Not as good as expected: Costa neoClassica Cruise Review by aussiegirl51

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Not as good as expected

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Asia
Embarkation: Hong Kong
The cabin was roomy and no problems. The cabin steward Lu was fantastic and nothing was too much trouble for her.
The excursion were quite pricey and a lot of wasted time that could have been utilised better. Sanya Island off China was a waste of time with only a few hours on land.
Ha long Bay was fantastic and the best tour of the trip. Shannon- Marie was a great person who went out of her way to assist me when I had a fall in Da- Nang.
The service desk staff were mainly rude and unhelpful and they lost 1 bag of our luggage and were not interested in helping us. We finally found it ourselves the following morning. This was not just a complaint from us as many other English speaking people found they had the same attitude towards them.
The breakfast could do with a bit of a change as 14 days of the same food was too much.
The waiters in the dining room were fantastic but the food was mostly okay but some meals were inedible.
The drinks were outrageously More expensive and there was no "happy hour" and you had to purchase packages.
The Internet charges were expensive and luckily another passenger showed us how to use it and we wasted the first 10 euros trying to navigate the site.
We met some lovely people on board but there were also a lot of very rude people but I guess you get that anywhere and it is no reflection on Costa.Some of the other ports we visited are not in the selection but we wanted to see Vietnam and would do a land excursion instead of a cruise and we did not see enough and the time spent travelling was too much.
I would not travel with Costa again and a couple who had been on the ship the previous year and liked it, were disappointed with the drop of standards. Less

Published 03/21/12
1 Helpful Vote

Cabin review: E5

Great Cabin with large porthole and plenty of room. Shower curtain needs to be better and only 1 English speaking channel we could find on the TV but otherwise all good.

Port and Shore Excursions

We had been there before and so decided to do our own thing. It was a 9 1/2 hour day and it was 2 hour bus drive each way, with little time to do or see too much.

Hoi An Walking Tour

Again, we got too much politics from the tour guide. The trip was interesting but not value for money

City Tour

I did the city tour and it was interesting but the guide went on about the politics of "the American war" too much.

Cu Chi Tunnels

My husband did this trip and enjoyed himself

Mekong Delta Cruise

We both did this trip and it was quite disappointing. The brochure said a 30 minute cruise on the river and also a visit to an Island. We went across from the jetty onto the island and it was all about selling their wares. The only good part was the boat ride back 0off the Island. Not value for money

We had been there before and so we did our own thing. It was raining and very cold and so we did not see or do much

We were berthed next to the Sentosa Island cable cars and this made it very easy access and we enjoyed our time there. The next day was disembarkation day and so we walked around town after booking into our hotel. We then spent 2 days post cruise which we enjoyed on our own

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