We cruised with Costa for the first time in 2018, on the Diadema. It was excellent, so we booked again on the Fortuna.
All in all, it was a good cruise, but I felt not as good an experience as the Diadema.
The ship is smaller for a start, and I missed the numerous bars and extra expanse of the Diadema.
The staff were in the large part nice and friendly with a few exceptions. Those who run the buffet cannot get it cleared quick enough at 'closing time'. Apart from he fact that breakfast has to be taken by 9.30am, and the food will be whipped away at exactly 9.30am, lunch and dinner are a similar experience.
Food in the buffet was decent enough, but repetitive. However the biggest issue was that everything was luke warm to downright cold. Even seconds after replenishing, cuts of meat, potatoes etc all luke warm.
Costa also still persist with this ridiculous policy of having a manned drinks area. Stingily opening cans of coke etc and pouring them into glasses. God forbid you should want a WHOLE can of coke! This is glaringly different to my last cruise on the MSC Seaside in the Caribbean, where drinks of all kinds are dispensed, water freely available, and even Wine is help yourself at dinner time.
Food in the restaurants is excellent, every night was superb.
I just felt overall, the Diadema was a better experience. We enjoyed the Fortuna, it tries, is very clean and pleasant, but we would probably not book it again.
as with all others we have been in. Standard layout, very clean and well maintained daily.
Do it yourself! The aquarium os only 5 mons from the ship. Book an UBER into Valencia. 15 mins and €23.
Go to Rome your own way. Train station €2 ship shuttle from the port. Then about €10 each way to Rome. 50 mins. easy.
again, if thinking about the trip to Pisa, do it yourself via train from La Spezia. Cheap and easy. 50 mins.
lovely city. UBER in to town. Done the Open top bus tour, just a walk from the ship.