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Costa neoClassica Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 58

Overall rating:

2 out of 5
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Costa neoClassica

12 Night Ancient Greece (Savona Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 12, 2016

Ship: Costa neoClassica

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 4088

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

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.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Good ingredients, but lacking spices

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
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.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The female lounge singer from Tuscany was terrific.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
The youngsters appeared to enjoy the programs and leaders.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The crew did a fine job

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Sewage ventilation was non existent

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
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.

Ship tip

avoid it

Ports of call

Savona (Genoa), Italy

5 out of 5
Excellent embarkation terminal

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5
Pedestrians take care!

Kalamata, Greece

5 out of 5
the shopping was a pleasure, quality goods at low prices.

Nafplion (Nauplion), Greece

5 out of 5
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

5 out of 5

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5
The climb to see the Parthenon was worth it, not for the weak.

Trapani, Sicily

5 out of 5
The trip to Erice was worth it.

Marseille (Provence), France

5 out of 5
Window shop and marvel at $600 shoes and such. great bakeries.
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