This year we picked a cruise in the western Mediterranean from Savona (Italy, near Genova), to Malaga, Casablanca, Cadiz, Lisbon, Valencia, Barcelona and back to Savona. We were a party of five, two couples and me as a solo traveller. To get to Savona we booked the bus transfer from Munich which took about 9 hours during the night and was very comfortable and less exhausting than I expected.
Check-in was quick and well organized but a bit later than expected.
The service on board was sometimes very good (restaurant, room), sometimes rather bad (bar service). I was travelling without a partner, but with family and friends. It seemed like I was fair game to several Costa employees. On the first night my phone rang at 11:30 p.m. Someone who knew my first name said I looked sexy and he wanted to see me in private. I told him that I found this quite inapppropriate and hung up. The next day he called again. I asked for his name and he said he wouldn't tell as he feared I would report it. I told him I knew who he was (I had an idea) and I wanted him to stop bothering me. Then it was "quiet" for a few days. Another night I was asked by several waiters separately to meet in a private place. One of them stared at me the whole time during dinner. One told me he would be coming to my cabin at midnight. The other one said he'd call me. I said no again. I was not encouraging them in any way, I was with my parents and friends. I really dislike doing that but at that point I started threating to report them. Well, that was not so cool. For some solo travellers this might be what they are looking for. Not for everyone.
I had a mid-ship premium balcony stateroom on Lisbona-Deck (Deck 6), the other cabins were more front standard balcony staterooms on the same deck. The cabin was clean and in pleasant colors. The ship was built in 2003 and of course one can see that in the furniture: scratches, missing paint etc. The balcony door was quite dirty but someone fixed that right after I mentioned it. The balcony was spaceous enough for two comfy lounge chairs and a table. The bed was perfect, no backaches (and I'm prone to that) and it was placed right next to the windows which made it possible to feel the breeze at night. The balcony door closes by itself so one needs to keep it open with a chair. The bathroom is big enough and well laid out. There was enough storage space though we brought extra hangers and we could well use them. It's time for the tv to be replaced. A flatscreen would save space and maybe the one could actually read the technical data displayed on one of the ship's channels. There's tv-programmes for several languages including italian, english, german and french plus several channels for security, on-board shows, excursions etc.The cabin was cleaned several times a day. I was a bit sad that no towel animals showed up in my cabin, but in our other two cabins they were found several times. Even though the Lisboa deck is right above the grand bar that had music till 01:30 a.m., I didn't hear anything in my cabin.