We recently returned from the Eastern Car. over Thanksgiving and enjoyed our trip. The ship was HUGE - too big for us. Other than being very disappointed with most tours ie: we never did get to our Puerto Rico city tour. After waiting over 2 hrs. for our numbers to be called (for the bus) we gave up as did loads of others. Also found other tours not as they were described in the booklet. The children had a great time and lots of activities.We would see them every so often proudly 'parading' throughout the ship with the crafts they made. Also noted plenty of supervision and their were 4 age groups.
Found the Cruise director terrific and provided us with wonderful, varied, entertainment nightly in the massive theater. The wait staff, despite other posts, were really good and food also varied, but some fish & turkey overcooked. The cabin was adequate, roomy and comfy with the balcony. Imagine playing bingo with numbers called in 5 different languages? Trying to understand some of the hosts of different activities, who also spoke several languages, a bit hard since they had their own dialect. There was more activities than we could attend. All in all we had a nice time, but in the future will go back to a smaller ship. Now, you go and enjoy Happy Holidays
How was the service? Terrible. Only the asian steward and other asian staff polite. The Italian crew would not wee on you if you were on fire.
Food: Horrible. Cold. Disgusting at times. Stick to the pastas if you must go on this sailing.
Activities. As someone else said. Bingo in five languages. You can watch to cooks make an ice sculpture of a horse head and something else in about five minutes, One show they did about four M Jackson acts before I walked out. The only show I enjoyed was the talent night
Toga Party: Not many of the passengers went in Toga. Appeared to be a big flush.
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I will be cruising in February and I can't wait! I believe that you will be cruising in this month and I hope you have a wonderful time Rosemary! Don't let these reviews get to you, enjoy your vacation and I would love it if you would share your experience with us!
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Wow, it appears that many people are upset that there are bad reviews on Costa here. I also went on the cruise expecting the best. It just did not turn out that way. Do you think I went on Costa with this negative view about this ship and company. No, I thought I was on one of the best cruise line, cruising Italian style. I am a seasoned traveler. All over the world. Have taken numerous cruises. Always have a good time. This is one of the only vacations I have ever taken that I have had so many negative experiences. From employees to food to the way the corporation operates, all NEGATIVE.
On top of this, I was on the cruise with over 40 family and friends. EVERYONE felt the same. Other passengers I talked to felt the SAME. One day I was walking by the front desk, there was a line of people doing nothing but complaining. The complaints went from childs activities to shore excursions to billing. And the people were very upset. I have never seen this EVER in all my years of traveling.
And once again, when it comes to food, I am not that picky. The main dining room food was cold and horrible. The only really good dish I ever got was a pasta appetzier and a gnochi. I have never had the quality of meat that served to me on this ship. It was terrible. I understand that they are serving thousands of people, that is not my problem. I payed for this and I want quality or at least something close to it. There were many people in my party that took one or two bites out of food and just put the fork down and surrendered. And it is not because it was genuine Italian cooking, it was just horrible.
This is my true opininion. I am not telling something that is not true. This is fact.
And once again, the only thing this ship got right was when it came to an extra service that they could bill you for. Shore excursions, beverages photos etc. And I dont agree on having to pay $2.30 for a twelve ounce can of diet coke. it is not right.
I hope that the people who are going on this cruise in the coming months come back onto this message board and give a full honest review and compare notes.
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Tom, we're with you. Cruise was one big sales pitch. Food was horrible. If Juan is right and we are just Rubes then I agree we should avoid Italy, because according to this all Italian food there is prepared out of an envelope and delivered on a Cisco food truck.
I know food, and I can tell the difference between instant mashed potatoes and real, powdered eggs and real, and fake whipped cream and real. "Real" is not in Costa's vocabulary.
I had the distinct feeling that Costa has no concern for the comfort of their passengers and I told them so.
I also agree that the Rooms were beautiful, cabin service good though aloof as Juan noted. I am sorry about your misfortune. I feel cheated, too, and I didn't have nearly the bad time that you did.
Well, again... I do not share some of the sentiments being expressed here. I can assure you that patience is not my strength, and neither is sympathy. If I felt that I had received poor service, or that the food was not up to par, I would say so.
I was just reading a review for the Meditrranea on cruisereviews.com, which is the most comprehensive review I have read thus far. I find it to be right on. The author (an experienced cruiser) found none of the complaints some people have mentioned here. I am not saying that any of you are "rubes." What I am saying is that all of this is very subjective.
As I have mentioned before, my in-laws are immigrant Italians, so I have had the pleasure of eating authentic Italian food for many years now. The food aboard the Mediterranea, though not "five-star," is FAR from being bad. I thought it was very good, and so did my wife. Our cabin steward was great, and our waiter was incredibly sweet and helpful. We were catered to, and we had no major issues with the cruise. I can't say this enough: It's all a matter of opinion.
Another thing, Tom: EVERY cruiseline charges you for excursions, photos, and cokes. (Only a very few "luxury" liners won't charge you for soft drinks.) I do agree that paying $2.30 for a coke is a bit much. The funny thing is, just about everyone WE talked on the ship was having a wonderful time, had enjoyed the trip, and had no major complaints.
I was on the Costa Mediterranea for the Christmas week of 12/21. Overall, I had a nice time as did my family. Following are some of my observations:
Embarkation: Organized and painless.
Luggage: Took twelve hours to receive once on board.
Room: Comfortable with a very pleasant cabin boy -- not as pleasant as my daughter's cabin boy Gerald, however. (an ongoing family joke.)
Service: Not horrible and not good. Our waiter and assistant waiter were great. The cabin boy was good. The cruise director friendly, but I tired of the constant sales pitches.
The other staff wasn't rude but also weren't really friendly and didn't seem service oriented. I guess everyone in Europe is mad at something or so it appearred.
Food: Was basically bad. You can find things to eat but expect some food to not be as described, not to be warm or cooked, not to taste good, not to be tender. I'm not sure how many different ways I can express bad. I like to eat and have a well travelled sense of taste. If this is waht good Italian food tastes like I feel badly and will look on Italians with sympathy going forward. Veal that you can make shoes out of, etc. Stick to the bad buffet food and the bland cold pizza when possible. The desserts were generally tasty.
Entertainment: Opera Singer was very enjoyable. The clasical pianist was above average and I went to see him again in the lounge. Nice guy, played classical requests.
The magicial was a joke. The Costa variety shows were OK on the high school play level bad side -- but better than sitting and staring at a wall. (just the worst singers -- I couldn't believe how bad their voices were.) The talent show was OK. The steel drummers weren't top notch.
Ports: Poorly organized schedule did not allow us to enjoy the destinations. I wouldn't go on a cruise ship based on destinations in the future. I would make sure to go based on food, entertainment and comfort on the ship as this appears to be what this mode of travel is all about. And the beach in the Dominican Republic -- what a joke. It was like being on the beach in Venice CA during the fourth of July. Privacy for you and 2400 of your closest friends.
Disembarkation: Took a long time, but my flight was six hours later so "I" didn't really care about the wasted time.
Overall: 2 out of 5 stars. I would choose a different cruise line next time.
One last note -- When travelling with this many Europeans you will need to sharpen your elbows. Lines are apparently not a cultural concept acceptable to them.
Rae, you have a generous soul and read like you are a very nice person. I do know, however, when music sounds good (to me) and when food tastes good (to me) and I am just being truthful based upon my experience.
Just a reminder, even with some of the bads, I enjoyed my week very much.
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Davod: I totally agree about the veal. I had a veal dish, that if I had eaten more then one bite, wuld have required a helicopter to airlift me to the nearest hospital and this folks is no exageration.
As for catalina Island. This was HORRIBLE. the water was nice. However I felt as if I were on Coney isalnad on the hotest day in the summer. people were on top of each other. there was no place to move. And the BBQ. the line was 200 long. the food was undercooked. And I dont know where those massages were. I did not see anyone getting or giving massages. Glad no one screamed fire, You can get stomped to death on this beach. the only enjoyable part about this beach is that two lcoal woman have set up a bar. I had a couple of presidentes for two bucks a pop listening to their music.
And beware of the broker down beach chairs they bring to you. That is the Costa beach chairs that are supplied.
As for the Europeans being mad at something. they sure were. Clients and staff. I can only think what it may be. I dont want to be the one to say it. But if you dont ike it here, or working here, or working for Americans who frequent your place of employement. All I can say is TUFF SHOOTY, If you dont like your job, QUIT>
Wow... I am with Rae on this one. You guys amaze me.
Let me get this straight... you go on a cruise with 2,100 other people, 50% of which are Europeans, and you complain about rude passengers, a crowded beach, and a long debarkation process??? I was on the exact same cruise as you, David. I agree with on the magician show - he was a joke. However, c'mon, folks. If you had walked THREE minutes, you would have found plenty of room at Catalina Island. You cannot sit 50 yards away from where the tender boats are dropping people off and complain about sharing the beach with "2,400 of your closest friends"!!! My wife and I simply - <gasp!!> walked a couple of minutes and found a nice spot with no one around!! Oh, yeah, we walked right past the massage place, which was across from the hair braiding spot. And guess what, our chairs worked just fine. And they brought them ALL they way down the beach.. you know, that quiet spot we found. Have any of you ever been to Myrtle Beach or Virgina Beach? Do you go there and then complain about how many people are at the beach??? Yes, the food line was long at Catalina... but, again, there were close to TWO THOUSAND people there!!! What the hell did you expect??? And, yes, I had a VERY rude Frenchman cut in front of me; on top of that, this very rude Frenchman was picking up his food with his hands! Was I pissed? Sure!! But that's not Costa's fault, now is it??
Are you guys just LOOKING for s%*t about which to complain?? I don't get it. "Bad buffet food"?? hmmmm.... yes, fresh fruit, tender roast beef, mozarella capresse, proscuitto, capiccola, mortadella, four or five types or cheeses, rolls, and so on. Oh yeah, there was also the burger and hot dog bar out on the deck... you know, for those of us who cannot stand fresh proscuitto wrapped around fresh watermelon!!!
The rolls were not "stale." They were -- here we go away, <gasp!> -- European rolls, which are crunchy on the ouside!! God forbid, it's not sliced Wonder bread.
Tom, you have a right to be pissed about the whole flight thing. And, I guess I can't blame you if you have a sour taste in your mouth regarding Costa. I, on the other hand, had a wonderful time, as have several other people on this board who have personally emailed me and thanked me for "defending" them (though all I am doing is telling MY side of the story).
Before I left, a friend advised me not to read all the comment posted on board about the cruise. "There is a bunch of whiny-ass people out there." he told me. I am glad I took his advice. You people need to get a clue!
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and yes, besides the fact that Costa was the poorest run cruise line and company I have ever dealt with, my family and I all had a good time. That had nothing to do with this boat or anything on it. And I would never spend a nickle with Costa or Carnival for that matter again,.
The Costa Cruises are AWESOME.........They have play areas for children. The pool is beautiful, You can go to the internets, and the library where u can read quietly, you can go shopping, they have casinos, they have a tropical night where you wear something tropical and the calypso band plays there on the pool deck at night and u can dance there......they have live music in the lounges where you can dance too.............they also have talent shows and they also put on shows in the theater where u can see a show........they games and stuff for people in one of the lounges where u can play and win stuff,,,,,,outside on the pool area sometimes they make u do exercise where the dance floor is and u can dance, and play games too in the pool area (who makes the noisiest belly flop, or stiff like that).....they really have lots of activities aboard the costa cruises, ------------the food is good......they have seafood, steak, pastas all different kinds of food that you can think of.......but the food is quite good,,,,,there's a buffet where you can eat all u want during breakfast and lunch.......during the toga u wear the white sheets that they give you......you can put it on in any way you want, its funny and cool
the service is good, I personally had no problem with that.........But the ship is beautiful, theres a nightclub, bars everywhere and lota of lounges, the workers there are very friendly.....I hope you enjoy your cruise vacation
Do you have a life??? Do you do anything besides search every topic on this message board and then bash Costa? Everyone understands that you are bitter, but leave it alone! Allow people to enjoy their cruise without some bitter old-man complaining all the time.
Maybe you should find some new hobbies or find something else to complain about
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Or, you know, you could notice that Tom's posts are all a year old, and just leave it be. This entire board went through it all a year ago, and Tom went away (or stopped posting, it doesn't really matter which). Dredging it up doesn't do anyone any good.