CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Costa Cruises Costa Concordia by Rob Alfonso Eestern Mediterranean March 5, 2009

Ship This ship is in excellent ship. A+++. A clean, up to date, and mostly beautiful ship. You will find lots of room to roam, very comfortable cabins, plenty to eat and lots of entertainment.

One large downside. There is NO wireless or wired internet in the cabins or in the public areas with the exception of the internet cafe. I ask how does a ship built in 2006 not have wireless internet or wired internet, what were they thinking?

Food The food was very good in the main dining room. Lots of choices, great service and nice ambiance.

The Lido Deck food was not so great -- just your average Carnival/Royal Caribbean fare. I suggest sticking to the main dining room for your meals.

Room service didn't have many selections. They now charge a fee to deliver food to your cabin. Beware, this is just plain cheesy.

The cost of a soda card is very expensive, however you're almost forced to have it because otherwise you can only get water and some juices, which are not that good.

Casino Ouch, be careful. My luck was on vacation in this casino. Play small and leave when the cards turn. They don't come back.

Entertainment Wow, what a laser light show. Don't miss it. Otherwise, it's just your average dancing shows.

Ports These were great. Costa offers this Med cruise which touches Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, and Egypt. They were all great ports!

Value This was about pat for what you'd expect. Not great, but not bad either. Don't listen to the people that complain about this company. It's about the same as all the others. If you want luxury, you need to go upscale.

Crew They were very nice, because they have to be nice. With that said, our room was cleaned well everyday and we always had what we needed.

Languages This is funny. They speak Italian, German, English, and Spanish. So, during the entertainment and announcements, you get it in all the languages. The comic acts do their jokes four times, which is very funny and somewhat odd at the same time.

Things to Know Here's some things to know if this is your first time doing an overseas cruise:

You need to get Euros for your dollars. Don't wait until you get to Italy to change currency, especially as the airport. Do it in the United States at a bank, where you will get a better exchange rate. Remember, it takes $1.25 to buy 1.00 in Euros right now, and this can add up.

DO NOT fly Alitalia for any reason. This was the worst flight I have been on in some time. The airplane was dirty, my seat cover was ripped and I was sitting on foam the entire flight, which was generally very grimy. There is a huge lack of maintenance with their airplanes.

I will post pictures as soon as cruisemates fixes the gallery, currently the "type the code" image is not present to do so.

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