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Costa Favolosa Review

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Very enjoyable Mediterranean cruise, including Lisbon

Review for Costa Favolosa to the Mediterranean
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EdF63
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Apr 2018
Cabin: Premium Outside

We chose this cruise because it departs and arrives from a single location (Savona), where we can park our car safely. This is our third time to cruise with Costa and we always enjoy their friendly service and their on-board entertainment. The itinerary included some of our favorite locations (Malaga and Barcelona), as well as some places we had not been before (Valencia and Cadiz). The length of stops was okay, except for Barcelona, which was only about 4 hours and was therefore pretty frustrating.

Savona is always our starting and stopping place for Costa cruises. This is a lovely little Italian town. Boarding was well organized, with parking and luggage service. We dropped our bags off together with our car, then walked into the terminal and waited for our boarding time. The parking/luggage attendants are really friendly and they took excellent care of our luggage and our car.

After boarding, we had time to have a drink or snack while enjoying a view of the harbor, waiting for the cabins to be ready. When our cabin was available, they advised us, and then our luggage was there waiting for us, without incident.

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Premium Outside

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We would have gladly booked a Samsara cabin (which we had previously on Costa Neo-Romantica), or a suite, but Favolosa does not offer a wheelchair accessible Samsara cabin, and only one wheelchair accessible suite that was already taken when we tried to book the cruise on the first day it was available online.

The wheelchair accessible cabin we had was quite small. It was a real feat to negotiate with a wheelchair and a patient hoist (which we bring with us) in the small space. Fortunately we were able to move the beds a little to accommodate our hoist, but then we found that it was pretty dirty under the bed, and that never changed. Our cabin steward did very little other than make the bed, empty the trash, and sometimes change the towels. We had two evenings where the "new" towels hanging folded up were quite damp, so we were not sure if they were really fresh and just not properly dried in the laundry, or whether he had simply refolded our towels and hung them to appear as "fresh". The floor was never vacuumed the whole time we were there, and the bathroom floor had the same spots at the end of the trip that were there when we were arrived. I got tired of being in a room that I was afraid to touch with my feet...fortunately I had hotel slippers so I did not have to go barefoot as that would have been disgusting.

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Cadiz

Cadiz was okay but not remarkable. If we take another cruise that has Cadiz as a stopping point, we will probably stay on board that day. We enjoyed walking around and seeing lovely flowers and interesting architecture. We also stopped at a nice terrace restaurant for some tapas and a cold drink. The waiters were very friendly and made us feel very welcome there.

The pedestrian areas were very well-adapted for wheelchair driving - no awful cobblestones like in Italy and Portugal. Spain gets full points from us for wheelchair accessibility!

Valencia

Valencia was okay but not remarkable. If we take another cruise that has Valencia as a stopping point, we will probably stay on board that day. We enjoyed walking around and seeing lovely flowers and interesting architecture. We also stopped at an average street pub for a cold drink. The pedestrian areas were very well-adapted for wheelchair driving - no awful cobblestones like in Italy and Portugal. Spain gets full points from us for wheelchair accessibility!

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