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I have thought long and hard about this cruise which I have to start of by saying cost £1000 per person with return flights from London with B.A.[who were great by the way] and included 3 nights accommodation in Dubai -[Winchester grand apartments again great] all included-therefore a great deal and well worth the price however my comments are to be on the cruise its self-first and foremost the staff were fantastic on the ship in all areas the food was to an acceptable standard although just below al carte standard with the last 3 days of this 20 night cruise a joke and no more than canteen food! we chose to go all inclusive for the 20 nights at nearly 28 euro per person per night a great deal which included all brand name spirits ,although only one named beer which escapes me at the moment although acceptable -the wine in the al carte dining was changed daily and was to the required standard HOWEVER EVERYWHERE ELSE-the house wine red/white was of a poor standard there is only one choice of al carte dining and the casual dining what u would expect the entertainment- the MAIN SHOW IN THE THEATRE- was very POOR and out of twenty nights I would say at least 10 were awful- with either a movie of an opera ,A comedian speaking only in Italian or just nothing at all-AJOKE ONE MAY SAY! that's how it was there other acts in the various bars were good however too repetitive as they were the same acts-in other words not enough variety of acts Ports of call- as this was a middle east cruise s lot of the ports there is absolutely nothing in a number of the places visited- yes nothing- in order visited my opinion Civitavecchia -port of rome -walk off ship to train station get train to rome buy as station when in rome book the big red bus not the caio roma as we did as they are too in frequent reggio Calabria - described as one of the nicest walkways in Italy- in fact its a dive nothing there -just a wee walk along the promenade- nothing worth talking about crete and the port heraklion - a nice stop off you can walk into the port and the little shops/café -very nice Jordan -aqaba -for perta or the wadii rum -cheaper to do yourself but beware the taxi drivers will rip you off -agree a price and write it down and don't agree to deviate from the agreed route or they try to bump up the the agreed price- nothing else worth seeing salalah-dont get off nothing there khasab-oman don't get off waste of time oman- muscat- nice wee market very traditional market ,take the price they give u and half it ,good for wee walk around and a bit of banter -nothing else there the jewel in the crown-DUBAI -I had visited about 20 years ago and I enjoyed then however it is even better now and not only for the rich-don't book any trips- get a taxi to the old gold /spice soul/Dubai mall ,the food is great ,the place is clean and safe lots to see and do ,check out tripadvisor before you go in summary of port info there is little or non given by costa so do your homework summary of cruise its self -we have now been on 6 different cruises and would say Costa was by far the least cruise experience we have had and always had the feeling the company was penny pinching too much Italian oriented themes and spoken and not enough of the world language English the parent company is carnival cruise line in florida and I cant help thinking if one of the big boys were on board- they would say JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR CRUISE STANDARD HOWEVER ECONO CRUISE MIGHT JUST BE THE CORRECT TERM however as with everything you have to weigh up cost v quality-and the final verdict for us was a great deal though for the cruise-BELOW STANDARD!

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Costa neoRiviera Cruise Review by KINGKAM

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I have thought long and hard about this cruise which I have to start of by saying cost £1000 per person with return flights from London with B.A.[who were great by the way] and included 3 nights accommodation in Dubai -[Winchester grand apartments again great] all included-therefore a great deal and well worth the price
however my comments are to be on the cruise its self-first and foremost the staff were fantastic on the ship in all areas
the food was to an acceptable standard although just below al carte standard with the last 3 days of this 20 night cruise a joke and no more than canteen food!
we chose to go all inclusive for the 20 nights at nearly 28 euro per person per night a great deal which included all brand name spirits ,although only one named beer which escapes me at the moment although acceptable -the wine in the al carte dining was changed daily and was to the required standard HOWEVER EVERYWHERE ELSE-the house wine red/white was of a poor standard
there is only one choice of al carte dining and the casual dining what u would expect
the entertainment- the MAIN SHOW IN THE THEATRE- was very POOR and out of twenty nights I would say at least 10 were awful- with either a movie of an opera ,A comedian speaking only in Italian or just nothing at all-AJOKE ONE MAY SAY! that's how it was
there other acts in the various bars were good however too repetitive as they were the same acts-in other words not enough variety of acts
Ports of call- as this was a middle east cruise s lot of the ports there is absolutely nothing in a number of the places visited- yes nothing- in order visited my opinion
Civitavecchia -port of rome -walk off ship to train station get train to rome buy as station when in rome book the big red bus not the caio roma as we did as they are too in frequent
reggio Calabria - described as one of the nicest walkways in Italy- in fact its a dive nothing there -just a wee walk along the promenade- nothing worth talking about
crete and the port heraklion - a nice stop off you can walk into the port and the little shops/café -very nice
Jordan -aqaba -for perta or the wadii rum -cheaper to do yourself but beware the taxi drivers will rip you off -agree a price and write it down and don't agree to deviate from the agreed route or they try to bump up the the agreed price- nothing else worth seeing
salalah-dont get off nothing there
khasab-oman don't get off waste of time
oman- muscat- nice wee market very traditional market ,take the price they give u and half it ,good for wee walk around and a bit of banter -nothing else there
the jewel in the crown-DUBAI -I had visited about 20 years ago and I enjoyed then however it is even better now and not only for the rich-don't book any trips- get a taxi to the old gold /spice soul/Dubai mall ,the food is great ,the place is clean and safe
lots to see and do ,check out tripadvisor before you go
in summary of port info there is little or non given by costa so do your homework
summary of cruise its self -we have now been on 6 different cruises and would say Costa was by far the least cruise experience we have had and always had the feeling the company was penny pinching
too much Italian oriented themes and spoken and not enough of the world language English
the parent company is carnival cruise line in florida and I cant help thinking if one of the big boys were on board- they would say JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR CRUISE STANDARD HOWEVER ECONO CRUISE MIGHT JUST BE THE CORRECT TERM
however as with everything you have to weigh up cost v quality-and the final verdict for us was a great deal though for the cruise-BELOW STANDARD!
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Cabin 8173
inside cabin on the small side however clean and tidybed was comfortableshower small and signs of rust in shower cabinetas already said the staff were brilliant
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