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Costa Serena Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Fun ship with excellent ports

Costa Serena Cruise Review by total2010

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2011
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Samsara Outside with Balcony

The ship is new and big, but the design is no grand as other mainstreem cruise ships that we have been too. Common areas are very small and crowded. Pools and hot tubs looked small & crowded so we never used them.

The foods were bad on the first day but after that foods were very good. A variety of choices for buffet breakfast, luchn or tea. There were pizza throughout the day. Coffee was bad and there were no juice for lunch, only water and coffee.

Dinners in dinning room were very good. There were special nights such as Italian, Gala nights with special performances by dinning room staff. The atmostphere was very lively and fun.

the shows in general were very nice and entertaining, especially the show where regular staff (such as waiters or stewards) performed. It was execellent. A variety of entertainment at the lounges/bars with dancing (ballroom, rock & roll or Italian style of dancing)

Most cruisers are Italian or non English speaking. So we were assigned at dinner table where people did not speak English. We had to request the change to luckily English speaking people. From then on, dinners were enjoyable.

Overall, Costa provided excellent values for your money. THe ports were very good and easy to explore. I would recommend Costa again.

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Cabin Review

Samsara Outside with Balcony

We had Samasa cabin with balcony. It is very large and well designed. Big King bed and bathroom. Lots of drawers and closet space. Nice sofa for sitting to read or watch TV

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Need transfer from where the ship docks to city. Take mini train for 7 euro for exploration. It stops at Catheral where you can stop & take the train back to city (port area). Lots to do at port areas.


walking distance from the ship port. Excellent shopping.


need at least 2 days to explore the city. Hop on hop off is a good option. Very walkable city.

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