Costa Serena Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Purser

2-3 cruises


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1 out of 5

Smoke infestation!

Sail Date: September 24, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

There is smoking allowed in pretty much every public area of the ship (bleh!). I am still recovering from the after effects of a respiratory infections as a result. We tried to go on deck as much as possible but there was always someone smoking near us. The ports themselves are pretty decent - I don't recommend any excursions as you will be rushed through everything, you won't be able to get out and take pictures of everything. You can easily wait till you port and there will be people trying to give you flyers of the same thing the boat is doing for a fraction of the cost.

Pros: Getting OFF the ship

Cons: Smoke everywhere

Recommends Costa Serena? No.

Ship Quality
You were forced to walk through smoking areas to get to certain areas of the ship.
Food and Dining
You can tell Costa is cutting back their costs in this area. None of the food was any better than a cheap cafe on land.
Cabin / Stateroom
There was plenty of room to move around in this cabin - we were in the lower deck strategically near an exit due to Costa's recent press.
Service and Staff
The cruise ship and the crew itself aren't any different or better from other cruise lines. There is a slide that was only open on 2 of the 7 days. The entertainment was ok\, only two shows were worth going to - the others were just terrible (loud music\, bad singers/dancers\, and terrible bar service). There were plenty of times that we decided to read rather than take part in the \"festivities\"

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