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Review: Costa Fascinosa

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

Glitzy Costa Fascinosa

  • By SilverTraveller Su

    91 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon

  • May 2016
  • Husband
  • Regular holiday
  • Inside
  • Palma

122 people found this review helpful

As a person who enjoys looking for a bargain holiday, and someone who loves cruising, when an amazing deal came up on my iPad, I pounced!

The holiday package included a week in a hotel in Majorca, and a week on Costa Fascinosa.

The cruise terminal was easy to find in Palma, but unfortunately despite arriving in good time, there wasn’t any transport to the ship, which was moored up quite a way from the entrance of the terminal. An employee of Costa walked us to the ship, but if you’d been disabled wouldn’t have been fun. The embarkation wasn’t done in the usual way either! We had to show our passports on the gangplank, then had our photos taken, then allowed on the ship to find our cabin! Being assured our cruise card would be in our cabin by the person on the gangway, it wasn’t there! This wasn’t the start to the holiday we’d planned. Everyone on board spoke Italian, so it was interesting to say the least! My husband went up to customer relations to seek help. They were very obliging. He was given our cruise card, and from then on, the experience was brilliant. The ship was very glitzy, and was easy to find your way around.

Our cabin was an inside cabin, but very spacious and comfortable. It was always cleaned well, and our stay in it was enjoyable.

We were particularly pleased with the food on offer. It was freshly cooked, and the buffet area always had healthy food rather than loads of chips. It was typically a Mediterranean diet, which we loved.

The entertainment was also really enjoyable. We especially enjoyed an Italian tenor, who ended up getting a standing evasion. The dancers were also really professional.
I must say that my initial thoughts of Costa might have been iffy, but having gone through the initial teething problems, it was one of the best cruises we’ve done. The fact that most people spoke Italian wasn’t an issue, it actually added to the holiday and made it real fun. The itinerary was great too, visiting Palermo, Naples, Savona, Valencia and Barcelona. Lots to do and see in these ports, and we took advantage of all the time we had in each place.

If anyone sees a value break with Costa, be brave like us! You could end up loving it as much as we did!

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  • Joodee
    almost 5 years ago
    Thanks for this review. We have seen so many good value cruises with Costa but haven't taken them up yet partly because we were told by a previous passenger that as the main language spoken on board was Italian they felt completely 'at sea' (sorry!) It was interesting to hear that you had a personal safety drill and that you enjoyed the entertainment, also that the problem with your cruise card was handled well. I will have to look again at some of the great Costa deals around.
  • discerning-traveller
    almost 5 years ago
    well that's very reassuring. I recently went on a Fred Olsen cruise. Due to an incredibly late embarkation the safety drill was so bad it was a joke that might not have been so funny had any emergency arisen
  • Su
    almost 5 years ago
    Thanks! Yes it was the same company where the captain deserted his sinking ship! The safety brief we had on the Costa ship was the most thorough we've ever experienced. Being an Italian speaking ship, our brief was personally one to one, and we were personally taken to our muster station so there was no doubt about what to do in an emergency!
  • discerning-traveller
    almost 5 years ago
    I loved your honest review. Isn't Costa the company where the captain deserted his ship when sinking?! It wouldn't have stopped me taking up the cruise offer but I think I'd have found the embarkation rather concerning! sounds great, though, and glad you enjoyed it. I've only done three cruise, all been staffed by Phillipinos (charming hard working people ) but I rather like the idea of Italina crew when visiting ITaly and the Med. won't dismiss a Costa offer!!