Bene,grazie,e lei? on board with Pizza & Pasta: Costa Pacifica Cruise Review by Broadsword

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Bene,grazie,e lei? on board with Pizza & Pasta

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
I have to say that embarkation at Barcelona was really very smooth, maybe this was because we were last on the ship at 7pm after our flight was cancelled due to the Volcanic dust problem. A special mention must go the Costa Customer Services who speedily arranged alternative flights when others abandoned us at Edinburgh Airport!

Our balcony cabin on deck 6 was spacious with adequate shelf/cupboard space. It also had a comfortable queen sized bed but tough if you are a light sleeper with all the families with children, many of whom were on our deck! My only other criticisms of the cabin were the shampoo/wash container on the shower room wall, the niggardly soap bars and the awful shower curtain you have a wrestle with when showering!A ship of this standard with superb cabins would have had a shower door and large proper soapy bars!!

This ship has a musical theme with symbols and instruments on lots of the doors all over the ship. It has a claustrophobic feel with a More narrow effect, low ceilings particularly in the dining room. The passenger flow is very congested especially around the end of first sitting dining and the start of the second sitting. We usually prefer second sitting but having experienced the European preference for late dining we changed to first. I would keep this in mind as second sitting is much earlier on other cruise lines of at least an hour!

There are two main dining rooms, New York New York and My way. At lunch times it is open sitting but meeting new friends can be somewhat of a challenge if you are an only English speaking passenger with very few on board. One comfort is that the waiters can speak or understand at least five languages!! The cuisine is very Italian which should not come as a surprise as although, I think the parent company is Celebrity Costa still retains all thing Italian.

There is an alternative dining option which requires a reservation with a cover charge of 20 Euros. The Club Blue Moon is an elegant signature restaurant at the stern of the ship. We booked one evening but were very disappointed that our choice of cuisine was bland and tasteless with service not that much better! Maybe the reason for this was that we did not take advantage of the outrageously overpriced wine list! Or am I being cynical!

The show lounge is a 3 deck theatre decorated in an extravagantly ornamental style but unfortunately had too many bad sight lines i.e. pillars blocking views! The entertainment consisted of the resident troupe of on board high energy singers and dancers with lightening costume change revue-style shows. There was also a mixture of acrobatic strongman/woman acts and a must see illusion act performing a "Metamorphosis" which was quite staggering and jaw dropping!

The Captains Cocktail Party and other formal nights we felt very overdressed as the European and in particular the Italian idea of formal dressing up is a pair of Chinos an open neck shirt with the poser polo jersey draped over both shoulders! And the men are even more casual!!! {Its a joke}

The Costa Cruise Company particularly cater for families with loads of children accompanied by the usual chaos and loud music everywhere. If you prefer the glitz, noisy lobby bars with a very large casino and the love of everything casual, not a light sleeper then the Pacifica is for you. Never say never again but, only unless Costa were offering a gratis cruise! I much prefer more traditional cruising with resplendent, bright and beaming ladies in their evening dress. Less

Published 08/14/10

Cabin review: E26328

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