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Costa Magica Review

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Costa Magica cruise over Christmas holidays

Review for Costa Magica to the Western Mediterranean
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AnnePontuso
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Dec 2010
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Here's a few of comments on our experience on the Costa Magica:

We had a balcony cabin in the middle of the ship right off the elevator. Amazingly enough it wasn't noisy despite the high traffic area. The cabin was larger and more spacious than we had on both NCL and Princess.

As stated by others who have been on the Magica, it took the whole cruise to figure out how to navigate the ship. I highly recommend that you get yourself one of the larger maps of the ship that the information desk and learn how to find your way around. One of the cruise critic members posted a very good explanation on how the cabins were numbered and the decks broken up. The most important lesson he gave was to look at the picture of the ship located at each elevator. It will indicate where you are and what direction the ship is pointed. When you get off the elevator look to see which direction you need to go so you won't get too frustrated trying to find your way to dinner.

Cabin Review

Cabin B2

large bathroom with good size sink and shower with curtain, double closets, good hangers, fairly comfortable bed. Cabin crew eager to please. Ice buckets filled daily, newspaper daily. door to balcony opens instead of slides which limits your ability to keep open to hear ocean. We used rug to prop it open. balcony had table and two chairs slightly larger than that on NCL. no shampoo or bath products just a little bar of soap. there were extra blankets in the room if needed as well as two pillows each.

Port Reviews

Palermo (Sicily)

This cruise took us to Palermo, Tunis, Mallorca, Barcelona, Marseille, and Savona. We were disappointed that when we arrived in Mallorca it was Sunday and the main attraction was closed. When arrived in Barcelona on Monday many of the museums were also closed.

Palermo was a walkable port. We payed 22 Euros to take a bus to two areas of the city. The first stop was for a cathedral that wasn't open. We went back to the bus to wait for the next area but we were so aggravated that we ended up walking back to the ship feeling ripped off. In Tunis there was a taxi service available just outside the port. You could share a taxi and get a tour that would take you around and wait for you. That was only 22 Euros per person. No one on the ship told you about that. Mallorca is an easy walking city and very pretty. Marseille was tha only port where we wanted to go on the excursion to Avignon to see the palace of the popes. When we got to the meeting place for the excursions we were told they weren't going to have that excursion and told us that we could go to IX Province. Because we had no alternate plan we got on that tour bus. It was a very stupid tour and not worth the money. After having been on the Western Med tour with NCL to Egypt, these ports were a bit of a let down culture wise, with the exception of Barcelona. Savone was great but there wasn't enough time in that port. We took the train to Genoa and walked around that beautiful town. However the return train was 45 minutes late, which would make us miss the boat so we had to take a very expensive taxi back to port. We won't do that again. Barcelona has a great hop on hop off bus that you can get to by taking the public bus that sits outside the terminal. The bus is 2 Euros and the hop on hop off is about 20 Euros. So much cheaper than what the Excursions.

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