Costa neoClassica Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Second Mate

Experience
7+ cruises

Reviews
2

Helpful Votes
14

2 out of 5

Great ports

Sail Date: February 12, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

On the positive side, we enjoyed in particular the folks in Greece. we found them to be kind, gentle and full of life. To speak with 3 generations of shop keepers who proudly respect their ancestors who made a living in the small but well kept market was good for the soul. We hired taxis to carry us into the mountain villages and we welcomed with a variety of tasty and fresh foods. Sarah's GPS recorded 6 - 7 miles exploring the off season ports and surrounding points of interest. We made provisions to tuck our cash and ID's out of reach and avoided "Night Life" and areas of concern, zero safety problems.

As a frequent cruiser, Costa was a poor choice, it became apparent they were cutting amenities and adding charges across the board. Best to pick another line. Charges for coffee, tea, water, insufficient buses for promised free shuttle service. Noisy intercom commercials, in summary, the crew did their best, under poor administrative policies.

Cabin / Stateroom
The sewage smell was intense in the passageways, otherwise our steward did a fine job, the accommodations were acceptable, maintenance quickly responded and repaired a broken door latch.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Sewage ventilation was non existent
Destinations and Excursions
The destinations were great.
Onboard Activities
We had inquired about laundry service, were told they offered none, had to pack extra clothing, once on board we learned they in fact had laundry service at a reasonable price. The Costa web site is very slow, and telephone response to answer time when calling the home office averaged 50 minutes over 3 calls.
Children's Programs
The youngsters appeared to enjoy the programs and leaders.
Entertainment
The female lounge singer from Tuscany was terrific.
Service and Staff
The crew did a fine job
Food and Dining
Good ingredients, but lacking spices
Savona (Genoa), Italy
Excellent embarkation terminal
Naples, Italy
Pedestrians take care!
Kalamata, Greece
the shopping was a pleasure, quality goods at low prices.
Nafplion (Nauplion), Greece
Hired a taxi for 4 hours, 60 Euros was a good value to see the pretty mountain village of Makrinitsa. Had a lunch for 2 of Greek salad, stewed rabbit, bread, baklava, and coffee for 21 Euros. Hotel rooms for 7 Euro per night. Good shopping for a tiny music box.
Volos, Greece
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
The climb to see the Parthenon was worth it, not for the weak.
Trapani, Sicily
The trip to Erice was worth it.
Marseille (Provence), France
Window shop and marvel at $600 shoes and such. great bakeries.

Tip

avoid it



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