Costa Favolosa Cruise Review by DCAggie97
- Sail Date: May 2012
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Our wait staff and cabin steward were excellent but the other staff was not very friendly and sometimes just rude. I asked one person where we were to exit the ship for our port of call and was told to refer to my program. When I explained that I didn't have the program they, again, told me all the info I needed was included in the program and proceeded to turn around and leave me scratching my head in confusion. I am still not sure why they couldn't just answer the question directly. We purchased the drink package and discovered that it only included one type of beer,(Carlsberg), limited wines, and only a limited number of mixed drinks. Overall, I would probably pay for it again as the water alone is worth the cost. As a side note, you cannot tip for anything on the ship - even in the spa.
We did eat at the Favoloso Restaurant one night and felt that it was not worth the 25 Euro cover charge. We were the only ones in the place the entire time (nearly 2 hours) and the food wasn't much better that what they were serving in the main dining room.
The announcements in 5 languages was a bit much but understandable, however, there were times where the announcement was only in Italian and we were left wondering if it was important or if the ship was sinking :)
We attended only one of the shows and we found it to be very typical of any of the shows we have seen on other ships. We attempted to attend the meet and greet with the Captain but he was late. It was supposed to start at 9 PM and we left at 9:30 without anyone letting the group know what was happening. Then again, we were on "Italian" time.
My wife and friends visited the pools on several occasions and always returned with stories of bizarre behavior of someone. Mostly regarding the bathing suits of some of the other patrons.
We did not take any of the ships excursions as we had private tours booked through the web.
Overall, I would not recommend Costa to any of my friends and would not cruise with them again.
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