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Costa Pacifica Review

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Costa Pacifica, The Good and The Bad

Review for Costa Pacifica to the Middle East
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bbaoe
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2010
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Our primary reason for booking this trip was the itinerary and it did not fail us. It hit all the places we hoped to see someday all in one trip. While you really can't see a country in one day, you can get a feel for it and the desire to return to see more, which is what we hope to do.

We absolutely loved their itinerary. For us, it made up for the food in the dining area.

The second reason for booking this trip was that the price was very good, about half the going rate at the time of booking. I know a lot of others on the ship must have done this for the same reason. I was told by someone on the ship that they usually cater to Europeans and that there were a lot of Americans on that cruise.

Cabin Review

Cabin B2

Room 6435 is a spacious room for a balcony room!

Port Reviews

Rome (Civitavecchia)

Please know that Rome's port, Civitavecchia, has a laughable 'security' arrangement, that will not let buses come in to pick you up, unless they have a permit to do so. This meant that we had to get OFF our bus only about 1/4 mile away, pack up in a NEW bus and drive the last bit to the port. Please rest assured that no security precautions (like what happens at the airport) are done to those who have gotten onto the bus with a permit, so I'm quite sure that this is a ploy to squeeze money out of the bus companies. If you want to see what real security off of boats is like, try Ashdod. They're serious about that.

It's just as bad when you get off the cruise at Civitavecchia. Plus, when we returned there were other boats disembarking at the same time. It was complete pandemonium. After waiting for almost an hour for our shuttle, we decided to cough up the $230 to get a taxi to drive to the airport so we wouldn't lose our flight.

Plus, it's a good idea to find out in advance, which part of the Rome airport is where your airline is located. They'll drop you off at one spot, you walk in and find out that you're supposed to take a shuttle to the right terminal. In our case, we had to take that shuttle to check with our carrier in the RIGHT terminal, then had to be shuttled back to ANOTHER terminal which had the right gate. Give yourself extra time for this runaround.

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