morris - Answered a Question by Matthew (25 Jan 09 18:20)

We did this itinerary on Costa Classica (but had a suite as it was a special birthday!!) You don't say which ship you are looking at...but Classica only had ten balconies (suites). We have done two Costa cruises now and really don't like them very much but obviously it is personal taste.....every announcement is done in at least ffour languages and more often than not the English one is last! The food is ok but not good in our opinion...they only seem to offer one vegetable in the main restaurant and when we were given artichoke I asked for an alternative and was told there wasn't one!!!!nice puddings though... Staff on the whole seem disinterested in the passenger (except for our steward on our second cruise on Serena who was excellent) British people were in the minority on both cruises around 10-15 percent and our european cousins are quite noisy and lacking in what we might call 'good manners'. entertainment was not our cup of tea at all.... acrobatics, spanish dancing, a bit of amateurish singing/dancing....Having said all that the itinerary was superb and the price was good so I suppose you get what you pay for...tips are compulsory and were 6 euros a day per person when we went. tea /coffee was not available 24/7 and not after dinner even, so you had to buy it if you like a coffee after meals. So in answer to your question probably 3 star!

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Matthew (26 Jan 09 06:41)

Have you checked the review section for Costa? That will give you a bigger picture for your particular ship.......Wilba.

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morris - Answered a Question by Matthew (26 Jan 09 11:09)

I should have mentioned that Royal Caribbean are intending doing a similar itinerary in 2010!!

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Alexander - Answered a Question by Matthew (28 Jan 09 09:52)

If you are used to Celebrity standards do not consider Costa.

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Monaghan - Answered a Question by Matthew (28 Jan 09 12:25)

I agree with most of comments by Matthew, we have done Costa Classica and the Europa, similar experiences really that they are not totally geared up for the English guests, entertainment mediocre and service not as good as other cruises we have done. I was impressed with the food however and the itenerary was the main reason we chose Costa.

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Cramant - Answered a Question by Matthew (28 Jan 09 16:59)

Oh dear, we are booked on this at the end of March. We didn't rate Celebrity, if this is even worse it could be a big mistake. However our initial cruises were on MSC and the multi language thing you get used to. I've yet to do a cruise where most of the entertainment was worth walking along a deck to see, so thats no change. PS we've done over 30 cruises! WE enjoy doing our own thing and meeting new and generally interesting people.

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Smith - Answered a Question by Matthew (29 Jan 09 08:57)

Don't!

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Driscoll - Answered a Question by Matthew (30 Jan 09 10:38)

Sailed 5 times with Costa, once with Celebrity, and found the service very inferior on Celebrity compared to Costa. Also much better cabins on Costa.

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