Costa Mediterranea Cruise Review by houseflag
- Sail Date: July 2015
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Balcony Classic
Arrived in cruise terminal with several hundred other guests , embarkation was supposed to start at 1400 hrs a numbers system operated deck 1 was called first you were only handing over a medical declaration form and another form it would take about 10 minutes for each group to go through, in theory if you were on deck nine you could wait 90 minutes ,we successfully dodged the ships photographers before going through first security check ,on boarding the ship your photo was taken for your ship board pass ( in our cabin when arrived).
We decided to explore the ship beautifully decorated throughout clean ship, interactive screens with information in various languages , also terminals to register your visa /debit/Mastercard card to pay your account, you can deposit cash at reception for expenditures . We knew from past cruising holidays the All inclusive (Costa) drinks package was good value.
Entertainment was very good in a modern theatre and well attended throughout the cruise.
Catering for guest's (always check the ships dairy time table) Psychology has been used in the set-up with meals service ( Perla del Lago Resturant) starting with continental breakfast , lunch hot /cold food speciality of the day always had a long line, you are not supplied with a tray to carry your self service meal and cutlery, by the end of the afternoon only one food station is open for finger bite snacks closing at 1830hrs In my opinion the food in the Self service was high volume poor quality with macaroni by the slice . If you like a cup of tea or coffee after 1030 hrs. you’ve had it, next time is 1530 – 1830 hrs, (you can pay for a pot of tea at the bar).
It is more less compulsory for you to attend dinner in Degli Argentieri Restaurant (2 sittings each evening) were allocated second sitting @ 2115 hrs (we could not change the time) eating our dinner at 2315hrs just far to late for me, food was similar to the self service restaurant ( all prepared in the main galley) the other option is to dine in a speciality restaurant (paid service) or book a pizza meal you pay 4 Euros per person , Gala dinner evening some members had commented that photographing of guest's was compulsory we found if you waited them out all the officer's had drifted away.
International cooked breakfast Degli Argentieri restaurant Watch out they keep changing the start finish times and the only thing edible was scramble eggs the rest of breakfast was over/under cooked , you ask for toast and a pot of tea.
We paid for the tour Secrets of the Costa Mediterranea , ( life in crew area) observed staff cleaning the galley working in the laundry /bakery NO visit to the bridge or Engine room, at end of the tour finger bite sandwiches provided with soft drink or wine and our tour guides were gone , No customer feed back there , ( tour was a waste of money) .We were disappointed with the standard /quality of food, we asked for Hotel charges waver form (12 Euro per person a day) to be told we paid & accepted company conditions
The ship is run for the benefit of Managers/ Chefs and maximum profit, well the guests they provide the money !
NEVER AGAIN WILL I PAY FOR A TRIP ON THIS BOAT .
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