CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews


Costa Cruises Costa Magica Western Caribbean December 3, 2006

We sailed on the Magica Dec. 3rd cruise. As a back ground we are in our 50s and been on about 28 cruises dating back to the late 70s. I will rate my opinions from A to F.

Embarkation was about normal 35 minutes from drop off till we reached our cabin. Rating B.

Our cabin was a Cat 10 balcony, located on deck 10, the room was clean and spacious, the balcony was standard size. Location on deck 10 was perfect, Rating A. Our bags arrived about 2 hours later, as fast as any ship we’ve sailed A+.

Food. As with most cruises we’ve sailed for the past 6 years, Dining food has been on the decline, seems that cruise lines want passengers to use the optional extra charge dining options for good dining experiences. I would rate Costa about the same as Carnival and a step below Princess and two steps below Celebrity. The pastas were very good and 3 of the entrees were very good all others were below average, Service was slow and not at all personal, Restaurant Rating C-.

Buffet experience about the same, choices limited and food average, Rating C-.

Our cabin steward was as good as we’ve had, Rating A+

Ship appearance, the Magica was as clean as any we’ve sailed. Never saw trash accumulating always picked up and the crew constantly shining and cleaning. Rating A+

Entertainment. The shows had a European flair. We enjoyed all of them. There was one lead female singer that was outstanding. All the entertainers seemed to enjoy their work. Rating B+.

Casino, typical at sea casino, I love Let it Ride and they didn’t have it. Rating C.

Pools. The pools were Ok nothing special, Rating C+. The Hot Tubs should be called luke warm tubs, Rating D. Deck Loungers were plentiful and the decks were well setup. Rating B+.

Captain was very nice and made himself visible, Rating A-

Cruise Director, good singer, seemed friendly and happy with his job. Rating B+

Music, there was always dance music available, the bands seemed to enjoy their work. Rating B.

Ports of Call. Typical Caribbean, except Grand Turk which was a great port, loved the beach and the pool. Rating A-.

Bar service seemed very good, they seemed to like talking with passengers. Rating B+.

Overall cruise experience B-, with a little tweaking Costa could be very good, but restaurant, buffets and hot tubs need work.

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