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  • Pyatt, Leicester - Commented on this review

    Very good well written review.We are travelling on Costa Facinosa in November and as we haven't been able to find much information about Costa ships I found it very informative and positive.Just one question,are there any formal nights on a 7 day cruise and do passengers dress up as we enjoy formal dress and don't want to look out of place?Still can't decide about a drinks package.We are not big drinkers but maybe it might pay us to think about it.I think your review covered everything else we need to know.I am sure both ships are similar.Any other hints would be much appreciated.

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    • Cox, los montesinos alicante Commented on a comment by Pyatt (05 Oct 12 14:50)

      Hello pyatt. Thank you for your kind comment. There are formal nights. i dont know how many there will be on a 7 day cruise. On the 5 day cruise just done there was 1 formal night. We too enjoy dressing up but some of passengers just wore a jacket and tie, very few gentlemen in evening formal attire although quite a lot of ladies did dress up. If your cruise is like this one then a lot of people will just be in casual clothes. however we did dress up for formal night and lots of people commented on how nice we looked. nobody looked at us oddly,you were just accepted,my advice would be to dress however you feel comfortable,enjoy the formal occasion just dont be too suprised by those who don't dress, and note there are no formal announcements about dining times. If like us you are not big drinkers then we found the prices very reasonable and you can purchase a caraffe of wine in the dining room for about 10€.50. bottles started at about 21€. The non alcoholic cocktails were very nice, so if you prefer n/a drinks and drink more than 2 cocktails a day then the kids card could be for you. on the site it states its for under 18's but we did ask at customer services and were informed that they'd sell to those adults who dont drink on the day of embarkation for 10€pppd. they also did a voucher system where you bought a book of 28 vouchers for 20 euros which entitled you to any soft drink or n/a cocktail.once all vouchers were used you could purchase another booklet. We too are travelling on the facinosa next feruary sailing from Santos to Venice so we'll be aiting to hear all about it. Have a wonderful cruise,i know we did and are looking to go on a pre xmas one. if we can be of any further help,then please dont hesitate to get in contact. Happy Cruising.

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      • Pyatt, Leicester Commented on a comment by Cox (07 Oct 12 13:38)

        Thank you for your reply,lots of options to think about and we will be packing our evening wear.

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    • Stock, Basingstoke Commented on a comment by Pyatt (05 Oct 12 16:12)

      There will be two gala nights in a weeks cruise, about 20% will be in Tux/diner jacket, rest will be assorted suits with tie. Ladies dress up more than men. If you are moderate drinkers you can pre-purchse the easy wine and water package at E70 which is 4 bottles of wine 2 White 2 Red and 7 bottles of water (they will keep any unused wine in the MDR for the next night and you can pick up part of the package in any bar. You can buy tours and shuttle tickets from machines deck 5 and 4 and register credit cards. Do join the Costa club points soon mount up and perks are very good. On our 17 Costa cruise in Nov and loved every one.

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      • Pyatt, Leicester Commented on a comment by Stock (07 Oct 12 13:32)

        Thank you for your information,very reassuring that you have taken so many Costa cruises.

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  • Jenkins, Benest - Commented on this review

    Thank you for a very informative review.

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  • Fenton, LONDON - Commented on this review

    Great review nice to get lots of info thank you.

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  • stewart, greenock - Commented on this review

    We have enjoyed seven cruises with Costa and love travelling with them ... thoroughly agree with everything you say ... it's great to have some positive feedback about Costa for a change ... looking forward to next year's cruise (even although there are generally less than a hundred english speakers on board)..... Margaret & Roy Scotland.

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  • Hiltmann, Askim - Commented on this review

    Thank you very much god top information. We are on transatlantic in nov. and have the full AI extra drink. Have suite, spoiling my wife´s birthday. Rolf.

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