Could easily 'Costa you a Fortuna' !: Costa Fortuna Cruise Review by crispin5

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Could easily 'Costa you a Fortuna' !

Sail Date: October 2009
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
The ship was very clean, cabins well maintained ad comfortable and crew very pleasant and keen to help.

Our itinerary took us to Bari,Katakalon, Santorini. Mykonos, Rhodes and Dubrovnik and we enjoyed all our stops - although Mykonos on a very cool October evening was perhaps the least enjoyable stop.

Our biggest issue was that it felt as if we were being squeezed for money at every opportunity. Unlike other cruises with other companies that we have been on, on Costa Fortuna..... * we couldn't bring drinks of any type on board * a compulsory service charge was added to all drinks - even if you collected them yourself - 1.20 Euros on a cocktail costing 6.50 Euros seemed more than abit steep! * a compulsory service charge was added to our onboard account daily, removing our ability to tip those who we felt had served us well - unless of course you wanted/could afford to tip a second, separate amount! The crew told us that unless everyone ticked the excellent More box on the passesnger questionnaires they wouldn'teven see these tips!! *the shows were very average. The crew talent show was just poor and seemed to us a cheap way of providing entertainment.

However, those grumbles aside - we DID enjoy ourselves. Although I don't think we will be rushing to cruise with Costa again - mainly because of the hidden costs once you're on board Less

Published 11/12/09

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Port and Shore Excursions

Great port - we arrived on 1 November(All Souls Day) - the walls were closed all day and this information hadn't been picked up and passed on to us by Costa.

Worth checking if getting to Olympia would be cheaper by taxi than the Costa coach trip

Pretty port - but with just an evening stop we were limited in what we could do. Expensive restaurants!
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Great place for exploreing the ancient town/ museums and a nice lunch out
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We took the advice and booked an excursion - which meant we could disembark considerably earlier ( and at a different port) than those going ashore independently.

A long wait to embain a soulless hall. But Venice itself is always magic.
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