We were due to sail on the new flagship Costa Smeralda but as it's launch was delayed our booking was cancelled. Costa offered a deal on alternative itineraries and we chose a 15 night trip to the Far East on Fortuna. On reading the reviews after booking we wondered whether we had made a huge mistake. Happily for us we found the ship to be much better than we had expected from the reviews.
Decor is Art Deco in style and easily as elegant as other cruise lines we've sailed with. Interiors were generally very clean as were the sun deck exteriors. We had noticed that the exterior of the ship was overdue for a repaint but by the time we disembarked one side had been completely repainted. Windows were in need of a clean though. Some of the public ladies toilets were dirty at times but this said more about those using the facilities than those looking after them!!!
We had an inside premium cabin on deck 9 and were very pleased with it. The bed was extremely comfortable and there was ample storage space for clothes and toiletries. Our cabin steward was a joy and really helpful. This is the first time we've had an inside cabin and don't feel that it was a disadvantage at all, in some ways it was an advantage as sleeping was so comfy with no early morning light to disturb sleep.
Fantastic location of our cabin, handy for the sun/buffet deck too.