Costa Fortuna Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

3 out of 5

Great value! Kid friendly.

Sail Date: February 01, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Inside

Ship was very European. We liked the diversity and the fact that you could hear 4 or 5 different languages going at all times on board. However this was a negative for some of the Americans we encountered who complained about the "language barrier" and wished for a more "american" style boat. We enjoyed the uniqueness of the ship and how it was different from the other cruise lines. Pretty relaxed atmosphere and good service.

Pros: Kids LOVED the waterslide and pools.

Cons: port of call - Dominican Republic was lousy

Recommends Costa Fortuna? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
We had a nice clean inside cabin on Deck 9 about 4 cabins down from the last time we sailed on this boat. Deck 9 is great because then you are on the same level as the pool and buffet which was very convenient. Next time we are going to spend the extra money to upgrade to the outside cabin. We saw one and we really like the extra square footage and the window.
Food and Dining
the food improved A LOT from last year. Must be the new head chef. We never went hungry and there were hundreds of options. We ate in the formal dining room, early seating, every night and the service was really good. Grilled calamari was awesome and the pizza with asparagus and proscuitto was really good too! LOVED the pecan pie and key lime cake.
We went to 3 shows and all were good. It isn't a $100 a ticket vegas show, but still very entertaining and the kids loved the singing, music and dancing. The variety show was the best even though it was exactly the same as last year.
Ship Quality
Ship was cleaner than last year and they added hand sanitizers outside the entrance to the buffet stations which we liked. Ship is easy to find your way around and has a good layout. Public areas were always kept very clean, including the deck on "sea days".
Service and Staff
Staff were great. Very helpful.
Children's Programs
Nothing special here. The kids went twice for a few hours, but staff here seemed just average. We like to keep the kids with us to enjoy the pool and waterslide. It did provide a good break one afternoon when they were getting on our nerves!
Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic
The only thing worth doing here is going to golf and you barely have enough time to do that. My wife said she will stay on the ship next time if we stop here.
Grand Turk Island
Get off the boat, go directly to the beach and grab a chair as fast as you can! Beware of the ultra expensive margaritas at Margaritaville. I believe I paid $9.50 for a marg and $6 for a Corona.
Don't Miss: There is a great pool for the kids at Margaritaville!
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Once you go once, you might not even get off the ship the next time. San Juan is kind of dumpy. If you are single or young couple, there are a couple night clubs that you can go to for a good time. If you have a little shopping then get back on the boat.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
This is the place to shop. Bottle of Drambouie was only $21.45 USD and any flavour of rum you can imagine for $8 a bottle. Get going early or you will run out of time. Megan's Bay is also beautiful.
Don't Miss: Butterfly Farm - atlhough it is overpriced at $15 for an adult and $9 for a child over 5.

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