in general - they are definitely trying, but honestly they are not really compelled to. I would probably try with a different Carnival brand, but overall our experience with Royal Caribbean was better. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
My girlfriend and I chose this cruise for its itinerary - places we had yet to visit - and price, it was a little cheaper than the competition for the itinerary and time. It was also the first time cruising with Costa, although I have 25+ ... Read More
My girlfriend and I chose this cruise for its itinerary - places we had yet to visit - and price, it was a little cheaper than the competition for the itinerary and time. It was also the first time cruising with Costa, although I have 25+ cruises in my history. We embarked in Venice, and the embarkation process was well-organized and smooth, although lengthy, we waited 2-hours before our number was called. Ship - it has all the essential and standard ingredients of a cruise ship with nothing special, when compared to other ships - no swimming pool slides, no climbing wall, no bowling alley, etc. It has pools and jacuzzis, bars and restaurants, etc. All well-kept, well-cleaned and the ship's public places are all nicely decorated and glitzy to provide a nice cruising experience. Cabin - We had an inside cabin in the front part on deck 4. The cabin is of reasonable size for a cruise ship. A little homework would have told us that this cabin sits right above the ship's theater on decks 2 and 3, an area to avoid if you like to take an occasional siesta or sleep early. During shows or practices (usually during siesta time) the cabin vibrates, shakes, and dances to the the loud music in the theater below, so during those times, you need to be out and about, or enjoying the show below. Dining - Here is where Costa definitely comes short. The buffet - reputed on all cruises as the place to eat an any time - is actually on a schedule, it opens a and closed at specific times just like the restaurants. So if you miss the dinner time assigned to you, or do not make it during the opening times, well, you need to wait until the next opening time to eat. There are no 24-hour places to eat on board. Coffee and water - On every other cruise lines I took, these are two drinks available 24/7. Not on Costa. Access is timed for coffee to breakfast time (7-11 in the buffet, 8-8:30 in the restaurant) and tea-time (4:00 to 5:30 pm). The rest of the time No Coffee! Not even in the restaurants at lunch or dinner. You will be invited to get you coffee from the bar (and pay for it, of course). If you scream and insist, they will tell you OK, then make you wait until you get tired and leave. Entertainment and activities - similar to all other cruises although I really like the Broadway style shows on this one. Service - The staff will tell you where to sit and where to go - do not expect any options or choice of table - it run like a summer camp. However, they will do it nicely. Ports and shore excursions - I have cruised enough to learn to avoid the ship's excursions and book my own with local tout operators (and save a bundle of money, while gaining much more flexibility) and usually take a nice walk around the city and a stop at a nice beach. Knowing all this, I will not cruise with Costa again, or if I do - I may forget - I will actually buy their drink package and include that cost when comparing prices with other cruise lines that actually do provide better all-inclusive services. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
The sinking of Costa Concordia in 2012 must have taken to the bottom of the sea the whole company rather than just one vessel since cruising with them today it's rather like flying with Ryan air: whatever you do you get charged. ... Read More
The sinking of Costa Concordia in 2012 must have taken to the bottom of the sea the whole company rather than just one vessel since cruising with them today it's rather like flying with Ryan air: whatever you do you get charged. We are quite accustom to cruising as we must have had at least one cruise every year for the past 10 years,(last one in november 2016) and we accept to pay extra for extra services or premium alternatives but in this case you get the feeling that you haven't pay for your cruse in full before departure. It's one of the most incredible things for an italian company to charge its passengers for pizza as an expensive luxury extra, not to mention an hamburger, or an ice cream. You get charged to sunbathing in the sun deck, or an egg in the morning if you are used to full breakfast rather than continental, the cinema is not longer free, and you are privilege if you get a "good morning" from any of the staff. Its also impossible to see the evening menu before you sit at the table, as all emphasis is on trying to sell you a meal at 28€ extra before you enter to the main restaurant, where if you do not like the main course all alternatives dishes carry a supplement. The ship's photographer will not survive very long I expect if todays going rate is 19,99€ for a souvenir picture. We have had 2 very pleasant cruises in the orient with Costa Victoria in the past which we liked and had no problem at all, but this is the end of the line for this company. At the end of this year we will be back with our favourite Holland -America line, where crew are bending backwards to please you and customers are not constantly squeezed for their pennies to supplement company's revenue. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Lots of sightseeing, no days at sea and ... Petersburg! It is difficult to explore it differently! It was clean, although the ship is old. Visitors are almost all Italians. The TV was very blurred and the program was poor. The kitchen ... Read More
Lots of sightseeing, no days at sea and ... Petersburg! It is difficult to explore it differently! It was clean, although the ship is old. Visitors are almost all Italians. The TV was very blurred and the program was poor. The kitchen is almost exclusively Italian. The self service bar was small. Tea only once a day, for tea time. Very good service, both in the restaurant and in the cabin. Cruise on time. Medium level entertainment programs. Loud music in the midfield, audible in the cockpit until 24 at night. No hot water in the bathroom 24 hours a day. Available only when few guests use it. It was painful because the cruise in Northern Europe required a bit more heat. Outside temperatures ranged from 10 to 14 degrees. Friendly reception Elevators are quick and accessible. Overall, the cruise is rated 4. Cruise on this line is worse than on the Newgian Cruise Line, but better than the MSC. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 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
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
6 ports in 10 days plus a rare opportunity to go to an Arab country. The itinerary was fantastic and the ports themselves met my expectations. As for the ship, well, that also met my rather low expectations. I had cruised once when I ... Read More
6 ports in 10 days plus a rare opportunity to go to an Arab country. The itinerary was fantastic and the ports themselves met my expectations. As for the ship, well, that also met my rather low expectations. I had cruised once when I was much younger and didn't really enjoy the experience of being trapped on a boat with people with questionable hygiene and d-list entertainers (hey, I've lived in some of the world's greatest cities and I have standards!). The hygiene and manners of my fellow cruise goers was still suspect (yes, let's ignore the don't put your dirty water bottles near the water dispenser signs) and the entertainment wasn't even third rate. The bar staff was quite nice but the hospitality staff, well, wasn't, particularly the Russian speaking one. On the last day when we were getting our passports back, she kept insisting a passport was mine when it wasn't (honey, that woman in the passport is thin and white and 70 years old and let's just say I'm neither white, nor 70 nor even thin). Took 4 excursions. The day in Provence was nice, although I would have preferred to have had time for lunch on my own dime rather than the awful sandwiches. The tour guide was quite professional and competent although she spent too much time talking about Van Goh. Marrakech was excellent and the guy made sure we were all safe. Cadiz was godawful. Some Dutch Jorah Mormont look alike was disorganized, had us drinking alcohol at 9:30am, and told way too many awful jokes. After that excursion, I didn't really want another one but they wouldn't let me cancel, so I was stuck with some failed kindergarten teacher in Valencia. Really, a bridge? Are we 4? The good news is, you can avoid all the bad stuff. There's plenty of time offshore so you can avoid your fellow passengers. With the exception of Casablanca, You don't have to do an excursion to get around the city. When you focus on what you really came for, the ports, it really is a great trip. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I had in the past considered an Easter cruise but was always late with the booking so when I saw a good offer on Costa web site, I decided to book. I continue to sail with Costa mainly because tends to have nice offers for solo cruisers ... Read More
I had in the past considered an Easter cruise but was always late with the booking so when I saw a good offer on Costa web site, I decided to book. I continue to sail with Costa mainly because tends to have nice offers for solo cruisers and because the nice privileges of being a Costa Club member used to be tempting. Travelled to Savona by Genoa airport this time (my traditional route is via Milano Linate and then the train), as I found a surprisingly good fare (Genua has a small airport - smaller planes, limited routes - so fares tend to be high) and noticed that the airport is not far from a train station. I tried to walk from the airport to the station but it was not so easy to find my way as I expected. On reaching the station I found out that there is a local bus which links the station to the airport (tickets can be purchased at the train station or at the tourist information desk at the airport) Reached Savona on a Good Friday so not much was open and decided to walk from the station to the airport which is not that far (and almost a straight line). In 25 minutes, walking with luggage, I was at the NH Darsena Savona where I have stayed before, located in the renovated part of the port, which is almost like a marina now, and steps away from the cruise terminal. Costa has its own terminal in Savona which is nice, comfortable, and decorated with nice pics of the time it was Linea C. It is also quite an efficient terminal and embarkation tend to be smooth, even if there were two other Costa ships in port that day. The cruise had an easy itinerary too: Savona – Barcelona – Palma (Mallorca) – Marseille – Savona The Costa Favolosa is one on a series of large ships built after the ‘Carnivalisation’ of the Italian company and therefore, externally, it is not too different to the large Carnival ships. Its interiors were created by Joe Farcus (and it is not always easy to say if they are pleasing or not until one is on board). It was launched in 2011 and built at Marghera (‘continental’ Venice) The ship has 12 passenger decks, named after existing places or palaces which would link with the ‘fable’ theme of the ship (more on the name than on display), like Hermitage, Tivoli, Escorial, etc. My cabin, on deck 7, described as an Interior Single Classic, had actually a double bed. There was not space for a table and chair as in previous single cabins I had on Costa but the wardrobe was large enough and there were a lot of storage space and options. Bathroom was the standard with shower and plastic curtain. Nice shower though and easy to control temperature. I had a problem with noise in the air ducts but it was looked at by a technician and improved although it was not solved entirely. As a gesture I was given a nice box of sweets with an apology letter, which was a nice touch. Decks 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 are almost exclusively dedicated to cabins. On deck 3 there is an Atrium, with a piazza kind of feeling, where there are also the reception and the excursions desk. It also has access to the lower level of the Teatro Hortensia (a large theatre occupying three decks) and to the MDRs Duca di Borgogna (center) and Duca di Orleans (aft), both occupying two decks. The theatre has good and modern equipment and the facility to present ice skating shows. The restaurants like most of the ship was decorated on subdued, wooddy tones as well as beige, black and red. The décor, considering it was created by Farcus, is incredibly classy and not so ‘a punch on your senses’. Deck 3 also has some open deck space which is a bit more sheltered than the one on the top decks. Deck 4 contains the top levels of the MDRs as well as the middle level of the theatre but also the photo shop, a tasteful meeting room called Fabergé, a beautiful chapel (similar to the ones on the other Costa ships but in more pastel colours) and the discotheque. One deck above one finds the top level of the theater, the shops, a nice, spacious library with beautiful sea views, a smokers room/bar called Montespan, the Grand Bar Palatino (one of the central areas for entertainment, which has an exquisite central ceiling composed of light blue glass shells and also has some colourful, vibrant sculptures in glass cases and the ships model), a cafeteria where one could get excellent hot chocolate and ice creams, the 4 D cinema, the casino, a piano bar called Camelot (where most of the colour used was red but the piano is white… one of the rare feelings of clashing colours on the ship), a ‘ballroom’ (actually not such a large room but also not much used) called Pompadour (in interesting tones of green, brown and interesting chair design) and perhaps my favourite space on board: the Molière lounge with simple, almost minimalistic, but well-designed chairs, and all in quite subdued colours, apart from the round blue ‘shields’ around the room. This was the place for the private events as well as some of the themed parties. The main swimming pool is on the center of deck 9 with a two-deck lido. Deck 9 is also where the lower level of the buffet as well as another swimming pool (aft with more open deck space) are to be found. One deck above is where the Squok Club (a separate area for small children) is located as well as the upper level of the buffet (a quieter, more pleasant area which in the evenings offer a pizza as well as a burger restaurant (extra tariff). The well-equipped gym, the spa thermal area as well as the Club Favolosa (the top extra tariff restaurant on board almost exclusively for suite passengers) are on deck 11. On deck 12 there is the formula one car experience, the top level of the spa, an Acqua Park for small children, jogging tracks and a area for basketball, etc. The other passengers were a mix of nationalities but the larger groups were French and Italian, with their not so well behaved children in tow (I now know to avoid Easter cruises in future). The passenger profile was not much different from the average mass market cruise these days, but, as a short cruise, during school holidays, it was not so impressive in behaviour and social manners, a price to pay to get a good offer on a single occupancy cabin sometimes. The food was quite ok, some interesting Italian regional menus but the portions are becoming smaller and smaller… the Samsara restaurant was worth the extra tariff for its creativity on menu and flavours as well as for the quieter environment (despite been next door to the larger Duca di Borgogna MDR). Food on the buffet was varied but it is often crowded and not a nice experience. Waiters no longer serve you drinks at the table and one must go to some points near the food stations to get drinks. More casual, probably logistically easy for the staff but not ideal when one is part of a large group, etc The weather was sunny for most of the cruise and the ship sailed smoothly for almost all the cruise (a bit more rolling when crossing the Gulf of Lions but glass smooth around Mallorca) Service was excellent in the cabin, which was kept spotless, restaurants (although more staff is needed… the poor waiter was taking care of five tables practically alone, so delays did occur), a bit slow on the bars but still ok, and the usual hit and miss at the buffet and open deck areas. Staff was mostly friendly but there was a feeling in the air that this is not a happy ship. Disembarkation was ok, on time and fairly smooth apart from the fact that Costa no longer arranges for a shuttle from the terminal to the train station (which was quite popular in the past) and there is not much information to be had once one leaves the ship. Luckily, I knew my way back to the station walking. The Costa Club ‘privileges’ are not so many now and there seems to be efforts to cut costs on them, but still better than in the competitor’s cruises. The ship was nice and well-kept but nothing particularly special. The itinerary was good and simple but again with nothing special. Costa needs to improve the product. There were no hosts talks on embarkation day, although they seem to have a fixed desk point on the ship, nothing really special on the gala night menu, that noisy, tedious white night, and the thermal area at the spa is in need of repairs and refitting. All in all, an average cruise, enjoyable if one knows where to go and when, but nothing remarkable. A pity as the ship is nice. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Barcelona 2 days before departure - fantastic called H10 - apx 10 mins walk from beach, easy metro/underground to use Cruise 2 Adults from UK boarded ship (all age ranges on board and nationalities). Decor really over the top ! ... Read More
Barcelona 2 days before departure - fantastic called H10 - apx 10 mins walk from beach, easy metro/underground to use Cruise 2 Adults from UK boarded ship (all age ranges on board and nationalities). Decor really over the top ! mirrors, colours, cleaning must be a nightmare ! Thought we were in a film set, ha ha Inside cabin good, service good all round on ship Dining geared to Italian taste, pasta pasta pasta, puddings not brilliant. Waited on meals -really didnt know what we were going to end up with, always a suprise, some good, some not so good (we are not fussy eaters) Drinks packages expensive and you cannot take any alcohol on board at any point, boarding and from trips, scanned bags on boarding every time and if found taken off you until end of cruise Entertainment ok but they have to translate into all languages and it becomes a bit tiresome for all. Hence no comedians. No cinema. Trips good, expensive. Even had to pay for shuttle bus to take into town from port 10 euro each Be careful if you have not been warned - you have to swipe you credit card with them on boarding for your drinks, purchases etc. The service charge (tips) were compulsory and it was 140 euro inclusive for both of us. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise based on the ports of call and the price. We paid £1300 pp for a premium inside cabin and for a 19 night cruise this was amazing so you need to decide if you think that my negatives outweigh the positives (overall ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the ports of call and the price. We paid £1300 pp for a premium inside cabin and for a 19 night cruise this was amazing so you need to decide if you think that my negatives outweigh the positives (overall probably not but they may put us off Costa in the future). Included in the price: we flew to Lisbon, stayed 1 night B&B in an OK hotel and then had a full day in Lisbon; we then flew overnight to Sao Paulo and stayed B&B in the Marriott Hotel which was excellent. The following day we transferred to the ship in Santos. The cruise was 19 days taking in 5 stops in Brazil and then across the Atlantic to Teneriffe, Casablanca, Allicante and then to Genoa where we disembarked and were transferred to Milan where we had a further night B&B at the Hilton in Malpensa. Value for money was amazing overall but there were a number of issues; the entertainment in the main theatre was very poor, we have cruised with many cruise lines (including Costa before) and this was by far the poorest we have experienced and with a 5 day at sea crossing the Atlantic it was very disappointing. As dancers we enjoy the opportunity to dance on the ships and whilst we appreciate that on the Italian lines we get mainly Latin American dancing there were a number of Ballroom sessions which barely included any ballroom. The food was OK although my wife has Coeliac Disease which entails a wheat/barley free diet and whilst on previous cruises this has been very well catered for on this occasion the menu was very limited with many repeats. The overall service was good and our cabin attendant possibly the most pleasant that we have known, well done Soni... The other issue relates to the compulsory $12.5 gratuity which over a 19 night cruise proved to be very expensive. Overall some very good bits and some fairly poor. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
chose the cruise because of its itinerary and the stops were great. The ship was very nice and it was easy to get on and off the ship. The service was good and our room was great. The quality of the food and the drink pkg left a lot to be ... Read More
chose the cruise because of its itinerary and the stops were great. The ship was very nice and it was easy to get on and off the ship. The service was good and our room was great. The quality of the food and the drink pkg left a lot to be desired. An example would be the beer was served in a Carlsberg glass but was in fact Milwaukee's Best! someone is cutting corners. They ran out of the good whiskey as well. The wine was bitter. Pizza was awful and i have had pizza in Italy and it was amazing. No steak or seafood on the dinning menu although most options were tasty but were simple. The entertainment was singing most nights and we did not enjoy the shows. We would not go on Costa again and would not recomend it when there are so many far better choices. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2017
I choose this cruise for the visit to Naples. I was disappointed with the food. too me the buffet was very blan and the dinners where not anything special. If the cooking was Italian at it´s best then I would query this. The ... Read More
I choose this cruise for the visit to Naples. I was disappointed with the food. too me the buffet was very blan and the dinners where not anything special. If the cooking was Italian at it´s best then I would query this. The organization was lacking on the cruise. The cabin was very reasonable. I thought that the decore of the Ship was very over powering and heavy making you feel very enclosed. The entertainment staff seamed to support firstly the Italians, the French ! I thought that the entertainment was very average. The tours were good. ONE WORD OF WARNING CHECK ALL THE AMOUNTS THAT WILL BE TAKEN FROM YOUR CREDIT CARD! Many mistakes were made with my account and I have not received a detailed invoice. Bcareful when booking tours and make sure that the correct ones are booked and charged I would thing again before I used Costa Cruises. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Choose this cruise because of departure port. Been in Suites on NCL Royal Caribbean and Princess. Food whilst good was ruined by very poor service. Drinks were particularly slow to come. On one occasion I sent my main course back (after ... Read More
Choose this cruise because of departure port. Been in Suites on NCL Royal Caribbean and Princess. Food whilst good was ruined by very poor service. Drinks were particularly slow to come. On one occasion I sent my main course back (after two previous courses I was still waiting for wine). Had to escalate issue to Maître De before obtaining any improvement. Same could have been said for bar service. On one occasion after 30 minutes gave up on a pre dinner drink. The boat itself was a bit tacky in its decorations two much obviously false roman architecture. Being only two of four English people on boat and only 2 of seventy English speaking passengers it created little or no choice for excursions. Any complaint was brushed over. The bath size in the suite was totally inadequate and the suite itself seemed small to others. We had to chase for our laundry return. The balcony was not well fitted for the class of cabin. Library was a joke. Whilst I would never travel Costa again I will continue to cruise on other ships. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We sailed Jan 29, 2017 i booked 2 cabin 4 adults 1 infant 1 child. The kids enjoyed Peppa Pig show and heated pools. Spacious cabin but you have to close the toilet cover to flush the water and i hate it especially at the public toilets, ... Read More
We sailed Jan 29, 2017 i booked 2 cabin 4 adults 1 infant 1 child. The kids enjoyed Peppa Pig show and heated pools. Spacious cabin but you have to close the toilet cover to flush the water and i hate it especially at the public toilets, its the same you have to put down the toilet cover to flush the water. Very nice cabin crew and accomodating. The food at the dining is just awful, too salty lasagna.. No free water at the dining. I dont like the fish at the buffet its just awful everyday. Entertainment nothing special but they are nice. I participated at the Voice Of The Sea and its a memorable experience, that was very nice... The party at the pool deck is very good but after you party no free food availble. Their gala night is just another night nothing special. It just that not my type of cruise. But for a very cheap price i will go back again with the family. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
My partner and I decided to treat ourselves to a romantic vacation with all the bells and whistles. Cost was not a significant factor in our decision but rather level of service. Our vacation started at an adults only resort in Punta ... Read More
My partner and I decided to treat ourselves to a romantic vacation with all the bells and whistles. Cost was not a significant factor in our decision but rather level of service. Our vacation started at an adults only resort in Punta Cana DR (Chic by Royalton - Diamond Club) which was an awesome experience. We chose Costa Favolosa for the second part of our vacation as it departed from DR and the ports of call were particularly interesting to us. We booked the best room available at the time. This was a Suite with a balcony. Room 7322. THE BAD The web site states that our package included: 1. access to a private ViP area in the terminal 2. A personal valet who will help you unpack and be at your disposal for the whole holiday 3. During the cruise there will be many exclusive activities to take part in. etc. This was the most blatant form of deceptive advertising. There is absolutely no VIP area (at least not in La Romana) and only one line for boarding. When I finally found a Costa Representative at the terminal he told me as much. The personal valet is a figment of their imagination also. We were on the ship in excess of 90 minutes before we met anyone from Costa, let alone the Valet. There is someone who cleans the rooms but has no clue about much else and is said to be a butler. I asked about use of the SPA and she suggested I go to Reception and get information as she did not know what package I was on. So much for personal valet. Needless to say this put a damper on our vacation as it did not start off well. THE GOOD Our package included dining at the Favolosa Club Restaurant. The experience was excellent. Although we were told we were reserved for the 6:30 seating we were able to eat at any time we pleased. This included breakfast, lunch and dinner. The quality of food was as good as any fine dining restaurant. Another couple who travelled with us and has been on 22 luxury cruises said it was the best food experience on a cruse ever. There was sufficient dancing and other entertainment for anyone. There was dancing in several locations until the wee hours of the morning. We had a premium drink package (intenditore). The drinks were of good quality including good cognac and tequila. The room although not large for a suite was clean and well appointed. It was cleaned daily to our satisfaction and a fresh bowl of fruit was delivered daily. The entire staff at the Club Favolosa Restaurant were as professional and friendly as can be. They made the trip a pleasure. Thank you all. A special thanks to Anna Maria at Reception who listened to my concerns about our boarding experience and did everything she could to satisfy us. She called on two occasions to see if there was anything she could do to improve our cruise experience. Costa needs more people like Anna Maria. Finally, my partner and I are not so regal as to need a butler and VIP area. We are just regular folks. We would have had a great time regardless and may have still booked this cruise. It is the deception we took offence to. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Firstly i wish to draw attention for other travellers to what happened to us: It clearly states on our invoice to pay by bank transfer, we were told initially when to do so which we did, however Costa subsequently made a deduction for ... Read More
Firstly i wish to draw attention for other travellers to what happened to us: It clearly states on our invoice to pay by bank transfer, we were told initially when to do so which we did, however Costa subsequently made a deduction for the same amount of 3000 euros from the original card which we had used to make the deposit 12 months earlier, despite my saying not to use this card again. I called to point out and was told it would be refunded straight away, 2 weeks later nothing and each time i called no one seemed aware what was going on with different variations and different people each time i called. They have a free call back service to make a booking, but once you have done so they do not seem to want to know and you have to call at your own cost! Eventually 3 days before the trip we did receive most of the money back but with a shortfall of 70 euros which was due probably to a difference in exchange rate/ bank charges ( we live & so booked in Spain and the original card was a UK card) however through no fault of our own do not see why we should be out of pocket at all. I complained again and was told it would be refunded to us before the cruise, but again No! Once on board i went to speak to customer service, in my opinion and for the sake of keeping our group of 8 people happy i felt they could add this relatively small amount of money to our on board account to use on the ship, it was our own money we were simply asking for it to be given back. The attitude I was met with was one of total indifference, a fob off and go away, stop bothering us approach, yes yes it will get sorted but its Xmas so theres no one available, come back in 3 days!!! I did this and by now am seething only to be met with more of the same! No one on board, so i am told, had the managerial authority to just make a decision, i had all the bank account evidence and an email from Madrid office which agreed that it was an error BUT they STILL could not authorise to give us the missing money. I asked to speak to someone in authority and again was fobbed off with an english speaking supervisor and finally a department head but still without any authority to do anything..... NOT Even APOLOGISE! Not once did they say sorry to us! I was told they now had to wait for email authority, i said just pick up the phone! Finally on the penultimate day of our cruise they added the 70 euros to our on board account, still not an apology or gesture of goodwill, it was as if it were my fault, how many customers has this happened to, and how many people simply pay the full balance which is on the invoice they sent out 3 times, on booking, on the 25% due date and on final bal due date, never do they send an actual statement showing the DUE amount, i am sure some people forget they have paid the 50 deposit & i doubt Costa would tell you because had we not noticed the extra 3k disappearing and calling to chase it we would never have had it back! Now on to the cruise itself: The dining experience was a pretty hideous event, we had the second sitting beginning at 9.15 pm which for us it is far too late, (& the 6.15 one is too early) and took far too long, exacerbated by the fact they had just implemented a new electronic hand held device for taking orders. The result was our poor waiter was in a state of total confusion for the entire week, he told us he was supposed to have an assistant but he was always deployed elsewhere. The food came in erratic order, eg of the usual 5 courses available not all of us ordered each one, but instead of bringing all the first courses followed by second course etc he seemed to bring them randomely, this resulted in one person eating the main second course whilst someone eating desert, on one occasion one of our children got nothing even though he had ordered the same as other people. We laughed when one person got something as we tried to work out which course it was saying ooo i have got that to come next! Each course should be served together. Although a lot of effort was put into the gala Xmas eve & Xmas day menus, and it was followed on the 3rd night with an extra special menu by a celebrated chef, this meant for 3 nights in a row there was "gala" type food and was too much on consecutive evenings, the portions were too large in my opinion, i would have preferred smaller "taster" size portions of each dish to enable us to try more without over eating and judging by the amount of waste returned to the kitchen, i think others felt the same. Breakfast in the foirentina restaurant was nice if you just want an alternative to the buffet, but dont expect the hot food to be so! The pancakes i ordered were far too thick and freezing cold with little or no syrup. The Eggs benedict turned up freezing cold, as if they had never been introduced to a pan! and on our final day the hot waffles i ordered never materialised at all! The bars and entertainment were on the whole great and we loved the variety available, always somewhere to enjoy live music, our favourite was the country rock club where the band and duo were fabulous. Disabled facilities are very good, level access to all areas, mums window cabin was amply spacious for a wheelchair to turn and manoeuvre & level floor shower and spacious bathroom. Some of the disabled loos however opened the door when they should not have done so beware! On a final note i booked the holiday 12 months in advance and as we were travelling as a family with 4 cabins one of which was for a wheelchair bound person i asked for our rooms as close together as possible, especially for mine to be close to hers so i could help her when necessary. We initially had 9003 & 9131 which is half the ( huge) ship away, and the others on another deck, despite emailing each month to ask for closer cabins i was always told that there had been no more cabins released yet, finally in October to be told the ship was almost full!! How had that happened when there had not been cabins released - ridiculous, how far in advance must one book in order to get what you want! In the end by coincidence i called once when a closer cabin was located so i ended up with a cabin around a quarter of the ships length from my mother, i still had to trip along the corridor each morning to let in her breakfast server but that was not so bad, but it would have been nice to have been next door. Disembarkation was good, they allowed mum to keep the room a little longer and there was no rush to disembark for us all. On the whole we enjoyed the cruise, but next time I will try another company! Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This cruise came up as part of a very cheap package deal including flights and 2 nights in Barcelona. I had read some reviews and my expectations were not high but for the money I wouldn't have complained if we got 2 hammocks above ... Read More
This cruise came up as part of a very cheap package deal including flights and 2 nights in Barcelona. I had read some reviews and my expectations were not high but for the money I wouldn't have complained if we got 2 hammocks above the engines. As it was we got upgraded to a balcony - a first for us, and very nice too. Most of the complaints I'd read about Costa focused on food and service. From my experience food was good but Italian. A different region every night but each region was Italian. The MDR was relaxed and mostly competent - a couple of waiters were even funny although a couple only spoke minimal English. The buffet a different story. Initially it was bedlam and the food suffered from sitting under lamps for long periods - it could have been refreshed moire often. It was also badly laid out with people having to double back to find things they had missed (like sugar and milk at the opposite end from the tea/coffee machines). Likewise cutlery was scattered around randomly with forks and knives in one place, spoons in another, and teaspoons elsewhere - with no obvious link to the food around them. Then, after taking on extra passengers in Savona, it deteriorated into utter chaos. There clearly were not enough staff for the number of passengers and tables sat waiting to be cleared for ages - we often wound up doing it ourselves as the only way to get a table. Finally, we took the "40 non-alcoholic drinks deal" only to find it did not include water or tea or coffee - all non-alcoholic in my book! In practice it was 40 cans of fizzy pop, and even in 10 days I can't drink that many so we didn't get good value from that - Costa need to be more explicit about what is included, and what is not. Service generally was great for the first half of the cruise then after Savona everything took a downturn and the staff themselves showed it in their lack of patience. We had three separate meals where the wrong thing was served and one where the waiter persisted in serving my wife's meals to me and vice versa, despite us telling him twice. On another occasion the couple next to us wanted to leave the MDR before receiving their sweet - the waiter rushed them back to the table telling them that "this was not the buffet but a restaurant!" - I've never seen dessert eaten so quickly! The cabin was spotless and the steward efficient and nearly invisible but friendly when we did see him. Customer services were polite and efficient but not exactly friendly or welcoming. Our fellow guests were predominantly Italian and Spanish with a smaller contingent of French and German guests, in about equal numbers. There was only a scattering of Brits and Americans and a few Scandinavians, I'd guess less than 5% if the total. Most folks were friendly even if they couldn't speak English, we all muddled through with pidgin English/French/Spanish/Italian and some improvised sign language. Entertainment was to usual cruise ship standards although because we had 9 days we did find we were onto repeats for the last couple of days. The bars were sometimes a tad loud for our taste but the music was good and there were lots of dance opportunities for those who wanted to. As usual the library and card rooms were havens of tranquillity and we spent most of the sea days there with our kindles. For the price we paid it was a bargain and we'd do it again but if we were paying anything like brochure price(and we met one guy who was) we'd have been disappointed. Also the "extras" (water, tea, coffee) mounted up such that I reckon you need to add an extra £100 onto the price when comparing prices with a US line Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
The cruise was alright. A rather basic operation, no luxury or frills. For example there is no coffee offered with your evening meal, no tap or iced water is available in the restaurant, the food was very mass catering - unmemorable, ... Read More
The cruise was alright. A rather basic operation, no luxury or frills. For example there is no coffee offered with your evening meal, no tap or iced water is available in the restaurant, the food was very mass catering - unmemorable, fairly tasteless and ofter tepid. The worst part for a solo English speaking passenger was the loneliness of dining either alone or at a table of non English speaking Italians or Russians. On my first day I got a questionaire asking if I was alright with the cabin being cleaned only once a day and would I prefer that to be in the morning or the evening. The entertainment was the usual mindless non verbal, energetic song and dance shows which cruise companies feel obliged to offer their multinational audiences. Other minuses were the two hour wait for the transfer to pick up at Milan Airport before the two hour coach trip to Savona, the tortuous wait on the last day between being turfed off the ship at breakfast and the evening flight that Costa included in their fly cruise package, the reduction in the all day in Naples promised when booked and around which my arrangements for that day were made, to the half day only which we got, because I was told of the time needed to get from that port to the next!! Don't Costa plan their schedules with that information?!! Otherwise good value for money. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
This cruise was spotted by my other half and was arranged by an agent who did a superb job and as the holiday included 2 days in Venice before sailing they arranged a great hotel (Hilton Garden, Mestre) and unbelievably good transfers from ... Read More
This cruise was spotted by my other half and was arranged by an agent who did a superb job and as the holiday included 2 days in Venice before sailing they arranged a great hotel (Hilton Garden, Mestre) and unbelievably good transfers from airport to hotel, hotel to port and port to airport (Acampora Venice, super cars, absolutely top service) and the Easy Jet flights were exactly that. Cruise Day 1. We are dropped off at Venice Cruise Terminal - chaos! Poor communications compounded by the fact that the ship was at Trieste due to fog! Eventually everyone gets onto coaches for the 2 hour journey. The weather is not Costa's fault! Eventually we get onto the ship and Costa Deliziosa is a great ship, very clean, better cabin than expected. Prior to departure we were told by our cabin boy not to go to dinner (we were first sitting) because of the lifeboat drill. Okay so we assume that on Day one the ship won't enforce the 2 sitting policy. Wrong, the did and we had to have dinner in the buffet. In reality, we would have had time to dine at the first sitting and do the lifeboat drill so bad info from cabin boy on Day 1. Breakfast was fine except that a cup of tea is a teapot of almost hot water and a selection of tea bags. It took forever to get milk. The advice here is to get a fruit juice glass of milk from the cereal bar! Second problem - toast - grief it looks like its seen a light bulb! I think this could be an Italian thing because toast at the hotel before sailing was very pale after one pass through the conveyor belt toaster but the second pass produced a good result! I think I got toast of a sort on 2 occasions despite requesting it 3 times - but life is too short!! We did one excursion - to Santorini. Good tour guide - Mama Joy ! All other shore visits (Bari, Athens, Corfu, Dubrovnik) were DIY using shoreside providers - cheap, cheerful and generally good value. The usual cruise story to be fair. Despite having a lovely cabin there were 2 problems. The interactive TV wasn't interactive and took 2 days to sort out and we were able to watch one film- but we would probably have watched 3 if the thing had worked soon enough. Not easy to get it sorted - more advice - after the technician has finished, just satisfy yourself that it actually works.We checked, it didn't but he was still there so we eventually got out sorted!! Second problem - noisy neighbours. We should have complained and got moved. We didn't so we can't blame Costa but I wonder iff its a National thing for the majority of the passengers to be noisy and, in some cases, downright rude? The food was okay although we were speaking to a French passenger who was a professional waiter in some excellent restaurants in Paris and his comments are unprintable but shall we say he was less than impressed. Being aimed mainly at the Italian market I think that you have to accept that there is national bias and that effects all non-Italian passengers, certainly when it comes to Tannoy announcements. The itinerary was very good and we had some really good service - a chap called Yash Shetty, who is one of the Deck 9 barmen, is unbelievably good and our evening restaurant waiter was also superb but I really think that Costa's problem is inconsistent staff quality and poor communication. Our cruise was due to end at Venice but, blow me, fog again so another trip to Trieste and a 2 hour transfer by coach, again with noisy 'locals' !! The holiday was not expensive and I'm glad we've tried Costa but I'm dubious about using them in the future I'm afraid. Everything non-Costa was superb though!! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
I was looking for a solo cruise and Costa were the only company offering an affordable balcony cabin for single travellers. I have been on Disney Magic, RCL Allure and Carnival Vista in recent years and whilst Costa Diadema doesnt ... Read More
I was looking for a solo cruise and Costa were the only company offering an affordable balcony cabin for single travellers. I have been on Disney Magic, RCL Allure and Carnival Vista in recent years and whilst Costa Diadema doesnt have all the bells and whistles the other cruise lines have, I found it to be an enjoyable cruise overall and would recommend it to single travellers. The staterooms are a standard size and you can smoke on your balcony. It was clean and the level of service was uniform even though the cabin attendant changed halfway through the cruise. I was on the 6th floor and didnt have any noise issues. At every port you have new passengers boarding - I personally didnt mind it but the continual daily reminders for fire drills for new guests comes straight into your room and forget about having an afternoon nap if its not a sea day. Entertainment was a bit like a mediterranean butlins - with a small entertainment crew, but at least they seemed to give it their best. The evening shows were mediocre but one of the most enjoyable ones was the crew show. Plenty of bars to check out and I think i tried every one - cant say I was bored! Food - buffet was okay and the pasta dishes were very good - the rest of the buffet was ok and no real complaints. I had my time dining and never struggled to get a seat straight away (but if was off peak season). There didnt appear to be enough waiters and trying to get a second drink during dinner could involve quite a wait. One thing that i didnt like was the way the brought out your next dish immediately after you had just finished the previous one - it felt that they were rushing through service and that spoilt it a bit. I had the spa package for the week and it was never crowded. The spa facilities are good but dont book any treatments until you are aboard - the daily offers are a lot cheaper than the pre-cruise prices. Shore excursions were cheaper than other cruise lines but they are not anywhere near as good. Still value for money but dont expect anything amazing when it comes to the excursions. Staff were nice and many remembered guest names - made it more personal and I couldnt fault them. In summary, it lacks amenities for families especially if you have been on other cruise lines but for a couple or solo traveller it is excellent value for money. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Overall a good experience, however, our cabin 6270 was placed right above the 4D cinema, it resulted in a noise-level over over 90 dB in the cabin, and a vibrating floor. Please read the full cabin-review below. We did the ... Read More
Overall a good experience, however, our cabin 6270 was placed right above the 4D cinema, it resulted in a noise-level over over 90 dB in the cabin, and a vibrating floor. Please read the full cabin-review below. We did the Mediteranian tour from Savona-Marseilles-Barcelone-Mallorca-Rome and La Spezia Marseilles is a dump, I do not understand why it's part of any cruise, it's a city which seems to be falling apart, don't go there, only the old city centre is worth a visit. La Spezia was a pleasent surprise, visit the Cinque Terre if you go there. The ship is new, from 2014, everything seems to work fine, the style is Las Vegas bling. The crew is very helpful and serviceminded, however, the service-desk is a bit arrogant and it's like they don't listing to what you have to say. We didn't do any of the Costa organized tours, but went on our own, that worked out fine. Read Less
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