Costa Allegra (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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1 out of 5

Greek Islands

Sail Date: August 01, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

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.

Pros: Staff was excellence

Cons: disorganized, boat broke, bus broke

Recommends Costa Allegra (RETIRED)? No.

Ship Quality
My pool is bigger than the boat. minimal entertainment, almost no gambling area, boat is old an tired, lost power, water and the engines for several hours and drifted, boat was having frequent mechanical problems. Smoking EVERYWHERE, stores were closed on the boat, if you could find a published schedule, they were closed although supposed to be open. As for the ship, think Austin Powers, retro cruise lines....
Cabin / Stateroom
Average room. overpriced. Our friends got one of the balconies, we tried to get one but they were booked, thank god we didn't, the balconies were right below the 8th deck and people stared right into your balcony and threw their cigarette butts onto you and your balcony. 8 million screaming kids up and down the hallway all day and night. Walls are paper thin and VERY LOUD
think high school plays entertainment was sad and laughable. The pool deck staff were excellent but the nightly shows were pathetic.
Children's Programs
Excursion were canceled frequently, rushed and disorganized, tried to over charge us. Port stopovers were minimal and rushed, not sure why the port stays were so short, had to rush through the ports. Think they tried to save money by staying in port as little as possible.
Food and Dining
staff was great, however we asked to be seated at adult table and got stuck with a ton of small kids. screaming kids through dinner but the food was probably the best we have had except for oasis of the seas.
Service and Staff
If it wasn't for the staff we would have walked off the boat the 2nd day. if they invested as much into the boat and getting organized as they did with the staff they would be stellar.

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