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Costa Fascinosa Review

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Costa Fascinosa Quite a Deception for Us

Review for Costa Fascinosa to South America
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Dec 2015
Cabin: Balcony Premium

Wife and I were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary and decided to take the Costa Lines Fascinosa cruise from Argentina, to Brazil, Uruguay and back. Some things were good like the nice cabin with a balcony and a cabin boy (Joao) that made life easy for us with great cabin service and a constant friendly smile. The Samsara Spa experience at their thermal baths package was a good value for a wonderful relaxing daily experience. Entertainment and music was good for our dancing and listening pleasure. The ship halls, walls and bars are luxurious although of an overloaded kind of decoration. The pool facilities are good and so are the hot water Jacuzzis. We can’t comment on the shore excursions because we found them to be expensive, several other passengers that had used them were unpleased and we decided to do our own excursions which turned out great. Boarding and unboarding the ship was orderly.

On the negative side Costa Fascinosa had the worst food quality and food availability we had ever experienced in a cruise ship. Mostly lots of bread, pastries and cold pizza, very little prepared food and hardly any availability of grilled items. The dinning experience was unsatisfactory as the service between plates was unjustly slow and the waiting became obnoxious. The waiter was nice and attentive but apparently overburdened with too many tables to service or too slow of a kitchen service. Dinner was a 2-1/2 hours event at times, just too slow for our enjoyment.

We made the mistake of purchasing one of Costa Fascinosas “unlimited daily wine and water packages” for $40 plus 15% service charge per person per day. They turned out to have the cheapest tasting lowest quality wine (we tried the 2 kinds of reds they had) we had ever experienced. The “unlimited water” part of the $40 per person a day package caused us the most anger. You had “unlimited water” yet couldn’t get a bottle of your own water to take to your room and they forced you to refill very small 7oz glasses, one by one, for all your daily water needs. Each 7oz glass of water of your “unlimited water package” requires you to go to a bar, put it on your cruise card and they wont give you more than one (1) glass of water per request. My wife and I had to go from bar to bar, several times a day, collecting and carrying multiple small 7oz glasses of water, in multiple trips in order to have some water back at our cabin, simply ridiculous.

Cabin Review

Balcony Premium

Cabin BP

Cabin was good, service in the cabin was extremely good by young cabin boy (Joao) who really serviced us pleasantly.

Port Reviews

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Buenos Aires had a lot to offer, we had a ball.

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Rio de Janeiro was interesting, good shopping


Not much to do but people were nice and food and wine was specially good.

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