Costa Lot? Costa Plenty!: Costa Pacifica Cruise Review by Marie Robson

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Marie Robson

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Costa Lot? Costa Plenty!

Sail Date: December 2009
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other
My husband and I saw the cruise on Virgin Holiday cruises on line.I had to contact them several times for information.We'd heard about a beverage package, X1, which seemed to be a good deal. However, it cost £99.0 per person, and only allowed wine by the glass,(red, white) or a small beer at lunch and dinner.In any of the lounges, the drinks had to be charged to the account.3 beers,40cl cost 13.5 euros, one non alcoholic drink cost 4.70 euros; there was a 15% surcharge added,mnaking a total of 20.93.Each day there was a charge of 6.euros per person added to the account,which worked out to about £60.0 each for the ten days. There were just over 3,000 passengers on board, and 1,000 crew.IF that money was divided equally between the crew, they'd get around £18.0 per day. We don't know if they also had wages, or if the gratuities we had to pay WERE their wages.This charge was mandatory, and we couldn't opt out. The trips were more expensive than comparable ones on other More ships. If there were two guides on a coach, the one speaking in German or Italian seemed to give a lot more information than the few sentences given by the guide speaking English.A proposed trip to el Alamein was cancelled. The reason given was that German/Italian passengers didn't want an English guide,so they pulled out. and as there were not many English, the trip was cancelled.It happened that we never stopped at Alexandria, as the weather was too bad for the ship to get into the harbour, so we stopped at Palermo, instead.At one port there were some buses to go into town, but they were not free. In the restaurants the menus were not all that varied. They gave the appearance of being "Cordon Bleu", being tiny amounts on an extremely large plate.In the buffet resataurant, each day they advertised having a selection of different country's foods, like German, Italian, Chinese,Spanish and Indian; there wasn't one with English specialities. The staff running the various programmes on board did't give a lot of information for English poeple. English people we spoke to all said they'd not take another cruise with Costa.Thomson Cruises have nothing to worry about.We had to leave the ship at take a 2 hour ride to Nice, and wait until 21.30 for the flight home. Less

Published 12/23/09

Cabin review: E11350

Our cabin was on deck 1, outside. there was a window, not a little porthole. The bed was two 3ft singles together, making a large size bed.The cabin had a fridge, safe, a small oval table, a long settee which could have converted to a third bed. There were 5 drawers, a large mirror making a dressing table. The bathroom was the usual size with toilet and shower.The TV was rather high up, and looking for too long caused neck ache. As with the whole ship it was always very clean. The cabin crew were really good.The upper cabins had balconies, but the rooms were exactly the same size as ours in area.

Port and Shore Excursions

We went on a trip across the northern part of the island to a fishing town.The central part was dominated by its cathedral; narrow roads led out from the square. It was very cold and there was not a long time to stroll very far in any direction. Perhaps in summer, it may be an interesting place to explore.

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We went into Rhodes as it was a place we had not previously been to. We chose a trip to Lindos,which had an acropolis high above an old town,with cobbled streets, and had some lovely scenery to pass through. When we returned, we went into their old town market, rather like a soukh; there were varieties of shops, selling all manner of things.

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Civitavecchia is the port for Rome. We had been there a few times, so this time we just took a courtesy bus from the ship into the old port and had a look round there. The bus dropped us by a tourist office, and we picked up a map. They were very helpful and pointed out various places to visit.There didn't appear to be a route from the ship for walking, and the way out was circuitous,so a bus is the best option.

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