Costa Mediterranea Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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2 out of 5

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Sail Date: April 09, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Balcony

Babies and toddlers everywhere from second seating dinner to the gym to cannon balling in the jacuzzi. Parents don't say anything and neither does the Costa staff. Dinners are very Italian,food and service which we knew in advance and did enjoy. Breakfast and lunch food quality were poor- Hometown Buffet is truly what it was like. There are time periods in the middle of the day 1/2 an hour to an hour where there is no food service but scant slices of pizza available.
We had to pack and vacate our room 3 1/2 hours before reaching port (they plan it this way to get a head start on room cleaning and prep for the next guest). My jacket was lost and was never to be found again during this time-thank you Costa. Keep your belongings with you at all times, double check your things yourself.
Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Dinner was the only good part but then lunch, breakfast and any snacks were awful
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
The theater productions were outstanding
Onboard Activities Not much unless you spoke Italian, fortunately we can get by.
Destinations and Excursions
You HAVE to pay for shuttle service to get from ship to city, no other way. Do this on-board ship or you are out-of-luck!!!
Barcelona, Spain
Felt safe everywhere.
Marseille (Provence), France
Limited to what you can do in the city itself.
Savona (Genoa), Italy
Charming little town with plenty of history for a one day visit.


Lido buffet was much better than the restaurant (which also happens to be self-serve, just classier) had many more options and had better and more food choices. This is from a person who does not enjoy buffets nearly as much as a beautiful sit down meal.

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