Costa Allegra (RETIRED) 73 Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Ship: Costa Allegra (RETIRED) 73
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
The ship should have been scrapped, it was built in 1968 and was "retrofitted" in 1992. I saw a Costa cruise boat prior to booking since we go to the Bahamas a lot and the Costa boats are usually the most run down boat in the harbor. This proved true when we saw the boat in Italy. Due to the schedule it was the only boat leaving on that day and we knew the boat would be substandard but hoped the excursions to the Greek isles would be worth it. The boat was indeed disappointing except for their excellent staff, the excursions were short, disorganized and rushed but the Greeks were VERY happy to see Americans coming and spending money since the Europeans didn't spend any money in port and ate on the ship. Economic conditions are tough in Europe right now. Costa's website is a mess and since we booked through orbits most features on the Costa web site did not work. Items that were ordered on the Costa web site never were ordered. Excursions that were ordered online were mysteriously canceled with no explanation. Since it was a honeymoon I ordered flowers which were a no show.
On the boat the food was good but charged an exorbitant amount for water and beer. Unlike US cruise lines were you can get a soda card for your kids, you pay per drink and it adds up quickly for water, soda and coffee.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Staff was excellence
Cons: disorganized, boat broke, bus broke