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nuyoricanlady

Just back from Mediterranea 4-9 to 4-16

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Im a usual Carnival cruiser but took a chance on Costa. Overall I give the cruise a decent mark. Kids had fun, food was good, staff very friendly and the ship was immaculately clean. Toga night was a blast. Eugenio the assistant cruise director was hilarious. His bingo antics were very fun. And now for the negatives...Deck party was horrible. Im used to all night dancing fun and lots of laughs and the ship long congo line on the Carnival ships...this one was BORING. Ice carving was the highlight of this deck party :eek: . We arrived in Nassau at noon and had to be back on board by 430pm. TOO TOO SHORT..especially if you go to Atlantis for the tour of the digs..barely made it back to the ship. :( Kids and I were definitely NOT happy about that. Last but not least...everyone in the casino (including myself) was not too happy that the last night on the ship the casino closed at 1am. Actually it was like the cruise ended at 1am. The toga/talent show ended at 1130pm or so. People were hyped up..we wanted to end the cruise with a bang..but it fizzled out. NO FOOD, NO DRINKS, NO GAMBLING. :mad: One bar on a lower deck that accepted cash only. The reason given was that the ship was going to Italy the next day and everything needed to be converted to euro. As one passenger pointed out...this should be done on the ships time...not ours. It was like a ghost town Im used to partying the last night to the wee hours...it is the last night of the cruise geez. No pizza..no nothing to eat til morning. Big thumbs down on the last night. :(

All in all decent cruise..but I dont think I will be sailing Costa again.:o

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I was on the Mediterranea last week and if you return to the ship before 4:30 PM in Nassau, you returned too early. We were to be on board by 5:30 and the ship was due to depart at 6:00 PM but actually left at about 6:15 as per the time on my DVD palmcorder video. We took the water taxi to Paradise Is. for $3 and did our own tour of Atlantis resort and the marina area and still had plenty of time to walk back downtown and shop for over an hour before returning to the ship just before 5 PM.

I agree with your comments about the casino the last night. My wife had a problem with the slots not accepting US bills until she found out about the conversion to euros earlier that day. This should have been in the Today daily bullitin and posted better ( I saw none ) in the casino. Actually I agree that this should have been done after our cruise ended.

Overall we were pleased with this ship, the food, the staff and the entertainment.

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We are thinking of doing the Mediterranea next April. Have been reading alot of negatives. We want to do a balcony- anyone do one and was it decent? Also have read that the beds are very hard and you need to ask for a mattress topper. Is this true? We have always had room service for coffee in the morning and there was no charge other than the tip we gave. I had read that they charged for this as well. Please someone respond as we don't want to make a bad choice of ships.:)

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Another few questions for anyone who has been on Costa mediterranea. I read where there is a surcharge on alcohol while in port. How much beyond the cost of the drink do they charge? Never heard of this. Also read where they have tanning beds at no charge. Anyone know about this?

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We are thinking of doing the Mediterranea next April. Have been reading alot of negatives. We want to do a balcony- anyone do one and was it decent? Also have read that the beds are very hard and you need to ask for a mattress topper. Is this true? We have always had room service for coffee in the morning and there was no charge other than the tip we gave. I had read that they charged for this as well. Please someone respond as we don't want to make a bad choice of ships.:)

 

Hi there...did the Med in Feb. Our friends did the balcony...and I thought it was quite big...first cruise though, so nothing to compare it to. We plan on doing Costa again next year, and will get a balcony if the prices are what they were this year. Mattresses are thin...about 4 inches thick, and therefore hard. We loved it though! Room service is free. We did not use it, but my sister did...and said the menu was limited. No problem for coffee and small breakfast, she said. We loved the ship...amazingly clean, and the rooms were huge ( as our travel mates compared them to other cruise lines) Lots of storage space. We were on the first floor...almost under the casino, and thought it would be noisy, but it was not. Our friends were on the 8th floor, outside with balconies and loved it.;)

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Another few questions for anyone who has been on Costa mediterranea. I read where there is a surcharge on alcohol while in port. How much beyond the cost of the drink do they charge? Never heard of this. Also read where they have tanning beds at no charge. Anyone know about this?

 

Hi again...yes there is a surcharge for alcoholic drinks while docked. Can't remember the exact amount, but did not seem like much to us. We were told that it is an international law of some sorts, and that all cruise lines have to charge it. I really don;t know about that. However, on the islands, we found the drinks quite cheap in the bars etc. In Jamaica we did the bamboo river tour. They sold beer for 2 or 3 bucks a bottle...not sure what the mixed drinks were. In Grand Caymen at the bar, both were very reasonable.

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Another few questions for anyone who has been on Costa mediterranea. I read where there is a surcharge on alcohol while in port. How much beyond the cost of the drink do they charge? Never heard of this. Also read where they have tanning beds at no charge. Anyone know about this?

I think they charge tax on drinks because all alcohol sales are subject to Florida tax until the ship sails from port into international waters.

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Restaurant Degli Argentieri - is this the only dining option - besides the usual buffet type restaurant? We are booked for December and I am interested in booking an evening of 'fine dining' where they charge you another $25 or $30 pp.

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Switching back and forth from USD to Euros in a huge deal it involves reprograming every computer on the ship with the appropriate monitary denominations, conversions, etc. We were traveling in Europe when the Euros was about the become the standard monitary unit. As the day came closer and closer for the switch we found that computers were having issues with purchases and we needed to remember that although the currency displayed was in Euros the current price was actualy still in country currency and needed to be converted back from Euros. I personally would rather have things shut down then remain open and deal with the currency conversions.

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