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Costa Fortuna Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Not best for Asians

Costa Fortuna Cruise Review by Irene Yang

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Mini Suite with Balcony

For people who are not used to paying for water in the 'free' restaurants, this is not for you. You can only get free water from the buffet restaurant. Tea and coffee only free flow in morning and tea time.

They do have some packages for drinks, but it's only worth it if you're a fan of alcohol. Wifi on board is quite weak in the cabin but good in the lounge.

Dining wise it'd say the restaurants don't cater much to a very Asian stomach. Mainly western options. If you can appreciate five kinds of chees yes go for it. My mom went mostly to the buffet because she cannot eat very salty food. Desserts were ok, maybe a little repetitive. Personally I prefer dining options onboard Carribbean.

Service is genuinely good. Lovely waiters at any restaurants who put up great performance at the end of the voyage and tries to guess your nationality everyday. Some headache about allocation of restaurants and dining time on the first day. The cleaners were cheerful and nice. Performers and dance coaches (?) were sweet and remember you if you've interacted before. Very nice crew who started the ferry service between Phuket and the cruise ship immediately (instead of waiting for a full boat of people) when he saw that I had sand in my eye and needed to get treatment.

There was a Chinese New Year celebration they hosted for the chinese speaking passengers. Personally I didn't find it to be well organized. Wrong dates were printed on the invite, planned entertainment was delayed by food distribution. We left halfway because it was boring and went to watch the other night show which was bomb.

Overall a good experience. My blessing for all currently onboard.

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Cabin Review

Mini Suite with Balcony

Cabin was well designed and regularly cleaned. Some odd smell in the bathroom though so keep the door closed. Last day or two some construction was ongoing I think? Wood shaves were strewn over the balcony. Ship has very pretty interior and facilities.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


extremely hot, even worse than singapore except minus the aircon. also not very clean if i look carefully. didnt try the excursion by the cruise by hired our own local driver who were not aggressively marketing in your face. very friendly, non-pushy and laid-back locals. many to see (sad that the cable car wasn't operational due to CNY celebrations) and i wish we berthed longer there.


extremely far from city center and the shuttle bus service was a rip off. hired our own grab at one third the price. nothing at the harbour and long unsheltered walking distance to the Resort World hotel for our grab.

Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)

didnt even leave the cruise. been to KL too many times.


unlike langkawi its very near civilisation activities. cons is that its ridiculously packed with people trying to drag you into tours and whatever tourist stuff. not the best for free and easy preferring people who don't like being tugged at from various angles. the beach was super windy, i barely stood half an hour there and i went back sandy head to toe and with irritated eyes.

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