Costa Cultural Mediterranean Cruise: Costa Mediterranea Cruise Review by CCDH

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Costa Cultural Mediterranean Cruise

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other
This was our first Mediterranean cruise as we are not very good sailors; it was also our first time on a Costa ship. We flew from Heathrow to Milan (had a couple of hours wait at Milan airport as coach had to wait for other flights) boarded our coach to Savona. Checking in on board was ok but other cruise lines seem to have better systems as we had to give info that they already had which caused some delays after a long journey.

First impressions of ship were great, everything shone sparkled, staff very helpful amazed that they spoke so many languages. Cabin was as expected a good size clean in exactly the right position for us (on a low deck in the middle of the ship-less roll movement). No tea/coffee making facilities which I think is a shame as cabin service is chargeable.

Once unpacked it was off to the bar for a coffee beer as it had been a very long day, prior to the cruise we had checked other reviews taken out the all inclusive drinks package (€19.60 More pppd) I have to say that this is a must if cruising with Costa as no drinks are included at all including water, e.g. a bottle of water €2.95, beer €4.90 coffee €2.50 this soon adds up during the day. When I booked the cruise I failed to indicate how many persons we would like to sit with in the dining room so we had a table to ourselves throughout the cruise, the setting was perfect as our table was at the rear of the ship in the centre looking out each night at wonderful sunsets. Dining was excellent consisting of 7 courses per evening with each course being just enough to ensure at the end of the meal you had enough room for a coffee and cocktail, one minor point, we felt the pasta was a tiny bit too thick which was strange considering the ship is Italian, but this was a very minor point did not spoil an excellent dining experience each evening.

Next onto the entertainment which we felt was excellent as it catered for all nationalities even though at times all the different language announcements did take a little time. Finally the staff could not do enough for you even though they work long hours 7 days a week they always seem to be smiling somehow found time to practice for a crew show various talent shows throughout the cruise, best we have seen. Less

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Cabin review: E21212

If like us you are poor sailors, then our cabin was perfect as it was low down and in the centre of the ship, therefore we felt little or no movement. All cabins should have Tea & Coffee making facilities. Cabin size/storage was ample, with big picture window

Port and Shore Excursions

City Tour

After speaking to other people, decided to opt for bus tour of city. Go out of port and buses are on left (we got directions from very nice taxi driver). Tickets are €20 pp which gives you travel on 2 routes, 1 from port to city and 1 around city. Be prepared for a lot of walking and hill climbing as most monuments are elevated. Historically this is a great tour but disappointed with all the grafitti in the city. Be prepared for a long day.

Docked at Heraklion for a short stay, easy to walk into town 15/20 Mins only, good shopping and great food as we only had limited time here settled for a walk and light lunch a nice break from ship life

This is a great port but we could find little info prior to travelling, once you leave the port turn right and walk for about 1 mile along the sea front, once past the second ferry terminal turn left and head for the bazaar and be prepared for a sensory shock, full of colour and smells you can spend hours here plenty to eat drink and buy, money exchange was better than on ship and most shops take Euros or sterling. Bartering is the norm and the locals don't get offended lots of bargains to be had, a great day out.
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This is a working port with little to see, Costa laid on a shuttle bus to centre of Ashdod for those passengers not going on organised trips,(€8pp) unless you needed something from the shops then it's better to stay on the ship as the town is just like any typical port town with little to see, however we did notice that there was a great looking beach about 1 mile from port, plenty of taxi's to do a deal with

This is a small port but very friendly, just to the left is a small beach with a small bar. The water was warm and clear and very refreshing as was the local beer, if you want to go to Olympia you can get local transport from here at a very reasonable price.

City Tour

Free shuttle bus from ship to port gates, when we got off the shuttle ALL the taxi drivers told us the local train would be on strike that afternoon so we would not be able to get back to ship. We checked at the first ticket offiec and found a sign confirming this, however this sign was false having been placed there by one of the taxi drivers, what a con. We and 2 more couples bartered with a taxi driver for a full days city tour down from €50pp to €35pp. The day turned out to be well worth the money as the driver took us to all the sights plus some we were unaware of, had a fantastic day. Seeing Rome in a day is immpossible and this was only a taster, will be back

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