Costa Serena Cruise Review by janetraveller
- Sail Date: June 2012
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
The shows were of low quality, one was just a video where there were less than 20 people in attendance, that says it all on a ship with thousands to entertain.
The pools are totally overcrowded and taken over by children, they get murky quickly and they are so small that 3 strokes and you are at the other end.
The free sport classes are only 25 min long and so beginner level. They are given in a place where smokers are allowed and kids scream.
On the ship in general, smoking is on all decks and lots of lounges. You cant sunbathe without a smoker nearby, except my own cabin where I got sprayed with Chimney soot!!! nice alternative.
Spa staff was rude, contrary to others that were extremely nice and attentive.
The clientele is rather low end Europeans, mostly Germans that push and shove to get to the top of the line.
The free seminars were a in fact a sales pitch to get you to buy a fitness assessment.
The excursion are run in-house with inexperienced guides and buses crammed with 4 languages. Cost for a return 2 km ride to downtown by bus without guide was 9 euros in Ibiza.
Internet was slow, and a rip-off, they make you pay for time to do the mandatory registration, so checking email 5 minutes came to 11 euros...
This week was a big mistake that did not come cheap at about $1600 + mandatory gratuity of 49 Euros for one week. Could have book a week for a delightful stay at Club Med instead with great food. Stay away from Costa, I have way more bad stuff to report but you probably get the drift by now.But the funniest was the closing session host telling us that in the satisfaction survey we must fill everything with excellent because it we thought it was fair, the Americans from Carnival who own Costa expected a "excellent" rating. Something's lost in translation, Fair is Excellent on Costa!
Sheltered from wind, but some vibration from the engines (I did not mind).
hated the colored cushion that don't get washed between guests and smelled, and the artificial flowers.
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