The entertainment was some of the best I have ever seen on a boat, very close to Vegas
The crew- here is all I have to say. They do a good job but they are more concern with the task than the people. I think is the difference between a crystal cruise or princess cruise and costa. Please be aware that on this cruise English is NOT the main language. If you speak only English you are in the minority. Some crew members do not even speak English.
The food- I would rank as very good but not excellent. Very different choices and pasta is served with every meal but again the waiters were concerned with the task and not the customer. They do not operate out of the box. I wanted 2 glasses with Ice tea and it was difficult to get.. I did not order soup or pasta and hense had to wait for the others at the table as the courses were served in order and together.
The islands-Fort Lauderdale ( Sunday ) Never cruise during spring break. There were hundreds of extra people at the airport, hotels and restaurants plus all the prices had increased due to demand. We really had to idea. The board boards at 1:00 and not before. We were told 11:00 and waited in line
Boarding was fast and easy compared to other ships as they had let us fax or e-mail in a lot of the information. Our rooms were not ready but there was an open buffet and entertainment so even thought we had been in the same clothes since the night before it was fine. The room was clean and large. It was easy to see it was a ship only a few years old. There is a safe, TV, ample closets and drawers, hairdryer, mini bar. We had the same stewart ( Angelina ) and she did an excellent job of getting our room clean the minute we left. We also asked for extra pillow and blankets and they were brought immediately. The bed was extremely hard and we failed to tell her but later found out they do provide other mattresses if needed.
Day at Sea ( Monday ) The crew did an excellent job of providing entertainment all day long. It was very enjoyable. We were out early to get our seats and I noticed during the day that people were looking for a place to park but were not able to find one immediately but as they say – you snooze you lose.
San Juan (Tuesday ) We arrived about 3 which gave us time to shop and still be back for dinner. I love the shopping at San Juan. All of the tours provided we had been on before. Wish they could get there sooner so we could get to the beach but this is the same time all ships arrive
Saint Thomas ( Wednesday ) this island is a shopping frenzie. Too much for us . We did enjoy the bus ride around the island for $25 each which was cheaper than what was offered by the cruise line. We had not signed up for a excursion as we had done all the ones we wanted but I would do one next time just to get away . Two hours on a boat is better than 2 hours on a bus any day
Casa De Campo/La Romana ( Thursday ) This would happen to be my most unfavorite place in the carribean. Stay on the boat. The two excursions are one to town and the other to historical site. The buses were made for little people and no one fit . The excursions consists of a small park with flee market vendors. They were very expensive. They wanted ten dollars for a shot glass, fifteen dollars for a 2000 spoon. They have people there to speak English and use calculators to tell you how much it costs in dollars. There are several beggars. There was music and dancing but when you stopped for a photo they whispered – one dollar donation please _ A guy was walking his goat and wanted you to take a picture of it and they asked for money. The historial site was not better. There places we had read about and wanted to go to but everything we wanted to see was too far away. It reminded me of Meridan, Mexico.
Grand Turks ( Friday ) Oh my gosh I love this place and could have stayed here the whole trip. It is clean. It is pretty, There are no locals. There are wonderful shops with great stuff at a fair price. There are chairs and umberellas on the beach. The free pool was grand and everyone had fun in Margaretta ville. We event to Gibbs bay and never wanted to leave. Seriously we could have spent the whole trip here. I would love to go back.
Day at Sea ( Saturday ) Nice, relaxing
Fort Lauderdale ( Sunday ) Disbarkment was done were nicely and quickly
That sounds like the exact Costa Magica itenerary. :3 My mom actually loved La Ramona though I stayed on the ship due to the fact that I tend to dislike slum-like places like I thought it was...(Seems I'm right after reading reviews) Instead I went to what's-it's-name on one of those little-people buses; it was actually pretty amusing that you could barely get through the aisles since it was a bus for cruise-passengers. xDD But anyway, I dunno if that was the same ship, but it sounds the same.