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Before going on the cruise I read these reviews and thought to myself how can a big cruise company have a ship that bad? But the ship was great, everything was nice, food wasn’t bad and overall I had a very nice time. The room my family ... Read More
Before going on the cruise I read these reviews and thought to myself how can a big cruise company have a ship that bad? But the ship was great, everything was nice, food wasn’t bad and overall I had a very nice time. The room my family and I took had a balcony which was really nice and big. The cabins weren’t that small and 2 people could and will comfortably live in them. The restaurant on the 2nd and 3rd floor was really good, and so was the pizza restaurant on the 9th floor, but the buffet on the 9th floor was good but not the best. The negatives of the ship were that everything is expensive on the ship and the WiFi was really, really expensive. But literally everything else on the ship was really nice, would recommend for everyone to go on it. If you go with a positive attitude then you will be guaranteed a great time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Crusing Costa is a unique experience. Passengers speak many languages but the staff speak good English and are helpful in every way. The shows in the theater are all in English and ours were excellent. We took a 24 day transatlantic with ... Read More
Crusing Costa is a unique experience. Passengers speak many languages but the staff speak good English and are helpful in every way. The shows in the theater are all in English and ours were excellent. We took a 24 day transatlantic with great ports.The ship is slightly dated but very clean and comfortable. The service was excellent.Its great for ballroom dancers .Large dancefloor and good music. The lunch buffet offers a wide variety of food.Coffee and desserts were exceptional. The diningroom menu is very Italian. Some was very good but many meats and fish were overcooked. We learned how to order to fit our taste. Many shore excursions were reasonably priced although there is little information about the ports.We have taken several transatlantic cruises and this one had more activities,day and night, than any other . It is a FUN ship. We are looking forward to another Costa cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Costa -Deliziosa Our 11-day cruise (February 21, 2019) generally was made most enjoyable by the crew. Very helpful, pleasant & happy to serve you. Everybody spoke English as well as two or three other languages as well, so there was ... Read More
Costa -Deliziosa Our 11-day cruise (February 21, 2019) generally was made most enjoyable by the crew. Very helpful, pleasant & happy to serve you. Everybody spoke English as well as two or three other languages as well, so there was always someone to help you as needed. This was a very International passenger list as the 11 days thru the Western Caribbean was the intro trip to the repositioning of the ship to Italy after we disembarked in Fort Lauderdale. Of the 2,800 passengers, 800 disembarked in Ft. Lauderdale with the other 2000 + passengers remaining on board continuing on to Italy via the Eastern Caribbean Islands. My constructive criticism first comes on the Costa website that is a disaster, probably built years ago for the Costa management but not the passenger. Costa is now owned under the Carnival Line ownership umbrella but you would never know it. Costa does not even acknowledge you as a previous passenger of Carnival, no points, rewards everything is about Costa. Again the website at first glance looks great, but all it wants you to do is book everything before you get on board. For example, there are three drink packages available yet you have nothing to compare their prices. They do not list or show the wine list, the liquor or beer list. Onboard almost every drink (cocktail & wine) by the glass averages $7.50 plus 15% service charge. Wines by the bottle start at $20.00+ and on this leg of the trip luckily, everything on the ship was priced in USA Dollars. Prices change to Euros as soon as they leave for Italy. There are no lists for Spa services nor beauty services yet they want you to book everything on line. My spouse wanted a haircut and nowhere could you find a price for any beauty services. I would highly recommend purchasing an all-inclusive liquor package along with your cruise ticket from your agent or travel advisor. Yes, it brings up your costs but you can negotiate this with them or some travel agents will work with you and even add onboard ship credits. Packages & Tours Do not buy online, wait until you get on board to see what you are buying and paying without leaving money on the table. Same with restaurant reservations, buying onboard restaurant packages is so much cheaper aboard ship as opposed to the website. Anything you book on the website you cannot change nor cancel. Buy tours on board, same prices but you have the flexibility to change or cancel your tours. Another huge faux pas by Costa. We boarded the ship in Ft. Lauderdale @ 2 pm and before dinner @ 6 pm every bar on board was out of Draft Beer. They only serve Heineken Draft. The bartenders were taking canned Miller beer and filling the draft beer glasses apologizing with every customer. Within two days they were out of Crown Royal, then Canadian Club and then any Canadian whiskey. This running out of product continued with liquors, Pernod, Richard, 451, & Sambucca. We had bought the $350 drink package each as both occupants fo the same cabin must do so. Crew management said they were waiting for a supply of beer, wine, liquor aboard a ship from Italy but it never showed up in Ft. Lauderdale. The second day we arrived in Miami and for sure the Costa Deliziosa should have had the Miami beer & wine Distributors replenish & load on board supplies they were out of and ones that were in short supply. Granted there were other bottled beers available, albeit every bar (over 10) did not have the luxury of this selection but definitely someone screwed up. Entertainment was excellent with a magician, juggler, and singers as it is so hard to address people of so many languages so no comedians nor comedy clubs. Finally, the Costa “APP” on your smartphone is just mediocre. It does not list nor monitor your expenses even after you have left the ship. Most of the listed links do not work with the exception of “Chat” that was good, where you can communicate with other passengers. Definite upgrading of this service and app is needed. Carefully look and monitor everything you do on the website as this Costa ship is behind in technology that you will be paying for if you are not awake nor aware. Internet on board is painfully slow almost like “dial up”. If someone else is paying for your cabin & passage you will have a great trip & experience, plus you will enjoy your cruise immensely with no worries with anything I have listed above. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Regardless of poor reviews that we read, we embarked on the Costa Deliziosa due to provided price discounts (~70%) for 2 x 10 consecutive days. And, the following is our personal opinion: 1. Food and its variety was very good in taste ... Read More
Regardless of poor reviews that we read, we embarked on the Costa Deliziosa due to provided price discounts (~70%) for 2 x 10 consecutive days. And, the following is our personal opinion: 1. Food and its variety was very good in taste and the quality terms. Except: a) there was very poor choice of tropical & exotic fruits like Papaya (popular in Central America), Dragon, Pepino,.....etc. Kiwi were to hard and not well matured. b) often we encountered a shortage of water melons. c) often there was an annoying line-up for the food at pick hours d) service over the supper lasted too long (~ 2 hrs). e) free coffee was of poor quality 2.There was too many outdoor cigarette smoking places. The smoke from outside was entering main corridors through the door openings into the Buffet area making difficult to find a smoke-free place. Smoke was even evaporating on walking / jogging path on the top deck. Also, the walking path was blocked by people laying on chairs. Cigarette's smoke from the balcony was penetrating over the day and some night hrs inside of our balcony, hence we were very limited to have the benefits of balcony. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We have sailed on 100+ cruises with 4 other cruises on Costa. We sailed on Costa Deliziosa on 12/19/18. This was a 7 nt cruise to Nassau, Gtand Turk, Amber Cove & Key West. Deliziosa is a beautiful ship, extremely clean and well ... Read More
We have sailed on 100+ cruises with 4 other cruises on Costa. We sailed on Costa Deliziosa on 12/19/18. This was a 7 nt cruise to Nassau, Gtand Turk, Amber Cove & Key West. Deliziosa is a beautiful ship, extremely clean and well organized. The staff provided excellent service. The food was generally very good. As on any ship, some nights were better than others. Very good pasta and pizza. Christmas Eve special dinner served in Albatross was excellent. Staff seemed happy to be of service. I had some special requests which were always accommodated. Music in most bars nightly. The Animation Team provided fun games, competitions and lots of laughs. They kept the cruise interesting for all ages. What impressed me most was the staff’s willingness to help and to go the extra step to make everyone happy. Something lacking in lots of other ships. I would recommend Deliziosa as a great cruise with an Italian flair. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We are an active over 70 couple and like to get away from the European winter for a while The Costa arranged bus trip from Austria to the Port of Savona was smooth and comfortable, Embarkation was painless despite the extra USA ... Read More
We are an active over 70 couple and like to get away from the European winter for a while The Costa arranged bus trip from Austria to the Port of Savona was smooth and comfortable, Embarkation was painless despite the extra USA requirements We did a short walking visit in friendly Savona as the weather was a bit chilly The Ship was spotless and its classic layout still works well - all that is missing is a quiet solarium area Although the weather was mostly calm even on the bumpy nights there was never any discomfort. On some days there was a slight irritable vibration, but no real problem The cabin was adequate and served the purposewell serviced by Alms The food is good - sometimes exceptional and sometimes average, It is no surprise that the menus are Italian flavoured as Costa is an Italian Line. The complainers amaze one - how people can criticize the extensive breakfast selection that caters for all tastes is beyond comprehension. Yes - sometimes dining orders are lost in translation. as the new waiters do not always understand the drawling and yowling American dialects In the MDR Marc, Carlos and Alfredo were stars At breakfast we never had to place an order after the first day- our order came automatically, so good was the attention, Juice,Coffee, Mueisl, Eggs. Toast etc As for those complaining about he lack of pasta - in the buffet there were never fewer than 4 variations daily!!! Spaghetti is not the only Pasta type On the entertainment front there was always something on the go for everyone and the international theatre shows and costumes were varied and excellent The overall service was good to excellent and always friendly. a smile and greeting from passengers also works wonders - these workers are not there to be be abused by ignorant, demanding guests, We did an excursion that was good, otherwise we did our own thing So all in all we had a invigorating cruise with interesting ports Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I read a lot of bad critics before going but we really enjoyed the cruise. Sure there were things we would like to change but overall it was a good one. -the embarkation was at venice. We went with the people mover from piazza roma ( ... Read More
I read a lot of bad critics before going but we really enjoyed the cruise. Sure there were things we would like to change but overall it was a good one. -the embarkation was at venice. We went with the people mover from piazza roma ( tip- remember to buy tickets for the coming back to venice and skip the lines at the ticket machine). The embarkation is very very slow! We waited more then 2 hours, so no need to harry , come very early or very late. We came around 12 and and entered the ship around 3 o'clock. The rest of disembarkation at ports and at venice was pretty good )we had a flight to catch so asked to get first at venice). The ship was very clean, i thought the decor will be italian -something special, but i didn't like it- looked old fashion not at all impressive to my taste. The cabin was a little smaller the the celebrity but clean and the stewart was all the time there- very good. There was cigarette smoke in the corridor (i think from the inner rooms) , complained several times but nothing was done. The food- was very good in the restaurants, good attention and good quality of food. We were worried about the water but because our agency was from the usa we received free bottles at dinner. At the embarkation we did the water package - 13 bottles for 39 euro( don't remember exactly) - so we had water at night and at gym. About the drinking package - we were 2 adults and a 14 years kid - all of us are not great drinking - not soda or alcohol so didn't take the drinking package and bought a wine and water package- 6 wines and some 7 bottles of water for 130 euro. We were glad with this package. Had some beer (4-5 euro plus tax) and some cocktiles ( 7-8 euro). Cappuccino 3-4 euro at evening. During the last days they also selled some wine =very cheap =some 10 euro (not so good but we had for the evening at dinner). The entertainment was mediocre - had a great tenor one evening , the rest were the entertainment stuff - not at all the same level as the celebrity. The theater is very big and very well equipped. The buffer is chaos!! Very bad organised - the tables are for 6 and couples or singles occupy them leaving you no place to seat. Usually we strolled with plates and looked for a place to seat. A lot of noise and a lot of queues ...very bad experience and we preferd to go to the restaurant. Maybe less selection but quieter. The service was very good ! Last problem- there was supposed to be a teens club - a spacial room with play station and etc. No place like this just an announcement to gather near the disco...and the activity was at night with parties- this is a shame because our teen couldn't meet other children his age. OVERALL WE KNEW THIS IS NOT A CELEBRITY OR CARNIVAL CRUISE SO HAD LOWER EXPECTATIONS BUT ENJOYED IT AND HAD GREAT PORTS (AGAIN VERY SHORT TIME AT PORTS...) Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Here is a review for those who are wondering about trying Costa. There are not many reviews on this site for Costa. For the reviews that do exist the type of traveler that wrote them is unclear. We have traveled to Europe a half dozen ... Read More
Here is a review for those who are wondering about trying Costa. There are not many reviews on this site for Costa. For the reviews that do exist the type of traveler that wrote them is unclear. We have traveled to Europe a half dozen times and loved it. We are only fluent in English but are perfectly comfortable traveling in non English speaking parts of the world. This was our ninth cruise, most of them on Princess and RCCL. We are not picky cruisers, do not expect perfection. Our main love of cruises is being out on the ocean and escaping the cold winter weather for a couple of weeks. We always get a balcony room but really have no interest in a suite. We enjoy good food but do not go on a cruise to find it. We have never been compelled to eat in a ship’s specialty restaurant. We picked this cruise because it fit our allowable dates, the price was very good, and we liked the features of the ship (promenade deck is a must). We also liked the itinerary because it went a couple of places we have not been to before. Showing the conclusion up front: Our cruise was good but we will probably not choose Costa again. Things we liked: Our room was good. Our room steward was great. We like ballroom dancing and it is true that Costa is great for this. The shows in the theater each night were some of the best we have seen at sea. The ship has a great promenade deck which we used for walking each day. We loved the way the Europeans partied and danced each night. Enjoyed all the nights the waiters did a show in the dining room. Enjoyed the captain’s cocktail party. The ship was clean and well maintained. Things we did not like but were not big issues to us: Our bags were very late getting to our room. Check in was not very efficient. Example, had to take our cruise cards to a kiosk on the ship to link a credit card instead of doing it with the lady that checked us in? We wanted a couple of postcards of the ship. First of all they cost and second there was only one available at the shop. I was told to come back the next day and they would have more printed. Really? One card for a ship with 2800 people on it? On disembarkation day we waited an hour past our time with very little announcement as to what was going on. We ordered a frozen drink one time it was so bad we never tried again. We ordered a Bloody Mary one time; it was so bad never again. After that we ordered beer or wine or a wine cooler. Things that influenced our thumbs down: Service in the restaurants and bars was definitely below what we have experienced on other lines. I would guess 1 waiter for 5 waiters on other lines. Our poor waiter at dinner was taking care of twenty people. Our dining time and table did not get linked to the other couple we were traveling with. The head maître d never did get this problem solved (unbelievable?). We didn’t like all the extra charge items on the menu every night (no lobster unless you pay for it). No coffee after desert unless you pay for it. I really think every cruise line should let you bring on at least one bottle of wine and some soft drinks if you want to. We hope this review is helpful for other cruisers like us. Costa is not horrible, just not quite good enough for us to come back. And for what it’s worth, the few other Americans we talked to during the cruise seemed to feel the same way. The Europeans on the cruise seemed to be having the time of their life. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
To meet up with Italian friends this was the perfect venue. Every evening the shows were especially entertaining: the tenor Emanuele Servidio is world class, worth taking the cruise just to hear his voice. The shows had amazing singing, ... Read More
To meet up with Italian friends this was the perfect venue. Every evening the shows were especially entertaining: the tenor Emanuele Servidio is world class, worth taking the cruise just to hear his voice. The shows had amazing singing, dancing, production & lighting. Max, the cruise director, is hilarious-he speaks all the languages as fast as an auctioneer! The animation team has so much fun that it is infectious. There’s plenty of dancing & music after dinner, piano bar. You need never be bored unless you choose to. The staff is very attentive, helpful, & genuinely seem to like what they do. I really enjoyed the contests & skits that the different departments presented on the final day at sea. The staff is multi-talented(bartender juggler, choreography by waiters in dining room, etc.) There were many well behaved children on board with organized activities. The excursions were good without being great. This cruise was the most fun of the 20 cruises I’ve taken. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Don't believe any bad reviews most of the complaints are from people who haven't cruised in a while and things have changed, not so much for free but this is the same on al cruises. We had such an exceptional cruise the only ... Read More
Don't believe any bad reviews most of the complaints are from people who haven't cruised in a while and things have changed, not so much for free but this is the same on al cruises. We had such an exceptional cruise the only reason I couldn't give it a perfect score was there were a couple of tiny issues. 20 years ago we sailed on the Costa Victoria and loved it. This ship had an exceptional price and great itinerary. So we thought we would try Costa again. First of all the upgraded both ourselves and my parents to ocean view cabins. The cabins were huge with even sofas in them, my parents had an obscured view on the deck with the lifeboats but the size of all there windows made up for that. Italian is the main language on board so any announcements you had to wait for the english version. The mandatory lifeboat drill was fast and efficient so much better then many other cruises. The ship was elegant and so easy to get around. The meals in the dining room were excellent although a little strange as we are Canadian so not used to european flair. We could get water from machine all day. I brought "Monin" flavouring in my purse so just gave it a little squirt and had lovely cranberry or lemonade drink anytime. Make sure you sign up for the Cost club card before you go so you can get 25% off almost everything including the wine you order before you board. Also 50% off the specialty restaurants and some foods. Make sure you download the costa app so everyone can keep in touch with cell phones on board for free. Do not buy the internet plan, you can get the social media plan for $4 a day to keep in touch with people and keep it on all the time with unlimited picture sending, data and even facebook calling. Sign up on ship for that. We loved the 4 d theater it was fun and cheap with the card. The shows were 100% some of the best entertainment we have ever seen, you will not be disappointed! One night we were treated to a 1 hour mesmerizing performance from a world famous Opera singer. The next night he was sitting in front of us and I had to tell him how his performance was a lifetime experience for me. I have never heard and opera singer and his voice was incredible and it wasn't even in english. We loved all the private places to hang out, and we never felt crowded with all the people onboard. Lots of places to play cards. The spa was wonderful and quiet my mother and I spent the whole last day there while we were at sea. The pool area has a big dome that they can close at night or rainy days so that was great as our days were not the nicest. One thing we liked that anything you had to pay for was clearly marked on menus and on the schedule for the day, we didn't feel like we were hounded to spend our money. There are a few things we didn't care for: The main pool deck music was very noisy in the day time, we would pick an area away from the main pool area. No comedians, we knew there wouldn't be as not many english people but we did miss it, not the ships fault, just so you are aware. No free ice cream, but they did have by the pool that you could pay for. They messed up our wine order but after fixing it we ended up with 2 free bottles, so this ended well. Hamburgers at buffet were terrible but excellent in dining room. The breakfast service was nice to have buffet there as well but it was hit and miss with the food orders. Not the same waiter everyday they sat you as you came in. We would of like to see a larger selection of cruise wear in the shops. Port of calls: Do not go on the Evocative river cruise in Belize, it is a 2 hour speed boat tour with very little time to see animals, it was a cold day and would never have gone on it had we known. The only place to shop is Key West, every place else on the itinerary only had Mexican trinket stores. So get your shopping done there. We rented a taxi for $125 in Roatan for the whole day, he took us to the Sloth farm, Butterfly farm, waited to shop in a nice little beach area and took us for ice cream downtown. His name is Hector and he was wonderful. No need to book a private tour this was the best way to go. Admission to the 2 places were only about $10 each. Casa Maya is a waste of time to go into town unless you want to suntan on a beach. The only stores are trinket stores and there is a bunch of them right at the port with entertainment. Just stay there it is free. We did have fun going for a tram ride into town though but need to get a taxi back. Cayman island had a bit of shopping but mostly just surf shops. Cozumel looks like it might have some shopping but we were there on Sunday so half of the places were closed. Getting on and off the ship is easy, a bit slow getting off because of an arrest at immigration but once off Canadian passport holders were pushed through a fast lane with only a few people. I would definitely sail with Costa again but I will do an east coast cruise next time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Grabbed this cruise first the balcony price was great and second for the opportunity to scuba dive in some warm waters, forget it about it! The strong cold front chased us all the way down to Belize, the only spot Millie and I got to get ... Read More
Grabbed this cruise first the balcony price was great and second for the opportunity to scuba dive in some warm waters, forget it about it! The strong cold front chased us all the way down to Belize, the only spot Millie and I got to get wet at, Grand Cayman and Roatan were weathered in. By the time we got to Cozumel both of us had congested heads. Must complain about the dive operation Cozumel they kept our deposit NEVER again will we make a deposit ahead of time without refund ability. Roatan without scuba diving gave us time to visit a nature refuge with sloths, monkeys ande parrots that climb all over you, really cool place to visit while at Port. Costa Maya we took our own tour for a 2 hour drive each way to some Mayan ruins that most do not get to with large faces chiseled in stone. I like dancing for some reason the disco did not open until 12:45 no way! The first day at sea we all were informed that there was no ice cream on this cruise, the screaming was unbearable and a mandatory headcount was ordered to make sure nobody had jumped overboard. Group of formal dancers took up some to rooms perhaps this is why disco was late? Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this cruise for price & timing was good to get away on short notice. It offered 10 nights on an itinerary we love and have been to before. Belize & Roatan, Mexico and more! We have taken several cruises over the years ... Read More
We chose this cruise for price & timing was good to get away on short notice. It offered 10 nights on an itinerary we love and have been to before. Belize & Roatan, Mexico and more! We have taken several cruises over the years and even worked on Carnival and Princess ships as entertainers for almost 9 years. We knew when booking this cruise it was not going to be high end, but, it was very nice. The staff were fantastic including all restaurant and cabin steward. The musicians were fantastic, especially the Sherade Band, playing popular music incl. rock, country rock. I read the bad reviews before we booked it, but I don't listen to negative people that want to pay cheap prices and expect royalty when they get there. Our cruise was around $1700 for both of us, tax in (Canadian)! You couldn't take a trip 5 hours away in a hotel for 10 nights for this price. Lots of food choices in the buffet and we did eat in the dining room 8 out of 10 nights. The vibe of the crew and staff was friendly, helpful and really seemed to care about us and our needs. The ship was primarily Italian speaking people as it is an Italian based ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I brought my elderly parents on a Cruise for New Years. We have been on other Costa ships before as well as the Norwegian Gem. I was very concerned when I saw the terrible reviews for this ship. Our previous experiences with Cost were ... Read More
I brought my elderly parents on a Cruise for New Years. We have been on other Costa ships before as well as the Norwegian Gem. I was very concerned when I saw the terrible reviews for this ship. Our previous experiences with Cost were quite good, so when I saw the very cheap price, I booked right away. Well, I was glad to see that the poor reviews were not reflective of our experience. Although there is room for improvement, the overall experience was quite good. Let me start with the positives: The food in the dining room was very good. A bit hit or miss, though. Some days/evenings it was delicious, others it was just ok. But it was never bad. We went there for most breakfasts, lunches when it was open, and all dinners. Our waiter was fabulous. Although he was very busy he never made us wait or feel like we were asking for too much, even when we asked for a different entree or dessert because the one the next table ordered seemed delicious! All the staff was very friendly, approachable and willing to help with any requests. The negatives were few and far between: The buffet was NOT GOOD. The food was mediocre at best and the lines were ridiculous. There were far too few sections open at all times. There were always some sections closed and with a full ship, that shouldn't happen. When we first arrived, it was about 4:30 by the time we went to our room and got settled. When we went to the buffet it was closed! I thought that was ridiculous. This was our 5th cruise and on embarkation day, we could always find something to eat. The servers we spoke to told us we had to wait until the buffet reopened at 6:30. Well, with two elderly parents, I wasn't going to give up. Finally, we found the buffet manager who made us 3 plates of food to eat. It was very nice of him, but I didn't appreciate having to hunt someone down to beg for a meal after we paid for an all inclusive cruise. Another thing I think needs to be looked in to is the accessibility for the disabled. I was very happy to see that on the second day at the pool, many lounge chairs had disability reserved signs on them. It was great. However, I didn't realize this was only because the ship was in its first port. When most people left the ship for excursions, the disabled signs were place on the loungers, when the ship was at sea, the signs disappeared. This makes absolutely no sense. When the ship was docked there were tons of empty loungers. There was no need for the signs. When the ship was at sea there was nowhere to sit. That's when the signs should have been out. The worst part was that the people on the ship (tourists) were so rude! They took towels off loungers and claimed them for their own. And I don't mean those loungers where people placed towels and didn't return for hours (that happened too). I mean I left my towel on a chair, brought my dad to the handicapped bathroom (I was gone for about 5-6 minutes) and when I returned someone had removed my towel and put their things on my chair! And try getting into an elevator with a person using a walker! People don't even let those on the elevator exit, before they shove in! We often times were the first people waiting for an elevator (we actually pushed the button) and when the elevator arrived, were not able to get on because those who came after su beat us to it! I don't expect special treatment because my dad has a walker, but I do expect that if i get to the elevator first and a bunch of other people arrive, they let the first people go first. Or is that just a Canadian thing? I never have this issue in Canada! Finally, the only other thing I didn't like was that just about everything cost extra! I mean even pizza and hamburgers! They had regular hamburgers at the pool grill during the day and they were very good, but if you wanted one for dinner it was considered a specialty restaurant. This was true for pizza as well. I get that the fine dining restaurants would cost more, but pizza and burgers? Other than that it was a very nice trip. The cruise line can't control the behaviour of the guests, which was the main problem. If you can put up with rude travelers, you will be fine. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My husband and I (50s) and our daughter (20s) chose this cruise because it was a favorable price for a Christmas cruise, on our bucket list. We had cruised with Costa once before in 2010 and enjoyed it overall. Booking the cruise, I was ... Read More
My husband and I (50s) and our daughter (20s) chose this cruise because it was a favorable price for a Christmas cruise, on our bucket list. We had cruised with Costa once before in 2010 and enjoyed it overall. Booking the cruise, I was surprised that we would not receive and previous guest credit for our other cruise, since they only give credit for 3 years, but more on that below. Embarkation: Unlike other cruise lines we typically use, embarkation was between 1 and 9 p.m. Since we didn't have any early boarding privileges, we meandered on our drive, arriving around 3:30. There weren't any lines for any aspects of embarkation, and we were on the ship quickly. Room was ready and luggage arrived shortly after. Because of the later embarkation time, muster was scheduled between the two dining times. This was a fiasco! Our poor waiter was trying to get all of our meal served (on the first night, which is always slower anyway) before we had to rush back to our cabins, get life jackets, go to our station. Muster was very disorganized (aside from the fact that they scan cards, which is good), and we were subjected to heavy fumes. People were coughing, putting scarves over faces, etc., and someone almost passed out. When we tried to let someone know about this, the muster helpers were very nonchalant, and non-helpful. Didn't inspire much confidence for a true emergency. Ship and Cabin: Deliziosa is similar to the Carnival Spirit class ships, which are my favorite. They seem to be just the right size and have a good crew: passenger ratio. I rarely felt crowded into long lines. We had a balcony cabin. On Carnival, it would have been considered an obstructed view, but we were not told this at booking. However, we have stayed in these cabins before and the price was acceptable. The balcony is a standard size, fitting 2 chairs and a table. A downside of Costa was that they allow smoking on balconies, and we had a smoking neighbor. The room had plenty of storage space for the three of us, including in the bathroom. Our cabin steward, Adamson, was stellar (a nice change from our recent Carnival cruises, where service was subpar). Dining: There were highs and lows here. The dining room dinners were great. Delicious 6-course meals. If you don't like pasta and Italian food, you will not like it; if you do, you'll enjoy trying things from various regions ... and lots of pasta! The special Christmas Eve dinner was very nice. Our waiter was professional and did a good job, given the demands of his section. The waiters seem overworked, with management that don't seem to want to pitch in. The hostess was very rude. At breakfast, they have a buffet in the dining room (?) with the option of ordering off a menu (which they seemed very hesitant to offer). Dining room lunch on sea days was good, like the dinner, but they were very overwhelmed on Christmas day, when everyone decided to eat in the dining room. The buffet at breakfast got to be boring - the exact same foods every day. Lunch was a little better, with some variety, but always very crowded and chaotic. The 'open' times of the buffet never seemed to match our schedule, so we often found ourselves scrounging for the leftovers or there before it was open. There seemed to be scheduling issues. We did try the pay-for-pizza restaurant. The pizzas cost 8.50 and were very tasty. However, on an Italian ship, it seems that pizza should be a 'given' on the buffet. Overall, if you are expecting 'American' food, you will probably not like the dining experience. Illy coffee in the buffet, yum!, with hot milk. A treat! Ports / Itinerary: Our itinerary got shifted because of the hurricane, but was eventually changed back to the original. We ended up being off schedule several times. First, we ended up leaving more like 2 in the morning, instead of 9 p.m., because they were waiting on people whose flights were delayed. I'd not really ever experienced that before. That put us late into our first port, Nassau. Then we had not one, but two!, medical emergencies where we had to turn around. Realize this is not Costa's fault, but it cut our time in Grand Turk in half. Our other ports were Amber Cove and Key West. Since we have been to all of these ports before, we hadn't made any special arrangements (aside from planning one of the Fathom volunteer excursions in Amber Cove, which was canceled due to lack of interest). We walked to Junkanoo Beach for a swim in Nassau, swam at the port in Grand Turk and Amber Cove, and went swimming / walking in Key West. All were enjoyable ports. Entertainment and Activities: Very happy with the variety of entertainment. There were several types of musicians on board, and it was fun to watch many people ballroom dancing. It was nice that there were two dancers on board who danced with passengers. Also, entertainment staff were very present and also did dancing. The evening shows provided a wide variety, and we enjoyed most of those we went to. There was a Bee Gees tribute band (very good), a magician (meh), a tenor (excellent) and acrobats (excellent). We missed the passenger talent show, but heard it was good. The tenor was on board for Christmas, and it was a special treat to hear him sing on Christmas Eve, especially Ave Maria. They also offered a Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and a Christmas Day Mass; we went to the former. They even had Communion! (This went much faster than I expected it would, surprisingly.) There was also a Santa visit for the kiddies, and 'snow' in the atrium. We also enjoyed the various trivia games in multiple languages! Rewards Program: I was pleasantly surprised by the rewards program. Since we were categorized as 'first time,' I didn't expect anything. However, we were given a few nice things: participation in past guest party, a free specialty coffee drink, and 50% off the pizza restaurant (which made it definitely worth a try). There were discounts for other things on board, and I think a free photo from the party, but we never retrieved that. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Costa Deliziosa – My wife and I just got back from a TA (20 days) on the Deliziosa leaving from Rome and ending in Ft. Lauderdale and let me say from the beginning that all the negative reviews of Costa and this ship in particular proved ... Read More
Costa Deliziosa – My wife and I just got back from a TA (20 days) on the Deliziosa leaving from Rome and ending in Ft. Lauderdale and let me say from the beginning that all the negative reviews of Costa and this ship in particular proved false. The embark was fast and very efficient. We were in our room (BC Balcony) with our bags, in less than 20 minutes. I had booked a few things through MyCosta before the trip,(excursions, wine, etc.) and that part did not work seamlessly. The items showed up on their ship board computer, but the various departments never received the requests. I would probably not do that again. ALSO, it pays to go to the front desk and get a itemized printout of your charges at least three times during the cruise. Service on board was great and efficient. I read all the reviews I could find about the Deliziosa and their TAs in general and here are some of the things that have changed. The common restrooms were all very clean and well stocked. The nightly shows were very good and we only missed one or two. Yes, the main language onboard was Italian, but then the 2nd was usually English. A daily Ship Events paper was in English and the menus were in English as well. We ate most of our meals in the main dining room on deck two, but also tried the buffet a few times. Dining at the buffet was like WalMart on Black Friday. This was not Costa’s fault but our fellow passengers. We met other passengers that had been on other Costa cruises; some as many as 11 times. We asked them what had changed and most said was the details. Things seemed worn and dirty, like where you would put your hand on an upholstered chair. Most guests were charged for water, but US guests were not. German travel companies from what we heard had sued Costa about their automatic tipping policy and won. Therefore, the Germans tip on service and are not automatically charged. We did not purchase a drink package but drank daily Things that did help: we took a multi plug with a surge protector (there was only 1 plug in the room!), we took stick-on wall hangers that worked great to hanging coats, pants & etc. We have trouble with cramping if we are walking a lot, so we took packets of G2 (they make up a 20 oz. btl.) Very nice to have along. We took advantage of having breakfast in our room for only $5 svc chg. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Enjoyed our cruise, we stayed on board for back to back for 20 days. The true facts. If you are Canadian or American they do write USA water on your ship card, so you can get water or sparkling water at dinner, at no charge. But water is ... Read More
Enjoyed our cruise, we stayed on board for back to back for 20 days. The true facts. If you are Canadian or American they do write USA water on your ship card, so you can get water or sparkling water at dinner, at no charge. But water is always available at the buffet. You get juice at breakfast only, which is normal on cruises. Coffee and tea is always available at the buffet. Keep in mind this is a Italian cruise line, that caters to many different cultures, so yes announcement are in 6 different languages, if it not in your language it will be if you need to know about it, be patient. We were impressed by the cruise director Max whom could switch languages quickly, nice guy to talk to, and an Italian born Canadian. Now for the different cultures, we found a lot of the Europeans rude, a real me society, you need to let people off the elverator before you barge in, don't jump in front of people in the buffet, don't smoke where you are not suppose to, people 4 tables down don't need to hear your conversation, you don't need to shout. Don't throw your ashes and cigarette butts overboard, don't smoke in your cabins, and don't leave your matters at the airport. And don't treat the staff rudely. I am of European descent and was shocked at these people. It was nice to have a no smoking casino, we were actually able to play in comfort, the machine were fun and we managed to earn a few drinks and make a small amount of money. The drinks earned thou were had to get, you really had to go out of your way to find an attendant and waiter. We had a supreme balcony cabin on the 6th floor, the room is large with lots of storage, great balcony, but some days hard to enjoy with all the smokers, Costa one of the few cruise lines that still offer this, which I found dangerous because of the rude smokers flicking there ashes and cigarette butts overboard. Our cabin Stewart Jesmar, was wonderful, a very hardworking young man, always making sure that everything was perfect for us. Dinners in the dining room were wonderful, and yes they are slow paced, but what else do have to do? Enjoy your dinner and have fun with your dining guest. Both cruises we had a great group of people we ate with. The food is very good, you have a great variety and lots of courses, so you will get full. Breakfast and lunch in the dinning room, were ok, but most of the time the food was good, but a real language bearer with other guest they would sit you with, wish they would sit you with other English speaking guest. The evening entertainment was good, some shows were better than others. The dancers were very high engery. The pool areas were always crowded, very hard to find a chair as most were reserved from first thing in the morning with no one sitting in them for hours. The pools and hot tubs were filled with kids, it would be nice to keep the back area as adults only. Also they allowed smoking on one half of the back pool, area, you could not sit out there to eat as the smoke drifted everywhere and the smokers smoked wherever, RUDE. And the security people turn the other way, I would have to ask security to tell these rude smokers to butt out. We found that costa has cut cost such as less staff only 900 staff to 3000 guest, no lobster dinner, cruise ports were we had to tender was very slow as there was less tender boats and smaller ones. They also landed on less desirable cruise docks that were cheaper docking fees. Also I noticed that a large number of staff smoke, and they always hung out on the 2 level outside, these were mostly maintance, and shop staff where did they get all the free time, while the other staff members in house keeping and food services barely had time to sleep. This deck was the best deck to walk on and was always filled with smokers and ashes, terrible, Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
it suited the destinations to Santorini BARI, mykonos , dubrovnick curfu..i really enjoyed the entertainment, the dancing troupe from HUNGARY were fantastic, the pool dancing and entertainment was great. daily buffet was only 7/10 as it ... Read More
it suited the destinations to Santorini BARI, mykonos , dubrovnick curfu..i really enjoyed the entertainment, the dancing troupe from HUNGARY were fantastic, the pool dancing and entertainment was great. daily buffet was only 7/10 as it was difficult to find to sit. i preferred the food on the Norwegian epic as there was more choice.the cabin was great . but you have to pay for the shuttle where free on my last cruise. this cuise is mostly ITALIAN people who are lovely but i cant speak italian and i will say it is not for those who travel solo. i was lucky to find an English couple to chat to but is is not geared up for singles i love the music on board and the dancing. boarding the ship at the beginning of the trip was chaotic and slow. it would have been nice to have water ,tea or coffee while you wait for nearly 1 hour for your number to be called. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Most of the highly critical reviews are unfair. Do your homework - this is an Italian line catering primarily to Europeans. If "foreigners" and hearing other languages upset you then stay home and go to Epcot instead. All crew ... Read More
Most of the highly critical reviews are unfair. Do your homework - this is an Italian line catering primarily to Europeans. If "foreigners" and hearing other languages upset you then stay home and go to Epcot instead. All crew members speak fluent English so that will not be a problem. A great variety of good food available at all meals... but (particularly on long cruses) do not expect fresh seafood or American style steaks. Most excursions were excellent and a good value and impossible to duplicate on your own. Spring for a beverage package - Brindiamo gets you unlimited wine, hard liquor (Johnny Walker Red, but not Black) as well as sparkling water, sodas juices whenever you want it. Service staff were amazingly pleasant and hardworking, as swell as fun. Onboard entertainment was fun...from Opera, to popular music to comedy and magic shows, as well as passenger participation contests like the "Voice of the Sea" competition.. More onboard enrichment activities would have been appreciated. Only one on-board lecturer covered Italian language lessons as well as lectures on history and culture. Overall an excellent value with the understanding that you are not booking (or paying for) a "premium" Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This ship is one of the largest of Costa Cruises. The checkin was very fast and efficient. Once we got on the ship, we realized how spectacular it was. As it was a special cruise New Year, it was almost maximum capacity, and still ... Read More
This ship is one of the largest of Costa Cruises. The checkin was very fast and efficient. Once we got on the ship, we realized how spectacular it was. As it was a special cruise New Year, it was almost maximum capacity, and still not face long lines for meals as many complained here. The public of the Costa Cruises are well diversified, many Europeans, Latin Americans, etc .... people around the world. They speak and make all anouncments in 5 languages in the ship, for everybody! The food was great, both for breakfast, as snacks, lunch and dinner. After withdrawing the breakfast at 10: 30h automatically already preparing the snacks buffets close to the pools, and at the same time already served lunch in restaurants from 12pm. For those who do not want to dine in the restaurant a la carte, dinner is served in the central restaurant, and is not served the same meal. We ate dinner every night at the restaurant à la carte, and I can say clearly that the food served is of excellent quality and very tasty, and the waiters are very helpful and friendly. The pools, as in any vessel in shipping days are well filled, but there are enough chairs for everyone. The entertainment is great in any space ship had some kind of activity going on, and meets all kinds of passenger preference. Theme parties were also very beautiful, well organized and great music. We hired the Intenditore drinks package, and it was worth it. The best ship beverage package, entitled to top drinks! Our cabin was a balcony, very spacious! super silent. With room service included and also gives the right to choose the round dinner. No doubt I will return to travel with Costa, great choice and cost benefit! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Costa Deliziosa is a fantastic cruise line. The amenities are wonderful such as the fitness center. It has all the exercise machines and free weights and no waiting around for the equipments. Our cabin was always cleaned and well ... Read More
Costa Deliziosa is a fantastic cruise line. The amenities are wonderful such as the fitness center. It has all the exercise machines and free weights and no waiting around for the equipments. Our cabin was always cleaned and well kept and housekeeping was very attentive to our needs. The bed is actually very comfortable. The dining experience was wonderful. the servers were friendly, courteous and the service was fast. The only thing lacking in the buffet room during lunch is coffee. The entertainment from the first night to the last night was exceptional. The singers and the dancers and the shows were truly amazing. The embarkation ports were easy to get off and on the ship. We enjoyed touring the cities during the day and we always had enough time to visit each city that we stopped on. The mini boat rides from the sea to the shore at Kotor, Montenegro was very efficient and the boat ride allowed a great view of the coastline. The disembarkation was very efficient and timely. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We drove down to Savona from Austria the day before the departure and stayed at the highly recommended Motel Miro that more than served our needs - free safe parking, good dinner and breakfast Sadly we were involved in the non democratic, ... Read More
We drove down to Savona from Austria the day before the departure and stayed at the highly recommended Motel Miro that more than served our needs - free safe parking, good dinner and breakfast Sadly we were involved in the non democratic, (I am an EU citizen and also have rights) dumb, futile demonstration that kept us trapped in our car for 5.5 hours. Good for Italian tourism and the economy Embarkation was the usual confusing Costa story - when will they when will they improve the system to prevent the pushing and shoving? The ship is very well presented - interesting decor, clean and neatly laid out The passengers generally seemed happy while getting involved with the noisy daytime on board activities We had previously visited most ports before so we did our own visits except for Valencia where we used the Shuttle bus We choose not to spend much time in the cabin and had no problem with the quality, cleanliness and our cabin attendant was very pleasant - the only problem with cabin 7256 is that it is next to a service centre and the staff ensured we needed no wake up call The food and selection was more than adequate, but was never served hot in the main dining room The meat dishes were not always good but alternatives were available The 25 - 35 children seemed to be having lots of fun and were always on the go, Their ship's tours were pretty loud There is no Solarium area that provide any solitude Entertainment in the theatre was exceptionally good and was as good as or better than most on land shows In the bars and lounges around the ship the entertainers were also very good Disembarkation was also a pretty boring. drawn out affair but the luggage delivery for self drive passengers was tops The Costa smoking policy needs reviewing. as smoking in the Dining and Fitness areas was unpleasant and having children subjected to smoke and allowing them in the Casino is really a theme from yesterday The cruise and port itinerary was great for a winter cruise, a full day in Barcelona was the only shortcoming For us the it was really enjoyable and very good value for money   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
The ship is sharp and well laid out . . . it is actually the same ship as the Carnival Legend/Miracle twins with a bit classier decorations and fittings. Costa out shines everyone on embarkation proceedings . . . but is in the "not ... Read More
The ship is sharp and well laid out . . . it is actually the same ship as the Carnival Legend/Miracle twins with a bit classier decorations and fittings. Costa out shines everyone on embarkation proceedings . . . but is in the "not ready for prime time" class for food and tours. Food . . . well prepared but dull compared to other cruise lines such as NCL and Royal Caribbean . . . and with poor access. A 3 hour only lunch buffet . . . less than 2 hours for served breakfast . . . and no dinner or evening buffet options were very old school. You essentially eat at your assigned dinner time or starve! Food was well prepared but with very limited choices.. Tours had to be pre-purchased and there were no refunds. Costa then mixed languages which essentially gave you half a guide. When questioned, the tour staff shrugged and essentially said "tough".   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Note: this review was originally written in response to a query from a dance group sailing on Costa Luminosa, with comparisons to other ships we have sailed on. The photos referenced are not included. From the deck plans, the Deliziosa ... Read More
Note: this review was originally written in response to a query from a dance group sailing on Costa Luminosa, with comparisons to other ships we have sailed on. The photos referenced are not included. From the deck plans, the Deliziosa and Luminosa should be very simlar. The Atlantica/Mediterranea have same basic design, but the Fincantieri builds (which include Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth) have some important internal changes. Three dance floors have been deleted. The theatre, formerly decks 2-4, has been dropped one deck, to decks 1-3. The deck 1 lounge has been deleted, which is a serious concern for a group like Stardust. Restaurant now has a Samsara open seating dining area, where the disco used to be. The disco is now decks 2-3. Dance floor deck 2 aft in front of the restaurant has been deleted (although there's a tiled area that can be used), bar area deck 3 aft reduced. Lobby dance floor deleted, replaced by big hood ornament. You'll know what I mean when you see it. There was still a piano player, playing some decent music. Restaurant seems to have a better layout, with enough room for waiters to move between tables. Menu was Costa standard, I always found something I liked and never went hungry, but you do have to watch opening times. There was a buffet some evenings. Excite Piano Bar- Deck 3 bar midships (Florian on Atlantica). It does have a piano but is a regular lounge, capacity about 150. The dance floor is roughly semi-circular, 19' radius from stage. Rectangular area about 22' x 10', total area about double. The area is fully enclosed and non-smoking. There was a very good keyboard/singer duo, plus a violin duo. Sharazad disco floor is 3' plexiglass panels, oval about 20' x 30'. DANGEROUS- raised 6" Mirabilis lounge- Has a strong family resemblance to the Fortuna. The staircase is moved to the side, giving a more open feel. The dance floor has pillars, about 16' x 40' between pillars, 30' x 50' overall. The furniture does not crowd the floor as much as it appears on the Luminosa photo, you can dodge around the pillars quite easily. There was a 5-piece group plus a duo, both were very accommodating. Cafeteria Sugar is actually the chocolate bar. Stardust will probably use the deck 9 TV screen area for their private parties. I don't have a picture, I think the publicity photo is pretty accurate. Smoking- There were at most 20 hard-core smokers, with maybe 200 casual ones. I never saw more people smoking at once than would fit into the cigar lounge. Smoking seems to be mostly banned in Western Europe now and a lot of people were shunning the smoking areas. The big problem was far too much space was designated as smoking area, far more than actually needed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
We joined the cruise at Amsterdam, having made our own way there and spending a couple of days sight seeing before we embarked. Embarkation was slow and a bit haphazard, but we eventually boarded around 2.30, having arrived at 1.30. Lunch ... Read More
We joined the cruise at Amsterdam, having made our own way there and spending a couple of days sight seeing before we embarked. Embarkation was slow and a bit haphazard, but we eventually boarded around 2.30, having arrived at 1.30. Lunch was provided on arrival and our cabin was ready immediately, our bags arrived quickly too. All good news to start with. The first impression of the ship is that is gaudy and glizzy - one might say full of bling. The colours used throughout are really bright, with loads of lights, which almost hurt the eyes to look at. Cabins, however, were light, bright and much less colourful! The standard of accommodation in the cabin was very good, it was always kept beautifully clean and everything worked, as you might expect on an almost new ship. We picked this holiday for the itinery - Tallin, St. Petersberg, Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen and back to Amsterdam so the programme was quite hectic with lots of time in port. We only did excursions in St. Petersberg and did our own thing in the other ports which worked out well. Most times the ship was 'parked up' quite a way outside the town and Costa put on shuttle buses for passengers, which worked well but were quite expensive. There were times when staff at the tour desk were rather misleading of their description of how long it might take to walk into town, which meant that one bought a shuttle bus ticket when it was not necessary. The standard of the excursions we did was very good but because of the lateness of one arriving back to the ship we were unable to take another trip which we had booked, which was very annoying. Days at sea were full of opportunities to do something but most of it was not to our taste. There were approximately 300 English speaking passengers out of 2200 (ship not full), the majority of the rest were Italian. This resulted in multi-language announcements which could get intrusive. For example, the 'card room' is actually an open space on the side of the biggest lounge area. Whenever cards were being played (e.g. Bridge), there would be a fashion show, quiz or someting else noisy going on right nearby which was irritating. Because of the open plan nature of the lounges as well, smokers were placed quite close to non smokers, so there was often a smell of cigarette smoke wherever you sat. The evening meals were extremely good, although some of our table-mates were critical of the level of choice. Each dinner was at least five courses and some of them were 'themed'. We were on second sitting, which was not until 9 p.m. This meant that often we did not finish eating until 11, after which one could go to the disco or a show if one wanted. The self-service cafeteria was always a bit of a scrum and we ended up trying to avoid it for breakfast, going to the restaurant instead. Lunch was available at both locations too. My biggest grip with Costa is that they try to get more money out of you whenever they can. From the minute you board the ship, they take photographs of you at every opportunity, for which they charge 9.99 euros each. Of course, you don't have to buy them, but it does become irritating. We also had a bottle of water in our cabin with a note saying that if we opened it, the price would be charged to our bill - about 1.30 euros, I think. This is petty when, had we paid full price, the cabin would have been 4000 euros between the two of us. There is also a fee-paying restaurant that one can use as an alternative (20 euros)and cappucino and espresso coffees are also charged as extras. One lovely event is the 'elegant tea' which happened twice within our cruise, beautiful variety of teas, exquisite sandwiches and cakes with strawberries dipped in chocolate. Everyday afternoon tea was supplied in the self-service restaurant, but the elegant one was far superior. Disembarkation was well organised and our luggage easy to find when we got off. I wouldn't go with Costa again because I didn't really enjoy the daytime activities and wouldn't want to pay full price but I suspect that it would suit some people very well. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Embarkation We arrived about half an hour after the allotted time and found no queues. Staff were friendly and helpful. Bags were delivered to our cabin in a few minutes. Others we spoke to who arrived too early had not had a pleasant ... Read More
Embarkation We arrived about half an hour after the allotted time and found no queues. Staff were friendly and helpful. Bags were delivered to our cabin in a few minutes. Others we spoke to who arrived too early had not had a pleasant experience as they were not allowed to board, although there was a baggage drop area. Ship This is a new ship and as you would expect is in excellent condition. Some areas were roped off for varnishing and painting on some days but it did not cause a problem. From the outside it is not a pretty ship but the interior is very different. Full of 'over the top' Italian styling with chrome, glass, mirrors, chandeliers and original artwork everywhere. All a bit garish for more conservative British tastes but nevertheless quite spectacular. Cabin We booked an outside cabin with balcony. When our tickets arrived we had been supposedly "upgraded" to a Samsara cabin. I could not see any difference between this and the regular B2 balcony cabin excepting it was on the Samsara deck, one higher. In truth, this was a downgrade as we experienced quite a lot of noise from the Lido deck directly above. Otherwise it was clean and comfortable with plenty of storage. Check your minibar is stocked with what is on the list. Ours had discrepancies. Activities These are many and varied, ranging from the usual poolside stuff to golf, table tennis, F1 simulator, dance classes, etc. etc. If you want to partake, there is something to suit everyone at almost any time of day. Or, like us, you can just read a book or wander round the huge decks or have a coffee in one of the many bars. There is an excellent, under used gym with state of the art equipment. Dining Our fist dinner was in the buffet as we were too late for the more formal main dining rooms. It was typical buffet food. Luke warm and overcooked but edible. We gave it a miss for most of the week except for the occasional breakfast which was fine if a bit noisy and crowded. If you enjoy a drink with your meals then order the X1 drinks package which gives you unlimited wine by the glass, beer and water in any of the dining rooms, but not the bars. In practice, if you order a glass they bring you the bottle to help yourself. Our evening meals were top notch. Excellent food, perfectly cooked and presented. If you want a more personal dining experience try the Samsara or Club restaurants. We found the extra cost to be worth it. Service All the waiters, bar staff and our steward were excellent. Always cheerful and efficient. We tipped our steward and dining room waiter because we felt they had given excellent service but on the Costa web site (very confusing incidentally), it says tipping is not expected or necessary. A service charge is added daily to your onboard account for the cabin and for any bar drinks or services you buy using your Costa card. Entertainment There is a nightly show in a state of the art theatre. Not always to our tastes but surprisingly good. Two shows depending upon which dining sitting you are allocated. We also enjoyed the 4D cinema. There is a huge casino if you like that sort of thing and also at least 5 bars with live music plus a disco. Excursions We did two city tours. Quite expensive but interesting and informative if you get a good guide. The rest of the time we used the free shuttle buses to get from the ship to the port perimeters and did our own thing. Muscat was our favourite place to wander around. Disembarkation Costa use a coloured luggage label system depending on what time you want to leave the ship (you choose the time). Guests do not have to vacate their cabins until 16.30 and can leave the ship later still if required. No problems at all, with our luggage on shore at the time we asked for. Summary This was our first cruise and after reading a lot of reviews on the Costa Deliziosa, ranging from "never again" to "wonderful" I have to say we were not expecting too much at the price we paid but we were pleasantly surprised. We spoke to others who found things to moan about but I don't really know what they were expecting on what was a budget package. The ship caters for first class if you want to enjoy the comforts and exclusivity of the Samsara Spa and suites but you have to pay for it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Costa Deliziosa Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 3.0 3.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.3
Public Rooms 3.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.4
Family 3.0 3.4
Service 2.0 3.3
Value For Money 4.0 2.9

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