Costa Fascinosa Cruise Review by Hammer997
- Sail Date: February 2019
- Destination: South America
- Cabin Type: Inside Classic
I actually told my wife "I'm prepared to eat the lost $2k, I made a mistake, sorry".
But what with anticipation and Rio's carnival looming, she persuaded me to go anyway.
One's memory tends to gloss over things later that were a big deal at the time, like the strong smell of excrement in the passageway outside our cabin at all times, The faulty toilet flush mechanism that failed 4 times during a 14 day cruise. Or the gritty feeling underfoot that forced me to demand our steward vacuum the carpet.
I don't want this to become an encyclopedia but there is no way to pass on the experience without going into detail.
The theatre hosted some splendid live productions, with truly gifted performers and a delightful repertoire. Marred by a self promoting "cruise director" who instructed the audience to give top marks for him. Taken tongue in cheek, this might be excusable but the relentless barrage of juvenile, racially toned "humor" had the audience too embarassed not to applaud.
The restaurants were passable, portions were appropriate and well presente, service good. Shore excursions with Costa should be avoided in my opinion. Overpriced and "one size fits all" we were happy that we only signed up for one (Uruguay).
Being new to cruising, perhaps I appear harsh but I am reporting what I saw. Alas time prevents me from continuing while things are fresh in my mind, but happily this cruise will eventually be forgotten.
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