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entertaining cruise by KarenC7

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

New ship, great personnel: cabin, dinner crew, course instructors, entertainers

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Wnderful ship and crew by BeverlyM

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

The ship was new, clean and easy to get around on.

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4.4

My amazing genuine italian experience by Dine

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Costa Favolosa

Enjoy your holiday on this amazing ship. Book excursion in advance or just go in your own. Study diario di bordo. Spa on sea days.

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4.6

My fairytale ship by Dine

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Costa Favolosa

my second experience with Costa, but an amazing one. If you want to discover the cities, book in advance the excursions. Worth the experience. Or jjust stroll the cities by yourslf. And within the ship, do not miss AMARILLO bar for the best gelato in the world and Aperol Bar on deck 8, for nice sunsets.

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3.4

Its ok by BerlinerBoy

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Scandinavia

Costa food is bad and the cabin is simpel. GYm is good.

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4.6

Sehr schöne Städte und wundervolle Fjorde by AMinW

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Scandinavia

Die Häfen waren sehr schön. In allen Häfen konnte man ohne größeren Aufwand und ohne große Vorbereitung die Stadt auf eigene Faust erkunden. Mit Costa werden wir nicht wieder reisen. Wir waren die letzten Jahre immer mit MSC unterwegs und wollten mal wieder Costa probieren. Uns gefällt das Konzept von Costa nicht. Die massiven Service-Einsparungen, die Costa im letzten Jahr eingeführt hat, haben uns immer wieder zu Vergleichen mit MSC animiert. In der Hoffnung, dass MSC nicht auch irgendwann am Service spart, werden wir keine weitere Kreuzfahrt mit Costa machen. Bis vor einem Jahr empfanden wir die Qualität und den Service auf Costa und MSC als gleichwertig.

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4.0

Looking forward to go on... by petersen

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Ship: Costa Favolosa

Looking forward to go on Favolosa again in June 2018, we have the same Cabin as last time. This time it comes with a Drinks Package. It Will be nice to be back on board.

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3.9

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

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Scandinavia

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.

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4.4

Exciting by uzela

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

Exciting

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4.0

A great transatlantic experience by arraes

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Caribbean

The ship is relatively new, a standard one without ultra fancy features but with an interesting Italian spirit. The itinerary was superb, many stops across the Atlantic and the Caribbean, the gastronomy was a definite highlight

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4.0

Very good if you know how to play the Costa game by CuencaEC

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Caribbean

I had a fine time on the Costa Favoloso on a repositioning cruise from Savona, Italy to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.  I joined the cruise in Barcelona, Spain and disembarked in Martinique after a total of 23 days.

The food aboard the Favoloso is mostly Italian style, and usually delicious.  Even the duds were pretty good, and it you don't like something just ask for something different.  The breakfast buffet didn't vary much.  Eggs, bacon, prosciutto, fruit, yogurt etc.  The lunch buffet was varied and featured roasts, stews, vegetables, and pastas.

I stayed in an inside cabin and it was comfortable, and well designed.  The cabin steward made up the room promptly and at least twice a day.  It was carefree living.  The evening entertainment was very professional looking with good lighting, a good sound system and entertaining acts.  The passengers aboard the ship were very international with Italians, Germans, and French forming the majority.  English speakers were only about 10 percent of the passengers.  Announcements, and most entertainment was done in at least four or five languages, but during the evening meal, the assigned dinner seating was with English speakers so we could visit and compare experiences for the day.

Now for the Costa game part.  Costa doesn't serve some items as part of their standard menu.  Primary among these are ice cream, pizza, and most drinks including pop, but with a little creative thinking you find substitutes.  The lunch buffet always featured an interesting selection of focaccia .  It's just pizza without the sauce.  Evening dinners would frequently serve frozen parfaits, which is practically ice cream.  Stay away from the fancy coffee beverages and just drink the coffee provided at breakfast and dinner.  Drink water instead of pop, and if you want an alcoholic beverage, consider buying a drink package.

Was I satisfied?  Yes very satisfied with two exceptions.  I received no disembarkation package when I was about to leave in Martinique.  They said it was because they hadn't printed it out in English.  Baloney!

A side trip to Marrakesh was marred by the fact they didn't tell us that were would be time to visit the market to do some souvenir shopping.  There was about 45 minutes available, but it wasn't listed in the brochure or made plain by the guide.  We raced from stall to stall without pause, salivating at some of the interesting goods for sale there.  A simple sentence saying that we would have time to shop at the end of the tour would have sufficed.

 

Would I go again?  Yes, in an instant.

 

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1.0

avoid costa at all cost. by jasen

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

Costa favolosa was the worst cruise I have ever been on.  I have been on many cruise lines.  the food quality was only a little better than a high school cafeteria food.  If people like this cruise they have never been on any other cruise.  The entertainment was poor.   The ship had no real food choices but italian and that was very poor. All  other ships have multiple food types and different places to eat.  If the main dining hall was open the buffet was closed along with any other options.  The lines were always very long because they only would have one place offering anything at one time on the ship.   They nickled and dimed you for every thing and the quality was poor.  The spa hot tubs, steam rooms and relaxation rooms were extra.  they had no ice cream unless you paid extra and only at limited time offerings . They had no soda drinks  or even juice with out paying more.   All other ships I have been on at least had juice through out the day or soda during the main meal of the day included.   They had no piano bar jazz club.  no comedy club.   the excursion desk was disorganized.   One of my  excursions was even cancelled and another was set for the wrong language.  The management told the room staff not to waist towels making towel animals which on all other cruises is a custom.  There was no onboard welcoming party.   The alcoholic drinks were watered down.   If this was my first cruise I wound never do another.

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1.0

how to be treated like livestock by WH1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: South America

What an unpleasant overall experience.

The crew was pleasant but appeared tired and overworked and rather resigned. When engaged in conversation, they were quite emphatic about how badly the cruise line had deteriorated since "that American company" (actually Carnival is owned by American/Israeli billionaires) took over ownership.  Experienced cruise travelers also decried the deterioration in the service, cleanliness and quality compared to years past.  This apparently is a far cry from the Costa you knew and loved.

stateroom was nice. It is a recently built Italian luxury ship. What's not to like?

Food - really bad. Buffet was rather stale and unimaginative and unchanging, sorta like gong to McDonalds every day except even McDonalds is fresher and often has better variety. reminded me of feeding the livestock when I was a kid.  Balanced diet and all that, but not very imaginative.  And just sort of shoveled out there.  

And talk about ripoff, you cannot get even water to drink at your evening supposedly fine dining dinner, without paying for it.  the menu items there were also unimaginative and not that flavorful. Again, I don't know why.  Shouldn't be that hard on an Italian ship with Italian chefs.  And I am an experienced Italian cuisine diner, both in and out of Italy, having been raised by and married to outstanding Italian cooks. Heck, they didn't even know how to set the table properly. Waiters seemed motivated and nice people, so I assume they didn't receive training.

Overall experience was not unlike being trapped in a generally pleasant but bland floating prison.  With services, food, entertainment, excursions, port calls all appearing corporate database managed down to the lowest possible cost.  And the attitude seemed to be to simply try to squeeze every last $$ from passengers, by any means possible.

Literally filthy buffet room chairs. Rest of public areas not quite so bad.

entertainment - Entertainers tried hard, but, for example, the bass was so overpowering, artists could hardly be heard. Strange experience. And markedly unpleasant.  Where did they get those sound engineers?  We chatted with many of them ( my wife does that sort of thing). they too were pleasant but seemed a bit tired and resigned. I wonder why.

 

"Shopping" was also a joke.  Couldn't even find a place to buy toiletries. And the stuff offered for sale was just junk at inflated prices for the unsuspecting.

And $30 for a prepaid hour of S-L-O-W internet use (Yes, i do need to check business sometimes even when on vacation. how do you think I can afford taking my wife on cruises?) seems another ripoff, given the free wifi available virtually everywhere else. Even airliners charge a lot less. Doesn't seem like a good business decision, when it simply adds to the feeling of being exploited when they have you by the shorts.

No more Carnival associated enterprises for me. Ever.

If you like cruising, check the details carefully. And chose anyone but a Carnival associated line.

I hope this info helps a bit.

 

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4.8

Beau bateau by rino

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Costa Favolosa

Belle croisière beau bateau avec pas mal d activité et belle ambiance comme souvent avec costa

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3.0

Great cruise with just a few sore spots. by jdsmicro

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

We had a great time on the Costa Favolosa. The cabin was very large\, clean and comfortable. The servers at dinner time were excellent and the food was very good although small portions. I really think that the policy of embarkation/disembarkation at multiple ports is great. No long lines to embark and the process was effortless. I was very disappointed in the evacuation drill after embarkation. There was a good film but total disorganization when going to the muster stations. Crew were totally unorganized. The breakfast and lunch hours were much to limiting and we often found restaurants closed for this purpose. Also\, NO coffee or even water at dinner. This is silly considering coffee and water are offered at every buffet station.

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3.0

Excellent holydays alternative by rigocampori

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

It was a pleasant experience. Good foods\, good shows and a very good service.

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4.0

I love it! by Cruises72941092

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

Vacation was really great. It was my first experience with the cruises and I liked it very much. The ship is almost new, staff is very polite, food is good, entertainment program is variety. The only downside is that in some ports (Barcelona, Napoli) we stayed only 4,5 hours and of course didn't have enough time to do the sights calmly.

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2.0

costa favorosa by premagg

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

Being used to taking North American cruises\, the cruise did not give us any good tast in our mouth.

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3.0

Costa Favolosa by Daniell49714688

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

The cruise was good. The food was not great.

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3.0

Another great vacation by FlacaM

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Ship: Costa Favolosa / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Overall rating is good, there are a few areas that could use improvement. We had a great time and did not let the small things bother us, after all we are there to relax. The check in staff needs organization, it was hard to understand the process of dropping off luggage and what documents they required, thankfully I understand italian alittle bit so I was able to manage. Once you step on the ship, it was hard to understand what to do next, some people were in line, others were just standing there, so again, organization and a helpfuil staff is what I was looking for.

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