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M. A. McKitrick

Age: 67


Number of Cruises: 15

Cruise Line: Costa

Ship: Costa Mediterranea

Sailing Date: February 22nd, 2004

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

Having read unfavorable reviews of the Costa Mediterranea prior to our cruise, I felt some trepidation about this particular line and ship. After the cruise was over, I feel it is necessary to counter the criticisms of those reviews. In all, we had a very enjoyable week.

The ship itself is absolutely the cleanest ship I've seen in my previous 14 cruises. The decor, I will admit, is eclectic in that some is ancient Roman, some Egyptian, some almost art deco and some I can't identify. Loads of chrome and mirrors throughout the atrium, medieval drawings abound in the stateroom areas, numerous statues of ancient Romans, There is much decorative colored lighting throughout.

Our cabin had the most storage space of any we have previously encountered and the bathroom, with it's royal blue tiles and aqua sink and vanity was beautiful.

I had read that the staff was rude and often ignored requests. We did not find that to be true at all, especially in the dining room. We received friendly and courteous service. Our waiter, Ovideo was efficient, helpful and very funny.

We found the food above average in quality, quantity and diverse in selections.

Now of course, everything was not perfect as in any cruise. My criticism is mainly for the staff in the casino. As that is one of our favorite activities aboard ships we were looking forward to signing up for the slots tournament. However there was no publicity about when it would be held and none of the staff we asked seemed to know. On Friday, the daily schedule said it would be from 3 to 5Pm. I thought it odd as we were in port then. We did go to the casino at 3 and it was empty. That evening I asked one of the gentlemen staff about it and was told it had been held on Monday. On Saturday we attended another activity at 3:30 and stopped by the casino at 4:30 only to find the tournament in it's final minutes. Nothing in the daily schedule had mentioned it. I again approached that staff member and was told"sorry about that". Not a big thing but disappointing. Would I take another Costa Cruise? Probably yes. We enjoyed the ports of Key West, Cayman Island and Cozumel. Unless you are taking a tour of Mayan ruins, don't even bother to see Progresso-it's a sad, depressing poverty stricken town and some advise hepatitis and other innoculations before going ashore. We didn't take any shore excursions preferring to hire our own drivers for sightseeing or going to beaches.

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