Costa Pacifica- ship of clashing music: Costa Pacifica Cruise Review by kazganymede

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Costa Pacifica- ship of clashing music

Sail Date: December 2009
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Just returned from 10 day trip and overall it was good for our family of 5. The greatest disappointment was that we missed Alexandria because of high seas but did Palermo instead. Whilst everyone was deeply disappointed, we understood it was an act of nature. Some good and bad points about Costa and Pacifica. Good Kids under 18 sharing with adults are free. Efficient check in, disembarkation and always arrived early or on time in every port. Crew pleasant and mainly English speaking, particularly the Philipinos. Happy hour 4-6 alcohol two for one. Teen club got the thumbs up. Outside cabin spacious, aisles spacious. Bad Tours overpriced. Fortunately we did most independently.

Food nothing to rave about and more limited venues than on other ships. Pacifica's buffet wasn't open at night- only for pizza and salad. Piped music on each floor was hideously monotonous. Our floor played only one song in a continuous loop 24/7. Decor rather garish and overdone. Every square inch was More decorated in clashing styles- a bit like Italy meets Vegas. Smoking allowed in most rooms. Kids awake at all hours of the night and morning. Even the teen club didn't kick in till after 11. Sometimes we felt that non italians were discriminated against. If costa is marketing aggressively around the world they should not make non Italians feel like foreigners. However, all announcements were in italian, english, French, German and Spanish and there were always english speakers at help desk.

Overall we enjoyed our cruise and thought it great value for money. A word of warning about Civitavecchia- there is no cruise terminal, only a tent and it is a nightmare to find by car. Port directions and facilities need to be dramatically improved. Less

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Port and Shore Excursions

Had a great day in Athens and as it was Sunday the acropolis was free! Caught taxi to acropolis to save time and paid about E20, but if using the meter properly it should be about E15. Be ware of touts charging much higher rates. I suggest anyone should visit the acropolis early before the hordes arrive.

Acropolis museum was only one euro but extremely crowded with metal detector queues. It is brand new and well worth a visit. Spent afternoon walking around with a local friend.

1st port Savona, Italy. We couldn't find a hire car here or a private guide so did the ship's tour to Monaco. Interesting, but very expensive for family. 2. Katakolon- arrived at 1pm to rain. Hired a car for easy drive to Olympia. I'd recommend this as it was much cheaper for a family. Apart from Olympia, nothing to do in Katakolon. Also in winter month's one should do the museum first if the ship arrives in the afternoon as it closes at 3.

Nothing to do in Limassol so it is best to get a taxi to show the sights of Cyprus. In 5 hours we visited Kourion, Paphos, Aprhodite's rock and the Apollo sanctuary. Would have preferred a full day in this interesting country rather than 5 hours. Booked Chris tours but he wasn't there so I used Nickalus instead.

Turned out to be a surprisingly interesting substitute for Alexandria. A trip to the catacombs by private taxi is unforgettable.

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Lovely old town, full of history and quaint things to see. Just spent the day wandering around the medieval streets, although the palace was closed because it was Monday.

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