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beenie weenie September 12th, 2008 09:45 PM

Taking the plunge! Costa Concordia Med. Thanksgiving
 
Well this will be new for us. I have finally made decision. It is written in stone now that I have made final payment.

I feel like trying something new and different. This will probably fit the bill. One thing I have found on Costa that I didn't know existed was the X1 package. For our one week Med cruise we pay $94 dollars and get unlimited beer, wine, soda and water during lunch and dinner.

There are no sea days on this cruise. I am sooooo looking forward to it! Hope I don't overpack!

ScurvyDog September 12th, 2008 11:12 PM

Beenie
Is the X1 per person or for the entire family? How does that work?

beenie weenie September 13th, 2008 12:24 AM

The X1 charge is applied to the adults in your party.

gfleo October 3rd, 2008 06:27 PM

Hi beenie, it has been a loooooooong time. Hope you are doing well!

great deal that wine package.

beenie weenie October 4th, 2008 04:49 PM

Hey Gfleo!!! How are you! I just booked another cruise for next October/November 2009 and we'll be back in Aruba and Curacao. Maybe we can make connections this time. Looks like we'll be there on the Jewel.

Hope all is well with you. Glad to see you posting.
:D

Irish Shark October 4th, 2008 05:29 PM

Hope you enjoy your cruise.

I have read that if you are not Italian or do not speak Italian, the crew does not treat you as well.

beenie weenie October 4th, 2008 06:24 PM

Irish, I will let you know what I encounter. I have heard that the folks can be kind of pushy and that can be kind of frustrating for us who like our orderly lines. I have also heard that you just have to adapt and hold your own, not let people run over you and it will be OK. This is an Italian cruise line and you know what they say..."when in Rome" It would not hurt any of us to broaden our horizons and learn a few Italian phrases, instead of expecting the world to adapt to us. My 5 year old has been greeting me lately with "bon giorno".

Now if the staff is rude then I guess we'll handle that the same as we would on any cruise ship. I have also heard that they assign an English speaking liason to their english speaking guests and that it is very important to attend the orientation on the first day and the people who have attended were glad they did. So we'll wait and see what the deal is when we get there.

However, if they treat us well, we may decide to try them again some time. I am pretty happy about the X1 package, and really would like to see other cruise lines adopt this sort of program. We don't drink that much, but I do like to have a glass of wine or two with my evening meals and lunch is nice too. D/H likes wine and a beer once in a while too and an occasional soda, so to spend under a hundred bucks each for this program it should work well for us.

Irish Shark October 4th, 2008 07:31 PM

Looks like you have the right attitude to get you through the potential rough spots.

We went to Italy a few yeas back (not on a cruise). I am 1/2 Italian and I understand more than I speak. I found in Rome that they preferred to talk to me in English instead of my broken Italian. :)

It is true that depending on the dialect you might not understand a thing that they are saying.

beenie weenie October 4th, 2008 08:50 PM

Now that you mention fluency... I guarantee that I will not understand what they are saying to me, and its a good bet they aren't going to understand me, but the most important thing is that we try!

So hopefully it will be a memorable time, and all will go well.

dbowman55 October 4th, 2008 09:10 PM

I just wanted to mention that I have cruised with Costa two times now and it's been fine. The one thing that people do complain about is the fact that all announcements are given in five languages and English is the last one. Every crew member speaks English and you will find when you go into the dinning room for a open meal such as lunch, they will ask what language you speak and sit you with those who speak the same. Of course this is what they do a dinner too. My first cruise was out of Rome and there were alot of Italians on board and they definitely do not understand what a "que" is, I thought it was funny but the English on board did not see the humor. My next cruise was last April from FLL to Geno and it was 17 days long, we were happy to be done with the cruise, the crew and ship was great, it turned out there were only 100 English speakers on a full (Big) ship.....
I hope you have a wonderful time, I love cruising the Med.
My husband and I are taking another transatlantic voyage from Venice on Oct 23 on Holland American, I have never been on one of their ships before. Reviews were not that great but the cost with air was just too good to pass up!

beenie weenie October 4th, 2008 09:50 PM

Dbowman, thanks so much for your post! If there are four of us for lunch will they likely seat us with others or let us just sit with our own party?

My only minor concern is that early seating is full and waitlisted, so we of course have been assigned late seating. I have heard dinner may occur anytime between 9 and 11... do you know if that is correct? I figure if it is that late and we don't want to wait we can always opt for the speciality restaurants for dinner... I know it will be rough having to settle for yummy gourmet food, but hey someone has to eat it right?

I also was wondering since we're cruising in late November/ early December if the covered pools will be heated. I understand this ship is nearly identical to the Carnival Conquest Class which we have sailed previously. I doubt we'll have that much time to even go swimming since there are no sea days on this cruise, but I thought I'd ask. I just saw a pretty good deal on another transatlantic Nov. 22nd from I think Rome to FLL starting at about $800 pp. for an inside. Prices must be dropping.

Thanks for sharing your experiences, I really appreciate it. If there is anything else you feel I should know please mention it. Thanks a million!

dbowman55 October 4th, 2008 11:04 PM

When we cruised the Med. last summer, we were at port almost every day. On the days that we were in port during dinner it was always open seating so that was great. You can always get a table for four, one of our best times was a lunch when the guy seating everyone was not paying attention and we ending up siting with a German couple who spoke a little English, we then became friends for the rest of the trip and now they plan a trip to AZ to visit (us and Las Vegas) The pools were cold even in the Summer, and they are salt water too. It didn't seem to stop the Italians, they are pretty much party people....also top deck sun bathing, clothing optional.....
Some people were critical about the food, as for me I am a caterer, so I know the cost of food and for the money it was great. I would say the weakest part of the food would be in the desserts. They look better than they taste. No gelato either just bad soft serve.
I think sometimes we forget how much or little we are paying for some of these cruises. My HAL with AIR is only $1,100 so I will be happy with what ever I get. We are going to mainly ports I haven't been too yet so I am excited.
On both ships, the Italians loved to dance! I have a blast just watching the old men and their wives on the dance floor. They take it very seriously. Costa is now owned by Carnival, so I think the level of service is pretty much the same.
The only other thing I can think of that people talked about, was the smoking. There will be more smoking that most Cruise Lines, only allowed in the Casino, and certain bars, but it does tend to travel. I just avoided the smoking areas.
Take care,

beenie weenie October 4th, 2008 11:20 PM

Oh my...clothing optional or tops optional? Is that on the LidoDeck or up on the funnel deck? I am asking because our kids are going to be coming with us and I kind of like to explain these sorts of cultural differences prior to finding ourselves in an awkward situation. I can see my eight year old son now.... Hey Mom look! Boobies!! Woohoo!


You know I don't know why it didn't occur to me prior to now, I just didn't think about it. I know topless sunbathing is pretty run of the mill stuff in Europe.

Hope things are starting to cool off in your neck of the woods. Years ago I live in Paradise Valley, and this was my favorite time of the year. Thanks again for your info!

dbowman55 October 5th, 2008 09:04 PM

Both Costa Cruises we were on a few topless and little string bottoms, these people usually were on the upper areas usually towards the front. I guess that is their area. Everyone covers up when they get up to move around. This was one of the topics that our English speaking Host filled us in on when we first got on board.
I have been following the weather and it looks like it's going to be in the mid 60's in late Oct. so I plan on packing for colder weather.
I was in Paris the first part of May and it was cold and it rained and I was unprepared. so this time I am bringing more warmer clothing. We are just now getting out of the 100's here in Phoenix, something that everyone gets excited for.
Take care,

beenie weenie October 5th, 2008 09:41 PM

Thanks so much for your help and the great information. I am thrilled to go. We will be bringing clothes for cooler weather, especially since on our return we will be spending a few days in Ireland, and it may get down into the 40's. Let's hope since it will be a little chillier everyone will keep their clothes on lol! I really appreciate your help! Thanks!

LEEBEE October 7th, 2008 03:02 AM

Hey there , from down uder here and are booked on the concordia in January, 2008. This will be our first Med cruise. We have cruised asia and australia with P&O and then Singapore with Star Cruises. We are interested in the X1 drink package. How do you order it?

beenie weenie October 7th, 2008 10:04 AM

You can have your travel agent order it for you or you can simply call Costa directly and order it. You cannot buy it once onboard and I believe it must be purchased 2 weeks prior to sailing.

rlfreshwater November 3rd, 2008 11:11 AM

Re: Taking the plunge! Costa Concordia Med. Thanksgiving
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by beenie weenie
Well this will be new for us. I have finally made decision. It is written in stone now that I have made final payment.

I feel like trying something new and different. This will probably fit the bill. One thing I have found on Costa that I didn't know existed was the X1 package. For our one week Med cruise we pay $94 dollars and get unlimited beer, wine, soda and water during lunch and dinner.

There are no sea days on this cruise. I am sooooo looking forward to it! Hope I don't overpack!

Hey beenie weenie! I'll be on the same cruise! :D I was just trying to figure out the weather situation and came across this thread. This will be my first cruise so if anyone cares to share any tips, I'd love to hear them.

I'm a little confused about the dress code, for one. And can anybody give me an idea of what the weather will be like? I can find out the info for the ports, but what about while at sea?

Also, how much can I expect to pay for one soda? I was planning on drinking water thinking it was free (yeah ... I'm cheap) but I guess it's bottled water and not free. So now I'm wondering if this X1 deal is the way to go. Unfortunately since my parents are going, I won't be partaking of any adult beverages :roll:, so would it be worth the $94 just for soda and/or water?

beenie weenie November 3rd, 2008 10:30 PM

rlfreshwater
Welcome aboard!!! You know I wouldn't stress too much about water and drinks on this cruise. We will be in a different port every day and you can bring a few bottles of water or soda with you when you return to the ship to drink for you in your room. They do sell what is called a boys and girl card. Which is basically a soda card. It is not unlimited soda, but you can purchase so many on a card at a reduced price. I am not sure of the cost or anything though. The X-1 package is primarily for adults and includes beer, wine, water and soda during lunch and dinner.

With regard to dress code, I am assuming that since it is a cooler time, you probably not see too many folks in shorts, unless they are headed to the pool or gym, there are two solarium pools, so I am just hoping the water will be warm enough to swim in though. Regarding the weather, I believe it is kind of rainy and yucky at the moment. We hope it will clear up by the time we cruise and that we will have sunny skys for our trip. temps will likely range between the 50's and 70's during the day I think. My day clothes will kind of be what I think of as smart casual and I really don't intend to go formal for dinner, I just cannot handle that much luggage on this trip lol. I will pack a handful of dressy sparkly fancy tops and a few black items like slacks, palazzo pants, and gauchos to mix and match. I will bring a jacket, an umbrella, perhaps an emergency rain poncho and two pairs of shoes, one dressy, one a good quality leather pair to wear with slacks and a pair of sandals.

I will send you a PM with other vital info and feel free to holler if you need anything. I hope we get to meet on board :D

rlfreshwater November 4th, 2008 05:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by beenie weenie
rlfreshwater
Welcome aboard!!! You know I wouldn't stress too much about water and drinks on this cruise. We will be in a different port every day and you can bring a few bottles of water or soda with you when you return to the ship to drink for you in your room. They do sell what is called a boys and girl card. Which is basically a soda card. It is not unlimited soda, but you can purchase so many on a card at a reduced price. I am not sure of the cost or anything though. The X-1 package is primarily for adults and includes beer, wine, water and soda during lunch and dinner.

With regard to dress code, I am assuming that since it is a cooler time, you probably not see too many folks in shorts, unless they are headed to the pool or gym, there are two solarium pools, so I am just hoping the water will be warm enough to swim in though. Regarding the weather, I believe it is kind of rainy and yucky at the moment. We hope it will clear up by the time we cruise and that we will have sunny skys for our trip. temps will likely range between the 50's and 70's during the day I think. My day clothes will kind of be what I think of as smart casual and I really don't intend to go formal for dinner, I just cannot handle that much luggage on this trip lol. I will pack a handful of dressy sparkly fancy tops and a few black items like slacks, palazzo pants, and gauchos to mix and match. I will bring a jacket, an umbrella, perhaps an emergency rain poncho and two pairs of shoes, one dressy, one a good quality leather pair to wear with slacks and a pair of sandals.

I will send you a PM with other vital info and feel free to holler if you need anything. I hope we get to meet on board :D

Thanks so much! That's good to know about bringing water and soda on board. I thought I read somewhere in my Costa info that you are not allowed to bring food & drink on board for safety reasons :-? but hopefully that was referring to the initial embarkation!

Also good to know about the attire. I appreciate it. I have advised my family to pack light because we will be taking the train from the airport to the port (we've got plenty of time to kill).

I hope the weather improves, too! An umbrella and poncho are good ideas and something I haven't considered.

I don't suppose you have any info on the orientation on the first day?

Thanks again for all of your advice!

Rhonda

beenie weenie November 4th, 2008 11:11 AM

My understanding is that we will be able to attend an orientation and will be introduced to our english speaking liason, and was advised that it is good idea to attend. I am guessing it is on the first day, but not sure to be honest.


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