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Review: Costa Magica

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A touch of Magic

  • By SilverTraveller tenpin

    1 review

  • Jul 2011
  • Wife
  • Regular holiday
  • Outside

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Costa Magica 8th – 18th July 2011 Dover-Amsterdam-Hamburg-Copenhagen-Oslo-Edinburgh-LeHarve-Dover



Total 2281 nautical miles over ten days.



A magical cruise on a magical ship, if ever a ship was well named it has to be this one each and every day was special, okay maybe the wine helped, but hey they have some great packages on offer which we took full advantage of, making a rosy glow to the proceedings.



A well laid out ship with easy access on deck five to the Theatre, countless bars, the Casino, disco and teens arcade while deck nine held the buffet, kids club, swimming pools and spas. The beauty salon is extensive, not that I need any of those treatments being perfect according to ‘She Who Must Be Obeyed’ from teeth whitening, to hairdressers, massage and saunas and indeed steam rooms. Just a thought, do you think the wife just said that because of the beautiful young ladies offering those treatments?



The main dining room is spectacular, and of course multi-lingual, with at least seven different languages being spoken, this is reflected in the extensive menu, five courses with four or five choices in each one, and for those who are not adventurous in their eating habits, the old stand-by of steak, salmon, chicken with chips or jacket potatoes always available. Italian, Greek, French and Chinese food was on offer on different nights along with the standard fare expected on board ship. The Buffet was good as a buffet goes, a little crowded on sea days but plenty of choice the Pizza station was a good addition and the burger/hot dog saw plenty of youngsters enjoying lunch there. The Club Restaurant is outstanding we went up twice during this cruise, taking our table companions the second time for a treat, this has a cover charge of 20 Euros, but Wow what a superb five course meal for that money. Speaking of table companions you are seated with English speaking guests on all Costa cruises so it is easy to mix, six on our table and we got on from the start, meeting up for pre-dinner drinks and watching the shows together, without getting in each others pockets.



Cabin was okay, with tele, safe, fridge and mini-bar Queen sized bed was big enough for three, (not that we tried that) plenty of cupboard space and a choice of pillows. Our cabin steward Epi kept this spotless coming from Malaysia her smile lit up the corridors each time we met on our way out. They work seven days a week for eight/nine months before returning home on leave. How they are polite and helpful each day amazes me, and always with a smile.



The ports of call were easily accessible except Edinburgh, which was forty minutes away by coach, however the others were indeed nice to visit and would certainly go back again. A shuttle was laid on for those not taking ships tours, although even for an old gent like me walking into town was possible.



Costa is not to every one’s taste being multi-lingual, but for an experience of a taste of other nationalities it is worth a try.



 

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