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Costa Magica Cruise Review
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Costa Magica Cruise Review by Zouzou27

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2015
  • Destination: Canary Islands
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Premium

First Costa Cruise after 1 NCL and 3 Celebrity.

Only company for Canrian Islands in July, with a very intersting deal for a Balcony "Premium" stateroom.

Embarkation was slow and a little chaotic but bags were waiting at our cabin.

Cabin kept immaculate by our steward, towels changed daily and beach/pool towels on request. Plenty of storage, surprisingly spacious and a large comfortable bed.

Small but adequate balcony.

Clean ship. Decor is kitsch, but less in real life than on the pictures...

Main restaurant is good.(Italian) food very nice, if not amazing. Portions would be regarded as small by some US guests. Buffet restaurants are noisy and more chaotic. There are lot of "mediterranean" people on this cruise so do not expect straight queuing, and be prepared some times to cope with the crowd... Average food.

Continental breakfast in cabin. At the buffet restaurant : no eggs.You have to go to the main restaurant if you want eggs. Very effective room service ( 15/20 minutes).

Holiday camp style entertainment at the pool venue. Most of the Theatre shows very amateur but some of them of high quality. Nevertheless lively atmosphere with lot of young and older cruises enjoying themselves in the different bars ; "italian" atmosphere.

Be aware that the cruise line is somewhere "money grabbing " : especially on photos/videos and shore excursions. But we always organise our excursions by ourselves : Costa doesn't provide any information on ports...

Disembarkation at Savona was rapid. But leaving the port with the local shuttle bus needs nearly one hour


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Cabin Review

Balcony Premium
Cabin BP 8403

Aft cabin. Quiet.

Close to the buffet restaurant.

Clean, large : 20 m2.

Queen size bed and a sofa.

Only one electrical outlet. No kettle.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Savona

Access to Savona Cruise Port is easy with the Public shuttle bus from the FS Station.

No use to buy the ticket in advance.

Marseille

The cruise port is far away from the city center.

We walked to the local bus stop but it's nearly 2km.So the trip to the city (La Joliette) takes one hour ( one way).

We visited MUCEM and le Vieux Port

Timanfaya National Park

Very impressive volcano.

Some fun with camel trip.

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Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)

Large town.

Not far from the cruise port

We used public transport. Cheap and good quality.

The best prices for perfumes...

Tenerife

We rented a car ( CICAR has offices on the port) and went in Teide National Park.

Long queue for the cablecar ( make reservation by internet) : we should have gone as soon as possible to the "Teleferico" to have more time to spend.

Madeira (Funchal)

We walked to the Monte cablecar station then took the cablecar to the Botanico Garden.

After the visit of the Garden we took local bus to the city center : we had a look to the market and visit the Blandy's Wine Lodge

Malaga

Very short stay.

Had a look on the old city ( Gibalfaro castle and Caathedral) and visit the Picasso Museum.


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