June 2015 - Costa Diadema to Europe - Western Mediterranean
The ship is new, big and beautiful.
The crew are very friendly and efficient, our cabin on deck 7 with balcony was Perfect, the breakfast
and lunch were more than satisfactory - this is about the good things.
What realy pissed me off were the following issues:
* The ship was over crowded around the clock - breakfast, miserable pools, lunch, entertainment - where
ever you go you have to struggle for a chair. Even the sunbathing decks were not reachable.
The performances are very colorfull, very loud and tasteless. A good potion to fall asleep.
And now comes the biggest issue - MONEY.
Everything is EXTRA - drinking water (before and after lunch), esspresso or capuccino for breakfast etc.
Dinner - you get a table number in one dining hall ( what is called restaurant) and at that table
you will have your dinners during the trip. You want a diffrent restaurant? Be ready to pay Extra $35.00.
A shore trip organized by Costa cost 3 times more the one you purchase in port.
Finaly, you take a Queue number for the customers desk in order to clear your balance.
Now you find out that you owe Costa $9.00 per night per person - HOTEL SERVICE, what mean's
in plain English - TIPS for the crew. The crew does not get a payroll. This is their salary.