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Mediterranean 12/23-12/30 Review

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Just returned from the 12/23 Christmas cruise. Wow, what a wonderful ship and crew! I stressed for 7 months after reading all the negative threads, and was so relieved that our experiences were so positive!

 

About the food......it was wonderful! The selections are many, and if absolutely nothing appeals to you, you can order from the good old standby choices of chicken, caesaer salad, salmon, etc. We (group of 4) tried lots of new and different items-all were wonderful. We ate nearly every breakfast and every dinner at the dining room, one breakfast at the buffet, 5 lunches at the buffet and two lunches in the dining room, so I think we were able to get a good representation of the food. The buffet is in stations, which are not hard to find, with a very large number of selections each day. I loved the pizza! Coffee, ice tea, and ice water are always available, all day long, free of charge. Although I did not personally try the ice cream, other members of our group did and enjoyed it as well. The midnight buffets were fabulous and showed lots of imagination. Service was great and very attentive. The Festival Italia and Toga nights were entertaining as well.

 

Santa arrived Christmas morning and the children were treated to gifts and laptime with Santa. This took place on the second deck midship--the Costa singers and pianist sang Christmas carols in all languages - it was a wonderful holiday memory.

 

Entertainment - was wonderful! The singers and dancers are very talented; costumes and sets were beautiful. On Christmas evening we were treated to a classical concert by Hungarian pianist and violinist. The Time Machine and Solid Gold shows are great! We enjoyed each night's show - the Orsiris Theatre is comfortable and drink service was great as well. the cruise director, Paul Rutter, and staff were fabulous-so energetic and anxious to please all week long.

 

We found the beds to be hard (our other couple in our group thought their bed was fine) and our cabin steward, Christian, added a 4 inch topper to our bed before we even left port. The cabin (oceanview) was much larger than similiar cabin on RCC ship.

 

There were 500 children on board.......and we never had a problem. Saw no rough-housing, no playing in the elevators, no terrorizing at the pools.......absolutely never encountered a problem, even in the dining room. There were children in the casino area, but in all fairness, the casino is in a "walk-thru" area and it would be virtually impossible to keep children out of this area. We didn't see anyone having a problem with the kids on board.

 

The only "rudeness" I encountered was with a non-American female over an empty pool-side table. As I sat down at the table, she (was standing near the table) turned to me, glared, said something I didn't understand, and proceeded to sit her backside down at the table. She wasn't moving and I wasn't about to ruin my day arguing over a table-she obviously needed it more than I did. There was no "cutting" in line that others in previous posts said they experienced. There were passengers from 25 countries on board. The announcements are made in several languages, the deck numbers in the elevators are announced in other languages as well, and we enjoyed it-it is part of the international flavor of the ship.

We've been home about 24 hrs now, and collectively, we feel this was a grand holiday cruise. :)

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Just returned from the 12/23 Christmas cruise. Wow, what a wonderful ship and crew! I stressed for 7 months after reading all the negative threads, and was so relieved that our experiences were so positive!

 

About the food......it was wonderful! The selections are many, and if absolutely nothing appeals to you, you can order from the good old standby choices of chicken, caesaer salad, salmon, etc. We (group of 4) tried lots of new and different items-all were wonderful. We ate nearly every breakfast and every dinner at the dining room, one breakfast at the buffet, 5 lunches at the buffet and two lunches in the dining room, so I think we were able to get a good representation of the food. The buffet is in stations, which are not hard to find, with a very large number of selections each day. I loved the pizza! Coffee, ice tea, and ice water are always available, all day long, free of charge. Although I did not personally try the ice cream, other members of our group did and enjoyed it as well. The midnight buffets were fabulous and showed lots of imagination. Service was great and very attentive. The Festival Italia and Toga nights were entertaining as well.

 

Santa arrived Christmas morning and the children were treated to gifts and laptime with Santa. This took place on the second deck midship--the Costa singers and pianist sang Christmas carols in all languages - it was a wonderful holiday memory.

 

Entertainment - was wonderful! The singers and dancers are very talented; costumes and sets were beautiful. On Christmas evening we were treated to a classical concert by Hungarian pianist and violinist. The Time Machine and Solid Gold shows are great! We enjoyed each night's show - the Orsiris Theatre is comfortable and drink service was great as well. the cruise director, Paul Rutter, and staff were fabulous-so energetic and anxious to please all week long.

 

We found the beds to be hard (our other couple in our group thought their bed was fine) and our cabin steward, Christian, added a 4 inch topper to our bed before we even left port. The cabin (oceanview) was much larger than similiar cabin on RCC ship.

 

There were 500 children on board.......and we never had a problem. Saw no rough-housing, no playing in the elevators, no terrorizing at the pools.......absolutely never encountered a problem, even in the dining room. There were children in the casino area, but in all fairness, the casino is in a "walk-thru" area and it would be virtually impossible to keep children out of this area. We didn't see anyone having a problem with the kids on board.

 

The only "rudeness" I encountered was with a non-American female over an empty pool-side table. As I sat down at the table, she (was standing near the table) turned to me, glared, said something I didn't understand, and proceeded to sit her backside down at the table. She wasn't moving and I wasn't about to ruin my day arguing over a table-she obviously needed it more than I did. There was no "cutting" in line that others in previous posts said they experienced. There were passengers from 25 countries on board. The announcements are made in several languages, the deck numbers in the elevators are announced in other languages as well, and we enjoyed it-it is part of the international flavor of the ship.

We've been home about 24 hrs now, and collectively, we feel this was a grand holiday cruise. :)

 

time4fun,

My husband and I were on the same cruise. We also, had a great time, enjoyed every moment and every bite of food. We felt sad leaving that beautiful ship and such nice crew members and of course our new friends.

usmanjar

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my husband and I are travelling in April/06 on our first cruise. We decided on a cruise because of the fact that everyone says the food is fabulous... after we booked, I was shocked to read some of the comments about the nasty food. Should we be nervous? Will the foods be familiar to us at all or is everything going to be foreign to us? Please help... All the reviews on this site are from at least a year ago - nothing current..

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There was 4 of us on this ship Feb 05 and I thought the food was great as did the other 3 people. We are booked on the costa magica next month and hope the food is as good! You will find alot of negitive reviews about the food on costa and also a few good ones. All i can say is we enjoyed the whole cruise and I'm sure we will like the magica!

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I am trying to decide which excursions I would like to book for our cruise. Before I do so - I would like someone to try to clue me in on something...

 

The ports that she ship docks at on each island - is it walking distance to any markets, shops, attractions, beaches or do you have to get a cab to everything?

 

WE are doing the western carribrean cruise and I have not been able to find out if the ports are in secluded areas or if they are near shops, etc.

 

Please help me......

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Cruise fever 2006, are you on the April 9 Magica trip?

I think that if you look back at the negative reveiws...bad food. You will notice that most of them are from folks who sailed her either in the Med, or when the ship first started sailing the Caribbean.

 

I am sure that the cruise lines monitor these boards to a degree and realize that they need to make changes when necessary.

 

Everything I have read lately has been very positive.

 

I for one, am looking forward to writing a glowing review upon my return from the April 9 sailing in a mere 37 days. But who's counting?

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