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Costa Mediterranea Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 27

Overall rating:

2.3 out of 5
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Costa Mediterranea

9 Night Western Europe (Amsterdam To Barcelona)

Sail date: September 22, 2019

Ship: Costa Mediterranea

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 6154

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We won’t select a Costa cruise again. We thought by upgrading our accommodations, the dining, and the beverage package, we’d have a very luxurious time. Far from the experience we actually had.


4 out of 5
Efficient embarkation

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
We ate mostly at the “club”, supposedly their best cuisine which we had paid extra for before embarking. It was simply horrible! Largely inedible! It tries to be fancy, and presentation looks good, but the quality of ingredients and their preparation fail miserably. Service slow. We had purchased a drink package, but were always waiting a long time for a refill. In the buffet area you can find a thing or two that you like if you are lucky, and will likely have that same thing all week. All drinks there are self serve. No waiters will offer you coffee, juice, or a drink. You must get it yourself. And you might have a long walk to the closest bar and also a long wait. I’ve been on many cruise lines and never had such a bad experience with food and beverages.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Used the casino a couple of times and found it uncrowded since there were few things to do that were any fun.


1 out of 5
Ok in piano bar but walked out on the only stage show we attended.

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

2 out of 5
Butler was just ok. Responded to our wishes though not enthusiastically. Waitress at the club was impressive, and we finally sought her advice about ordering more palatable dishes. She would quietly tell us when certain dishes were not going to be good. Waiters in the bar and buffet areas only clean tables. Wish they would take orders for drinks and be allowed tips so that service and attitudes would improve.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Paid a lot extra for the room with balcony and came with other privileges. Only the cabin was worth it. Steward kept it nice and was probably the friendliest staff we met.

Ship tip


Ports of call

Ijmuiden (Amsterdam), Netherlands

2 out of 5
Stayed here on our own 3 days and enjoyed.

Dover (London), England

2 out of 5
Rye excursion was not worth the time or money.

Le Havre (Paris), France

1 out of 5
They cancelled this port with no advance notice. We had been looking forward to our visit to Normandy.

La Coruna, Spain

1 out of 5

Vigo, Spain

4 out of 5
We enjoyed the visit to the mussel farm.

Lisbon, Portugal

2 out of 5

Cadiz (Seville), Spain

1 out of 5
Did a bus tour of the city with a tasting. Not very much to see.

Barcelona, Spain

2 out of 5
Stayed here 3 days on our own and loved it. Don’t miss Montserrat if you have a chance to see it.


3 out of 5
Efficient. Wish they could give you a heads up ahead of time about the time you’ll be allowed off so you can arrange transportation. They won’t. Finding a cab was no problem.
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