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Having read so many negative reviews, we were very sceptical & even contemplated cancelling before sailing. Thank goodness we didn't. We have been on 13 cruises with different companies and this cruise was by far the best. ... Read More
Having read so many negative reviews, we were very sceptical & even contemplated cancelling before sailing. Thank goodness we didn't. We have been on 13 cruises with different companies and this cruise was by far the best. Mediterranea was scrupulously clean, the service in main dining room (Jayson) , bars (Little John, Chai) very attentive and prompt (after 1st day, your preferred drink brought to you). Our cabin 8131 was kept clean & our request for ice automatically delivered each day. Food was excellent - good variety and top quality in both Buffet & main Dining room. Never once got cold food as some reviews said. The English International Hostess Eve McAlpine was very helpful & went the extra mile to assist were necessary. Embarcation in Abu Dhabi was efficient & we were even given refreshments during the wait. Baggage was delivered to our cabin promptly. Our drinks package was activated on embarcation. Yes, announcements are always in Italian, but always repeated in English, German & Spanish. Excursions were well organised. Disembarcation in Savona also very efficient. We will most defenitely sail again with Costa. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We were looking for a week of winter sun in February and chose Costa because of the itinerary, and location. We made our own travel arrangements and flew to Dubai on Emirates, and with a short transfer, we were at the port within an ... Read More
We were looking for a week of winter sun in February and chose Costa because of the itinerary, and location. We made our own travel arrangements and flew to Dubai on Emirates, and with a short transfer, we were at the port within an hour of landing. Embarkation was quick and efficient and our luggage was delivered to our cabin quickly. The ship was clean, all the crew we met were polite, and service was excellent. The other travellers were a diverse group from many different countries. Dining : We ate in the main dining room every night, the food was very good ( despite some criticisms I'd read before we travelled ) fresh pasta, wonderful mozzarella - made fresh on the ship - and well cooked and prepared meat dishes. Our server Emmanuel was polite and courteous. We had the Piu Gusto drinks package which included house wine with our meals and this was constantly topped up without us needing to ask, as was water. Entertainment : We did a morning back stage tour of the ship that was very interesting and well worth doing. The shows were of a high standard, and very enjoyable. There was music in every bar - and there were plenty of bars...and dancing, if thats your thing. Excursions : We didnt do any of the official tours so I cant comment, though we had no problem finding our own way round Muscat, and Abu Dhabi, visiting the Grand Mosque and the heritage village using local cabs. We also spent a day at a hotel pool in Abu Dhabi Saadiyat beach which ws good value and lovely. We would definitely travel with Costa again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Yes, It Can be Sweet in a Costa Suite We are recently back from a nine day Costa Mediterranea cruise to the Norwegian fjords. We typically sail HAL, Celebrity, or RCI and usually in a balcony cabin. To be honest, the reviews have kept ... Read More
Yes, It Can be Sweet in a Costa Suite We are recently back from a nine day Costa Mediterranea cruise to the Norwegian fjords. We typically sail HAL, Celebrity, or RCI and usually in a balcony cabin. To be honest, the reviews have kept me away from considering Costa. This time we were traveling with another couple and were looking for an itinerary that departed from and returned to Amsterdam. Costa fit the bill. We booked this cruise less than two months out due to a last minute change in plans. As this cruise was a few days shorter we were able to book a suite for about the same price as our balcony cabin on the other line. If you enjoy traveling to Europe and the pricing is within your budget, sailing in a Costa suite will be a very similar experience to the other lines I have mentioned. It could even be better if you don’t usually book a suite. Embarkation in Amsterdam We arrived around 12:30 and check-in took about 20 minutes. We had one family member with mobility issues so the combination of this along with priority boarding sped things along. We then took the lift up to Deck 9 for lunch in the buffet. When we arrived in our cabin an hour later our luggage had been delivered and the security video was playing on the TV in anticipation of the muster drill, which would be held before our late afternoon sail away. Cabin Our cabin was a corner aft on deck four. The layout consisted of a sofa and desk area, a dressing area with walk-in closet, the attractively tiled bathroom had dual sinks and combo tub/shower with sliding door, and the bedroom was adjacent to that with its own TV and drawer space. We found the bed comfortable. The huge balcony had two chairs with footstools as well as two loungers and small table to hold your drinks, snacks, phone etc. Décor colors in the room were a bit retro but I loved the small Murano lamps. Plenty of storage space, a safe, and frig also. The non-alcohol mini bar and bottled water are one of your amenities. Demographics No worries if you only speak English as the hard working staff were multi-lingual. Italian was the primary language followed by English, French, and German. We didn’t feel it was that tedious for announcements but you can appreciate the effort made for entertaining everyone! On this sailing there were mostly Europeans, and though many also spoke English, aside from the staff you didn’t hear a lot of English spoken among the guests. Don’t let that deter you as the daily “Diario di Bordo,” menu, and signage are also offered in multiple languages. Food & Drink I attribute our positive cruise experience to two perks included in our Costa suite amenities, the Intenditore drink package and the Medusa (suite) restaurant where suite guests can eat B-L-D. This doesn’t mean you can’t grab a burger in the buffet at lunchtime or order room service. We were able to get coffee, water, a cocktail, or glass of wine /beer anytime we wanted from the bars or at meal time in the rstaurants. We found the food in the suite restaurant to be quite good and except for a few sugary cocktails were never disappointed in our drinks. The Medusa Restaurant was for suite guests but could also be purchased as a dinner package for other guests, though suite guests would get priority seating. We usually arrived for dinner around seven and never had to wait or make a reservation. There are no other specialty restaurants on this ship. The space held about 100 people and had a variety of table configurations. Each night featured choices from a particular region of Italy. A copy of the Medusa menu was delivered ahead of time to your room. It was a four course meal but that can be filling so we started to order two of the “primi” courses for the table to share among the four of us and that worked well. Food is always subjective but the consensus among us was that the seafood, pork, or lamb were always very good. The steak, which was an option every night, was not so tender. There was also a “Chef’s Choice” menu option that you could order or swap around for some of the a la carte choices. Wine by the glass was part of our drink package and there were a few that we particularly liked. We often would pair a different wine with a different course so a benefit of “by the glass.” There were also vegetarian food options offered each night. Sufficient staff made it a pleasure to have a relaxing dinner. We usually chose the Medusa restaurant for breakfast and one day for lunch. There is a cold buffet station as well as a pastry table in addition to ordering hot choices off the menu. The food is quite good but hope you aren’t in a hurry! The hold up appeared to be on the kitchen end not in the dining room. We did have lunch in the Perla del Lago buffet restaurant a few times. My favorite was to select ham, cheese, and choice of bread and build your own sandwich. There were also a variety of salads, pizza, and burgers. Lunch is served noon-2:30 pm. Between 4-5 pm the Perla del Lago opens for “La Merenda” or afternoon snack. You will find people cueing up for little sandwiches and pastries. If you aren’t eating in the Medusa restaurant for dinner, the Main Dining Room seating is either 6:15 pm or 9pm. Between 7pm-1am you can purchase a higher quality burger or pizza in the designated section of the La Perla buffet restaurant. The informal dinner option is in the buffet restaurant on deck 9 between 7-8:30pm. Crepes are also available for purchase between 10pm-midnight. The bars are open late, midnight and some beyond. A lot of the reviews I’ve read are filled with complaints about the food, paying for water, not having coffee available etc. I think a “must do” item is to clip the sunshine yellow “Buon Appetito” guide in the daily “Diario” and keep it handy until you sort where and when the meals are available. There are many options but limited timing so you don’t want to be disappointed. Having the premium drink package included avoided really simplified things. Life on Board If you have cruised before you know what your expectations are. I will just mention a few things that stood out for me. We were cruising at the end of summer so you knew children would be onboard. There is the Squok Club to keep them entertained. This was also a colder climate so not everyone was in the pool and there were no chair hogs. The ship is lively. At night there were multiple venues with live music. The dance floor was actually a good size for a ship. In fact, as we were getting off a dance workshop group was getting ready to board. Drink service was adequate but they weren’t pestering you if you just wanted to sit and listen for a bit. Photographers were around taking pictures but they were less intrusive and didn’t pester you to buy. A few of ours actually came out nice and we did buy them with a package that also included the digital version. We had a minor issue with our club number and they fixed it on the spot! Room service was on time and nothing missing. Tender tickets were given out the day before saving time the day of. This is an older ship so didn’t have the specialty restaurants that are popular on newer chips. The spa had treatment rooms but not much space for relaxing around the whirlpool. The gym had a variety of equipment. The theater was nice and we went to a couple of shows which were good. We were invited to a wine tasting which was fun to do on a sea day and they even served grapes and cheese to go along. There also was a large attractive game room area that was popular with people playing board games, cards, etc. Accessibility As I mentioned earlier, a family member had mobility problems. We booked too late to get an accessible room. We booked a Panoramic Suite and were able to accommodate both a mobility scooter from Special Needs at Sea, wheelchair, and walker in the cabin. As the tub was fairly deep, we inquired with our attendant if they had a step to assist getting in the tub. The next day we were given a two foot long step that served the purpose. Getting ashore on the two tender stops was also possible with the help of the crew lifting the wheelchair onto the tender and our fortune of having calm seas. Ports-our intent was for relaxing port visits rather than action packed Bergen-able to get ashore with a mobility scooter; docked in Jekteviken close enough to town to walk to cable car which also has a lift and allows for access to the top where there are shops and a café. Olden-Tender, very scenic; spent time taking photos Andalsnes-able to go onshore with mobility scooter. This was also scenic but not a lot to do unless you plan an excursion. We walked along the lake; The train station is very near where the ship docked and is accessible for wheelchairs and smaller mobility scooters. Check the timetable for return. Geiranger-This was our second visit here. Able to get around with mobility scooter. Very scenic and great ice cream! Two of us walked up along the waterfall trail near where the ship is docked. Great photo ops. Look for the goats nearby! There is also a very nice artist’s studio, Geiranger Gallery, between the waterfall and the mainstreet . It is not clustered with the other tourist shops and cafes but set back a little on the left as you walk towards the fall. A nice choice of quality gifts, pottery, and glass objects. Stavanger-One of my favorite port stops; Visit the old section of town where the white houses are. We were docked nearby. The streets are quite steep so not accessible with a mobility scooter and would be difficult with a wheelchair. If you can walk up, after you visit the white houses continue to walk to Breidablikk Mansion on Eiganesveien, 40A. It is about a 25 minute walk through a beautiful neighborhood to see this well preserved home with most of the original furnishings. Your ticket will than allow you to enter many of the other small museums in town for either half price or less. Back in the town center the walkways are flat. You will find the Stavanger Cathedral here and a large shopping area. Bremerhaven-a brief stop to disembark and embark some passengers. It was a Sunday morning and rainy so stayed onboard. There was a shuttle available for €12 r/t to the center of town about 4.5 km away. Tickets must be purchased on the ship at the kiosks or Hospitality Desk. Maximum waiting time was 40 minutes. Disembarkation- Your cabin must be vacated by 8am but you could still enjoy breakfast at the appropriate restaurant, in our case the Medusa Restaurant. There was also a hand luggage deposit for you to use so you didn’t have to bring everything with you to breakfast. After breakfast we left the ship and retrieved our luggage in the Customs Hall in Amsterdam. In summary, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with my Costa Cruise experience. It definitely was value for money in this category. Their shorter itineraries to different ports could work for us and I am interested to try some of their newer, larger ships. But, I would probably only do so with the Intenditore Drink Package, access to a smaller restaurant venue and not the MDR……fingers crossed for a sweet, suite deal! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Crew and staff are very nice and all the Port excursions are well organised in different languages. Food is very good , especially Italian food, Entertainment is awesome during the cruise. Cabin comfort is good although it was an ... Read More
Crew and staff are very nice and all the Port excursions are well organised in different languages. Food is very good , especially Italian food, Entertainment is awesome during the cruise. Cabin comfort is good although it was an inside cabin, next time it will be one with a balcony. Overall the cruise exceed my expectation. Looking forward for the next one in the Mediterranean next year. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This cruise was chosen by Altius Insurance Cyprus (my husband work in this company) as a reward. It was my first cruise, but definitely I will do it again!!! The ship was so clean, nice odor, you could smell the cleaning odors ... Read More
This cruise was chosen by Altius Insurance Cyprus (my husband work in this company) as a reward. It was my first cruise, but definitely I will do it again!!! The ship was so clean, nice odor, you could smell the cleaning odors everywhere. We had cabin 6109. The service was amazing. The man that was cleaning our cabin was so polite. The dining on the second deck was amazing. I was wondering how they could serve so tasty food to thousand people "a la carte". The waiters were amazing...so polite! What impressed me the most was the guy and the team in charge with the entertainment!! I remember his name! Louis...was everywhere...dancing...singing... presenting...amazing humor and energy! But what amazed me the most was the assistant bar manager: Pantelis Zoografos! What a personality! I am a marketer and maybe I evaluate different than other people but his eyes were everywhere, ready to offer his services, to say a joke or to say something nice! Make me wonder if this man was born for this job or maybe the job was invented for him!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise as it was extremely good valve for money. We secured it through Groupon and flew from Gatwick to Nice. Transfers smooth and on arriving at the ship our bags were whisked away and placed outside our cabin, let the fun ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was extremely good valve for money. We secured it through Groupon and flew from Gatwick to Nice. Transfers smooth and on arriving at the ship our bags were whisked away and placed outside our cabin, let the fun begin! The ship is very ornate and the interior decorating a little offensive to those who like colour co-ordinated surroundings! However it was clean and the cleaning staff kept the whole ship slick and span. The waiter dining was good but could be a bit protracted in the evening's (we went for the early sitting as the 8 30 could mean queuing) As we got acclimatised we went to Deck 9 for meals as these are buffet style which was more to our liking. You get to see whats on offer and it was generally very good. One gripe of mine was the tomatoes! They weren't the lovely rich Italian ones, supermarket bland! The theatre acts were brilliant thoroughly enjoyed them. We enjoyed also the library and quiet areas. We did 1 excursion, Sorrento (which is beautiful) could have done without the Lemoncello factory experience as so much to see in Sorrento and would rather have skipped that and gone straight to Sorrento. We did hop on/off buses at Barcelona and Marseilles, great value for money and easy to book when we went ashore, so don't worry about doing them on board. We did the drinks package which we were pleased with, but be aware if you order a bottle of wine you will be charged, same with a bottle of water - by the glass you won't. This worked for us but of course of you want to sample wines from the extensive list you shave to bear t his in mind. Service charge. This is added daily so don't know if its worth enquiring paying at booking? May be discounted but not sure, one to ask travel agents. If we cruised again we would not try to see too much on going ashore as nearly missed the ship in Barcelona!!!! Just be aware that 5/6 hours, which you get in most stops, is not long. Long transfer on return. We flew out from Milan, lovely scenery on route, but had a long wait at the airport. This was not ant fault of Costa of course. In all we met some lovely people. Italian, French, German, Russian, Cuban in fact a very eclectic mix of nationalities! We really enjoyed this aspect of the cruise and although we both have only English it made for some hilarious conversations!!! Would I travel again with Costa? Most definitely. Why? Good cabins, good food and drink, good entertainment (would love to take my grandkids!) Excellent friendly "can't do enough for you staff), special mention here to Maria our cabin steward who was kindness itself! Lastly - great cruise if you can go Italian as very family orientated and relaxed. Loved it!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My wife and I wanted a good price, port visits to places we had not visited (Genoa, Herculaneum and Valleta, Malta) and a return visit after 30 years or so to Barcelona. We had spent 2 nights on our own long ago in downtown Palermo, but ... Read More
My wife and I wanted a good price, port visits to places we had not visited (Genoa, Herculaneum and Valleta, Malta) and a return visit after 30 years or so to Barcelona. We had spent 2 nights on our own long ago in downtown Palermo, but knew there was more to see. Costa offered all the right ports and a good price. MSC Cruises had a much larger ship (3200 passengers vs 2100), visited Rome, not Naples, and had roughly similar reviews to Costa.and similar prices. Ship size and Herculaneum (Naples) made Costa the obvious choice Some reviews said the Mediterranea was over-decorated. It is bright and colorful inside, but we quickly got used to the colors and other eye-catchers. Soon the decorations added to the fun we were having. Languages posed no probem. We got the daily bulletin in English, our cabin steard (Remudia) spoke good English, as did our dinner waiter (Raj) and most other staff members we spoke with. Our excursions were in English and either German or Spanish. The ship has hospitality desk employees whose first language is English and German and at least French. Not sure about Spanish. We enjoyed the food (not counting a cheeseburger with a dried bun at the pool buffet.) We lived in Germany for 9 years long ago and traveled as often as we could across Europe so cold breakfast was no surprise. We were happy with the cold buffet breakfast for 4 days, mixed with a variety of hot eggs and meat breakfasts in the main dining room the other 3 days. Coffee, tea and juices were all free at breakfast. Like on land in Europe, coffee, tea and water were not free at other meal times. Variety was okay at lunch and dinner menus, food quality and service were excellent at dinner. We bought their lunch and dinner wine package. My wife almost always drinks red wine, even with fish, while I pair red food with red wine and fish or cream pasta dishes with white wine. Our wine package came by the glass, not full bottles, so each of us could drink the wine we wanted. Both red and white were nice wines and getting 2 or 3 refills was no problem. We booked an excursion to la Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona on the morning we were to disembark. That tour could have complicated our disembarkment, but the Enlish language host and the Excursion Desk supervisor made it easy. We got our passports early, took all our baggage to the tour bus and left the tour by the Columbus statue at the port. No need to reboard the ship or get bags at the ship terminal. A 10 Euro cab ride later, we are at our hotel for 3 more nights in Barcelona. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Staff are wonderful, Food superb (lots of choice from Buffet - several different service statons offering different sorts of meals - so wander around first before you decide!! (preferred it to main restaurant as two sittings one is very ... Read More
Staff are wonderful, Food superb (lots of choice from Buffet - several different service statons offering different sorts of meals - so wander around first before you decide!! (preferred it to main restaurant as two sittings one is very early (18:30) and one is very late (21:15)). Gym excellent and Pilates and Yoga also on offer. Security very good. Everyone speaks english though some of the entertainment is in italian. Organisation of every part of your experience from arriving to leaving is first class and trouble free (unless you try to take an iron on board -they will find out and confiscate it!) Recommend you - buy a drinks package. Tea, Coffee, Juice available for breakfast but only water for other meals. If you dont have a package you have to pay. The paid card makes so much more sense (you can check on line what you will get - trust me it is value for money) Recommend you DONT book any excuisons before you board. For example - on your own Palma - local bus outside port (much cheaper than their shuttle), tourist office near Cathedral for maps. Ship says 5 km walk - dont think it was when we walked back along the marina and stoped off for a coffee on the way. Palermo - We took a really kitch train (you get a map) for 10 euros and then retraced the steps to have a better look at things we liked. Savona - Tourist office at Port gate - get a very good map with a tourist route around the town. Valencia - do spend your euros on a trip to the aquarium, absolutely fabulous. most undercover so good plan if rains. WIFI is available but expensive and does not work terribly well with Apple products. However, in port most cafes have free WiFi so just caught up each day over a cup of coffee on land. Anyway you are supposed to be on holiday not checking your emails!!! Quite a lot of things laid on but if you just want to chill is an incredible place to do it. Leaving port to music playing is amazing - we have a short video we took of leaving palma and still smile and cry when we watch it. As you will have gathered we had a wonderful time on this completely over the top boat - she really didnt need the Christmas decorations. We will certainly be using Costa Cruises again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I am a single older lady with mobility difficulties (I use a stick to walk) and I must say I had the most wonderful time on my Christmas cruise aboard this beautiful ship. This was my first cruise with Costa Mediterranea. From the ... Read More
I am a single older lady with mobility difficulties (I use a stick to walk) and I must say I had the most wonderful time on my Christmas cruise aboard this beautiful ship. This was my first cruise with Costa Mediterranea. From the booking procedure through to the last day of the cruise, this was an excellent experience. The Ship is stunningly beautiful. The crew members, each and every one of them, were delightful. Friendly, helpful, kind and although they work hard and long hours and seem to have no days off, they didn't seem as if they were working at all. They just seemed to be enjoying themselves serving guests. It was like being the most important member of a lovely, warmhearted family. Thank you so the Spa salon staff who looked after me with massage (Maria Antonia is a fantastic massage therapist!) with hair (Dea is one of the best stylists I've ever met!) and lovely Lycel who did my nails on the first day. My cabin Steward (Sidney) was just lovely, and always there to help whenever necessary. The restaurants were excellent. I am coeliac, so it is very important that I follow a strict gluten free diet. The Costa Mediterranea catering department takes this very seriously and have their own designated gluten free kitchens! I had my own waitress (Thank you Maria!) and my own gluten free menu. The food was, in the main, really delicious. Nothing was too much trouble. Service always with a smile. The entertainment was great too, although I didn't see all of the shows available. What I did see was really good and I enjoyed it immensely. The bars are great. Thank you to Francis, who served drinks after dinner each evening. I was alone, but met another English lady of a similar age to myself on the first day and we had a really great time together. We didn't go on any excursions because most of them were unsuitable for people with mobility disabilities, but we went off on our own and explored and thoroughly enjoyed each port of call we visited. I think the only negative aspect was the unfortunate attitudes of some (British!) passengers - who go on a Mediterranean cruise on an Italian ship and expect to be served the junk food they eat at home. I was embarrassed to be British at times... But it was easy to ignore such uneducated, self-limiting people as everything else was absolutely lovely and I can't wait to go again! I do hope readers will find my review helpful and go on - what are you waiting for? - Book that cruise on the beautiful Costa Mediterranea. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We boarded the ship at Trieste where l have to say was very disorganised, whether it was due to the hurricane strength winds l don't know. Anyway after boarding we went straight to our cabin which was the largest inside cabin ... Read More
We boarded the ship at Trieste where l have to say was very disorganised, whether it was due to the hurricane strength winds l don't know. Anyway after boarding we went straight to our cabin which was the largest inside cabin we've had. It was lovely and clean with plenty of storage. There we met our steward who was very polite and cheerful. After we had the safety drill we went to explore and l have to say we loved it. After cruising with Princess & Royal Carribean we found it highly decorated which was a nice change, plenty to look at. The staff were all nationalities with most speaking English. They were all cheerful, polite & helpful. Also other passengers with a range of nationlities instead of just American & British was nice. We went for 2nd sitting dinner and again were blown away with the quality of the food, for what we paid it was outstanding. We didn't go on excursions as we could walk off the ship at most ports. The only criticism is that it was a bit too warm in our cabin although we had ac on lowest setting. After reading previous reviews I don't know what people want!?! we enjoyed our cruise thoroughly. It wasn't the usual stuffy, people looking down their nose at you cruise, it was fun, easy going, relaxing and we will definitly go with Costa again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
After reading some reviews we were slightly aprehensive about the cruise but l can honestly say l don't know what people want. It's an Italian line so they do it Italian style which is fun, laid back with a relaxing atmosphere. A ... Read More
After reading some reviews we were slightly aprehensive about the cruise but l can honestly say l don't know what people want. It's an Italian line so they do it Italian style which is fun, laid back with a relaxing atmosphere. A real change from the stuffed shirts of Princess & Royal Carribean that we have been on before. There's nothing wrong with that but don't expect that on this ship. So much to look at with the vibrant decor. A real feast for the eyes. There's a wide range of nationalities in both staff and passengers, which is great. The staff were all cheerful, helpful and friendly, a real credit to the ship. Our steward was lovely and kept our cabin spotlessly clean. The cabin was the largest inside we've had on any previous cruise with plenty of storage. The food in the dining room was outstanding, as good as if not better than we've had previously. The buffet was nice although we only dined there twice. We don't do shows so can't comment but some of the other entertainment in the bars was ok. The only criticisms l have is the embarkation was chaotic, but there was hurricane strength winds blowing so we wasn't in any rush to board. Also the cabin was very warm even with AC at it's coolest. It was a fabulous cruise and we will definitly be returning. Exceptional value for money. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Was on the CM this last week and had an awesome time! We were due to embark in Venice and flew in the day before and stayed at the best western olimpia in P. Roma. Very beautiful hotel and I highly recommend it. Only one bridge to cross ... Read More
Was on the CM this last week and had an awesome time! We were due to embark in Venice and flew in the day before and stayed at the best western olimpia in P. Roma. Very beautiful hotel and I highly recommend it. Only one bridge to cross with luggage. The ship didn't dock in Venice the morning we were supposed to embark due to fog. We went early to the terminal to see what we were supposed to do and they put us on a bus to Trieste. Was a nice ride about an hour and a half. All very well managed and I actually really enjoyed the extra time in Trieste since I've never been before. Once on the ship we found our cabin. We booked an interior but were upgraded to a balcony..nice. I'm so glad the reviews on here didn't put me off from going with Costa because it was a really great trip and awesome value. We have spend 3x as much at mediocre resorts so this was really a surprise. So you know where I'm coming from...I'm American and my husband is Italian, I have lived in Italy and France the last 10 years just to give you an idea of my background. I thought the food was great (I wasn't expecting Michelan star fare though) and even my husband who is the worlds biggest food critic (thanks to his mamma) loved it too. Sure it isn't 5 star but it's good. The breakfast buffet isn't your American brunch but I didn't have trouble finding something to eat at all (donuts, croissants, fruits...) if you do want American stuff get room service. I did it one morning just to try and got a huge amount of French toast, pancakes and eggs Benedict for just 5 euro. The best lunch was when the chefs set us a pasta demonstration near the central pool. There was 5-6 different pastas and all were soooo good. I found you do have to look around the different buffets to find different things. I didn't eat breakfast or lunch in the mdr so I can't comment on them. The drink package is defintely worth it even if you don't drink tons of alcohol. I had no problems paying for a few bottles of water here and there for the room, but could easily get glasses of water free with my drink package from any bar or in the mdr. I did not have the USA water thing because I didn't book through the us site. I didn't notice the "lack of personal space" or rude cultural differences everyone always mentions in Costa reviews, but maybe after living here so long I don't notice it. Everyone stayed in the lines and were patient. The staff were awesome! Everyone always smiling and greeting you by name. That was impressive. I do wonder if I had a better time because I speak Italian and French though. I got to know a lot of people and staff because of that. But there were other English only speakers around and seemed to be having a great time too. We also had no problem asking the maitre d to change us to late dinner when we saw we were assigned to the early seating. He also happily changed us to an Italian speaking table (you can request anything language wise or just a table for 2). The gala night was fun and people dressed up in everything from gowns to just nice pants/ dress shirts or even just normal clothes. It was a great time. The only bummer was the club medusa. We paid to eat there one night with our table mates from the mdr and the food was just ok...I actually liked the menu in the mdr a lot more, so I don't recommended it. Everything else was fabulous and we booked our next cruise on the diadema the 3rd day in on this cruise lol. I say you need to try it for yourself..some of the reviews on here sound so crazy after I have actually been on the ship now. Someone said on here people must have hugh and unrealistic expectations to leave such extremely negative reviews. It was my first cruise but not my last with Costa! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We just returned from a 7 day cruise on Costa Mediterranea. We have been on 5-6 cruises on other lines, but I would say this was our favorite, and for the price, far and away the best value we have ever had on a cruise. We were pretty ... Read More
We just returned from a 7 day cruise on Costa Mediterranea. We have been on 5-6 cruises on other lines, but I would say this was our favorite, and for the price, far and away the best value we have ever had on a cruise. We were pretty worried, reading some other reviews that seemed pretty critical, and I just want to say our experience was wonderful. We are Americans, but I've been working to learn Italian for several years (we hosted an Italian foreign exchange student several years ago, which has enriched our lives in may ways), so I welcomed the chance to hear it spoken and to converse with Italians (who were generally very tolerant of my efforts!). You need to remember this is a European line, so announcements need to be in 4-5 languages. Italian is most spoken, but English is probably second, given how many Europeans also speak English. Embarkation and dis-embarkation were very simple and quick. We were in a grand suite, and all I can say is, it was truly grand! Large space, large balcony, amazing staff, en suite dining when we wanted (only once, because we enjoyed the various dining venues also), and great food on board. The Club Medusa dinner was great, but all the food we had was very fresh, great quality (especially all the smoked meats!), well prepared and well served. The beverage package is a must--plan to include it in your cruise price. But even with that, the price was one-third of what we would have paid on other cruise lines for a suite like what we had. The ship's decor is amazingly over-the-top, but fun. I think you get out of a cruise what you look for--in our case, we love meeting people from other parts of the world, and we had the opportunity to do just that-- great conversations, wonderful places to see, good entertainment (again, remember you are on a multi-lingual ship, so not everything will be in English, though much is). If you are considering a cruise on this ship, and worried about other reviews, feel free to contact us and we will try to reply. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Having traveled on dozens of cruises, several in europe, i feel well qualified to review this cruise. It provided excellent value for money paid, terrific service in our cabin and in the dining room, and was a gorgeous ship. Everything ... Read More
Having traveled on dozens of cruises, several in europe, i feel well qualified to review this cruise. It provided excellent value for money paid, terrific service in our cabin and in the dining room, and was a gorgeous ship. Everything was immaculate and easily accessed. There could be tea and coffee available all day if that is one critique. We dont eat meat, so we would have liked more chicken and fish choices, but since that is a personal preference that is not necessarily attributable to Costa. They did try to give us choices however. Our cabin, inside ondeck 7, was always clean and comfortable. Our cabin steward was perfect. As was our waiter, did everything he could to please us. Ports were exceptional, loved Montenegro,a fascinating place. Trieste was a happy surprise, best Greek meal ever in a little cafe in Corfu. Of course Venice is always perfect, Split interesting, Argostoli not so much. If you go with realistic expectations you will have a great time. Be respectful and appreciative and give out what you want in return. And give the cabin steward and waiters a little extra for their efforts. They really appreciate it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I dedicate this review to the people working on the ship, especially the people cleaning the rooms and working as waiters. These people are so hard working, they speak several languages, they smile all the time, help you any way they ... Read More
I dedicate this review to the people working on the ship, especially the people cleaning the rooms and working as waiters. These people are so hard working, they speak several languages, they smile all the time, help you any way they can, give you advice if you ask them, dance with guests, make shows for guests and etc. I don't know how much they get payed, but whatever the amount it is not enough. The only bad thing is that there are not so many young people on the cruiser so they could look and be ashamed of these people who are so brilliant in so many ways. My husband and I would go again to the same cruise and are planing to go to Costa cruises next year. BTW excellent food and lots of choice, we got a few pounds on board. :) Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We had two nights in Venice then a 7 night all inclusive cruise on the Costa Meditteranea .. We had a port of call every day Italy, Croatia Montenegro and Greece . We had a basic inside cabin that was totally adequate for our ... Read More
We had two nights in Venice then a 7 night all inclusive cruise on the Costa Meditteranea .. We had a port of call every day Italy, Croatia Montenegro and Greece . We had a basic inside cabin that was totally adequate for our requirements as we do not spend a lot of time in there other than to sleep .. We have cruised on P & O, royal caribbean and carnival before around the Med and Caribbean. This was about 5th cruise. The ship is not as large as some we have been on and caters mainly for the ITalian cruise market ... We were two of approx 50 British guests . It was fun, the crew are all lovely and have a ready smile ... Entertainment was ok, not up to same standard as some we have been on but still entertaining. The buffet did have a lot of choice despite what others have commented, yes there is pizza every lunch time buffet but also a car very every day and a daily special of Chinese or seafood etc. The food in the main restaurant was different .. Italian based .. With a starter, a pasta/soup course, a main course followed by a salad then cheese and lastly dessert. We had the all inclusive drinks package included but at €25 a day is still good value as you have to pay for water at dinner and sodas. The cocktail list is extensive and lovely. The baileys banana Colorado is exceptionally lovely!!!! You can also get individual costa style coffees on your all inclusive card. Go with an open mind as it is different to Uk/American style cruising but it is fun and very good value .. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our 4th time with Costa and each time it exceeds our expectations. Being a coral member we were offered a free upgrade to an ocean view cabin and received fruit and Bubbly in our cabin on arrival. I was a little apprehensive ... Read More
This was our 4th time with Costa and each time it exceeds our expectations. Being a coral member we were offered a free upgrade to an ocean view cabin and received fruit and Bubbly in our cabin on arrival. I was a little apprehensive about what the ship would be like, but it was lovely and very tastefully decorated. I really don't understand why Costa often gets negative reviews, as the service is always impeccable, meals superb and the all inclusive drinks package is great value, I love the fact that the staff provide entertainment at meals times too, by singing and dancing. They really work hard to make you cruise a memorable occasion. The itinerary was fantastic too and we saw some fabulous places Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
First I have to tell you that I normally don´t write reviews for this site. But I have heard it being mentioned so often, this past week, that I do feel the need to give my opinion. My family joined the transatlantic cruise guests for ... Read More
First I have to tell you that I normally don´t write reviews for this site. But I have heard it being mentioned so often, this past week, that I do feel the need to give my opinion. My family joined the transatlantic cruise guests for the last week of their stay on Costa Mediterranea(a very good 6-night-deal was offered in Belgium and the Netherlands and we decided to take it). We are experienced cruisers. We are from Europe and have sailed on many cruise lines. As a couple and as a family. Cruisecritic was mentioned by several different American guests, when complaining to staff of the Costa Mediterranea. I literally heard "you just wait until I write about your service on Cruisecritic-dot-com". I decided not to say anything on board, but want to describe my honest experience, from a European point of view. And would like to tell you that we met many great US guests and had wonderful conversations(so this is not about generalizing in any way). I will first write on how I see Costa and then about our latest experience on Costa Mediterranea. The thing you have to realize, when taking a Costa cruise, is that you are entering "floating Italy". We love it, but it is very, very different from "floating USA". We love our peace and quiet. I actually get very anxious on US ships; I want to spend my vacation with my family. We don´t need entertainment,we only use the restaurant dining room(for breakfast lunch and dinner) we don´t drop our kids off at clubs and we don´t want to be chased by staff, repeatedly asking us what we need; we don´t fancy buffets, we want to decide when to socialize, our kids love to mingle at the baseball field or in the pools, when they feel like it. And I love the fact that all of our wishes our fullfilled, when we make them clear to the staff. We love Costa, because it really lives up to our expectations, in every area. Another thing you have to realize is that Costa gives you an absolutely amazing price. But it is an Italian price. When I check out Costa deals, I add the price for drink packages. Because I know I need to add them. Costa is very clear about what you do and don´t get, when sailing with them. When I make a trip budget, I add the drinks package. And I pay it in advance. I know it is a lot of money, but I can tell you you won´t regret it. The Costa Service Charge is similar on all cuise lines(minus Aida, but I absolutely can´t and won´t recommend Aida). One thing I need to warn you about is that Costa is amazing from the moment you arrive at your terminal. Costa is absolutely not good at making your travel arrangements. Friends and relatives and we, as a family, have had very, very stressfull and poor experiences with Costa tranfers(especially the ones from Malpensa). Ours range from an extremely ill bus driver to a bus crash. And we twice had the whole ship, delaying departure, because our bus driver was playing on his Ipad, while driving. And there is more(I have made many complaints, but nothing was done to make changes). But, this service is outsourced by Costa. Once you reach the terminal, everything is great and extremely smooth! Now, back to the cruise. We flew in, took the 5 Euro bus to Milano Centrale and then the direct train to Savona(book online to get a good price and a reservation. Kids Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Just returned home after our incredibly delightful journey across the Atlantic on the Costa Mediterranea with a few day's post-cruise stay in Trieste, Italy. We began our trip with very low expectations due to most of the recent ... Read More
Just returned home after our incredibly delightful journey across the Atlantic on the Costa Mediterranea with a few day's post-cruise stay in Trieste, Italy. We began our trip with very low expectations due to most of the recent Mediterranea reviews blasting the "tasteless" food and other problems. Our personal experience was so much the opposite that I almost feel I was on an entirely different ship! I did come armed with my own shaker of garlic powder for the pizza and pastas and Crystal Light drops to make the USA water more palatable for me, I enjoyed the vast majority of the dishes served in the dining room. One night we even were able to have surf and turf by combining a steak option with a grilled shrimp entree! Our waiter made it happen for the four of us at our table. I was particularly delighted with the sundried tomatoes and olives on the lunch buffet, and I ate those almost exclusively for lunch most days, except one time I had a juicy burger from the pool deck, and a couple salad lunches in the main restaurant. On one of our first port days, when most everyone was ashore, we found shrimp tempura on the buffet! The only time we saw it, but it was YUM!!!! Keep in mind with my review that we traveled across the Atlantic with less than 1200 passengers on board a ship designed for 2600. SO luxurious! Our premium balcony cabin near the aft on deck seven starboard was a wonderful retreat with plenty of storage for our 22 nights onboard and one of the best room stewards, Renee, that we have ever experienced. We had fresh ice twice a day, and even extra pillows and bathrobes when we asked. We only used the free room service one morning. We were so close to the buffet that it just seemed unnecessary. we also had only one dinner sitting for the first 16 nights of the cruise until we took on about 500 more passengers in Savonna for the last week when they finally added a late seating and a second show time. Not impressed with the CD, Antonio Serra. but most of the nightly entertainment was very good. Major exceptions - the "video" nights and the passenger "talent" show. YUCK! Walked out of the balcony (as we suspected they might be poor) on those.Really liked the in-cabin free movies! Too bad they started repeating over again instead of getting new ones after the first two weeks. The flamenco dancers who performed after our Teneriffe port stop were absolutely amazing! The ship was beautifully maintained and always kept sparkling clean. Thought we were going to escape any illnesses until we went on a long bus excursion from Savonna to Genoa where we had "hackers" in front AND behind us, Even the tour guide made a comment about them! Sure enough, the day before we were to fly back home, we BOTH developed the same upper respiratory symptoms and coughs! We both have a ways to go before we will be over this and are keeping ourselves isolated away from family and friends until we are free of symptoms. An interesting happening on this sailing was that on the day after we left our port stop in St. Maarten, early in the cruise, my husband noticed we seemed to have turned around and were headed back toward St. Maarten. sure enough, when we checked at the front desk, we found out that that an announcement (we obviously missed), stated that we were turning around due to the health needs of a passenger. Finally a helicopter with a basket met the ship in the early evening and the patient was transferred to the helicopter via the basket and thn on to St. Maarten. There was not room for the spouse on the chopper and she had to wait until our next port stop, Teneriffe, 6 days later, to fly to meet her husband at the hospital! Sure hope they had insurance! Will we cruise with Costa again? This was our third Costa sailing and due to the 22 nights and double points for our premium balcony cabin we will now be at the Pearl level for future sailings and get those extra benefits, so if the itinerary and price are right we will! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
The Mediterranea is a beautifully appointed ship. Marble everywhere including the salon floors. The food is wonderfully prepared and served by excellent waiters. I had a balcony cabin on 8th floor it was spacious and well laid out for two ... Read More
The Mediterranea is a beautifully appointed ship. Marble everywhere including the salon floors. The food is wonderfully prepared and served by excellent waiters. I had a balcony cabin on 8th floor it was spacious and well laid out for two people with plenty of storage space. Bathroom was a good size. The staff was at all times friendly and helpful. One of the nice things: You arrive at the ports early in the morning and have all day for your tours. There was music in all the lounges at night, fun gambling and lots to do on the ship if you wanted to play games on the decks. Improvement: They could get better entertainment for the main show at night -- it was sometimes good, sometimes not. But if you didn't like the main stage entertainment they did have nice music in the lounges. All in all it was a wonderful cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We were so impressed by the friendly staff on this cruise who always greeted and smiled. Nothing was too much trouble. The attention to detail was amazing. I am a very large lady and the arm chair in restaurant degli Argentieri was ... Read More
We were so impressed by the friendly staff on this cruise who always greeted and smiled. Nothing was too much trouble. The attention to detail was amazing. I am a very large lady and the arm chair in restaurant degli Argentieri was slightly tight. My husband asked for soft bread due to a mouth problem. The second night without me asking they had found a chair without arms, soft bread for my husband and our drink preferences were remembered. As we do not drink alcohol we choose not to take the drinks package. On the 9th deck there are coffee and tea machines, There are water machines there as well. Breakfast is served with tea / coffee and juices. In the restaurant degli Argentieri you can ask for a jug of water - free (not bottled) and this comes with loads of ice. The food was amazing - six course dinner with adequate choice for each course. There is so much good quality food you do not need to eat during the excursions - just come back the the wonderful ship. The singing and dancing in the dining room were much fun. Up on the 9th deck there were other food choices available. Entertainment was really great and we enjoyed the shows. Did our own thing in port and did not go on the excursions. Being November it rained most of the time so we did not have much time on the open deck or try out the swimming pools. Our room was kept clean and we were well looked after. We will definitely do another Costa Cruise and are already working towards the next one.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
The boarding was a little shambolic especially when the baggage scanner packed in and they tried pushing all luggage through the hand baggage X-ray, total chaos ensued. Eventually got through this one and bussed to another queue in a ship ... Read More
The boarding was a little shambolic especially when the baggage scanner packed in and they tried pushing all luggage through the hand baggage X-ray, total chaos ensued. Eventually got through this one and bussed to another queue in a ship side marque that turned out to be for the pre-boarding snap, not a happy picture! Glad to say it all improved from then onwards. This was our second Costa cruise, the first was on the Favalosa, the Mediterranea is a slightly older ship, but equally as impressive. Cabin (inside) was spacious, clean and well maintained. An issue with the beds was quickly resolved. If you like a couple of drinks during the day and wine at dinner I would always recommend the package My only small criticism of the Costa experience would be the evening dining; unlike some other cruise lines it is not the occasion it could be. The food it of a good quality it's just they serve it so fast, as soon as one you finishes a course the next is served meaning some were almost on their sweets whilst others were 3 courses back. The wine bottle is no longer left on the table prompting regular reminders to the waiter.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
The Ship This was our first cruise and so we have nothing with which to compare it. It was my wife who had wanted to try a cruise and I was the sceptical one. The boat was much bigger than I had imagined and much better appointed. We are ... Read More
The Ship This was our first cruise and so we have nothing with which to compare it. It was my wife who had wanted to try a cruise and I was the sceptical one. The boat was much bigger than I had imagined and much better appointed. We are used to minimalist Travelodge or cluttered country hotels but this room/cabin was cleverly arranged with lots of hanging and drawer space easily enough to accommodate the amount you could reasonably bring aboard if travelling by airplane. The lighting was first rate; how often we have grumbled about hotel bedrooms which have insufficient light to read by. The balcony was well worth the extra money. We were blessed with lovely weather and sitting outside with a starchart listening to the sea was a real priviledge I would advise taking clothes pegs and hangers. The hangers provided were not portable and drying on the balcony took very little time. There were ample lifts; they were efficient and we seldom had to wait long for one to appear going in the required direction. There were plenty of places for smokers but we did not find it intrusive. The gym etc was excellent. Even if you don't feel like using the gym, the showers there were far superior to the one in the cabin and a locker and lovely big towels were provided; you just had to sign for the key, Some of the equipment looked a bit tired, but it all worked. There was a nice hot bubbly pool without children or cool breezes and various hot rooms. The pools were rather small. The water fountains generally did not work. Considering the carpeting was in constant use, it was very clean. Indeed the whole ship was continuously cleaned and there were very few occasions when you sat down at a dirty table. We had benign weather and so I really cannot comment on the behaviour of the ship in rough conditions; I was hardly aware most of the time that we were at sea. The Food Plenty. We probably ate too much on the first few days. The seafood paella on embarkation was memorable. We tried all the variations for breakfast and lunch and preferred the less formal arrangements on Deck 9 to the multi-uniformed presentation in the Dining Area. There was also a Burger fest late afternoon and a rather quaint offering of afternoon tea. The evening meal was 7 courses, but I don’t think many people managed all seven we certainly did not. Having been allocated the early sitting 18:45, we quickly decided that the 20:45 sitting was a better option for us. There was no problem in switching. Having been there for more than a week we realised that they were working on a 7 day menu turnover. Considering how many they had to serve, the whole meal was remarkably quick, taking less than 1 ½ hours from entry to exit. The quality of food was good and there was choice. There were some exceptional courses like the Osso Bucco, most were far more adventurous than we would prepare at home for ourselves. The Drinks Do not envisage a Costa Cruise without taking the 19:50 euro drinks package. It made everything so easy. Coffee in the morning, beer at lunchtime, Cocktail in the afternoon, more beer, more coffee, pastis as an aperitif, wine with the meal, strega or whiskey to finish the day, whoops no we’ll have another one or two probably not very good for us, but neither is worrying about how much you are paying every minute. The Entertainment Lots to do and see. As many keep fit sessions as you could wish. Consistently high standard of background music in the main bars. The shows were varied, enjoyable and lasted about ¾ hour. We did not partake but gather that the partying went on well into the night. The Staff/Crew Mostly delightful and eager to please. We had a fantastic cabin steward Josephine, super waiters in Ktut and Jay. Customer services came up trumps with Antonio and Thomas who gave us a lot of their time. Oscar was good fun on the bar on deck nine. The maitre d’ Salvatore from Chorley was the almost perfect……. I won’t spoil it for you ….. but you will know who I mean. Value We reckon we got a great deal. It came to just under £2000 for 15 nights for two with balcony cabin to include 4 nights in Rhodes to start with and flights. I cannot see where you could match that in other sorts of holiday. The Drinks Package was of course extra as were the excursions. We did not use the Costa excursions, but the ones we chose were cheaper and extensive. The Holiday We were unfortunate. It became apparent in crossing London that my wife was experiencing severe lower back pain. We got to Rhodes OK and she could only lie down on one side. After our 4 night stay there, she could only sleep on her back and I had to push her in a wheelchair where I could get one. On the boat we managed after some persistence, to avail ourselves of a wheelchair which was fine for 7 days. When it became apparent she could no longer even lie down on her back, we realised we were in trouble. We therefore had to try to contact insurers, find timetables, communicate with Italian doctors and make our own way home. We managed just - and that is an exciting story in itself. The Gripes The difficulty of procuring water for the cabin was paramount. There seemed no problem in bringing bottles onboard, it was just that we did not go off ship as much as we might have done. In England water is on tap as it were and it was difficult to have to plan ahead. We had thought Premium Cabin meant Premium Service which it apparently does not. Almost all those we dealt with were very sympathetic to our predicament with the exception of one waspish lady obviously quite senior who accused us of changing our mind again about leaving the ship which was unfair. The difficulties in finding a suitable flight home were pretty extensive. Internet connection on the ship was poor to non-existent even using the ship’s facilities. We were fortunate in having someone in England who could arrange things for us. I would have thought that Post Concordia the applause and plaudits for our celebrated captain doubtless merited - could have been a bit more muted. Be aware that if you do have problems you will be dealing with non English speakers. The command of English and many other languages of many of the crew was quite humbling, but the fact remains that you will be trying to communicate detailed technical difficulties in other than your own language. As you are at sea for most of the time without communication the problems are exacerbated. Do not expect much useful help from your Insurance policy. The Verdict We would go again like a shot, health permitting.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We embarked on the ship in Heraklion, having flown in from London. We travelled as a family of 3 (myself, my wife and my 10-year old daughter, who is in a wheelchair). The embarkation in Crete was what I would consider to be the worst part ... Read More
We embarked on the ship in Heraklion, having flown in from London. We travelled as a family of 3 (myself, my wife and my 10-year old daughter, who is in a wheelchair). The embarkation in Crete was what I would consider to be the worst part of the cruise. Heraklion is not really geared up to be a cruise port but more of a ferry terminal. The small embarkation building meant that some people were queuing outside in the heat for more than an hour before being able to enter the building. The whole process was very slow, a bit chaotic and quite uncomfortable. Once onboard the ship things improved considerably. We were able to go straight to our cabin and our luggage joined us almost immediately. The interior of the ship is beautifully decorated and, although 10 years old, did not give this impression. The cabin was quite small but was cosy and served our needs. The cabin steward kept the cabin immaculately clean and our only gripe (other than perhaps the size) was that the air conditioning was not very effective, meaning that the cabin (being an inside) was a bit warm for us at night, especially as there were 3 of us in the cabin. The beds were, however, comfortable. Despite the small size, we were able to pack the luggage in the wardrobes and had just enough space to park the wheelchair without folding (we had requested a wheelchair accessible cabin but were told these were all booked, despite the ship only being 60 to 65% full). We found the Costa staff to be very approachable, friendly and helpful throughout the cruise, especially in the restaurant. The only niggle we had was the cruise excursion desk telling us that because we had a wheelchair we couldn't go on our planned excursion in Santorini, and advising us not to go ashore on the tender boat. Our cabin steward informed us that we would be able to take the cable car to the summit as they cater for disabled. we took the plunge and went ashore and did not regret doing so. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
*6= Having booked this Cruise as part of a 2 week package including a week on Crete we were slightly nervous of what to expect as the Price was ridiculously cheap even having upgraded to outside Cabins.We were a party of 3 as we took our ... Read More
*6= Having booked this Cruise as part of a 2 week package including a week on Crete we were slightly nervous of what to expect as the Price was ridiculously cheap even having upgraded to outside Cabins.We were a party of 3 as we took our disabled 84 y.o. mother (who is totally wheelchair dependent) and this in itself can be problematical if things don't go smoothly with Transport,Transfers,Access,etc. From the moment we stepped on Board until the very last moment we disembarked we had NO criticisms or disappointments with the Ship & its' Crew & the whole experienced surpassed our expectations. The Ship is awe inspiring in the Decor & Flamboyant "renaissance" styling of most recent Italian Cruise Lines & the lay-out is excellent with all 3 Lift Stations (Bow Mid-Ships & Stern) giving swift & easy access to all amenities. The Food & Service were impeccable especially as my Wife has Coeliac Disease & cannot tolerate any Gluten or wheat items....there was always ample & delicious options during the day & the Evening Dinner was a unique Menu individually prepared by the Ship's dedicated Special diet Chef. The Ports of Call varied from Dirty Industrial Docks (Limassol) to beautiful Scenic Harbours (Rhodes) but we couldn't partake of any of the excursiosn as none were WheelChair friendly......this did however mean that we thoroughly enjoyed the quiet & peace of a mostly deserted sunDeck on most days. The Drinks on board are seriously over priced as individual untis from the Bars but this is easily overcome by any of the Range of Drinks "packages" on offer and by far the best VFM option would be the all inclusive deal at E19.50 per person per day. In summary a fabulous Ship with amazing Service,Great Food & INCREDIBLE value for money....we will certainly travel again with COSTA Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Costa Mediterranea Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 3.2
Entertainment 3.0 3.2
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursions 5.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 1.0 N/A
Service 4.0 3.7
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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