Binns - Answered a Question by Webb (12 Jun 09 18:04)

I've travelled twice with Costa after many cruises with other companies. The first, on Costa Mediterranea was a bit of a culture shock. Understandably the main guests are Italian who are noisy but fun loving. The food was not up to the same standard as other ships. There were many announcements in several languages and this was a bit intrusive sometimes. We learned to avoid main mealtimes as it was too loud and crowded. The pool was always packed to over flowing with kids and there was raucus entertainment. I decided that Costa wasnt for me and was never going to book another cruise with them. In spite of this there was a bargain to be had last year on Costa Concordia and after a brief discussion with my cruising pal, we decided to go. After all we knew what to expect this time and we were ready for a break. Okay so it was not what you might call "classy" or "formal" but it was great. The entertainment staff were enthusiastic and lively, food acceptable, staff dedicated and attentive. It proved to be excellent value for money, a good itinerary, a beautiful ship and good company. It was still on the noisy side, but you cant have everything. The Italians like to have a good time, that's evident. My advice is to keep an open mind. There are plenty of bars so you CAN find quiet if you need it. Similarly there may be a peaceful bit of deck to be found for sunbathing. At the end of the day you get what you pay for and as I said, Costa can be good value. I do hope you have a lovely cruise.

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cotswold critic - Answered a Question by Webb (12 Jun 09 17:54)

If you haven't paid over the final payment I would get out whilst the going is good. The food is of poor quality and repetative, the waiting staff are rude and unhelpful and the Italians en-mass on holiday have no manners. Having said all that, the quality of the cabins and general standard of cleanliness is adequate.

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Holmes - Answered a Question by Webb (12 Jun 09 18:56)

Probably no need to be so pessimistic - as Binns says, keep an open mind. We had a Costa cruise a few years ago, in the Med, and it was full of French, Spanish and Italians, masses of teenagers (so most unusual for a cruise!) and resulting frenetic activity at all the buffets and round the pools. BUT the rooms were ok, entertainment was ok, and the dining food was also ok - and I don't recall a problem with waiters etc. Individual ships within cruise lines DO vary, so it's unfair and inaccurate to castigate a whole cruise line because one ship may have a problem, which may in itself be temporary! Costa have made improvements in recent years, I believe (MSC too), and given where this cruise of yours is going, I doubt you'll have too many of the 'cheap & cheerful' brigade on board, and should have a nice time. The comment by 'cotswold critic' about " the Italians en-mass on holiday have no manners " is quite risible; I've seen plenty of British people on holiday and en-masse (fortunately not people that would usually consider cruises) and sadly they tend to put us near the bottom of the tourist league table! We were on an MSC cruise last year, and the food and cabin were excellent, the entertainment was a little over-geared towards Italian interests, but as your cruise will probably have more international customers I expect the shows will reflect that.

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simpson - Answered a Question by Webb (12 Jun 09 23:28)

Having been on the Costa Fortuna in 2007 around the Med we decided to go again this October. We would have liked to have tried the Costa Serena but had to settle for the Fortuna again, due to availability of cabins. My recollection of the ship is that it was great, the food was very good, the entertainment was interesting and the italians were good fun. OK so they are a bit loud and a bit pushy, but so what, it is an Italian cruise line. You have to go with an open mind. All ships are different, I have also travelled on Cunard, Princess, Royal Carribbean and P&O and enjoyed every cruise!

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May - Answered a Question by Webb (13 Jun 09 07:12)

We cruised the med in Sept last year on the COSTA MAGICA and had a great time! Previously we had cruised with Princess. It DID come as a bit of an eye opener as there were so many families. That said, the ship was great fun, entertainment better than the Emerald, and the food....was of coarse, mostly Italian and lovely. Go with an open mind and I'm sure you will enjoy it..

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MARSHALL - Answered a Question by Webb (13 Jun 09 07:14)

Went on the Costa Concordia last year and had a fabulous time no complaints at all. Have a wonderful holiday.

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thomas - Answered a Question by Webb (13 Jun 09 08:08)

My partner and I sailed last year on the Costa Magica around the Carribean. It was a wonderful trip, the ship was absolutely fantastic and the crew were so very helpful and cheerful. The tours were a bit on the expensive side, as were the drinks when you add all the tips, porterage etc. The evening entertainment was first class, during the day there were enough things going on to keep even the most active person busy. In a sentance, I would "go Costa anytime".

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Fenn - Answered a Question by Webb (13 Jun 09 08:17)

We travelled on Costa Classica in March this year from Dubai to Singapore (see reviews) and although she did leave a lot to be desired, and we were unlucky in getting a poor cabin with faulty air conditioning and a very poor waiter in the restaurant, the trip was by no means a disaster as the destinations were so wonderful. The trips are expensive, but we did all ours ourselves with local taxis, etc. Go with the flow; I have read some good reviews of Classica, so there is a lot of personal experience and personal taste involved, and have a wonderful time.

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McKee - Answered a Question by Webb (13 Jun 09 09:12)

Hello there. I have booked a cruise for my husband and myself on the Costa Classica on 4 November, Treasures of the Far East. Is this the cruise you are going on? We have the same feelings as you about the bad reports about Costa ships. We have contacted Travelsphere, (who we booked with) and they have assured us that there is nothing to worry about. If you read the review by Mr Scott-Davies dated 25 May, he did this cruise on the Allegra and could not speak highly enough. He has left his e-mail address for anyone to contact him and we have done this and he has replied saying he will give us a full and frank appraisal of the cruise next week as he is busy at the weekend. We have cruised before so we are not novices - but we are a little worried about this one! If you would like to contact us our email address is You may have picked up useful tips etc which may help us and likewise. Rosemary McKee Shropshire.

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chaffe - Answered a Question by Webb (13 Jun 09 09:19)

Basically get what u pay 4 . and its what u make of it, it only takes the weather to be not so good or the food be a little ify and you find yourself comparing. So my friend my advice would be to just enjoy by making the most of everything after all how lucky are u guys taking a cruise. Sure u have a excellent time..enjoy x.

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