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Costa Mediterranea Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating
292 Reviews

First time on Costa and probably last

Costa Mediterranea Cruise Review by lita24

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Premium

Picked this cruise because of the ports - Zeebruge, Le Havre, Hambyrg

Embarkation in Amsterdam was pretty smooth.

Food - the hours when the buffet and restaurants open are pretty odd, the lunch is available from 12 to 3 when almost everybody off the ship (most of the ports hours were from 8 to 20). When people are back to the ship everything is closed until 7 pm and the the buffet is open from 7 to 8:30 and two sittings for finer at the restaurant are 6:30 and 9 pm. Not any food available even for money between 3 pm and until dinner and if you miss your dining sitting there is not any food available. There are cakes at the bars but you have to pay 1.50 Eur for the slice. Food at the buffet is limited and almost every time was a line to get the food since only limited buffet locations were opened.

Bars/Beverage packages - had a package and was limited information available during the booking of the cruise, it was just like you get unlimited water, coffee, DOC wine and aperitif anytime. I am a wine lover and when I saw DOC wine was assuming that I will get the good wine. It came as could get water only by glass, could not get even small bottle with me to the cabin, wine is only house wine one type of white wine and one type of red wine were available at the bars and buffet and 3 whites and 3 reds very poor quality were available in the fining room. Aperitifs are very low cost and quality. If I would know this a head of time I would not buy the package and would just pay for better quality of wine and would get water by bottle and so on. As they enroll everybody be costa club member, members get discount at the bar up to 25%.

Excursions - the excursion desk is not helpful at all, they don't provide the full information on the tour. The tours are expensive, the transfer to Bremen cost 39 Eur.

Service - pretty inconsistent. Casanova bar has a very friendly waiter but generally they are not great. They are also confused with all of the package choices and not helpful at all.

Only good was the entertainment - plenty with good shows and variety selection of the evening entertainment at the multiple venues on the ship.

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Cabin Review

Balcony Premium

outdated balcony, furniture.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Brugge (Bruges)

Took an express bus to Bruges 20Eur roundtrip


Bought Hamburg card for 18.50 Euro up to 5 people and use it everywhere - bus, metro, ferry... Also, it gives some discounts at some museums, river cruises, etc.

Very short visit and limited time available

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