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Costa Cruises: Costa Fortuna

Costa Fortuna Review

Insider Take

Overview

Launched in 2003 featuring multiple bars, four swimming pools and berths for 2716 passengers it is a 105,000-ton mega-ship.

Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer

Peace and quiet, great food and service, and English as the first language.

Onboard Experience

Constructed at the historic Sestri Ponente shipyard that built the legendary Rex and the Andrea Doria, the gigantic Costa Fortuna served as Costa Crociere's flagship until the even larger Costa Concordia debuted in July 2006.

The facilities include two split-level restaurants, self-service buffet on Lido Deck, a specialty restaurant, pizzeria, a theater extending over three decks, a two-story disco, 11 bars, an Internet cafe, casino, a health and beauty center, four swimming pools (including a children's splash pool) and no fewer than six Jacuzzis. Consider a tennis court and varied other sports options. Architect Joe Farcus has incorporated scale models of legendary Italian liners that provided regular service between Italy and the Americas into the ship's decor.

Decor

Costa Fortuna, which debuted in November of 2003, has as its interior theme the grand Italian ocean liners of history. In fact the ceiling of the Costa Atrium has scale models of each one displayed upside down in a large circle. There is more detail there than any one crooked neck could ever humanly withstand and it is fun to watch fellow passengers ogle the vessels.

Public Rooms

The Conte di Savoia 1932 Grand Bar, amidships on Deck 5, has the largest bar and dance floor at sea. It is the most popular room on the vessel, as popular for a coffee break, a trivia game or its major purpose - a ballroom! Given the Europeans' predilection for rug-cutting, it could be twice its size and still be crowded whenever there's music in the air!

The Deck 5 promenade offers high-end clothing, logo items, perfume, jewelry, duty-free, baubles, and gimcracks in stores surrounding the Italia Fortuna Atrium, itself a pleasant spot to sip a cocktail while watching the glass-enclosed elevators ascend.

The three-story Rex Theatre, at the bow, featuring a Murano glass chandelier, presents nightly shows. Aft on Deck 5 are three lounges: the Leonardo Da Vinci Lounge 1960, with its coral chairs with black cushions; the glorious Conte Verde Lounge 1923 featuring shades of green; and the delightful Conte Rosso Piano Bar 1921, (red is the operative color here) tucked into a corner at the aft end of the Casino, with banks of slot machines on the starboard side and tables on the port side.

Deck 4 has the Internet Center, with trendy Italian-designed chairs that are too low for the computer stations. The good news is that the Internet is only 50 cents per hour, which is a bargain. The Vulcania Disco, which roars at night yet is strangely deserted by day except when being used for Pilates sessions, is adjacent. There's also a small chapel and a small, quiet, attractive library on Deck 4.

In theory, smoking is allowed only in certain places and not at all in the main theatre or in any of the dining venues, including the enclosed aft pool on the Lido Deck, but the policy isn't strictly enforced.

Cuisine

That Italy has some of the world's greatest cuisine should not be taken to mean that Costa serves the world's best food. Indeed, menus appear to be designed to appeal mostly to an Italian audience, and should you order a selection from another continental derivation, you will probably end up thinking, "I should have gone Italian." You would suppose that they'd get pasta dishes right every time, but pasta depends upon fast service before it gets cold and rubbery. At the buffets, you will be presented with what Europeans are used to as "fast food" including beans for breakfast, and cheese, hard sausage and rolls for lunch.

But behold the exception, the alternative restaurant Club Fortuna where for around $23 you can not only savor a delicious meal, but also escape the clamor of the main dining room.

Service

We'll say it plainly: on a Costa ship you are an American in Europe. The company is expanding rapidly (undergoing a cruising renaissance in Europe similar to what the U.S. experienced years ago), so the staff can be surprisingly slow, and sometimes seemingly impolite, including the cabin stewards. You can always count on the bar staff to cheer you up, though.

Entertainment

Almost every public room offers entertainment, be it the pool band, solo vocalists, the classical duo in the atrium, or the pianist in the Conte Rosse Piano Bar 1921 lounge. The nightly offerings in the main venue consist of a dancing, acrobatics and magic, none of which depend on you and the performer speaking the same language. The sail-away parties on deck are hugely enjoyable; whole families dance together without shame. There are lively art auctions, bingo, and games around the pools and in the lounges.

Costa shines with its themed nights, which are fun and creative. Italian night, Mediterranean night and Toga night are good, clean fun for all ages. Don't miss them! They really will make your cruise unique.

Fitness/Spa

Forward at the top of the ship, the 4,600-square-ft. Venus Spa offers a Turkish bath, sauna, treatment rooms and beauty salon. In the large workout room, with new Technogym equipment, you work out while overlooking the bow. There are aerobics classes for all with no charge. Yoga, spinning, and Pilates are moderately priced.

Each of the three pools on the Lido Deck has its own unique atmosphere. Though the forward pool is next to the big slide, it is usually the quietest since most guests in that area use the middle pool. The aft pool is behind the Cristoforo Columbo Buffet, under a glass dome, and is usually filled with families, as is the central pool. There's a jogging track on top of the ship, and a full, regulation-sized tennis court with stadium seating. There are dance lessons by the pool every day with an aerobic beat to them, and dance lessons inside for salsa, merengue, waltz, tango, cha-cha and the like.

Best For People Who Want

An Italian Carnival atmosphere, well-planned on-deck fun, loud music and a wide range of offerings, including a large children's facility and popular water slide; Costa Fortuna offers all the options and activities that come with a megaship, including a large spa and fitness area, plenty of balconies, and many entertainment options.

Restaurants

Costa Fortuna's two main dining rooms, Michelangelo Restaurant 1965 and Raffaello Restaurant 1965, operate on a traditional set schedule for dinner (5:45 p.m. for the early seating and 8:30 p.m. for the second) and open seating for both breakfast and lunch in the Michelangelo Restaurant 1965, aft, the larger restaurant with huge windows on three sides, and commanding view overlooking the ship's wake. Captains try to seat non-Italian-speakers with others similarly afflicted. Stick, if you can, with the pasta and rice dishes, and don't expect much from your salad or dessert.

The Restaurant Buffet Colombo 1954 on the Lido Deck, aft, is surprisingly expansive, and the food's surprisingly good. A coffee; a robust, hey-wake-up, pal! European blend, is available 24 hours, plus tea bags, hot chocolate packs and milk (hot in the morning). The self-serve ice-cream station has three flavors, available most of the day.

The buffet's limited hours cause some problems. Tea-times start at 4 p.m., just as those who've been on shore excursions are coming back with low blood sugar, ravenous for a snack. The occasional melee results. The pizza service offers slices from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and then becomes Colombo 1954 later becomes a "pizza trattoria" from 9 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. The American selections in the buffet are not as good as the Mediterranean cuisine, which was top rate. The buffets need more variety, especially the desserts. The same fruit sheet cake was served for lunch and dinner daily on a recent Caribbean cruise. Sugar-free offerings are included.

High up on Deck 11, the quiet, elegant, 88-seat Club Grand Conte 1927 offers cooked-to-order steaks and chops, personalized service, and is priced a la carte.

Room service breakfast is what might be termed expanded continental -- a choice of rolls, croissants, Danish pastries, cereals, juice, yogurt, and coffee, tea or hot chocolate, served- by white-gloved attendants. There's no charge, but tipping is recommended. After 10:00 am, a limited breakfast menu is offered and several other breakfasts are available for a charge.

Tipping

In Europe, six Euros a day are added to your shipboard account as gratuities for the staff; in the Caribbean the rate will be $10 per day. Most people give an extra tip on the last night to their waiters, the wonderful maitre d's, and especially the hardworking stateroom staff. Costa is one of the few lines where kids pay half price of adult tips.

Cabins

As noted, Costa ships are clones of Carnival Cruise Lines vessels in terms of superstructure. Where cabins are concerned they are identical down to the wall sconces. Carnival-built ships have from the Destiny-class builds forward (Costa Fortuna is on a Destiny-class platform) cabins have been as comfortable as spacious.

Of the 1,358 passenger cabins on Costa Fortuna, 843 are outsides, and 62 percent have verandahs. Standard rooms, both insides and outsides, have ample closet space, deep vanity/desk combos, mini-fridges, and leather seating areas. Baths are spacious, with a vanity and shower (suites have tubs, some higher-level ones whirlpool tubs) and more-than sufficient storage space. Outside cabins have a large single-pane window with no ugly bar down the middle.

Bath amenities are simply non-existent on the European cruises, but you do get a tall, sleek ice bucket filled in the morning and again at night for turndown. All cabins and suites have large televisions with programming in many languages. In the Med expect more European stations, but in the Caribbean CNN is available. Lighting and storage options are terrific in all of the standard cabins, with little bedside lamps, vanity lighting and a low-light Murano glass art piece affixed to the large mirror opposite the bed.

The beds and pillows can seem extremely uncomfortable and hard. A pillow menu is offered, ask your steward and check to see if he can provide something to make the mattress softer.

Verandah cabins are identical to the standard outsides, with the addition of a nice-sized balcony framed by Plexiglas. Instead of the usual sliding doors, these open out.

Try to secure a cabin that is under other cabin space, rather than under public rooms or the Lido Deck area. Soundproofing is not very good.

Children's Facilities

Depending on the time of year, the ship can be full of families. The bright and cheerful Squok Club kids' facility on Deck 12 is where children aged three to 12 years can play with their peers day and night while parents get time to themselves. The counselors are very lively and entertaining and speak about five different languages in order to communicate with the kids. The international atmosphere is a good way to open your youngster's eyes to different cultures around the world.

Youth counselors take the children to dinner two times during the cruise. On the other nights, though, the youth program doesn't starts its evening hours until 9 p.m., which is too late for many little ones. Throughout the cruise, children earn Squok (the club's mascot) dollars by attending and participating which can be redeemed for Costa logo wear at the end of the cruise.

There is a separate teen program for those 13 to 17 years old.

Attire

Casual during the day, smart casual in the evenings, with one formal night and one semi-formal night on a seven-day cruise.

Fellow Passengers

On the Europe itineraries about 75 percent of the guests are Italian, with the rest being Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, British, Canadian and American. No one of any age should feel uncomfortable onboard. That percentage is pretty much reversed on winter cruises in North America.




Ship Overview

Launched in 2003, Costa Fortuna ushered in the mega ship size and style of vessels over 100,000 tons to the Costa Cruises fleet. Costa Fortuna sails a variety of European cruises in the Western Mediterranean and Baltic.

With a bit of interior alteration, Costa Fortuna and Costa Magica are essentially Euro-clones of parent company Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory. The mix and size of public rooms was determined to appeal to European as well as North American passengers sailing on itineraries that include the Mediterranean Sea.

Like Carnival ships designed by Joe Farcus, these Costa beauties have a theme running throughout—Costa Fortuna's decor is inspired by the grand Italian steamships of the past. Incorporated into the design of the ship, scale models of historic liners grace nearly every public area. A "fleet" of 26 former ships of the Costa fleet boldly "sail" upside down across the ceiling of the atrium. Ceilings in the formal, two-deck dining rooms are also decorated; aboard Costa Fortuna, Michelangelo Restaurant features reproductions of the master's frescoes, while Raffaello Restaurant displays its namesake's Vatican artwork. Art deco touches add grace to all the public spaces.

Europe's number-one cruise line combines a Continental experience, enticing itineraries, and Italy's classical design and style with relaxing days and romantic nights at sea. Genoa-based Costa Crociere, parent company of Costa Cruise Lines, had been in the shipping business for more than 100 years and in the passenger business for almost 50 years when it was bought by Airtours and Carnival Corporation in 1997. In 2000 Carnival completed a buyout of the Costa line and began expanding the fleet with larger and more dynamic ships.

An ongoing shipbuilding program has brought Costa ships into the 21st century with innovative large-ship designs that reflect their Italian heritage and style without overlooking the amenities expected by modern cruisers. Acknowledging changing habits (even among Europeans), Costa Cruises has eliminated smoking entirely in dining rooms and show lounges. However, smokers are permitted to light up in designated areas in other public rooms, as well as on the pool deck.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • With floor-to-ceiling glass walls, saunas and steam rooms are bright and cheery
  • Dance floors in the main "grand" lounges are large enough for real ballroom dancing
  • There is a dedicated lounge for cigar smokers

Cons

  • The library doesn't have many books and is staffed daily at limited times
  • Open decks feel pretty crowded on fully booked sailings
  • Wi-Fi is often slow, and the computer center can be noisy
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,027
  • Entered Service 2003
  • Gross Tons 103,000
  • Length 890 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,358
  • Passenger Capacity 2,716 (3,470 max)
  • Width 124 feet

By Baig_CR

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Feb 20, 2016

Dubai Oman Abu Dhabi

I had heard some negative things about Costa but lets be fair, they were not bad at all although they fall short of the standard I have seen with Royal Caribbean for example. The staff are great people as is the case usually but the management has got a few things totally wrong. Let me give one example; there is no tea or coffee available at any other time than breakfast and 4pm tea time - meaning no hot drinks at lunch or dinner - only available

at hefty cost from the bar! It made some people vocally grumble - and how much money are they saving from this pathetic cut down? Internet was also of reasonable price and speed - about €25 for my package with 250mb allownce which is ok for checking emails and social media over seven days BUT WATCH OUT - you must disable auto updates on your device or the whole balance will go in no time as it happened to me but fortunately in my case it did so on the eve of the last day so was not such a loss having used it for most of my cruise. food was reasonable quality and range but not as wide a range as I had experienced with other cruise lines The outside cabin was nice and clean, had a window rather than a smaller porthole. Layout and overall facilities were good There is plenty to do onboard although we focussed on visiting places more Did not take any form Costa, we did our own explorations Overall a great experience but Costa can improve a great deal to get into the top league which they are not in at the moment

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Feb 16, 2010

virgin island

I am writing because we were so disappointed on this cruise because of the SERVICE of the personnel. We had to wait almost 2 days for the refrigerator to be unlocked and was causing a real problem because my husband is a diabetic and needed to get his insulin cool. A 2 day wait for Shampoo and conditioner to be put in our cabin. Breakfast at the restaurant was asking 4 times to get a cup of coffee and lunch was as bad as it could get. There were

no napkins at table and when ask the server was told to look at end of room which there was none. Tea or water machines was empty almost every day. Also the carving stations was always empty and when I asked for help, the server just looked the other way and the Dinner service was not good either when they poured the water and tea and never came back to refill the pitchers). Since we saved a whole year, since we are on social Security and it will be a long time before we can afford any other vacation, this was a real disappointed cruise. We have been on other cruises and the best part of the cruise was the service and food. I hope I will at least get a returned reply to this review. We heard from many who was on this cruise the same complaints and many more The food was fair, presentations was nice but the food was not of good quality. Also the soups was always cold when served. The baked potatoes was so hard we had to send it back 3 times. My husband dropped water on the rugs and the change in color showed it was very dirty. We did not even see the Steward on this floor Room 2376. While other people on different floors said their steward was good although the cabin was cleaned each night. There was a few on-board activities every day but we were out on sea for 3 days because at the last minute was told one of the islands was omitted (no reason given) which meant it was a long trip on seas. The excursions was nice, but would like to have the other island not cancel. Also we had to wait for over 45 minutes in the bottom of the ship with a crowd all because of one flood. It should have been announced so every one had to wait in the crowded area. As I said we were so disappointed because of the service given in every area. We live in a large 55 and older community and I feel you have lost many , many customers. We are not the only ones who was disappointed and we are not the type to complain but I feel there is no reason to give poor service. You should check the comments for this cruise because I know of many peoples have written their complaints and I hope this is how you should learn from your customers on how you can improve.

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Jun 22, 2007

Western Mediterranean

My husband and I just returned from the best cruise of our life. We loved it! Our other cruises were on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean lines and this was the best. Before leaving for  our cruise, I was quite upset after reading terrible reviews about  this cruise. I was sorry that I had booked it without reading the reviews. I strongly considered attempting to get a refund, which was not possible. Our cruise began in Barcelona where

there were no lines to embark the ship--we just walked on. By the time we reached our room, our luggage was already waiting for us at our room. We tried an inside cabin for the first time and loved it! We loved the darkness of the room which is so conducive for sleeping. Our steward, Romeo,  was phenomenal and extremely accommodating. Our room was cleaned several times a day and was always spotless. The food was fantastic! Our lunches and dinners in the restaurant were equivalent to a five-star restaurant. There were always 6 courses offered--with each course being better than the one before. Our waiters, Eduardo and Murillo were the BEST! We so looked forward to the excellence in food preparation and appearance. The fitness center was the latest state-of-the art machines. It was far superior to the others we had experienced. We went on shore excursions in Pompeii and in Tunisia. They were excellent and worth the money! In Marseilles, we took a little train for 5 Euros ($7.00) and it was an hour narrated ride through the town and up the hill to the Notre  Dame. What fantastic panoramic views of the city! Others that took shore excursions were well satisfied with them! We sat at dinner with other Americans but there were only 10% Americans on  the ship! How refreshing this was! It was great to be on such an international atmosphere and not constantly listening to English! I loved it! The entertainment at night was not great and did not compare to there entertainment that we Americans are used to on American cruise lines. Costa Cruises are great values for your money and I can't wait to take another Costa Cruise!  

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May 13, 2007

Western Mediterranean

Costa Cruise Lines Costa Fortuna Cruise Review Western Mediterranean Carol Norman This was probably the best cruise we've ever taken.  There are several cruise lines that cover the Western Med, but we chose Costa because it is decidedly non-American. It was important for us to give our nephew the full "foreign" experience on his first trip to Europe.  With less than 10% Americans on board, he got the whole package of Italian, French,

Spanish and German speaking guests.  We've cruised most major lines and were very impressed, on every level, with Costa.  Every employee speaks English so there is never a problem communicating with staff.  The food in the dining room was perfectly prepared every time. If you're looking for large T-bone steaks and baked potatoes, look elsewhere.  The food on board is international, exciting and delicious.  As far a cleanliness is concerned, the ship was immaculate from top to bottom.  It was a rare event to see a finger print on glass or a piece of paper on the floor.  Our room steward came in five times a day (always when we were out) and kept our room spotless with fresh towels continually re-supplied.  The ship is very interesting if you like nautical history.  Each public room has a different theme from classic ships of the past.  Also there are large models of classic ships located throughout.   There are several pools and Jacuzzis on board, however, the temperature of the Jacuzzis was lukewarm and not very satisfying if you like it hot.  Also, children are not allowed in certain Jacuzzis but we found that this rule was universally ignored by guests and staff.   So most of the time we skipped it because there were kids playing in them like they were in a bath tub.  The state-of-the-art health and fitness center was well equipped and we loved looking out at the sea while getting our exercise.  There is an elevated Jacuzzi inside the center that is quite impressive and since the center is off limits to children, it was a great escape.  Not that the ship was overrun with kids, mind you, it’s just that they gravitate to the water activities.  The entertainment on board was pretty amateurish on most evenings. It graduated to proper “cruise” level entertainment only two evenings during our trip: formal night and the last night of the cruise.  Even then, it wasn’t quite up to the standards of other lines, but the talent worked hard at it and we were fairly impressed.   We didn’t take any cruise excursions as we prefer to have our own adventures without the cost and crowds of excursions.  However, our tablemates took the excursions everyday and we listened closely to their comments.  While they loved the sites they were very frustrated by the language problem.  Since the English speaking guests were in a minority, they had to be combined with Italian speaking guests in order to fill up a tour bus.  As a result, the tour guide spoke both languages. While this wasn’t an issue, the problem was that whenever the guide was speaking English, the Italians would  commence conversing making it very difficult for the English speaking guests to hear any information.  So our tablemates felt as though they didn’t get their money’s worth.  There were six ports of call and we liked all but Tunis, Tunisia.  We found the local men, who hung out in droves, intimidating.  We hired a local guide and he was an exceptional man, so we were fortunate.  Except for the mosque and the hilltop cathedral, we found the architecture very boring.   The two ports in Spain (Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona) were fabulous. These should not be missed. They are clean and friendly cities. The public transportation is excellent and easy to access directly from the ship for those who prefer to explore on their own.  Be sure to visit the shopping district just off the port in Barcelona.  It is tree and brick lined street and no traffic is allowed.  The street entertainers are a hoot. Palermo, Sicily is a busy and congested Italian city with lots of cars careening around.  Shopping was good with lots of nooks and crannies in the city to find fish markets with lots of character.  The historical sites are endless and around every corner.  We enjoyed Palermo much more than Naples.  Naples doesn’t have much to offer except Pompeii and Capri.  Otherwise, it’s a congested, dirty port city.  Marseilles was lovely with the main attraction being the Vieux Porte (Old Port).  For the independent explorer, Costa provided bus transport directly to the port for only 5 Euros per person.  There are dozens of small streets and squares around the port that have outdoor cafes and shopping, although the shopping was quite expensive.  Up the hill from the Vieux Porte is a Notre Dame and if you’re not up for the hike up the hill, there is a neat little tourist train that will take you up for a nominal fee.  The view of the Mediterranean from up there is just incredible and should not be missed. Overall the cruise exceeded our expectations and we would certainly book with Costa again.  This cruise is a great way to get a taste of several of the romance countries without having to pack and unpack every other day.  We loved waking up every morning to a new city with lots of exciting things to see and do.    

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Apr 15, 2007

Western Mediterranean

When I first started planning a cruise for my family I had very little info to base me decisions on. I searched the various sites but was given little information that would make me comfortable with such a big decision. Our family of 4 ranges in age from 40 to 4 so I wanted to make sure that I did a good job planning so that we'd all have a great time. We are an American family living in England so I was even more concerned than a seasoned

European traveler. We Americans are accustomed to a few more services and extras as part of any inclusive vacation. After finding a special price with a travel agent (cruisedeals.com) I decided to book it. I though I'd found all of the reviews I could that told me about the ship and what to expect when we arrived to began the cruise. We booked our own flight through a discount airline and flew to an airport in Milan. Now here's the kicker: We went to the wrong airport. The travel agent and I had emailed several times about where we would fly and they never told me that I'd have to take a bus or taxi to the airport where we'd meet our coach to the port. I never asked but they never volunteered any info that would make our transfer easier. After finding that we didn't have enough time to take a bus we took a taxi for 120 euros. We flew into Bergamo and needed to be at Marpenza so I came to realize that there are many of these small airports which the bargain airlines fly into. I'm still not sure I saved any money on the flight but the home airport was closer to home so I was happy. We met the Cost cruise rep at the airport in plenty of time to take a breather and get a bite before the journey of 2.5 hrs to the port. Now this cruise line stopped at 6 ports while we were on our 7 day trip and I found that we could have gotten on it at any of these ports. I also found that our bargain (Ryan Air) airline flew to within 30 minutes of the port at Genoa Italy. I also came to know that we could have gotten on board at any of the ports on the day the ship would have docked there. Big mistake on my part but the travel agent knowing where I was flying still never helped me out. Lesson learned; do it yourself then you only have yourself to blame. I found this site (cruise reviews) after I had made all of the arrangements and my heart dropped after I read the reviews. I'll tell you that the bad reviews could not be further from the truth. I gave the cruise the "American abroad" approach and even with that standard the cruise was excellent. The cabin accommodated all 4 of us comfortably even though it was small with 2 overhead berths for the kids, it was what I expected. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on the cabin since we wouldn't be in it very long anyways. The ship was clean and being cleaned all of the time we were aboard. The crew where the hardest working people and so eager to please all of the time. I can't recall ever seeing anything out of place even late in the night. The crew were the most dedicated workers I've seen in a while even thought they work 8 months without a day off. I expected for there to be smokers everywhere too but smoking was controlled really well and in very few places. Smokers can enjoy the cruise as well but it was nice for we non-smokers. The food met our expectations. Because of the reviews on this site I was worried but I soon found that all of the food was fresh and tasty. Plenty to eat everywhere and the evening meal was always great. Our meal was always hot and served in a very timely manner. Since we had kids we chose the early seating which was at 7. Don't rush to the main door at 7 because all of the diners will be there waiting to get in. Go at about 10 after and you'll go right to your table without shoving and pushing. I'll tell you I think sometimes that the people on board though they'd miss out if they didn't push their way to something. The cruise folks won't let you get left behind so take your time and relax. The kids programs were super and my kids loved them. My 12 yr old went into one and my 4 yr old another. The crew spoke 4 or 5 languages so neither of my girls felt left out. The excursions were adequate and the coach rides to the locations weren't too long. The great thing that Costa did was to offer to put English speaking guests into one coach so that you didn't have to listen to several translations from the guides. This wasn't always possible though because there wasn't enough English speaking travelers. Ask the on board English excursion coordinator for advise on this issue. We were always safe and taken to clean well managed sites, although the sites aren't the responsibility of Costa. I could go on and on with each aspect of the cruise but suffice it to say Costa is a fine cruise line and we would definitely go again if we were so inclined. You are welcome to email me with questions: [email protected]  

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