Good Itinerary but menu diversity was limited and repititious

Costa Mediterranea Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Costa Mediterranea

10 Night Western Mediterranean & Morocco (Barcelona Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 29, 2017

Ship: Costa Mediterranea

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 4241

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Menu diversity was mediocre. Each dinner in the principle dining room was repetitious. Always with an Italian slant. Not good for a ship with multiple nationalities on board and boring for a 10 night cruise.  Garden salads with main course were always the same vegs.,  with very limited salad dressing selections. Optional cheese plate was unappetizing and looked like left-overs from breakfast buffet or prior day offerings.

 

2. In the buffet afternoon restaurant the very same cheese selections and cold cut appeared relentlessly.

CLUE: GET A NEW COOK BOOK.

 

3. Upscale premium- charge restaurant had same menu as main dining room but at an extra price.

 

4. Premium charge - room service breakfast for premium cabins arrived cold, food was badly prepared and orders for husband and wife arrive 25 minutes apart.

 

5. WiFi reception throughout the ship was unreliable and often failed to work in a timely fashion.

 

6. Bar tenders poured soft drinks from cans or bottles (10 oz) and served them in smaller glasses (7 oz.)  so they didn't provide the full portion. I asked to have them pour my entire beverage into a larger glass and they refused. Very stingy portion control on soft drinks and worse on alcohol, despite "all-you-could-drink" high cost drink packages.

 

7. On board television had only 1 channel consistently in English ( sometimes MS-NBC), but 5 channels were dedicated to Costa-only channels. Many more channels were provided in French or Italian. None in German or Spanish.

 

8. Ship lacked any source where you could purchase  small toiletries like: mouth wash, antiperspirant, hair spray, cough drops, aspirin, antiacids, camera batteries, OTC medicine,

 

9. On Costa provided shuttle buses into town, drivers did not speak any English and could not tell people where they were being dropped off, so it was difficult to find the bus stop at the end of the day to return to the ship.

 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

1 out of 5

Children's Programs

1. Costa needs to upgrade their food service, and expand menu diversity 2. Provide better TV programming with more languages when people are in their cabins, 3. Open a small toiletry shop for last-minute purchases of needed items. 4. Use Costa provided shuttle bus drivers for local ports for center city drop offs that speak and understand simple English. 5. Expand food selection to appeal to other nationalities - e.g. Japanese steaks house (for Americans), French cuisine, Asian food, and for other European cultures, etc.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship tip

Bring extra toiletries and portable entertainment for days at Sea, Buy a beverage package or you will go bankrupt even if you don't consume alcohol, Lock in an open seating time you prefer but show up early to get a window table at dinner,

Ports of call

Barcelona, Spain Did not visit port

Buy tickets well in advance for the Sagrada Familia Basilicia. Walk the La Rambla, enjoy Tapas often.

Savona (Genoa), Italy

5 out of 5
Find and enjoy the Sistine Chapel of Savona (but no photos)

Marseille (Provence), France

5 out of 5
Have a seafood dinner along the harbor and see the art museums near the shuttle bus drop off point

Malaga, Spain

5 out of 5
1. Hire a tour guide and driver for a 3 hour 1-way trip to Granada to see and tour the Alhambra. Ship tours are too limiting

Cadiz (Seville), Spain

5 out of 5
Take the train or bus to the city of Jerez to see the Andalusian Equestrian Center and go next door to the Sandeman Sherry distillery for a tasting session.

Casablanca, Morocco

5 out of 5

Valencia, Spain

5 out of 5
An easy city to get around on foot and then taxi back to the ship. Take ship shuttle to city center and be sure to see the food market, churches, old city sections

Traveler Photos

Tell the Coasta Captain, Ciao for us. Explore out-of-the-way villages see the La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona go for a walk with Obi One Konobi Find a treaure to take home in Marekesh explore inland in Morocco Make new friends on your cruise see the Alhambra in Granada Enjoy dinner at Rick's in Casablanca Welcome to Casablanca
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