Not really a family boat

Costa Magica Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 25

Overall rating:

3.6 out of 5
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Costa Magica

7 Night Scandinavia & Russia (Stockholm Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 14, 2018

Ship: Costa Magica

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 7283

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

The ship was a little dated but very clean and well kept. the artwork on the walls interesting. We did have to explain to our 9 year old why there was naked girls on the walls. Hard to get food after hours and the breakfast opens late.for some non-cruise excursions. The ports of call were really good, the market in Finland had some of the best seafood we found. Be aware the first day in Russia takes a long time to clear customs. A lot longer than you’d expect. Also costa requires that a person 21 years or older be the main “renter” on a cabin. This is particularly awkward when you have to split up a family in order to get everyone a bed. You end up being at different dinner times and restaurants.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
The meals were cafeteria quality at best and there is limited time you can get food or drink. This was very unlike other cruises we’ve been on that at least something was available 24x7. The drinks were expensive as were the “drink plans”. This is also a Pepsi product only cruise which is in itself a horrible thing.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Unless you are a geriatric Italian or a gambler there’s not much for you here.


3 out of 5
Nothing for teens/young adults. Then pools are small The water slide had limited and small hours and the hot tubs were overcrowded and creepy

Children's Programs

2 out of 5
The youngest enjoyed the squok club - the teenagers hated the ship. Nothing for them excep a sad arcade stuffed in the corner of the casino with a handful of old games costing between 1.5 - 2 euros a play. And a whole wall of prize - crane games. Also costing 2-3 euros. Unbelievable

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
The staff was really the best part of the onboard experience. They really tried to accommodate things even in the face of corporate decisions they clearly didn’t agree with

Ship Quality

1 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ship tip

Bring your own snacks and non-pepsi products. Don’t bring your teenagers

Ports of call

Stockholm, Sweden

5 out of 5

Helsinki, Finland

5 out of 5

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

5 out of 5

Tallinn, Estonia

5 out of 5


4 out of 5
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