Costa Mediterranea Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4-6 cruises

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3 out of 5

Not the greatest....

Sail Date: December 01, 2007

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Oceanview

Where to begin... first, we will not cruise on Costa again. Not because the ship wasn't beautiful, or the food OK, but the overall attitude and demeanor of the crew and clientele. The ship's passengers from what we could tell were about 50% American, 30% Italian and the remaining 20% from around Europe.

The cruise is tailored for Italians, from the entertainment to the food. We heard the food was going to be outstanding, but it wasn't. Pizza was OK. Italian opera isn't our thing, so half the shows were boring.

This is not the fault of the crew or Costa, but we found it very irritating to deal with Europeans who have no clue how a line works. If you don't know what I mean, you are probably European, so listen carefully. When we are all trying to get off the ship, GET IN LINE AND WAIT YOUR TURN. I can't tell you how many rude people who spoke Italian or French would just cut in and skip everyone. I talked to at least a dozen Americans who experience the same thing. A crew member returning from on shore even did it, climbing over my child's stroller to check in. Also, WHEN AN AMERICAN IS SITTING AT A TABLE, EVEN IF THERE IS ANY EMPTY CHAIR, DON'T SIT DOWN, FIND YOUR OWN TABLE. We do not want you to sit with us. It's not out of arrogance, I just want a little privacy and space. On several occasions, my wife and I were trying to talk quietly, and a couple of chatty Europeans walk up and sit down at our table, even when there were others available. I found this very annoying and even got into a minor argument with some half crazed lady who insisted she sit 6 inches from me to eat her breakfast.

To sum it up... no I would not recommend this ship for a Caribbean cruise. I imagine it would be worse going on it in Europe. Sad to say, we had better service and food on Carnival.

Pros: Great Cabin Steward, Quick Disembarkation

Cons: Bland Food, Mediocre Wait Staff, Boring Entertainment

Recommends Costa Mediterranea? No.



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