Costa Classica Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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Experience
2-3 cruises

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3 out of 5

Interesting but not the best

Sail Date: September 16, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

For our 4th cruise on the Costa Line, we were looking forward to it, remembering the pleasures of the other cruises. The ship is smaller than others of the Costa Line (but not the smallest), which means the facilities (gym and pools in particular) are not as good as on some of their other ships. But the personnel tried to make up for it! They were all wonderful--aiming to please. For example, when we didn't like anything on the (large) menu, they were willing to make something special for us. The entertainment people were excellent--some of the best shows we've seen.

There were plenty of bars (with and without entertainment), comfortable places to sit, interesting shops. We enjoyed having lots of outside decks to sit and read, sun, play cards.

What we liked least was the fact that there were few English-speaking people aboard (less than 10%), which meant that a lot of the advertized tours were cancelled, because not enough English-speaking people signed up for them.

All personnel on board spoke 5 languages!!!

I was amazed at how clean they kept the ship: we always saw people dusting, polishing, washing, cleaning!

Pros: The personnel; the stops in Istanbul, Naples, Athens

Cons: The cancellation of lots of advertized tours

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

Don't Miss: The stadium
Odessa, Ukraine

Don't Miss: The ballet
Naples, Italy

Don't Miss: Herculanum or Pompeii
Yalta, Ukraine
Istanbul, Turkey
Just walking the streets; the people; the mosques
Don't Miss: Everything!
Sochi, Russian Federation
Waste of time. We drove 1-1/2 hours to eat
Odessa, Ukraine

Don't Miss: The ballet
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Too much to see in the time allotted
Don't Miss: Acropolis; Archeological Museum; various Greek temples
Sochi, Russian Federation
Waste of time. We drove 1-1/2 hours to eat
Yalta, Ukraine
Naples, Italy

Don't Miss: Herculanum or Pompeii
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Too much to see in the time allotted
Don't Miss: Acropolis; Archeological Museum; various Greek temples
Constanta, Romania
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

Don't Miss: The stadium
Istanbul, Turkey
Just walking the streets; the people; the mosques
Don't Miss: Everything!
Constanta, Romania


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