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We booked this cruise because of its destinations and reasonable price. Having been on Costa before on several occasions, we were aware of the potential problem with few english speaking passengers but this did not detract from our enjoyment. We travelled as a group of 8 younger pensioners into dancing and activities, all of which were excellent. Even the six days at sea from Tenerife to Buzios in Brazil were busy, dance classes, Stretch classes and the entertainment team were excellent. The decor of the entire ship was top class and the cabin, [an outside one for the first time] was well worth the extra. The buffet area was often a bit too hectic for us and we ate in the restaurant on most occasions. The food was certainly not as described by some reviewers and the menu changed constantly. We were more than happy with the quality and the service. We found that the shore excursions were way overpriced as is every cruise ship we have ever been on. Being fairly resourceful people, we just get outside the docking area and find a mini bus or similar and negotiate with the driver a price for where we wish to go. Invariably, the price is around one third of the book on board price. All in all an excellent cruise at a good price which is apparently going in reverse in March/April. Look for a deal!!!

Re-positioning cruise from the Med to South America

Costa Fascinosa Cruise Review by Phil McColl

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2016
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Outside Classic
We booked this cruise because of its destinations and reasonable price. Having been on Costa before on several occasions, we were aware of the potential problem with few english speaking passengers but this did not detract from our enjoyment.

We travelled as a group of 8 younger pensioners into dancing and activities, all of which were excellent.

Even the six days at sea from Tenerife to Buzios in Brazil were busy, dance classes, Stretch classes and the entertainment team were excellent.

The decor of the entire ship was top class and the cabin, [an outside one for the first time] was well worth the extra.

The buffet area was often a bit too hectic for us and we ate in the restaurant on most occasions. The food was certainly not as described by some reviewers and the menu changed constantly. We were more than happy with the quality and the service.

We found that the shore excursions were way overpriced as is every cruise ship we have ever been on.

Being fairly resourceful people, we just get outside the docking area and find a mini bus or similar and negotiate with the driver a price for where we wish to go. Invariably, the price is around one third of the book on board price.

All in all an excellent cruise at a good price which is apparently going in reverse in March/April. Look for a deal!!!
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Cabin Review

Outside Classic
Cabin EC 1381
Beautiful decor, plenty of storage. Down near the water line exactly where the Pilot boat came aboard. very interesting and you get a real indication of the speed. Occasional flying fish seen from sea level, very good. with the curtains pulled back, you often se phosphorescence in the water, nice experience!!
Rigoletto Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins