Disappointed overall after other good reviews: Costa Allegra Cruise Review by Fivefoot4

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Disappointed overall after other good reviews

Sail Date: November 2007
Destination: Asia
Embarkation: Singapore
We embarked in Singapore with no fanfare, not even a picture taken, probably because most of the cruisers got on in Hong Kong. We also didn't have an emergency drill. Our cabin was smallish but we had expected that but had enough space for our clothes. The food was ok overall but I was expecting more from an Italian ship especially with desserts. The best place to eat at lunch was the Montmarte Restaurant as the Yacht Club buffet was just ordinary. The majority of the cruisers were English but Italian was still the main language spoken all cruise. I did a stretch class on deck and luckily I could just follow the instructor as he didn't speak any English during it. Another thing I thought was unusual is that we didn't see the Captain all cruise not even at the formal nights in the Restaurant especially on the last formal night before Hong Kong when the crew including the chefs were introduced.

We spent the first day at sea by the pool reading and did the ship excursion of Ho More Chi Minh City which was the Highlights and Pedal cab ride (recommended by the English Speaking Host). This was enjoyable especially the pedal cab ride through the streets. The other excursions at Danang and Sanya we did on our own as the Hoi An one was cancelled due to floods there recently and there isn't a lot to do in Sanya if you don't want to go to the beach. We had rough seas on the second at sea day and from Sanya to Hong Kong and a lot of people were sick.

We found the ship didn't handle well in the rough seas and because it is smaller than we are used to we found that there was limited places to go to out of the sun and away from the activities such as bingo and other games.

Although we did the cruise because of the itinerary and the price we probably would not go on another small ship again and not one with Costa. Less

Published 12/15/07

Cabin review: 63056

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