After reading many negative reviews was a bit hesitant to book and wasn't expecting anything exceptional, well We were surprised we travelled as a group of eight and found the cruise to be very enjoyable. have cruised with four other lines and found costa to be the most memorable. boarding was quick as was disembarkation . the entertainment and activities were well planned, Décor at first was overwhelming to many patterns on the walls couldn't tell a door from a wall but we got used to it. after the third day. we were in minority as only minimal English speaking passengers on board but staff were courteous and tried very hard to communicate with us. We had a balcony cabin on deck 6 our room was always clean even though we never saw our cabin steward. we only took a few organized tours and did other ports of call independently. The ship offered shuttle buses to town at ports where transport was needed, in our opinion it was not expensive and worth the cost as it was convenient due to being easy not having any hassles trying to find your own way as you are only in port a minimal amount of time. Time is whats valuable.
only negative we had was the drinks package while it was good value if you are a heavy drinker everyone in the cabin was expected to buy it. was not catered for individuals. we were three in a cabin and two drank little alcohol so there would of been no value for everyone to buy the package . also the food was ok but the same thing every day with no variety at the buffet . restaurant food was just ok nothing flash .but same food just a different name each night with a different dressing . if you wanted anything special on the menu you had to pay extra for it . all in all the cruise had a European vibe and that's why we took it . it was a fun ship to be on . We would cruise costa again
ports visited Savona, Marseilles, Palama Majorca, Cadiz, Malaga, Lisbon, La Coruna, Le Havre, Dover , Amsterdam.
clean and comfortable with plenty of room good location
Marseille is a pleasant port lots of eateries in town didn't spend much time here
walked around the main area there is the old town at the back of the port
beautiful city opted to take a horse and cart ride through the old town there was a hop on hop off bus available to see the sites but we preferred to walk
civitavechia is a nice seaside town plenty to do for a day can also catch the train station is walking distance to port entrance into rome city approximately 1 hrs ride
the port entrance has free shuttle bus to the ship
took the ships shuttle into town toured on our own plenty to see porto was a very nice town to spend few hours in not expensive to buy a drink or something to eat
spent day in port independently took the hop on hop of bus around the beachside was lovely to stroll around the light house is the main feature of the town