Started reading reviews for Costa when deciding which cruise lines we would pick. Our family usually travels on Princess but this time we had to pick Costa because the price and itinerary was right for us. There were 6 adults (2 married couples, my Uncle in his own cabin and our son who is 25 in our cabin) in our group and we decided to all pick interior cabins for the lesser price. Because there were 3 adults in our cabin we were upgraded to an ocean view cabin located mid-ship. We visited Olympia, Athens, Ephesus, and Israel (Egypt was canceled and an extra 1/2 day in Israel was what replaced it, not happy about only getting the 1/2 day, an extra full day would have been much better.....more on that later in the post).
Embarkation: We left from the port in Savona, Italy (not Genoa...but Savona is not on the list). The building where cruisers wait to board the ship is very nice and modern. We were called in groups so be prepared to wait but there was plenty of seating and available bathrooms.
Cabin: The cabin was wonderful!!! We have cruised many times (Mexican Riviera several times, Panama Canal, Eastern Mediterranean in 2012) and this is the first time that I did not experience sea sickness at all. The cabin had a 'couch' area that served as a bed for our son who is 6 foot 1 inch and he said he was very comfortable. I thought the beds were more comfortable then I expected. There was only one English news channel and one English movie channel but it did not present a problem as we were on the go most of the time. The bathroom felt slightly larger than the bathrooms on Princess ships with larger counters and the detachable shower head made showering more convenient. Other than a gel soap dispenser in the shower and a small bar of soap on the counter there were no other items given (no shampoo, conditioner or hand cream so be sure to bring your own). Plenty of closet and shelving space for all three of us and we always bring our luggage fully packed. Our steward Felipe was from Columbia and spoke excellent English, Spanish and Italian. My husband speaks Spanish so Felipe would use both English & Spanish languages with our family. He was the best steward we have ever had on a cruise. Our room was cleaned twice a day and our beds turned down before bed time. We like to use extra wash cloths and I only asked Felipe once and we had them everyday.