Wilba - Answered a Question by Welsh (01 Nov 08 12:25)

First of all, have you read the reviews (big yellow button). No they are a lower grade cruise line to RCI, NCL. Tipping is mandatory & non negotiable. The rest I don't know 'cos I read the reviews. Good Luck. Wilba.

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Reid - replied to Wilba (03 Nov 08 18:17)

Having cruised with Costa lines I can tell you that tipping is very much negotiable. All you do is go to customer services when you board the ship and say that you prefer to tip as you think fit, and they ask you to sign a piece of paper which states that tips will not be added to your on board account. itr's as simple as that. we have just come home from an Ocean Village cruise. NEVER AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!

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Wilba - replied to Reid (03 Nov 08 18:37)

What you may have done in the past is exactly that, history! As of this year Costas terms are NON negotiable, forget the forms at the desk, they are also history. Read the reviews of people who have tried this year with no success.

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Richard - Answered a Question by Welsh (01 Nov 08 13:04)

Costa ship was excellent (Fortuna), but decor a little bright, as well as cabins. Balcony cabins similar size etc to RCCL/NCL. Only problem we felt was the announcements were all done in 4/5 languages, english last. Shows were very good, and they were mostly sung in English. Food was good, but not as good as HAL or Celebrity. Overall good value for money.

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Gregory - Answered a Question by Welsh (01 Nov 08 15:57)

I have sailed with Costa cruise Lines on six occasions and on five different ships. They conpare very well with any other cruise company I have sailed with giving good value for money along with beautiful modern ships, what you have to take into consideration is that they are Italian owned and operated therfore English is the second language used on board but this never caused us a problen.

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BRIDLE - replied to Gregory (05 Nov 08 11:02)

Hi I would like to take the cruise in the far east, on costa classica, has anybody sailed on her? Trevor.

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didlick - Answered a Question by Welsh (01 Nov 08 17:44)

I've only sailed on cunard, princess and costa. Would not sail on costa again. Tipping is non negotiable amount. Found the entertainment poor and I'm easily pleased! Drinks reasonable value. Food was saving grace for me, it was lovely no matter how fussy we were! Waiters in resturant were fabulous but often found that the bar staff were (for want of a better word) lazy, it all seemed like too much trouble. Saying that though there were exceptions! It seemed to be on board that if you kicked up a stink and were awkward you got the best deal, if you just wanted to enjoy your holiday with no hassel you got forgotten. Would recommend Princess, book very late or very early for a cruise at similar price to costa but with lot better service!

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Nixon - Answered a Question by Welsh (04 Nov 08 15:15)

I have just returned from a week on the Costa Concordia around the Med with a friend and let me tell you that everything about this ship is fantastic - its only 2 years old and dont forget its Italian so the decor is special - although its massive we spent evenings in the Bar Londre where there is a smoking section and some nights it was very quiet - the casino is great fun - the shows are as good as Vegas - despite other reviews - THEY ARE DIFFERENT EVERY NIGHT- the food is to die for - such a fabulous choice and the staff are so polite and clean - our room was tidied so many times - you dont tip up front you register either youcredit card or cash 150 euro with the office then its cashless on a costa card - we arnt drinkers but now think the drinks package would have saved us a couple of quid - we had 4 wine and about 7 bottles of water throught the week so if we go again we will take the drinks package you dont need to buy tea and coffee as the buffet is always open - we did tip on our last day our waiter and cabin steward because they were exceptional - they charge 6 euro pp per day service charge which I felt was well worth it - the 3 gala nights (on 7day trip) were great and such good fun - I havent been on a cruise since 1975 which was with Chandris lines (greek) so I havent got much of a comparison BUT WE ARE DEFINATELY GOING AGAIN .

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