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Judy Offman

Age: 56

Occupation:Teacher

Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Costa

Ship: Costa Fortuna

Sailing Date: June 22nd, 2007

Itinerary: Western Mediterranean

My husband and I just returned from the best cruise of our life. We loved it! Our other cruises were on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean lines and this was the best.

Before leaving for  our cruise, I was quite upset after reading terrible reviews about  this cruise. I was sorry that I had booked it without reading the reviews. I strongly considered attempting to get a refund, which was not possible.

Our cruise began in Barcelona where there were no lines to embark the ship--we just walked on. By the time we reached our room, our luggage was already waiting for us at our room. We tried an inside cabin for the first time and loved it! We loved the darkness of the room which is so conducive for sleeping.

Our steward, Romeo,  was phenomenal and extremely accommodating. Our room was cleaned several times a day and was always spotless.

The food was fantastic! Our lunches and dinners in the restaurant were equivalent to a five-star restaurant. There were always 6 courses offered--with each course being better than the one before. Our waiters, Eduardo and Murillo were the BEST! We so looked forward to the excellence in food preparation and appearance.

The fitness center was the latest state-of-the art machines. It was far superior to the others we had experienced.

We went on shore excursions in Pompeii and in Tunisia. They were excellent and worth the money!
In Marseilles, we took a little train for 5 Euros ($7.00) and it was an hour narrated ride through the town and up the hill to the Notre  Dame. What fantastic panoramic views of the city!

Others that took shore excursions were well satisfied with them!

We sat at dinner with other Americans but there were only 10% Americans on  the ship! How refreshing this was! It was great to be on such an international atmosphere and not constantly listening to English! I loved it!

The entertainment at night was not great and did not compare to there entertainment that we Americans are used to on American cruise lines.

Costa Cruises are great values for your money and I can't wait to take another Costa Cruise!


 

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