Overview: While various nationalities are carried, most passengers are Italian, so the ship is lively but quite noisy, with lots of children running around, particularly during school holidays. The interior decor, which includes marble, wood and mother of pearl, pays tribute to l...
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plows, wallsend - Commented on this review
We have just done a costa cruise too and agree with all that you have said. we too will do costa again despite the 'italian' way of doing things. we truly enjoyed the food and the service was excellent on the costa serena. would recommend it to those with an 'open' mind.
STEVENS, EARLEY BERKSHIRE - Commented on this review
A very interesting review to read. We are considering taking the Costa Luminosa Jewels of the Emirates cruise in November. As Brits we are worried about being in a minority onboard. Your information about being seated at dinner with Americans and Aussies will be great. We like a drink and you mention a drinks package, can you remember what the cost is roughly? Is the entertainment, shows etc in English? An obvious question springs to mind, regarding Sunbeds, are there plenty of them and is there a' towels on sunbeds at the crack of dawn' problem? Would you use Costa again following your experiences? Any excursions you might particlarly recommend? I would very much appreciate your answers to my many questions if possible. Once again, a really good review to read from a fellow cruiser!
Warbrick, Derby Commented on a comment by STEVENS (26 Aug 10 16:47)
Delighted to put your mind at ease. My understanding is that Costa put English speaking guests on tables together. They also have an English speaking host on board who can help if needed. We took an X1 drinks package - about £9 per day each but you need to ask your travel agent for it as it's not always advertised. The entertainment was excellent on our cruise and was suitable for everyone regardless of nationality We find the sunbed problem is the same on all ships. In practice it was far too hot to sit in the sun so we tried to find shady areas. There are plenty of sunbeds on the top decks, although on the promenade deck there was not seating whatsoever. We would definitely use Costa again and would recommend them to anyone. We did not book any ship's excursions preferring to 'do out own thing', which is quite easy in most ports. Hope this helps.
We were fortunate to be on this cruise,you report is excellent,well balanced,this was our 12th cruise with Costa,all of which have been very good, we have done a similar number with Princess who WE feel are a little ahead of Costa. Like you we did the open top bus,at other times we got together with others from the table and negotiated a mini bus tour,however on the longer trip to the Valley of the Kings we used the ships transport Drinks were very expensive,accordingly the X1 package is a must do,each member of the party must buy a package,one of us only drinks soft drinks,the solution was, we bought one X1 package and one childs drink package Look forward to our next cruise with Costa in April next year another long cruise starting around the Caribbean,transatlantic,then thro the Med to Savona Finally,had the pleasure of meeting up with another seasoned cruiser in Jimbo and his good lady who also do good reports,his comment is below .