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Costa Fortuna Review Feb. 24 - Mar. 2


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We just returned to day and wanted to stick my 2 cents in with regards to the Costa Fortuna.

 

"Costa Fortuna Review for 7 day Eastern Caribbean Feb. 24 - Mar. 2nd"

 

 

I am writing this for several reasons. The most important one is to try to give a more unbiased opinion. This is of course very difficult as our requirements for a cruise is probably different from most peoples. But here goes anyway.

 

Embarkation was a breeze and our luggage was delivered faster than any other cruise we have ever been on. 60 and counting! Our cabin, a suite, was very nicely laid out, although somewhat smaller than I thought a suite should be. The bathroom though was excellent. A walk-in closet with plenty of space along with a ton of drawers and another closet gave us more room than a person needs for 7 days. Our cabin attendant "Marjorie", was very efficient and our butler "Chris" was fantastic. Every day he brought new little treasures for us to eat. Like chocolate strawberries, and prociutto and bread sticks the next and cheese and crackers the other. Very nice.

 

 

1st and only big problem; Ilse was in her own cabin and was not linked up with us. She was in a different Life Boat and worst of all she was at a different dining room and a different table. Big mess there and I had to straighten it out with the Maitre’ D myself as it was too big a mess for our butler to handle. Either the agent or cruise line screwed up here. As far as the dining room situation that was fixed, but the life boat never was. Thank goodness there wasn’t a real emergency. The Maitre’ D "Raphael" was remarkable. Terrific is the only word to describe him. Took care of everything.

 

 

The food on board was good, not great, but not terrible either. The Pizza was excellent. The pastas very good. Hit and miss with the meat and fish. But overall, good. We didn’t use the buffet much after the first day as it resembled a very crowded zoo like atmosphere. This, I think is the main culprit of this ship. It felt very crowded at most times. When they had their dreadful sidewalk sales it was almost impossible to get through. However, we didn’t meet any rude people from anywhere. Everyone was very considerate to all, including our 89 year old mother. We had no problems with the elevators and the AC worked a little too well. Luckily we had a balcony door we could open and let out a little of the cold air. I don’t know how an inside cabin would be though with the AC.

 

 

The shows were some of the best I have ever seen on a ship. The sound system was a little too loud, but the shows were great. Very good guest performers.

 

 

The layout of the ship is a bit of a problem, not too bad once you get the hang of the ship. The signage could be better as well. The ship itself was kept spotless and did not show too much wear and tear. Plus our trip had about 3,300 passengers on board. Luckily not too many children and the ones that were there were very well behaved.

 

 

The passenger compliment was approx 75% European and the rest mostly american. Due to this the announcements were in 5 languages but they used the address system sparingly.

 

 

I thought the ships lounges to be very nice and the "Grand Lounge" a really excellent ballroom type room. Many couples were dancing nightly and the music was quite good.

 

 

The ports were all very good with the exception of "La Romana" in the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately we arrived in San Juan at almost 6PM and therfore missed seeing anything of that port. We had early dining that made it difficult. They shouldn’t arrive so late anyway. Who wants to be in Old San Juan after most of the stores and sights close. St. Thomas as usual called me into a favorite jewelers where I purchased my share of the booty.

 

 

The stop at Catalina Island is the usual beach day thingy. Not our cup of tea. We stayed on board and enjoyed the emptiness of it all.

 

 

The fitness center on board was also excellent. I used it every day. And they cleaned it at least 3 times a day. Very good. The gym was very popular and I think the Spa was very well received.

 

 

The Toga night was not as well attended as I thought it would be. There were about 30% of the passengers in togas. Some were obviously brought from home and were quite beautiful.

 

 

Disembarkation was also a breeze and we were off the ship about 845AM. Breezed right through customs because most people were foreign born and had to be cleared.

 

All in all I think it was great value for us. I think Costa is a very good product and they do a good job of trying to entertain 3,500 people. I think if the chance comes up for you to try Costa, you should, I know we will.

 

howndder

 

PS> Any questions, feel free to ask

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Thanks for your review. We're looking forward to our cruise in just 3 weeks!

 

We plan to stay on the ship at "La Romana", but I'm curious as to why you say all the ports were good except that one.

 

Thanks!

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Wow howndder! That was fast! You must have just got off the ship!

 

Thanks so much for the review. We'll be leaving 2 weeks from today!

 

What were some of the "not to miss" dishes in the dining room? What about on-board activities during sea days?

 

Were there many chair hogs? If so, what time would you suggest I be on deck if I want to occupy (not hog) a chair? Any areas of the deck more peaceful than others? Did you try the casino? If so, how did you like it?

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Separating families during lifeboat drill does happen- the stations are determined by the area the cabins are in. On one cruise dd and I were separated from dh and sons. We had side-by-side cabins and wouldnt you know it- our cabins were the dividing line for the muster stations.

 

Glad you enjoyed your suite- I know there are those that say they wouldnt pay extra for a suite on costa, but I think its a great bargain with them~ esp if you dont like crowds and pushing and shoving at the buffet. We thoroughly enjoyed room service:D

 

We did the zipline in Dominican Republic, so it became our favourite port to visit. Funny how different experiences shape our opinions eh?

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Hi,

Any hints for how to figure out the layout of the ship quickly or beforehand? What were the biggest logistical challenges?

 

Which Diningroom were your meals in (I understand there are two).

 

Are there any Not To Miss events, rooms, foods, excursions, etc?

 

Thanks!!

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Hello all, I will try to answer your questions.

GreyTracer....The ship arrives in La Romana AFTER the beach day at Catalina Island, so arrival time is 6PM. Everything is basically closed at that time and the city isn't that safe at night. Plus there's absolutely nothing to do at the port. The other ports are well established and offer many options for tours. IMHO.

Boo Boo Monkey....Not to be missed is the King Crab Legs on last formal night. Excellent and large. Plus our waiter brought several extra plates of them. Yummy! Activities were unfortunately scheduled at about the same time but were very varied and fun. Don't miss the Tarantella lesson. Casino was very good to me on the last 2 nights. It's a very large room with several tables and many slots, including pennies. They were the most fun. Chair hogs abound on this ship. For a prime location, you need to be up early. Not later than 10AM. However, there were plenty of seats available all over the upper decks.

SSings.....Stay away from trying to go through the 4th floor. There is a stairway in the middle of the ship that takes you down there to the Disco and Internet stations, but hard to find. You will find that most of your walking will be on decks 5 and 9 only.

Hope this helps,

Howard

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Were there any Tennis activities during the day? I am a tennis player and didn't know whether to bring my racquet.

 

We have never traveled on Costa before - do they send you luggage tags ahead of the cruise??

 

lawn bowling/bocce ball up on lido deck. Didnt notice tennis courts.

You will get luggage tags in your ticket/info booklet

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Thank you sooo much!!! The review is awesome!! I am even more anxious to go now (if that's possible!)

 

Did you notice in the gym if they have weights available for use? Do you happen to know if they do any classes of any kind? Stretching, or aerobics, or anything like that?

 

Thanks so much!!!

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Vol3820, yes there are free weights. Yes, they had a couple of classes a day. Usually stretchy things and of course walking and the Cancer Cure Walk as well. I thought the gym was really great.

I do not play tennis and did not notice if there was a court.

Howard

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Howard,

Did you notice if they had Karaoke at night on the Fortuna? I noticed on another review of a different Costa ship they had Karaoke every night in the Disco.

 

I am traveling with some other women and we can all sing. It would be fun to try the Karaoke (if the Fortuna has it).

 

Thanks, Sue

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Great review, Howard. Thanks for taking the time to post.

 

3 Questions:

 

How was the coffee? Specialty coffees?

 

Internet? (speed, cost)

 

Did you do room service breakfast?

 

Thanks,

 

Gabrielle

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Pupsweet; Costa had the best coffee I have ever had on a ship. I had room service breakfast everyday and at that time you can order Cappucino at no charge. Other times they do charge you, but my butler arranged with us that any time of the day, he would gladly bring us cappocino also at no charge. There isn't a specialty coffee shop as on other ships. I did not use the internet this trip as it was in the bowels of the ship on dreaded deck 4. Sorry, can't help you there.

Ssings; I remember seeing Karaoke advertised in one of the lounges but not the Disco. Actually this is a very late crowd on board and the disco was hopping on our cruise.

Hope this helps,

Howard

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Yes, I want to say thanks for your review also. I believe that with as many cruises you have been on (60), I would say your word is creditable! It is almost what I experienced on the Magica last year, except with different ports. Thanks for the POSSITIVE review, is breath of fresh air!

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Oh come on, BOO! You know there are chair hogs on every ship! And with this being the months for Spring Break, most of the cruise are booked. My wife and I took my son last Feb on the Magica, and there were chair hogs then, and it was much cooler then any of the ones we were on before and everybody seemed to be at the pool! Now you know if its nice as we are all hoping for the Easter week!!! Yeah! The pool will be packed along with NO chairs available, maybe they should let us make reservations for a chair! LOL. Would'nt that be funny if they did! Hey don't let the chair ruin your cruise! Have a great time!!!!

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I've actually never been anywhere whether it be a cruise or resort that DIDN'T have chair hogs by the pool or beach. It is the way it goes. Cabo, Cancun, Maui, Club Meds & cruises. People get up Super early and put their book, towel, etc. on a chair. It would be great if you could sign up and check out a chair for an hour or two so that no one hogged but that is not practical as resorts/cruises do not have the staff to police people and chair hogging. People get up early and do it because others do and they don't have a chance for chair if they don't so it is a vicious cycle :(

 

Don't let it get you down, if you want a chair guaranteed you will have to do the same thing as the others, I don't know of any other way??

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My family and I just returned from w. carribean on the fortuna on 2/17-2/24. Some info about the tennis court. There is a tennis court but it is located next to the exhaust funnel(Smoke stack). It's quit a court with stadium seating. The thing that we noticed was the wind up there. It will gust hard at sea and less in port. There is karaoke in one of the lounges. Chair hogs, well there on the fortuna. I didn't spent to much time on deck (I was traveling with my 19 month old son). One of our table mates saw people removing personel belongings of other to claim their chairs as their own. Coffee was good (not a dark roast), better than Princess. They use an instant coffee syrup. Cappucino were free at breakfast. This was not public knowledge, I was aware of this from reading cruise critic reviews before my trip. No flavored coffee and I don't know about any spirit coffee drinks. The internet is located on deck 4 under the casino next too the disco. Sorry I did not use it. I don't know cost or speed but people have told me on the ship it was expensive. They just sent an e mail to say "hi" to people back home. The gym was well equipped. There are free weights and exercise machines as well. There are two dinning rooms we ate in the michangelo dinning room table 41. We visited the Raffael dinning room and preferred our assigned dinning room. It was at the aft (back) of the ship with windows on three sides. We watched the sunset every night. We did feel the propellers under us. This was not an issue for us. Hope this was helpful to you all with any questions.

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Oh come on, BOO! You know there are chair hogs on every ship! And with this being the months for Spring Break, most of the cruise are booked. My wife and I took my son last Feb on the Magica, and there were chair hogs then, and it was much cooler then any of the ones we were on before and everybody seemed to be at the pool! Now you know if its nice as we are all hoping for the Easter week!!! Yeah! The pool will be packed along with NO chairs available, maybe they should let us make reservations for a chair! LOL. Would'nt that be funny if they did! Hey don't let the chair ruin your cruise! Have a great time!!!!

Chair hogging - there is open warfare between British and German holidaymakers whenit comes to this. Both countries find it very funny, now it has offically reached cruise ships:

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/03/10/nhumour410.xml

 

I have often seen the same person "reserve" several chair is different parts of the ship so that they have sun or shade the whole day.

 

What do I do, (I am a believer in all people / passengers are equal) chairs cannot be reserved and Costa has notices asking people to vacate the chair when not in use. If I see a chair with "personal belongings" that has not used for say 30 minutes, then I would remove the other persons things.

 

Now if/when they return and start making a fuss, I always remain calm and always polite, I standup all 6 foot and 190 pounds (sorry ladies - no speedo ;) ) and say:

 

Δεν σας καταλαβαίνω

 

then return to my chair and continue reading.

 

Is it right, don't know, is it right to hog a chair that is not in use?

 

Ron

PS By the was the above hyroglifcs is Greek for "I don't understand you".:D

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