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4½ stars. We went on the "Indian Ocean " cruise, calling in at 10 countries, mostly difficult-to-get-to islands, including Madagascar (3 ports) and finishing in Capetown. We were apprehensive on this cruiseline after reading so many complaining reviews. We did note that many of the grumbles were of a minor nature. The ship was quite small, comfortable and homely. Staff were generally excellent, There was a multinational set of passengers, mostly Italians. The port destinations were exotic and pioneering in some cases. A phenomenal opportunity to get to see them. This was an adventure cruise. We were well pleased with the food. Lunches in particular always had a good seafood selection and fresh fruits and salads. (It was irritating to not have gratis water on the dining table. Take your own bottle in!) The captain was excellent - out-running a cyclone down the coast of Madagascar and presenting well to passengers. There were a few issues with mis-organisation - including on one occasion letting young inexperienced childcare staff run the issues of tender tickets. They treated us like infants. There was no senior member of staff there. It is a pity this cruise is not appearing on the 2015 list. I would implore Costa to run this again. i would definitely not hesitate to sail with Costa in future.

An Excellent Time. Good Ship, Excellent Destinations

Costa neoRiviera Cruise Review by cronkcrank

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2015
  • Destination: Africa
  • Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom
4½ stars.

We went on the "Indian Ocean " cruise, calling in at 10 countries, mostly difficult-to-get-to islands, including Madagascar (3 ports) and finishing in Capetown.

We were apprehensive on this cruiseline after reading so many complaining reviews.

We did note that many of the grumbles were of a minor nature.

The ship was quite small, comfortable and homely. Staff were generally excellent,

There was a multinational set of passengers, mostly Italians.

The port destinations were exotic and pioneering in some cases. A phenomenal opportunity to get to see them. This was an adventure cruise.

We were well pleased with the food. Lunches in particular always had a good seafood selection and fresh fruits and salads. (It was irritating to not have gratis water on the dining table. Take your own bottle in!)

The captain was excellent - out-running a cyclone down the coast of Madagascar and presenting well to passengers.

There were a few issues with mis-organisation - including on one occasion letting young inexperienced childcare staff run the issues of tender tickets. They treated us like infants. There was no senior member of staff there.

It is a pity this cruise is not appearing on the 2015 list. I would implore Costa to run this again.

i would definitely not hesitate to sail with Costa in future.
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