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Costa Cruise Line

MS CostaEuropa

Your Rating:One Star
Reviewed by: Jon Norstev
# previous cruises: 5
Date of Trip: January 6, 2007
Itinerary: Europe

This cruise line is not recommended for Americans

Public Areas
This is an older and a smaller ship. the casino is very small. There is an outside pool , but it was not open for 90% of our cruise

Entertainment staged with no blocked views and enough seating for everyone on ship. A shop sells high end wempe and escada, among other things.

Food and Service
The food was not up to standard either. This was the first cruise where we actually ordered room service...(where there is also a small charge...they do get you every time you turn around...you have to pay for water...they even turn off the hot water for the tea machines!!!)

The food is the same day after day for breakfast and for lunch/dinner/midnight buffets ,I am so sick of the same sandwiches they served which had the same two types of meat slices and the same two types of cheese. This is also the first cruise where I saw guests getting off just to eat! and that also included some of the Europeans!...I figured that at least the fish would be fresh being that almost every day we docked at places that had large fish markets, but yet every time I ordered any type of fish/seafood I just sent it back...you could smell it before it hit the table

There was not enough space to put your clothing. The shower had a small but tall sided bath, which was very hard and almost dangerous to get in and out of. The hallway and cabin noise was above average

The entertainment was a little below average. The cruise staff does not like Americans and it shows. The crew of waiters and cabin staff on the other hand were very good/helpful and pleasant to the guests

They really tend to cut all types of corners on this cruise line. Each stop was either too short or when you went ashore you found that most of the stores were closed because it was on a weekend and it was after 1pm. It just goes on and on...This goes for our so called English speaking hosts also..for some unknown reason the English speaking host doesn't tell you about the shuttles that will take you into town only the expensive excursions..(.but even those shuttles end up to be about the same cost as getting a taxi on your own.)

We received no information booklet from costa and even after many attempts to contact costa via phone e-mails we never received any information. Then costa told our travel agent that the no longer send out any booklets....and costa was right in a way...all the european guest showed up with booklets ,just not the American guests. (actually not being able to access their web site or getting information actually saved us lots of cash. We ended up going ashore at each stop and saw there was easy access to many types of tours not just the ones offered on ship...the best of which was those double decker tour buses that you can get on and off all day for about 10-20 euros. We used those like taxis and got off at or near where we wanted...spent as much time as we wanted then just got on them when they came by again.)

Who Goes
The other guests were 98% european and for the most part not very friendly

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