Nice ship: Costa Favolosa Cruise Review by LadyKrystal53

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Nice ship

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
This was a first sailing with Costa and we were not sure what to expect. Traveling to the ship was fast, easy and inexpensive by taking the ATVO bus. it was 10 Euros each and was a direct express bus to Piazzale Roma. Luggage was put in the hold, no suitcases large or small were allowed on the bus. It took our bus about 20 minutes. The people mover was located in Piazzale Roma and is easily seen (People mover is its name) 1 Euro Fares were purchased from machines. The trains are located through the turnstile and up the escalator.

TIPPING was dealt with by adding a service charge to your bill at the end of cruise.(no nasty envelopes and begging by crew members) $10 per person per day. We had not registered a credit card and ended up paying cash because the cashier wasn't sure how to deal with the credit card! It was take a number and wait to be called but it took forever. If you have a time limit get up early and settle your bill.


Food-The ship was More almost full, just short of 3500 people and the food was good. Breakfast & lunch had a choice of buffet or seated & menu, we always chose buffet. Breakfast was the same each day which is to be expected with large buffet. Scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs kept hot, sausage, bacon, cheese, Italian style cold cuts, bread rolls & sweet rolls, hot & cold cereal, yoghurt, sugar free cakes (light and delicious) and fresh fruit. Hot milk to make your own latte. Lunch for us was another buffet. Chicken or beef burgers and hot dogs & pizza & pasta and Salad & antipasto and fresh fruit were available every day. The other main dishes varied by theme and day. All the food was good quality. Dinner was gourmet style, the menu had 5 courses each being small since it is expected that you order from each course. It is quite acceptable to order a double portion of something if you want to. This food was excellent.

Crew: were multinational and almost everyone spoke some English. Everybody was polite and helpful. Dinner time usually had a small entertainment offering, by the waiters, after the main course.

Cabins: Booking late, we had to settle for an outside cabin but it wasn't so bad. The room was comparable in size to other ships and we had a good view from our window when arriving and departing port. I found the shampoo/shower gel a bit drying and there was no conditioner or lotion provided.

Decor: the harlequin theme was prevalent throughout, nice but monotonous.

Changing money on board incurs a 5 Euro transaction fee every time you change some but they also tell you to use the exchange in port or the ATM for better rates(hence the good part)

Goodies to purchase at Chocolate Bar . Everything chocolate mmm 'nuff said. THE BAD

Very little in this category so here's the nit picky stuff.

Embarkation: get your ticket for embarkation from downstairs where you leave the bags, maybe you'll get a better place in line. We got ours from upstairs and about 250 people who arrived after us boarded first! If you look you can find a small drink station and get a 4oz drink while you wait. A cafe inside the arrivals hall as you come upstairs sells good coffee & snacks to go.

Go early lunch buffet or there's no place to sit! We usually ended up sharing a table outside where everyone is smoking, not so nice.

Cabin drawers & closets had loops for handles & my mildly arthritic hands had a little difficulty opening them.

TV - only 2 English speaking channels, BBC news & 1 channel of varied programs. There is also an info. channel in English.

I didn't like many of our fellow passengers, they were rude and pushy. Only 100 passengers spoke English so it was probably just cultural differences.


Only two things I can think of here: all the public lounges and outdoor areas allow smoking. We never seemed to find a place to sit without smoke around us, big deal breaker for us.

I would have liked to see some hand sanitizer enforcement at the buffet. With that many people going through it would be a good idea. Its there but very few use it.


This is a brand new ship, clean, and well run. There seemed to be plenty to do if you wanted to, exercises by the pool , dance classes, free gym, night time dancing & shows and excursions to buy. Crew were great. Evening shows varied in content, some better than others, but the artists were all very good. We chose this ship for its Turkey inclusive itinerary and have no regrets. I would recommend this ship to anyone thinking about cruising with Costa. Less

Published 09/30/11

Cabin review: E22303

cabin was a good size with outside window. We never heard neighbors above or on the side of us. Hallway was pretty quiet too. Muster station was on deck 4 so 2 flights of stairs to climb for lifeboat drill. Plenty of closet space and 3 drawers. Drawers & closet handles were small loops not real knobs and were difficult to grasp. Bathroom was average size for cruise ship and had plenty of shelves for toiletries. Bar soap and all in one shower gel/shampoo dispenser were provided. Hairdryer provided inside top drawer. Bottled water was available for purchase. Flat panel TV, only 2 channels in English Rooms were fully serviced twice a day. Cabin steward was very nice and did a great job. Cabin was very clean, bed comfortable, 1 bed pillow & 1 decorative pillow each. Good A.C.

Port and Shore Excursions

Went for a nice walk around the old town, visited the big church and the little one with the big chandelier. Its easy to walk from the port but we didn't find anything particularly interesting.

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Not a favorite stop. Again, if you want to walk the walls or buy anything Croatian money is required. There are exchanges inside the old town but we didn't bother. It was a very hot day and the top of the walls looked exposed to the sun so we didn't try walking them. The old town had cafes and ice cream shops as well as shopping but we weren't very impressed with anything. To the right of the port exit is a short walk to the small beach. We didn't go down to it but it was pretty busy.

This was our favorite. The tram stop, Findikli, is about a couple hundred yards to the right as you come out of the port. Ride the tram to Sultanahmet square. Tokens are required and are purchased near the ticket turnstile. Only Turkish lira can be used. I didn't notice any exchanges around so if you stop somewhere else in Turkey first exchange a little money. In Istanbul all the exchanges we saw took no commission and gave us a better rate than the bank in Ismir. Our ship did not have any Turkish currency. The tram was easy to use, 1 token of 2 jetons (about 1 Euro)took us to the Museum and bazaar area. Trams were very full but still the best way to get around. One of our new friends was charged 20 Euros for a taxi from the bazaar. This port had no shops in the vicinity other than convenience stores so be sure to buy what you need before returning to the ship. We found ourselves with left 25 lira and nothing to buy with them. The blue mosque was very nice and the Topkapi Palace excellent, worth its 20 Euro entry fee. One of the museum rooms has religious artifacts, some known to be authentic and others thought to be so. The Hagia Sophia was also very nice. The grand bazaar was interesting with its many shops. Lots of vendors sell the same type of things so find one who you can bargain with but be prepared to walk away if you don't get your price, you will get it from someone else. They had no problem taking Euros in the bazaar. There are lots of cafes for lunch and everybody wants your business, prices are similar. We stopped at one and enjoyed Lamb kebabs. The check came to more than we expected but I think they add a service charge. There are some lovely looking pastry shops but were too full to try them.

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We turned right coming out of the port and walked along the street next to the sea. There were lots of cafes and a few banks where we changed some money. If you go to the bank you have to take a number to get in line. It took about 45 minutes to walk to the clock tower. Its much smaller than I expected and almost missed it on the left hand side. You have to go over the footbridge to get to it. Just behind the clock tower is a small Mosque. An old man opened the door and invited the tourists in so we saw inside. It was pretty with a porcelain chandelier. A short walk from there took us to the bazaar with lots of vendors. Many people prefer to take a tour to Ephesus from here but we enjoyed walking the town. There are horse and carriage rides available right outside the port if you don't feel like walking.

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Began and ended our cruise in Venice. Stayed overnight on the mainland at Hilton Garden Inn. We took the people mover from the port to Piazzale Roma for 1 Euro each and then took the ACTV bus to the hotel. A 10 minute ride for 1Euro 30 cents each. The buses have a luggage rack so no problem there. We bought our tickets from the ticket office but our cruise guide told us we could also purchase them from the news agents. Bus tickets back to Piazzale Roma were purchased from the hotel reception. We walked to San Marco square via the Rialto bridge, about a 50 minute walk for us. There are street signs telling where to go. Sometimes the signs would disappear but eventually they show up again and you find your way. San Marco was very crowded but we were able to get inside. We had pizza at an outdoor cafe and the bill was more than it should be due to the cover charge of 6 Euros per person. For desert we stopped for gelato, a must do in Venice, excellent. Returning back the street signs seemed a little less frequent and sometimes we followed the signs for the railway station since they seemed to go the same way as Piazzale Roma except at the end where it was easier to guess where to go. There are a multitude of shops selling Venetian carnival masks and murano glass jewellery. Prices vary from very reasonable to very expensive so gifts are easy to find.

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