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Costa Cruise Line

MS CostaRomantica

Your Rating:One Stars
Reviewed by: Neville Hyman
# previous cruises: 2
Date of Trip: July 20, 1998
Itinerary: Baltic/Black Sea/Russia

I would not recommend a Baltic cruise on this line. Based in Genoa, Italy, 75% of the passengers are Italian who seem to be first time cruisers. A certain amount of 'regimentation' is necessary on a ship. Rules and queues are ignored.Princess, Royal Carib. or Norwegian are preferred.

Public Areas
Public areas were refurbished although very crowded and noisy.My discovery of a quiet area at the disco bar,closed during the day,was short-lived following a party for Italians. Too many children were allowed to run around the casino and other areas.

Food and Service
The food, except pastas, was very bad. We gave up on the buffet, early on. Too much elbowing and seat grabbing. The service was excellent, although very few spoke basic English they tried so hard to please.Appetisers were good, entrees very poor in quality and desserts were ordinary.

Cabins were spacious and clean. The removable shower was a plumber's delight. Either scalding or freezing. 3 attempts to fix it and so it was fast in and out ! There were frequent requests (in Italian) for quiet while walking the cabin corridors.

The entertainment was good. We were at the theatre room every night there was a show. The early sitting people remained for the second show but soon left.

The activities are varied but announcements are made in 4 languages which is time consuming. Italian, French, German and English last. By then the Italians resumed their conversations obliterating announcements. Two days in St.petersburg was cut to one due to weather and our holed up in Ronne.Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen and Visby were good.

Who Goes
As stated, Italian retirees and their children. A few French and Germans. About 75 U.S. and about 40 Brits. The reception people were inexperienced, frequently flustered and spoke almost no English. We just made the best of a poor choice of cruise line.

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