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Costa Cruise Line

MS CostaEuropa

Your Rating:Three Stars
Reviewed by: Paolo Degrandi
# previous cruises: 10+
Date of Trip: April 27, 2002
Itinerary: Mediterranean

The former Homeric/ Westerdam was not refurbished by Costa, maintaining the previous configuration in the cabins and in the public lounges, with only minimal changes ( essentially changes in the colour schemes ). The decor is now a bit dated and in different places ( particularly the Theater and Disco )also tired. The ship lacks the unique charm of " Cruising Italian Style ", even if she's very rich of art works ( but they are dutch or east colonial ).

Public Areas
There was a superb choice of public lounges, but the decor is a bit dated and tired in many places, particularly in the Atlantis Theater and in the Laodonte Disco. My favorite space is the large Meedusa Ballroom ( the former Admiral's Lounge ), completely remodelled in red and yellow. If you love the classic music go to the Argo Lounge to hear the performance of a talented violinist ( in the nearby there are also a furnished library and an internet center ). The Casino was reduced in size to create the Squok Club ( a kid's center ) and is always cramped. The fitness facilities are excellent, with two large pools, including a magrodome one, a full walk-around promenade and two tennis camps, but the location of the Gymnasium on the Boat Deck ( Cassiopea Deck ) isn't good ( it doesn't offer a panoramic view ).

Food and Service
The cuisine was the strongest point of the cruise, offering a superb choice of Italian and international dishes. The buffets offered simply all you could desire. The service was very attentive and friendly, but many waiters didn't speak English ( and also Italian ) well. If you love a casual and intimate atmosphere choose the Sirens Restaurant located on deck 11. You can also eat outdoor ( there are two grills near the pools) but there isn't a specific Cafe under a canopy as on board other Costa's ships.

The Cabins are very large and comfortable, now offering also a safe and a phon in the bathroom. Many of them have a good size tub. The soundproof is excellent. The number of cabins for families is limited ( third and fourth berth available only in the outside categories ).

The entertainment was in european style, offering very interesting shows. An international team of animators offers an ample choice of nice daily activities. There are also good programs for sports lovers.

We have explored the most famous greek islands ( Corfy, Santorini, Myconos, Rhodes, Chrete ). I suggest you to reserve only the excursions to Mycanae and Epidaurus from Nauplia. In the other places take a taxi ( they have very reasonable prices and in different ports the ship stops for the full day ). Costa is a family oriented company so the children are welcomed and superbly supervised.

Who Goes
There was a good mix of international passengers, most Europeans ( Italians, Frenches and Germanies ), but the medium age was high ( over 50 ).

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