CostaMediterranea - Trans-Atlantic: Costa Mediterranea Cruise Review by Roger Musser

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Roger Musser

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CostaMediterranea - Trans-Atlantic

Sail Date: April 2006
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Costa Mediterranea Transatlantic Sailing, Inside cabin, 5th deck

The cabin is nicely decorated and very comfortable. Drawer pulls and closet pulls are small leather loops, hard to use. Nice , large shower, good water pressure and temperature. Good shelf storage in bathroom. Magnifier mirror in bathroom is nice. Clothes dryer cord in shower. Door key is a plastic card with a magnetic strip, like a credit card, it is easy to use. Safe operated by credit card, cabin card, or other card with a magnetic strip. TV has a bigger screen than I was used to on other ships, most channels were in something other than English. Good shelf and hanger space. Good lighting, both bright and dim. Heating and air-conditioning worked very well. Bed and mattress were very comfortable, enough space under bed to put suitcases. Sound insulation between rooms was insufficient, or our neighbors were turning up their TV and singing particularly loud. Hairdryer didnt produce enough heat or volume of More air, cord fixed in drawer not long enough. 120 and 220 volt outlets are available, bring a plug converter if you have dual voltage appliances and want for have more than two things plugged in at a time. Facial tissues were not soft but toilet tissues were. If you want, have the cabin steward remove the small table and chair from the room, this makes it a little easier to walk around. Nice art in room, ours had a nice limited edition print. Refrigerator- Ask for mini-bar items to be removed.

Gym -- Quality machines, only a few were not operating. Usually the gym was underutilized, occasionally it was over utilized and hard to get on some of the equipment. Steam room, sauna, and showers in the gym area were top notch. The gym was warm and humid, there is a big hot tub in the center of this multilevel gym. They could use a few fans.

Atrium -- Lots and lots of decorations in this 10 deck high room. Glass elevators to help you see the whole thing. Window on nearly every deck lets you look down on the atrium when you walk by.

Theaters -- Lower theater is more intimate but both are very nice unless you sit in the very rear. Plenty of seats, we never had trouble getting a good seat. Movies were old movies and shown infrequently. The cruise director made his introductions and announcements in Italian, French, English, German, and then in Spanish. The information provided was mostly unnecessary, it was just a pep talk telling us how fantastic and spectacular the show or entertainment would be and how much we were going to enjoy it. For the most part, with just a few exceptions the shows were not very interesting. But, the mix of nationalities on the ship made universal entertainment difficult, most of the passengers did not speak English. I would think that on Caribbean Cruises the entertainment would be aimed at Americans. The crew talent show was poorly produced as were the shows with the professional (English speaking) singers. Two shows that I saw were among the best programs that I have seen at sea.

Public Toilets and Hand washing -- Toilets and hand washing facilities were in inconvenient locations. They were not near the dinning room entrance or the buffet lines. No hand sanitizes were available as on other ships. Hand towels were often out of stock in the restrooms.

Deck Chairs -- The deck chairs were marginally comfortable (there was a metal rod in a bad spot) and there wasnt nearly enough of them. The short supply lead to hoarding and reserving the chairs, this lead to even fewer available deck chairs. There was a shortage of shady locations and peaceful areas. Some of the places on deck were near vents or fans, if you sat there you had to put up with a constant roar. The deck chairs on the fantail were set up like cots at a relief center for some natural disaster. Many of the shady locations didnt have deck chairs, the passengers had to drag the chairs to passageways or under structures to get some shade. Many of these locations were not designed to have chairs and it blocked the flow of foot traffic, making it uncomfortable for walkers and those in the chair. Worst of all was the complete lack of deck chairs on the promenade deck. This area is one of the nicest places for reading and relaxing, lots of shade on one side, sun on the other side and a great view of the ocean. There were some loud fans in some places, though. But, there were no deck chairs, if you took a chair down to the promenade deck they made you remove it. The few people that did lounge in this space had to sit or lay on the deck.

Pools -- There are three very small pools. I think that all were salt water, one pool was in an area with a retractable glass roof.

Volley Ball and Basketball -- The volleyball has a low hanging net above it making high passes impossible. The basketball rim was bent and was lower than regulation height, maybe to compensate for the low netting.

Outside -- Tinted glass at bow makes forward viewing difficult. The bright lights on deck made it difficult to see the stars, other ships and the lights on the shore. Deck 11 has a running track but it is only 100 meters, decks 10 and 9 are available for walking but you have to watch out for deck chairs in your path. The Promenade deck does not completely circle the ship, you must go inside.

Smoking -- Not well controlled on deck, no outside areas were off limits to smoking. Inside, there were many areas that allowed smoking. It is impossible to avoid breathing smoke on this ship. Smoking was prohibited in the main dinning room and some other areas.

Food/dining -- On the Transatlantic and European portions of our cruise there were two dining options, the main dining room and a very limited buffet that included a salad bar, pizza, soft serve ice-cream and a few desserts. If you missed you regular dinner seating or didnt want to go to the dinning room you could have a very simple salad and pizza with your choice of two toppings. If you wanted iced tea you had to get it before 2 pm, they closed up the dispenser then. If you want skim milk you must stock up at breakfast and keep it in your cabin refrigerator. They ran out of skim milk about two-thirds of the way through the cruise and did not resupply when they docked in Funchal or Malaga. The pastries and cookies were bland. Apples and oranges were good. Hot chocolate was not available after breakfast. In the dining room: The food was lacking in taste and presentation. The food was not placed on the plate in an artistic fashion, it was just plopped on the plate. Most of the vegetables were very plain, just boiled. Our waiter and assistant waiter, Mark and Ryan were excellent. The area of the dining room at the rear of the ship was very noisy due to the propellers or engines, there was a constant thump-thump-thump-thump that you could hear and feel. We sat in the rear at lunch once but we moved forward before we ordered our food. I asked for a shrimp cocktail on the third night of the cruise, it wasnt on the menu but none of the appetizers appealed to me. They didnt have any available that night but if I requested it in advance I could have it other nights. A fellow diner at our table requested, for everyone at the table, and we received, a shrimp cocktail with every dinner until the end of the cruise.

Dress code -- Only a very small percentage of passengers wore formal attire on the formal nights. There was no toga night.

Ship info -- The daily newsletter was poorly organized and made planning activities difficult. The newsletters were available in 5 or 6 languages. Passengers should consult every newsletter that they can read, the English Version did not include movies that were presented in other languages.

Maintenance/cleanliness -- This ship is spotless, and very well maintained. Occasionally we would notice at dinner that some of the very beautiful ceiling lamps were burned out. The bulbs were always lit the next night. Less

Published 06/17/06

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