Costa Magica Cruise Review by LETSGOCRUSIN
- Sail Date: March 2006
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
WELL, I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO WHAT WAS WRITTEN. THIS WAS MY FIRST AND LAST COSTA CRUISE - W/O EVEN CONSIDERING IT.
Below is a report that I sent to a friend and I just don't want to retype it again. It pretty much covers all.
We boarded the ship without any problem whatsoever. Probably due to my scooter and they took us out of the line and we were the 2nd family that boarded.
We were the first to leave the ship also, due to the scooter, most probably. We left on a different deck than the regular passengers also. Not crowded at all. I have to give them credit for that.
I did speak with several others and they complained about standing in the line to check in for over 1-1/2 hours and more. I didn't have to go thru that.
ZERO QUALITY ON THIS SHIP - CostaMagica
BUT - She is beautiful and we didn't even get to see all of her - she is huge.
Even with the low prices and specials, don't waste your time or energy or money.
............. We booked a hdcp room. GUESS WHAT - as Bill said - it was designed to MAKE YOU HANDICAPPED, IF YOU WEREN'T ALREADY . lol
It was a room with BUNK BEDS !!!!!!!!!!!!!! go figure................. I was eventually told that it was a room for one person. I in no certain words let guest services know that they had all of our information beforehand and this should not have happened.
The first night they brought in a rollaway bed --------------
The 2nd day they did move us to another room with an upgrade and it was nice there.
Not one show was over 30 minutes in duration.
Our room keys had to be validated each day - that was a pain to keep going down to guest services to get a new key - your keys have too much information about you on it, if you were to lose it.
The internet is 50 cents per minute and it takes about 8 minutes to get signed on and very, very slow. I went on and sent two e-mails and it was $14.50. No flat fee for the internet. I didn't use the Internet after that.
Food was never, never hot at any meal. You eat in the same dining room each night. There are several buffets all over the ship, so that was good.
We wanted prime rib one night when it wasn't on the menu and we could not get it. On other cruise lines I have always been able to do this.
Each and every time an announcement was made, it was done in 5 or 6 languages right in a row and it got to be really unacceptable listening to all that. Even at Bingo and the shows.
SMOKING is not controlled on the ship either. There were no smoking signs at the eating tables outside on the decks and people would sit down and smoke anyway. It even came thru the cabin walls.
The kids would go in the adult pool and no one would say anything to them. Even the adults that were in the pool. They would just get out and sunbathe.
My camera broke and the lens would not open on the 2nd day. I took it to the photo shop and asked them if they knew anything that could be done to fix it. They wanted me to buy a new camera and when I wouldn't, after that, they would not even look at us when we would go back to look at the pics. We didn't have any more made either and only bought one each of me and one of Harry. We have too many from other cruises anyway.
None of the crew would smile as you walk around. They would actually keep walking and not even say anything to you. JUST NOT WHAT WE ARE USED TO WHEN WE CRUISE.
I have been on many cruise ships including QE and QE2, RCL, NCL, Celebrity and DISNEY. Now Celebrity owns Costa, so that surprised me very much.
Never, never have I complained about a cruise or given a negative with one of the questionnaires.
Of course, being an Italian ship, the crew was basically Italian and they spoke all the languages. But they are originating in the US and should cater to us. Everyone pretty much spoke English but wouldn't 'cause the crew spoke to them in their language.
One good thing is that the last two days of the cruise, we were able to give housekeeping all of our clothes and they washed and folded everything for us for a flat fee of $19.99 and all we had to do is put them in the suitcase and when we got home, they were ready to be put back in the drawers or on the shelf. That was very nice.
I did meet quite a few people on the cruise and that was very nice. Several of them live pretty close to me and we'll probably be cruising again with each other. There was a group of us of about 35 or so and we had a meet and greet and that was very nice.
There was lots of help from porters in the terminal.
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