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Costa neoRomantica Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Costa neoRomantica Cruise Review by DiscoVolante

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2015
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Premium

We booked a Winter getaway at a fairly good price

We are seasoned cruisers who enjoy the freedom cruising offers

The ship is in good shape and the Decor is classically pleasant

The design would work with fewer passengers and on cold windy sea days there is little to do. The 2 mini pools are useless for anyone wishing to swim. An enclosed pool area is missing and the price for Solarium use at €35.00 per day when all one wishes is to have a sauna i not value for money

The ever present Solarium staff pushing Solarium deals are also indicative of the fact that the price is too high

The free Gym, (one of the few free facilities), is fairly well equipped, very clean and almost always full at peak times The change rooms and toilets are 5 star

The wine bar is an exceptional although very expensive feature

Shopping on board is fairly limited but adequate, the range is limited, again because of the space problem

The cigar smoking room was also a wonderful plus for the addicts and contained the smoke perfectly, a plus for Costa here The deck smoking area is a bit too close to the doors and can be a bit of a problem

The animation staff do a lot to keep passengers busy with an array of ideas detailed in the daily newsletter

The service most of the time is good and sometimes outstanding. Credit card verification was easy and quick

We did not use the ships excursions and there were the usual shuttle bus charges for the ports where the ship docked a distance from town

A safety warning was issued in the daily newsletter for Athens and not for Naples

In Naples we were mugged and robbed in a busy street and have since learned that the town is regarded as unsafe. One must be extremely aware and should maybe walk around in a small group, leave all valuables and jewelry on board

The ports were a poor substitute for those that have become unsafe, but that cannot be blamed on anyone. Kalamata was good, Napfilon, Volos were not great, Athens is Athens and Trapani was pretty run down and nothing special, Marseilles is also a typical large European port with many possibilities but also earned a safety warning

The bus trip by Costa from Villach in Austria was uneventful as was the return trip

Boarding in Savona was a little disorganized as usual - queue jumping due to poor system control, luckily not all passengers boarded in Savona

Our Inside cabin was a little crammed due to the overhead bunks, although stowed take up a little extra space Otherwise it was adequate, without any problems and the cabin steward was invisible and efficient

The food in the buffet was always fresh and the range sufficient to satisfy most tastes At peak times it was very busy and getting a table was not always easy

The MDR food was mainly good , for breakfast and lunch the service was a little slow but the area adjacent the entrance was always well served and relaxing

The early bird coffee and juice service was erratic and the coffeee quality questionable

The small number of children seemed adequately entertained

Entertainment was reasonable but with too many dance shows and if you arrive late not all seats have unobstructed viewing

A theatre is missing but the ship design does not allow for it

Disembarkation for us took a while and Costa mixed up our departure time and delayed our bus for over an hour We checked 3 times but were told to wait until we were called!!

This retro ship was not for us and we prefer medium sized ships If you are English speaking multiple announcements will drive you mad. The manner less pushing and shoving of the French, Germans and Italians is also mindboggling. They all need to be first at all costs

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Cabin Review

Balcony Premium
Cabin BP 7080

No real problems, the overhead beds although stowed restricted access a little. On slightly rough sea nights there was a lot of creaking and the cabin walls are not soundproof

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