Holiday Heaven: Costa Victoria Cruise Review by Margaret Robinson

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Margaret Robinson

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Holiday Heaven

Sail Date: October 2009
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
Our expectations were not high as we knew the Victoria was an old ship-we had been on the Indy media launch and knew what a superb vessel she was. We couldn't,t fault Victoria.

Our cabin was small but very comfortable and spotless,with a cheerful steward who kept us supplied with iced water. The food couldn't be faulted whether in the buffet or in the dining room. We had a window seat in the dining room and sailing down the Grand Canal on the first night was a wonderful experience. We had bought the X1 drinks package and thought this was value for money.
Thought the tours were very poor value and would do our own thing another time. Entertainment was first class but often difficult to find a seat-one night we just stood at the back. Although it is made clear that a sum is added to final account for 'service' some people were having a moan after receiving their final account. We actually left a tip for our steward as he was so good. Do check your final bill as More there were mistakes on mine and my daughters bills.

Although this year we are flying to Cuba it will be at least a two weeks cruising every year from then on. I only wished more cruises would cater for the lone passengers-I don't say singles because this implies you are looking to become a double. Can recommend cruising for all ages Less

Published 07/11/10

Cabin review: I1

Sorry can't remember cabin number. It was an inside cabin close to back of ship. Quite small but couldn't fault it. Any one who is claustrophobic would not 'hack' it

Port and Shore Excursions

Piraus for Athens. It was a Greek National Day so a public holiday. Athens was very quiet. We looked at various sites and the went to the Acropolis-our guide was very dour but very enthusiastic but rather boring about ancient Greece.However been there now,done that,not impressed. Walked into Paxos nice shops and cafes. Again, next time would do own thing


An excellent guide full of fun and enthusiasm. She was a local and made the historical info more interesting with local anecdotes. Would consider the tour but other passengers had spent time at beach

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The best till last!! We hadn't booked a tour so did the shops, walls and markets by ourselves. It was also fun to use a different currency. Would return to Dubrovnic for a holiday

Because our body clocks were 3 hours out,we were too tired to go ashore. But passengers who did enjoyed there visit

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On the organised tour we went to Oia this was very beautiful with the blue and white buildings-it was spoilt by the numerous dogs and their droppings and the hundreds of people in the narroe streets. We then went on to Thira where again it was very crowded-the queue for the finicular back to the port was very long. So out of a short,expensive visit we spent over 1 hour queing for the finicular and tender. Would advise to stay on board to Thira then do your own thing.

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