Yes, It Can be Sweet in a Costa Suite
We are recently back from a nine day Costa Mediterranea cruise to the Norwegian fjords. We typically sail HAL, Celebrity, or RCI and usually in a balcony cabin. To be honest, the reviews have kept me away from considering Costa. This time we were traveling with another couple and were looking for an itinerary that departed from and returned to Amsterdam. Costa fit the bill. We booked this cruise less than two months out due to a last minute change in plans. As this cruise was a few days shorter we were able to book a suite for about the same price as our balcony cabin on the other line. If you enjoy traveling to Europe and the pricing is within your budget, sailing in a Costa suite will be a very similar experience to the other lines I have mentioned. It could even be better if you don’t usually book a suite.
Embarkation in Amsterdam
This cabin was the best! We love aft cabins and this was a corner location. As you enter the cabin there is an entry way that leads to the sofa and desk area. Next to that is the nicely tiled bathroom with two sinks, a combo tub and shower with sliding doors. Shampoo and soaps were provided along with a unit mounted on the tub wall. In front of the bathroom is a dressing table and walk in closet. The bedroom is adjacent to the dressing area in its own room. Being a corner unit, the cabin is surrounded with many windows. The balcony had two chairs with foot stools, two loungers, and a small table. There was an overhang but did not block the sun. Soot was not a problem. The furniture was in adequate condition.
Take the cable car to the top. Walk along the sea and see colorful houses in this World Heritage City. Visit the Hanseatic Museum or visit the fish market
Very scenic. Plan an excursion if you want to travel further afar and be more active.
Plan an excursion as there isn't much if you stay just where the ship is docked, as scenic as it is.
Rent an electric car and go out and explore! If you choose to stay close by, there are many shops and cafes. This is a beautiful area so many photo opportunities. There is a waterfall close to wear the ship docks that you can walk up the 300+ steps as it rushes along side you. Stop by Geiranger Galleries for some quality pottery, glassware, and ornaments. Don't leave without having ice cream!
Bring your camera and see the white houses in the historic part of town. The streets are steep but worth it. Continue to walk (about 25 minutes) to the Breidablikk Mansion. Your admission ticket will also give you a discount to the many small museums in the center of town. Close to where the ship docks is the Stavanger Cathedral and a large shopping area.
A short port stop on a Sunday morning, mostly to embark and disembark guests. There was a shuttle into town for 12 Euro r/t. Tickets had to be purchased onboard at the kiosk or Hospitality Desk.
Be sure to visit the many museums like the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, The Amsterdam Hermitage, Anne Frank House. Ride on the canals and enjoy some Indonesian food!