Wonderful Western Mediterranean to Baltics cruise, but Costa Favolosa is very Italian and not geared for English speaking cruisers.

Costa Favolosa Cruise Review to Scandinavia

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
Costa Favolosa

Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Net

Sail date: May 06, 2018

Ship: Costa Favolosa

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 1276

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We loved cruising, but the Costa Favolosa is exorbitantly expensive. The food was really excellent. They close the buffet dining room at certain times and free coffee is only available during meal times. No free ice creams. Very expensive shops and photos. You pay for everything, only your food is included. Remember that they charge you 20 Euros service fee per day.


3 out of 5
We were very grateful for seats while we were waiting, and the embarkation went smoothly.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Excellent food, but free coffee only at buffet dinner. Everything is very expensive.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
The activities were geared towards younger people. We loved the music and dancing. The IMAX was too expensive and they didn't show any movies.


4 out of 5

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Not all ship personell can speak English and weren't always very friendly. Our steward and waiter were excellent.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Don't, unless you are Italian, French or Spanish and have a lot of money, because everything is exorbitantly expensive.

Ports of call

Marseille (Provence), France

1 out of 5
The Mediterranean Sea was dirty with locked toilets. Not so much to see. Everything was closed on the day we were there.

Barcelona, Spain

3 out of 5
We had too little time in this port, as we had to be back at the ship for early sailing. We went on a hop-on-hop-off bus, but couldn't see the Sagrada Familia because of time constraints. Very friendly people. The most beautiful architecture I have ever seen.

Lisbon, Portugal

4 out of 5
We took trams and buses. The Portuguese are very friendly. Very interesting tiled buildings. Not enough time to visit the Tile Museum.

Vigo, Spain

4 out of 5
We loved the outing to the Wine Farm, but we were too rushed at La Toja.

Le Havre (Paris), France

5 out of 5
We visited Honfleur and it was a lovely experience.

Harwich, England

5 out of 5
We loved London and the people were very friendly and helpful.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

5 out of 5
We loved Volendam and the dutch are very friendly people. South Africans can relate very well to the Dutch.

Copenhagen, Denmark

1 out of 5
Too little time, We should've stayed overnight. The Customs Officials at the Airport were extremely rude and disrespectful.


5 out of 5
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