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I chose this cruise because it had the right mix of fjords, northern ports, and international feel. I did not want to be on a cruise with a whole bunch of Americans, so instead chose a cruise with a whole bunch of Italians. This made a big difference in appeal and also in quality. Overall the cruise was fine and I am glad we did it. However there are a lot of issues at a corporate level I think they need to address. Not the least of which is providing more information about the cruise and also about the excursions. There was simply not enough information in English about what happened on the cruise. there were no packing lists, no weekly overviews to tell when 'gala nights' happened or what clothing you might need in order to be appropriate for the them (white night, mask night, etc). On excursions, they need to seriously address the time element. Two excursions we were on stressed us about making it back to the ship in time. The Kayaking adventure was nice, but hurried and we did over 4 miles of kayaking in less than three hours -- and with no current, that was quite a workout. The lighthouse excursion allowed us only 90 minutes at the lighthouse, way to little time. This is just one example of how Costa corporate fails the people on the cruise. The crew we interacted with were excellent -- the waiters in the restaurant and our cabin attendant were superb. The officers and the senior leaders were standoffish and arrogant when asked questions. In addition, the bar tenders were particularly rude. The food was above average, although the buffets were often very stressful due to the different social conventions across the ship. Some European cultures have a tough time standing in line and waiting their turn -- something you have to get used to. Anyway, the entertainment was fine and the ship was immaculately clean. I would go with Costa again, but only after asking a LOT of questions.

A solid value and cruise

Costa Favolosa Cruise Review by tanksmon

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2017
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Classic Outside
I chose this cruise because it had the right mix of fjords, northern ports, and international feel. I did not want to be on a cruise with a whole bunch of Americans, so instead chose a cruise with a whole bunch of Italians. This made a big difference in appeal and also in quality. Overall the cruise was fine and I am glad we did it. However there are a lot of issues at a corporate level I think they need to address. Not the least of which is providing more information about the cruise and also about the excursions. There was simply not enough information in English about what happened on the cruise. there were no packing lists, no weekly overviews to tell when 'gala nights' happened or what clothing you might need in order to be appropriate for the them (white night, mask night, etc). On excursions, they need to seriously address the time element. Two excursions we were on stressed us about making it back to the ship in time. The Kayaking adventure was nice, but hurried and we did over 4 miles of kayaking in less than three hours -- and with no current, that was quite a workout. The lighthouse excursion allowed us only 90 minutes at the lighthouse, way to little time.

This is just one example of how Costa corporate fails the people on the cruise. The crew we interacted with were excellent -- the waiters in the restaurant and our cabin attendant were superb. The officers and the senior leaders were standoffish and arrogant when asked questions. In addition, the bar tenders were particularly rude.

The food was above average, although the buffets were often very stressful due to the different social conventions across the ship. Some European cultures have a tough time standing in line and waiting their turn -- something you have to get used to. Anyway, the entertainment was fine and the ship was immaculately clean.

I would go with Costa again, but only after asking a LOT of questions.
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Cabin Review

Classic Outside
Cabin EC
Solid cabin -- good amount of space, but if you have a large suitcase, you may have problems storing it in the room. Cabin cleanliness was superb. Shower and bathroom were superb. No amenities, but had a hair dryer. English TV service was limited to three channels -- all news. Room service is available, but at an additional charge.
Alhambra Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Aarhus was awesome. DO NOT TAKE THE HOP ON HOP OFF Bus -- it just isn't worth it. Start at the Gamly By and then go to the Aarhus museum. Finish up at the cathedral and you have a had a full day.
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  • Bergen
    Forget the excursions. Go to the museum in town and sign up for the tour. It is very cheap and tells you everything about the town. I know people who did the hop on hop off bus and felt very cheated -- the town isn't that large and there isn't a lot that requires having a bus to see. There is a small choo-choo that we took that was pretty good. Then walk around and have a good time. The information center is excellent as well.
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  • Copenhagen
    Simply Awesome. First thing to do is go to Nyhaven in the middle of Copenhagen and take an hour tour on the canal boats. Best money you will invest. Then do the hop on hop off bus -- that will orient you and get you started.
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  • Kayaking
    Such a lost opportunity. We did not get off the ship until 2PM and had to be done by 5.30PM. What a crazy day -- we paddled like animals to get to the place where we could see some waterfalls and had to paddle like madmen to get back. Why they wait so long to do this, I have no idea. It was so nice out on the water -- I screwed up. Don't do this excursion. Instead, get off the boat at noon when it docks, then go rent a kayak and do it on your own. It is cheaper and you will have more time on the water. The kayak people were really good, but they didn't tell you anything about the fjord or anything else.
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  • Kristiansand
    Another lost opportunity for Costa. Although we had a great guide (Michael), we got off the boat at 1PM and had to be back by 6. Plus this involved driving 90 minutes there and back. I enjoyed the drive and also Michael's commentary. But because of the late arrival of some participants, we had less than 90 minutes at the lighthouse -- and it was awesome. We also took 15 minutes to go back for a short walk through 'Hollen' (Hell) Norway, which was nice. But the whole thing was so rushed, we could not relax and everyone was worried about making it back to the ship on time.
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  • Rostock (Warnemunde)
    Solid and appreciated excursion. Our guide was very good and we learned a lot about the city. Her insight helped with our lunch at the Rathouse (City Hall) which was just terrific.
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