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Costa Cruise Line

MS CostaFortuna

Your Rating:Two Stars
Reviewed by: Matt Sudders
# previous cruises: 21 to 30
Date of Trip: October 28, 2007
Itinerary: Mediterranean

Good food, good service, nice itinerary, badly designed ship, dreadful entertainment.

Public Areas
This ship is a sister to the Carnival Destiny class, with all that entails. Big, glitzy and with some wow built in, but crowded and an awkward layout. I mean after 1 week people still couldn't find dinner. The ship 'theme' of the decor is Italian Liners - which is interestingly done in the normal over the top style of ships decorated by Mr Farcus - responsible for Canival and now Costa.

Food and Service
If Italian food is your thing, then this ship on this trip served up high quality fare, with great service every night. There is simply too much for dinner, with Appetizer, Soup, Pasta, Main, Salad, Cheese and Desert - but few of us would let that stop us!

Standard cruise size cabins - they're all made in the same factory. Spacious, well planned with adequate storage and bathroom space and a decent sized balcony.

Absolutely dire. Performers would be seen arriving late and running to the stage, often were out of tune, frequently sang in a foreign language (to them) which threw out phrasing. Stage shows were amateurish with pregnant pauses for scene changes. Most of the bands / duos looked like they didn't want to be there most of the time. Costa should fire the head of entertainment and take a trip on Carnival to see how to do it well.

An unusual itinerary, ports everyday but only until 13:00 then afternoons at sea. Ajaccio, Tunis, Valetta and Naples on this 5 night trip from Savona. Don't miss delightful old Valetta. Tunis had much interesting history and also lots of tourist tat. Ajaccio and Naples very nice place, but think of an excursion in Naples if you want to see Capri, Sorrento or Pompei - you won't have time to do it yourself.

Who Goes
Overwhelmingly Italian and French. Surprisingly bad mannered crowd especially pushy in the buffet and smoky in the lounges, noone dresses for dinner.

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