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Costa Cruise Line

MS CostaFortuna

Your Rating:Four Stars
Reviewed by: Paolo Degrandi
# previous cruises: 10 to 20
Date of Trip: November 26, 2004
Itinerary: Mediterranean

The largest cruise ship in Italy's maritime history is a tribute to the italian liners of the past. Costa Fortuna is a stunning cruise ship designed to sail year round in the Mediterranean.

Public Areas
Each of her public lounges is named from an italian liner. The interiors were designed by Joe Farcus, who has done an excellent job. He hasn't recreated the atmosphere of the italian vessels of the past. For example in the Leonardo da Vinci lounge, named from the famous liner of the Sixties, you can see many reproductions of paintings done by Leonardo da Vinci, mostly portraits. In many lounges you can admire wonderful models of liners: the most interesting ones are of Michelangelo and Cristoforo Colombo. On the stairs painted panels illustrate the history of navigation. The most stunning lounge is with no doubt the Conte di Savoia Grand Bar, with its golden capitals and ceiling. There are three pools onboard, including a magrodome covered one, but they're quite small. The casino is quite large for an european ship.

Food and Service
There are two main dining rooms onboard, the Michelangelo and Raffaello, with good reproductions of the works of these two painters on the ceiling. The service provided by a mostly Filipino crew is very attentive. The cuisine is typical italian stile, with good taste and portions. Some dishes were designed by the famous italian chef Gualtiero Marchesi. The Cristoforo Colombo Buffet was also opened for dinner, with a good selection of hot and cold dishes, including fresh made pizzas.

The Conte Grande Grill ( extra charge of 23 Euros for person ) offers gourmet cuisine provided by the genoese " Zeffirino ". This experience shouldn't be missed.

The cabins are very large and comfortable, with a small sitting area with a sofa bed, a large vanity desk ( the phon is located here ), and an excellent insulation. Many outside cabins offer also a quite large private balcony. The bathrooms are very functional. Costa provides soaps, body lotion, shampoo, and shower caps. The room service menu ( extra charge of 3 Euros for each call ) is very limited.

The nightly entertainment was the strongest point of the cruise. Three stunning shows were performed in the large Rex Theater: the most interesting one was the H2O, a tribute to the sea and to the navigation. The daily entertainment wasn't so good: the animation team was quite amateurish.

During the winter season 2004-05 Costa Fortuna offers 11 days cruises in the Western Mediterranean/Atlantic, calling at Barcelona, Casablanca, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Madeira and Malaga. Don't reserve any excursion: they're very expansive. it's easier to get a taxi ( very reasonable prices ).

Costa Cruises is a family oriented company that provides a good program of entertainment for children and teen from 3 to 17 years old. They have dedicated spaces onboard, including a virtual games room and a small pool.

The Saturnia fitness center is very large, offering sauna and turkish bath for men and women free of charge. The magrodome covered Colombo pool can be used in inclement weather.

Who Goes
Costa Cruises caters an international clientele. The onboard experience is quite different from the american based cruise line. Announcements are done in five languages and the cruise staff is multilingual. I have met many nice persons: I hope to see them again.

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