Great experience, price includes the basics.

Costa Pacifica Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 17

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
Sail Date: February 17, 2014
Ship: Costa Pacifica
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 6259
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

It was a honeymoon holiday for us.  We flew to Barcelona to board this cruise.  The port is close to town but the cruise was parked at the outermost terminal.  Glad that we took a taxi from Parallel to the boarding gate.  (Do not attempt to take a bus and walk even from La Ramblas... it is very far walk regardless if you have luggages.)

 

This cruise embark and disbark at almost every port.  This is very interesting.  We met a few other North Americans who boarded in Barcelona.  But apparently, Savona and Marseille are the most popular embark/disbark ports for locals.

 

We had a Balcony cabin, it was very comfortable.  Generous bedroom size and bathroom size.

 

The population on the cruise is mostly European families.  All announcements were made in at least 4 languages including English.

 

When I was onboard, I was non-stop bombarded with "Book your excursion now!" information.  No one forced us to book anything, but I feel that there were too much onboard-selling... it was on announcements, cabin TV, swimming pool screens... non-stop looping.  I managed to visit and navigate all the ports on my own without any excursions.  But I have heard good reviews on the excursions from other passengers.

 

Most ports have excursions organized by local companies, look at those if you have time.  Much better pricing.

 

Drink packages, upgraded dining, jewlery sale, spa specials... these are in my face all the time!  Not complaining, but for budgeting.  Just beware that the cabin price only includes the basics and be ready to spend more money onboard!

 

The only rough day (I actually puked and stayed in bed all day) was the "At Sea" day.

 

Overall, it was a great experience.  Great staff, great food, great shows, great ports.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
No bad meals! Yet breakfast is the same everyday, no surprise

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Great shows

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Fair size

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Sofa has stain but it's acceptable.

Ship Tip

The "At Sea" Day is rough, be sure to take sea-sick medication in advance.

There is local "free shuttle" at Marseille until April 2014 at least, just ask the non-cruise Information Desk after getting off the cruise. This is the same as the Euro$11.95 shuttle offered by the cruise company.

5 out of 5
Runningbean Walking Tour... free tour, tip-basis. Great 2-hour history lesson.
5 out of 5
Take the Citysightseeing Tour Bus (Hop on Hop off) right at the port entrance
5 out of 5
Train station is 5-minute walking to the right of the port entrance, go to Rome is 50 minutes
5 out of 5
Join the local tour to Piza at the Information Centre where the shuttle drops you off. Only cost 20 Euro/pp
5 out of 5
Go out for a walk in the morning, go back to cruise for lunch, then head out again if you want. A walkable town.
5 out of 5
Take the "Free Shuttle" at Info Desk rather than the 11.95Euro shuttle offered by the cruise line. They are the same. Both bring you to the Old Port (a 20-min ride)
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