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Vockings - Answered a Question by Range (10 Nov 08 20:29)

The food is awful-even the pizza and pasta- on Costa, and most of the staff can't understand English so I don't hold out much hope for you asking for plain food.We couldn't get them to understand a request for a latte! The entertainment was dire,it was like Butlins on Sea and was repeated in about 5 languages-English being the last. If you don't mind being treated as steerage,then go on Costa,if not, avoid at all costs.

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by Range (09 Nov 08 19:54)

Have you read the reviews - click on the big orange button at the top of this page - and then filter by cruise line. If, after reading the reviews if you still want to cruise with them, expect all the announcements to be in 5 languages each time - it gets a bit tiresome at Bingo...!!! Remember Italian food in Italy is a whole lot diffferent to Italian food in Italy - expect small portions and no vegetables, and hardly any sauce on your pasta..

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Range (10 Nov 08 07:40)

I can only comment on MSC food which is a mix of 'standard cruise fare' & Italian, neither of which will set the taste buds alight. If you like your food plain, boring & forgetable then this could be a good choice of cruise. As for entertainment, think circus, acrobat, dance as there is very little vocal content due to the multi nationality passenger compliment & 'Mr & Mrs' type gameshows & Bingo are a joke with all questions & answers delivered in 5 or 6 languages. If however your choice is down to price, then accept that you get what you pay for. Regards Wilba.

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White - Answered a Question by Range (10 Nov 08 21:15)

We sailed on Costa Allegro out of Hong Kong last June. They had an English Chef on board. We had a choice of British food every night.which was very good. I believe they employed the chef because of the amount of British passengers on board,and due to the feedback from passengers about food quality. The entertainment was poor,however our main choice of selecting Costa was the itinerary.

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Mason - Answered a Question by Range (11 Nov 08 18:39)

Yes to both you can getplain chicken,steak & salmon.

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McGreal - Answered a Question by Range (11 Nov 08 22:34)

We sailed on the Costa Serena last year and the food was fine. Lots of Italian style food but also lots of English style food. The evening meal was in the restaurant with our own waiter and a good selection on the menu. The rest of the day was buffet style. Don't know why someone had trouble with English as most of the staff on our ship were from the Philippines and their English was better than their Italian. There was a mixed clientele on the ship the majority being Italians followed by French, Spanish and Germans. However there were a lot of english speakers Americans, Australians, Irish, Indians, South East Asians etc and there were always enough english speakers to make up a coach on the trips. Because of the language difficulty a lot of the entertainment was visual, acrobats, magicians etc but the singers tended to be English or American. I didn't find language being a problem and hugely enjoyed the entertainment. The only thing that is a little cheesy is that they emphasise the usual american/italian songs Que Sera Sera, Thats Amore etc. When they left port you always got Andrea Bocelli singing 'Time to say goodbye' italian/english. They made every effort to be 'english friendly' and we had a great time.

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Fulker - Answered a Question by Range (11 Nov 08 22:49)

Just returned from a far east cruise on the allegra and glad to be off theship.Its all Italian based food,wine and entertainment.Beware if taking teenagers nothing on board to intrest them.The surprise buffet was the same every night (bread rolls cakes and pizza)the only surprise was that they moved the table to a different position one night.Drinks very expensive and the tap water almost as brown as the Ganges so you dont need to take any fake tan.Good points were the itinerary and the bar and waiter staff very helpful and friendly.Very surprised that Virgin have put their name to Costa.Never again with Costa.

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day - Answered a Question by Range (12 Nov 08 06:35)

Hi there, we were on the MSC Posea in April. There is plenty of English food available.Like yourself I dont do Italian just good old English for me. We were on the maiden voyage and found the food cold and service secondrate.Whether they were having hiccups or not I dont know but it's put me off booking with them again.There was no tea and coffee making facilities in the cabins and you even had to pay for tap water.We watched a game of bingo one night and it took ages as they spoke in 5/6 languages.Enjoy your holiday.Kathy.

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Wheeler - Answered a Question by Range (12 Nov 08 10:04)

Sailed with Coasta Atalantica in August this year - like you thought it would be mostly Italian food but to our great surprise the cuisine was fabulous. We never had such a great choice of dishes or so many sirloin steaks at lunch time (casual dining) on any other ship. We have been on eight cruises and the dining was much better than RCI!!

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Webb - Answered a Question by Range (12 Nov 08 17:48)

We were on the MSC Poesia when it first launched from Dover, and found the food not at all Italian, and not bad either! The waiter was very friendly, made suggestions about the wines and kept us laughing. The food offered onboard ranged from western cuisine to Italian, and I hear some of the other MSC ships have Chinese restaurants etc. MSC Poesia had a sushi bar but we didn't try it. The entertainment was international-style, aesthetic stuff, but I think they bring in opera singers from time to time (they would be Italian). Though the announcements were in many languages, compared to other ships, there weren't many announcements over the tannoy to annoy us most of the time.

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