Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Costa
Ship: Costa Mediterranea
Sailing Date: September 5th, 2004
WARNING: If you do not have children - do not do this cruise.
First, I will say some nice things about this cruise. The staff were always friendly and helpful. Our personal butler and cabin steward were both wonderful. Our room was nice, but it was a Grand Suite and most people do not book a suite. We had the luxury of eating in our room whenever we wanted. Everyone else had to dine in chaos.
The ports of call were great. We wished to have more time to enjoy each stop. Greece and Turkey were amazing. Crotia, in particular, is a beautiful land that has yet to be over-developed. Go there now...before the resorts and hotels build; you will appreciate it.
Now, for the bad...this cruise was filled with mostly European families. The children and parents did not follow rules for when and where children were allowed. I do fault the staff for not keeping on top of it. One pool, some sun decks, the casino, the spa and workout facilities are SUPPOSED to be 16yrs. and up. That was not honored. The children ran around the ship, constantly pushing elevator buttons, running into people, etc.
The food is NOT Italian. Any good Italian would tell you that! It is massed-produced food that is mostly frozen until heating. Do not book this cruise to eat Italian for a week. If you don't mind buffet-style, frozen dinner type food then you should be okay. Try to find time to eat at the ports of call...amazing Greek and Turkish food! YUM!
Also, the non-alcholic beverages are expensive. We paid over 2 EURO per diet coke (etc.).
So, if you are trying to relax, or take your honeymoon this is not the cruise for you. If you have children and require activities for all...and don't mind bland food...then this is for you!