Costa neoRomantica Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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3 out of 5

Greece Cruise

Sail Date: September 09, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

The itinerary for stops was good, unfortunately to short of time in each port. Messina shuts down in the afternoon when we arrived so unless you booked a shore excursion you basically had nothing to do or see. Each port was about 4 hours which didn't allow for much other than a quick excursion. Mykona's is beautiful and coming into port at 6:00pm at least the shops were open and the people there were very friendly.

The service on the ship was good, food was not exceptional but definitely a good variety/quality. Something new for us on a cruise ship if you ate in the dining room for breakfast, lunch or dinner they did not have water at the table. If you wanted water you had to buy a bottle which had about 3 glasses of water in it for 5 Euro.

They did have a good variety of excursion and I would definitely recommend taking them in Athens, Messina, Santorini and Izmir mainly due to where you dock and time in port. The excursions we took were good.

I want to go back on a cruise in Europe but will pick a different cruise line next time to compare. The weather was great, a little warm some days when hiking around so you needed to be prepared with some water and comfortable clothes were a must.

Pros: Mykono's was a great stop

Cons: Do not travel on a European cruise with an Italian owned ship during July, August and September this is high season for Italians to travel 1425 Italians 75 english speaking passengers

Recommends Costa neoRomantica? No.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
You need to buy water and coffee was not offered at lunch or dinner
Cabin / Stateroom
We had an owners suite
Service and Staff
They did have an english speaking concierge but he wasn't exactly helpful, plus a bit arrogant.
The entertainment was terrible, very poor quality. The activities would have been more fun if they would have realized they did have english speaking participants.
Mykonos, Greece
We paid the $6 euro to be bused to the city and I would recommend that as it was worth it, the ship offered this. The shops and restaurant areas are great. To bad you arrive at night because there is a nice beach in town you could sit at .
Don't Miss: The shops are amazing, recommend buying the 100% olive soap
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
The ship needs to inform passengers that you need to take a tour to get to Athens. You can take a taxi to go see places in Athens but you are taking a chance that you will get back in time to get on the ship. We didn't take a tour and ended up staying in Piraeus which didn't have much to offer.
Don't Miss: Take a ship sponsered tour to Athens
Santorini, Greece

Don't Miss: We did the 4 X 4 jeep tour we loved it but if you don't like skinny roads and steep drop offs on the side this is not the tour for you .
Messina, Sicily
If you did not take an excursion, you had nothing to do because the town shuts down all afternoon during the time you were in port.
Izmir, Turkey
I would recommend the excursion to Ephesus offered by the ship
Don't Miss: Ceramic shop in Ephesus a stop with the tour

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