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Nancy Cooper

Age: 67

Occupation:Retired

Number of Cruises: 10

Cruise Line: Costa

Ship: Costa Europa

Sailing Date: 03-14-2009

Itinerary: Indian Ocean to Italy

The ship is older, but well maintained. I enjoyed the decor of the old sailing ships. The service was excellent and the itinerary was extremely interesting.

As there were about 1400 passengers on this ship, with less than 300 speaking English, I felt the ship did a great job of giving out necesssary information in many languages. The shore excursions were with people who spoke your language and dinner was with people who spoke your language. Even the entertainment was geared to multi language audiences.

The shore excursions were well planned, but very pricey. In some instances using the ship's excursion was still the best option.

We left from Mauritius, stopped in Reunion, Madagascar, Kenya, Oman, Yemen, Egypt and docked in Italy, so a large area was covered in a potentially dangerous part of the world.

The information on the ship about the various countries and ports was well presented by a professor.

In all - with the exception of the very poor food at dinner, it was a wonderful cruise.

The breakfast and lunch buffets were well done with the exception that none of the fruit appeared to be fresh and the menu varied very little.

The dinner presentation was very good, but the actual food itself was sometimes not edible. Luckily the rolls were always good.

The stateroom was attractive and always kept clean by our steward. There was plenty of space for unpacking.

No toiletries were provided in the bathroom.

The onboard activities were very limited for English speaking passengers.
Don't miss going to Taiz in Yemen with the ship.

Do miss their excursion in Nosy Be, Madagascar to the two islands.

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