Sorry but this is the worst type of cruise, for us anyway.
Too many people trying to get food, drink and onto coaches.
The restaurant waiters are very good and food great, but at the buffet at lunch times the passengers pushing and filling their plates so high makes you feel ill.
Our main problems with costa is not having water available when needed without having to pay for it, and every day ontop of evrthing is the service charge at the moment is 9 euros. Then when you buy anything costa add another service charge.
They even charge a fee of nearly 11 euros to get from the ship to the cities you are visiting, unless you have already paid to go on one of their excursions.
The only saving grace is the staff not the italian main officers and staff but all the waiters etc who seem to be from the philloppines, they are very helpful.
It's a shame because the places we visited where very interesting, and they seem to cater for children under 12 very well and from 16 upwards but our 12 year old was restricted to playing in the arcade to which that was over 3 euros a game.
Our holiday is not about how little we spend we just like value for money, and with costa you felt as if you paid for the holiday, and then some more every day.
If costa could just include water with their full board option, it would make a difference.
We have had better cruises and have done many.
Also having to leave your luggage outside your cabin by 01:00 for disembarkation and leaving your cabin by 08:00 is a little bewildering as the luggage is left on the quayside by the ship for you to collect and put on the coach for the airport journey.
So will not put costa cruises at the top of our holiday list.
The cabin was excellent and clean but very noisy
We were disappointed with our guide, as he was French and we are English he didn't explain very well. The Cathedral was interesting.
Great place to explore lots to see and do.
Interesting shops and great boats.
Was really lovely just to see the place and the paintings.
Very interesting and calm.
Was overwhelmed by the scale of the Vatican but loved every minute of the tour until we were led to a shop outside by the tour guide, we all wanted to buy things inside the Vatican as were told at the beginning of our tour?!!!