CostaMagica translated means 'living nightmare.' I wouldn't wish the horrid experience with Costa on anyone. I'd previously had a cruise with Costa which had only a few discrepancies, such as a near-collision at sea with a barge. After throwing most of the passengers out of their beds and all of the dining room on to the floor during the drastic evasive maneuver, the rest of the cruise was simply average. I'm still curious how something as large and slow as a barge got so close to the ship before someone on the bridge put down their bottle of chianti and yanked the wheel.
But this last cruise was especially bad. First of all, I booked the cruise Civitavecchia to Civitavecchia but the tickets came out Savona to Savona. I'd already booked the airfare and didn't have time to change the tickets so I got a rental car to Savona. I checked in to my 'oceanview cabin with veranda' which was very nice before exploring the ship.
The ship's gaudy decor can best be described as 'Pornography Tycoon' and would be only laughably tasteless if it wasn't actually meant to be taken seriously. The lifeboat drill took ages which was especially alarming considering how close we were to a collision on my last Costa cruise.