Oh goodness - where to begin. The ship was called the Costa Magica - but it SHOULD have been named the Costa MagiCANT. They just can't do anything - full stop. Let's go through this 'magical' experience one issue at a time.
The ship is old, dated, dirty, and in need of a serious overhaul. And when I say serious, I mean SERIOUS. The decor is like something out of my grandmother's sitting room in the early 80's. Common area carpets were dirty and worn as was most of the seating in the common areas. Don't even get me started on the poolside areas. Deck chairs have seen better days. Most of the deck chairs were covered in soot. Yes - that's right - soot. No matter where you were on the ship, soot would get on to the deck chairs - especially those on the upper decks. They were covered in the stuff. So of course you needed more than one towel to make sure you didn't get soot on yourself when you sat on the deck chair. Now, most cruise lines don't have enough deck chairs for the amount of guests on the ship. That's always an issue even for the best lines in the world - so you can imagine what it was like for a cruise line of Costa standard - (read - no standard at all). Something Costa needs to work on is not allowing people to just put towels on deck chairs at 08:00 and then not return to the deck chair until 15:00. That really needs to be policed better. The decks were always full of rubbish (if I could post photos here I would). One of the toilet areas had a faecal smear on it which we reported on day 2 of the cruise. On day 11 - it was still there. We took photos to prove it. Just disgusting.
Equally dated, drab and in need of refurb. Old towels with holes in them, torn bedding, gaping tears in the balcony curtains. When we complained to our room attendant, all he did was cut the curtain at the point of the tear so the curtain was now 3-4 inches shorter from the side of the wall then it should have been.
Average in size - so not an issue there. It had a safe which was good to have and enough space to sit (sofa) with a table. The balcony was probably the nicest part of the cabin and ship. Although irritatingly they allow passengers to smoke on the balcony so had to smell the cigarette smoke from the neighbouring cabins.
I would happily return to Cadiz again and again and again. So beautiful, clean and gorgeous. The architecture, the streets, the people and the food were unforgettable. Cadiz wants their tourists to know where they're going so they have marked all through the old town, four different coloured routes on the pavements. You just choose which colour route you want to do depending on what you'd like to see and just follow that colour all through town. Perfect!!
Marseille is not the nicest place. We did go around to the fort which was really nice. Probably the only nice part of Marseille.
Hated it. Dirty, boring, nothing spectacular and the port is entirely too far from anything of any value.
Loved loved loved Tangier. The people were so nice and the city was gorgeous. Just what you would expect from a city in Morocco. Cobbled and narrow streets, souks, bazaars, glorious food!!! Loved it!!
We didn't do any of the excursions offered for Tangier because we wanted to experience it on our own. And it's a good thing too because we noticed that the tour groups were going around to the same parts of the city we were.
Really enjoyed Lisbon. Got to see some amazing places in Lisbon. Again no excursions because we wanted to see it for ourselves.