The Costa Marina
Costa Marina (RETIRED) 77 Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean
Ship: Costa Marina (RETIRED) 77
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
We chose this ship primarily because it is NOT typical of the cruise ships that are most heavily advertised and available in the contemporary cruise ship market. With a passenger capacity of about 740, it is a fraction of the size of today's average cruise ship; the Costa Marina is a stark contrast to the megaships that have just been launched. As most cruise clients know, it's not easy to find a smaller ship nowadays unless you are prepared to sign up with one of the super-deluxe lines such as Regent, Seabourn, or Silversea.
Nearly all the passengers on board during our cruise were from Italy, France, Portugal and Germany. We (an American couple traveling with adult family members) did not mind being in the minority, and we enjoyed the opportunity to be immersed into European culture and languages.
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Pros: The personal approach and genuine concern on the part of the staff and crew. The quality of the entertainment, especially the stage shows.
Cons: This is not the first choice for those who want an ultra-modern large super-deluxe cruise ship.