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Costa Europa (RETIRED) 412 Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean


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Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 39

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4.0 out of 5
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11 Night Egypt & Libya (Savona Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 09, 2006
Ship: Costa Europa (RETIRED) 412
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
The vessel Costa Europa is very well-maintained and managed. All departments of the vessel functioned well. The only exception was a complete water outage lasting 6 hours on the last night of the cruise which was only announced shortly beforehand.
3 out of 5
I participated in the Malta on horseback excursion, which was quite enjoyable, if not overpriced.
3 out of 5
I participated in the Malta on horseback excursion, which was quite enjoyable, if not overpriced.
3 out of 5
I had signed up for an excursion to Mount Vesuvius, but this was cancelled without explanation or notification. I instead went on the "Solfatara Crater" excursion, which was mildly interesting but overpriced.
Don't Miss: Most passengers visited Pompeii or Herculaneum, which I had already visited on previous trips to Naples.
3 out of 5
Almost all passengers opted for the several excursions to Giza and Saqqara to visit the pyramids. The agressive and abusive hordes of scam artists and hawkers detracted significantly from what would have been an excellent visit to the pyramid complex. I took the camel-riding and jeep safari after visiting the pyramids and this was a much better value than expected, with at least 30 minutes on a camel in caravan and at least 30 minutes in a jeep.
Don't Miss: I highly recommend the camel and jeep safari to physically fit passengers.
3 out of 5
Almost all passengers opted for the several excursions to Giza and Saqqara to visit the pyramids. The agressive and abusive hordes of scam artists and hawkers detracted significantly from what would have been an excellent visit to the pyramid complex. I took the camel-riding and jeep safari after visiting the pyramids and this was a much better value than expected, with at least 30 minutes on a camel in caravan and at least 30 minutes in a jeep.
Don't Miss: I highly recommend the camel and jeep safari to physically fit passengers.
3 out of 5
I had signed up for an excursion to Mount Vesuvius, but this was cancelled without explanation or notification. I instead went on the "Solfatara Crater" excursion, which was mildly interesting but overpriced.
Don't Miss: Most passengers visited Pompeii or Herculaneum, which I had already visited on previous trips to Naples.
3 out of 5
I had already visited Cyprus extensively so I did not take an excursion, but spent a pleasant afternoon on the beach. Later I overheard several of the other passengers expressing disappointment with the excursions. We really only had 3 hours ashore, which was too little to see anything on the Island. Limassol itself is rather uninteresting.
3 out of 5
I had already visited Cyprus extensively so I did not take an excursion, but spent a pleasant afternoon on the beach. Later I overheard several of the other passengers expressing disappointment with the excursions. We really only had 3 hours ashore, which was too little to see anything on the Island. Limassol itself is rather uninteresting.
3 out of 5
During my cruise in May 3006, Americans were prohibited from disembarking in Tripoli. Almost all the other passengers went on excursions to Leptis Magna or Sabratha and had mixed reviews.
3 out of 5
During my cruise in May 3006, Americans were prohibited from disembarking in Tripoli. Almost all the other passengers went on excursions to Leptis Magna or Sabratha and had mixed reviews.
5 out of 5
Rhodes is an excellent place for a short port-visit, as the port itself has many intereresting sites and the beautiful ancient/medieval town of Lindos is within reach with an excursion.
Don't Miss: The Lindos acropolis with its spectacular views is particularly recommended.
5 out of 5
Rhodes is an excellent place for a short port-visit, as the port itself has many intereresting sites and the beautiful ancient/medieval town of Lindos is within reach with an excursion.
Don't Miss: The Lindos acropolis with its spectacular views is particularly recommended.

Pros: Excellent itinerary, very good food and service

Cons: Port of departure and return, Savona, was difficult, costly and time-consuming to reach

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