CostaMagica to Bermuda and Nassau 4/21/06 This was our 16th cruise. This was our Costa cruise. We decided on this cruise because of its itinerary to Bermuda and the price.
Embarkation: We arrived at the airport the day of the cruise and took a taxi to the pier. We arrived at appx 12:30. It seemed crowded but the lines moved quickly. The reason the lines were going so fast was there was no credit card registration, no room keys given and no security photos taken. Our room was ready upon boarding. There was a blank key in the door slot. Displayed on the bed were the room keys, along with a variety of paperwork, shore excursions, welcome information and the Costa Today, a daily paper reviewing all ship activities and meal schedules.
The Ship: The ship is beautiful, extremely clean and well maintained. Costa does a fine job in this area. It was a little difficult to navigate around the ship. Getting from one the front of the ship to the back required going up or down a few decks to cross an area then back up or down again.
Room: We had an inside cabin located mid ship on deck 7 directly across from the grand suites. We had plenty of room for all our things. There were 2 hanging closets, one closet with shelves and several drawers in the desk. We asked our room steward empty the refrigerator and add a mattress topper, which we had read about on previous reviews. She emptied the refrigerator right away and our topper was added when she turned down the sheets that evening. It really made a difference if you prefer a softer bed. Our cabin steward was excellent and the room location was wonderful. It was quiet and centrally located. Food: Food is very subjective on each persons tastes. Some meals we enjoyed, some not. We found the food on this cruise to be Hit and Miss. It was a little tricky trying to figure out what to order. We found ingredients mixed together that we thought were unusual combinations. Breakfast was the usual fare. Lunch & Dinner: We encountered a few surprises along the way. One lunch I had a deep fried shrimp and fish platter. It would have been excellent had the shrimp been peeled before being battered and deep fried. Biting into the shell was a surprise. The cheese cake had candied fruit in the mixture. I enjoyed the grilled chicken that was always available. The cold soups we tried were very good. We were disappointed in the buffet. No hand sanitizers. Every station served exactly the same thing. The selection was poor. Pizza had 2 choices each day, cheese and 1 other topping of the day. If you wanted pepperoni and it was Hawaiian day, you were out of luck.
Dining Service: Hit and Miss. The first few nights it took 45 minutes to receive the 1st cup of coffee that was requested upon sitting down for dinner. On formal night my husband first received the wrong meal, only to be replaced with a steak that was raw. By the time the waiter came back, desert was being offered. My husband was so frustrated; he decided not to wait for another steak and went to the buffet. Other nights were very good. Service for lunch and breakfast seemed inconsistent. Some times great and sometimes very slow. Entertainment: There was a variety of music being played on the ship. Many people seemed to be enjoying themselves dancing or just relaxing with conversation. We only attended 2 shows, Roman Night and Tropical Night which we found enjoyable.
Ports of call: We did not take any ships tours.
Bermuda: We arrived at the Royal Naval Dockyard pier on a Sunday evening appx 7pm. Most everything was closed with the exception of a Pub. We just walked around the area picking up maps and tourist information then went back to the ship to review the information. The next morning, we purchased a one day bus and ferry pass at the tourist information office just off the ship for $12.00. This gave us unlimited access to both the busses and ferries all day. We took the ferry over to Hamilton and browsed the shops. We returned by bus for the scenic tour. Along the way we stopped at Warwick Long Beach for some awesome photo opportunities. This beach was pretty secluded with lots of rock formations in the water. The water was quite clear. The water was still a little to cool for swimming. After spending a few hours on the beach we went back to the bus stop and caught the next bus back to the ship. This is one place we will definitely return to.
Nassau: We walked around the streets and straw market for a few hours.
Disembarkation: Our meeting place was the theater to wait for our color tag to be called. When it was called we were told to go down the staircase to deck 0. It took a good 35 minutes to get down stairs to exit the ship. Once off their seemed to be a lot of confusion. Everyone was trying to figure out where to go to catch the bus to the parking lot, tours etc. We found our car rental courtesy busy and we were on our way.
All in all, we enjoyed this cruise. We received what we paid for. Would we sail the Magica again? Not sure. We prefer American cuisine.