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Won't cruise this line again. by DonR6

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Food was the biggest disappointment on this cruise. Lost 3 pounds instead of gaining weight like everyone else says you do on a cruise. Smoking everywhere only enforced was at dinner time. Charged for everything. Paid over $6.00 for a bottle of water. Excursions were short.

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I won't ever go on a Costa Cruise again by MrsJ87481340

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We boarded the ship and they couldn't find us so we had to wait until someone could figure it out. We got to our room and it was made up for 2 adults and 2 children with the bunks pulled down and 2 tiny life jackets. Cute but didn't need them, we were two adults only. The safety drill was a joke. It didn't happen until the day before the cruise ended. We stood at the safety stations watching the staff demonstrate how to put on a life jacket, not once, not twice but like 10 ten times. I thought this was laughable because everyone there had their life jackets ON ALREADY, DUH!! The TV programs did not have subtitles so we couldn't understand the programs. The ports that we visited Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Marseilles and Savonna were interesting but other than pushing their tours, they didn't provide any information on the ports. I got the impression that they didn't want to help you unless you bought a tour. My Magica card expired the day before the cruise ended so I had trouble getting on and off the ship the last day. They eventually overrode the system, but that was an inconvenience I shouldn't have had to experience. Bingo was always during dinner time and the rest of the entertainment well let's just say the dancing waiters imitating Michael Jackson were the highlights of keeping us entertained. The fare was inexpensive but everything else on the ship was overpriced including the tours. But then again, you get what you pay for.

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a cruise that exceeds my expectation by GanL

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I was very impressed with almost everything about this cruise...the itinery, the food, and especially the service. Originally, I was assigned the second seating for dinner. The restaurant not only re-arranged the seating promptly, but also arranged us to sit with other folks with similar interest. Another plus is that I can disembark in a different port and not at the original port where I embarked, thus saving me valuable vacation to explore other parts of Italy. It was an excellent cruise experience.

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Worst cruise line ever! by CarlosP1

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

The ship and cabins are fine, but the food is terrible. Very bland with limited choices and small portions. There is even no buffet for dinner. We paid 20 euro per person extra for the "Special" dining room one night and it was just as bad!!! What an insult. This is my 9th cruise, I have taken many different cruise lines- Costa is hands down the worst.

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COSTA *NOT* RECOMMENDED! by PattiW

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Overall experience was very poor. From arrival in our cabin- which had a cancellation of our first day's excursion, which they admitted they knew for months but never notified us, and dinner, where our 3 kids were seated in a different dining room from us!!! It was all downhill from there...

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worst cruise line by Nadine

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

Basically, this is nothing like Carnival and no where close to Royal Carribean. On a scale from 1 to 10 of all the different ships I've been on, Costa is a 1 !! I asked for shampoo and conditioner and was told to go to shop and buy it! I think that can give you an idea of how 'cheap' this company is. If you missed the dining room sit down meals, you can ONLY get 2 types of cardboard pizza at preset times. It's a joke but it's actually called buffet. I will never take another Costa cruise again. The only redeeming factor, was that we were able to eat on land every day.So we ate and drank at ports as much as we could and avoided the boat as much as possible. It really was that plain. The food in dining room was terrible. When you ask for towels they say I have to see if they give me more. The motto is cut costs and cheap!

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Italian Cruising on Costa by RonV2

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Depending on what you are looking for, this cruise had pros and cons. We had great rroms for the price. I have always enjoyed the small touches that weren't on this cruise. That said, the rooms were great and cleaned well (just no creatively folowed towels, etc.). The shows were pretty good and the ship facilities were good (loved the sauna and steam rooms with windows to the outside). The biggest negative was the food. Across the board, the food just did not compare in quality or variety to others (Royal & Princess). In summary, the ports and rooms were great, the facilities and the activities were okay, and the food and finer points were just okay. All that said, how bad could it be? It's a cruise for goodness sake.

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Lower Your Expectations by TheF2

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

A floating diner. This is basically cruising for the lowest common denominator

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American cruises superior by GwenB

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The ship was the Magica of Costa Cruise Lines.It was very clean.Smoking allowed in designated areas but drifted into non smoking areas which was difficult to deal with.This was my 5th cruise and I was not impressed by staff.Robotic like.Not particularly personable/friendly.They got the job done but without a spark. Ports and excursions very good.Bike trip in Palma de Mallorca was an excellent experience.Guide experienced and helped make it a fun and informative tour.

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Wish I could turn back time by ChristinaR3

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

This cruise line needs some serious improvement in the customer relations department. My grandmother was left around in a wheelchair because the porter felt like leaving. The medical doctor started prescribing medications without ever taking any sort of medical history (apparently he has never heard of allergies or conflicting medications.) Getting your luggage upon disembarkation is a nightmare and completely unorganized. The excursion office is rude and inconsistent with trip scheduling notifications, so always check with them extra times to make sure they didn't cancel you. Many problems we incurred throughout the trip were happening to other Americans as well. I felt embarrassed to have brought my husband on this trip.

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no as expected by ChandrakantP

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I feel carnival should learn from Costa about entertainment and Cost should learnfrom carnival about serving variety of food.

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great cruise by EnbalM

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

i was impressed with the service and staff

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Not a great experience by ShannonL5

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

The ship was clean but a bit confusing to get around from the front to back of the ship. There needs to be more places to eat on the boat & more options. The food was NOT good at all. I'm used to cruises that have excellent food but the food was horrible. The choices were very limited, seemed like the same type food all the time. Breakfast was the same EVERYDAY! The food at night was not good & very slow & usually luke warm when finally served. I feel I paid way too much for this cruise. Also, vacationing w/Europeans is difficult...not Costa's fault but beware...they are pushing, rude & NOT fun to vacation with.

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A Great Iberian Experience by CathleenJ

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I didn't care so much for the decor and things looked a little shabby as well.

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DONT GO BAD FOOD! by GinaH1

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We went for our honeymoon-picked an italian ship thinking GREAT food! OH boy were we wrong, the food was bland, had no taste. All the restuarants were bad!! We couldnt wait to dock so we could get off and go eat on land somewhere. We actually lost weight because of only eating icecream on the ship. Then when we went to comment about it, we were treated so rude. The staff didnt help us at all. They didnt even care. We will not book this line ever again!!

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a good cruise by JohnnT

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the ship is new, the food is good.people must realize costa, isn,t rci, or princess..cheap price,,less service...but hot babes work on board.

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good cruise..l booked it twice. by JohnnT

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

l liked the cruise ,so l went in feb,and april 08.

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Avoid Costa Cruiselines for Europe by JohnP28

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

The ship itself is fine, the decor a little over the top, but the service and staff are just terrible. Don't make the mistake I did choosing Costa Cruiselines

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A great experience by DebK3

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

The staff was very friendly, helpful and efficient. The ship was very clean and our cabin was always picked up and cleaned several times a day. Passengers were mostly european and they made people watching fun. The Italians especially are so exuberant about everything. The staff was proficient in communicating in several languages.

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Nice Cruise by CliffH96703646

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They hit you at the end with a mandatory $20/day tip fee. And Drinks are very expensive, you can't bring your own on board

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