Length: 890 ft
Launched in 2003 featuring multiple bars, four swimming pools and berths for 2716 passengers it is a 105,000-ton mega-shipBest For People Who Want
An Italian carnival atmosphere; Plenty of deck parties, loud music and a wide range of facilities, including a large children's facility and a water slide; All the options and activities that come with a megaship, including a large fitness area, plenty of balconies; lots of entertainment options.Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer
Tranquility; great food and service; not to be in a place where English is not the first languageOnboard Experience
Constructed at the historic Sestri Ponente shipyard that built the legendary Rex and the Andrea Doria, the gigantic Costa Magica is the sister ship to the Costa Fortuna finished one year earlier (which had the honor of serving as Costa Crociere's flagship for three years until the brand new, slightly larger, Costa Concordia took the title).
The facilities include two split-level restaurants, self-service buffet, a specialty restaurant, pizzeria, a theater rising through 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.Decor
Costa Magica, which debuted in November of 2004, has as its interior theme Italian holiday spots, with depictions of destinations like Portofino and the Italian Alps adorning the walls -- and provides some fascinating lessons in cultural diversity. The decor, overall, is more Carnival Cruise-like than some other Costa ships such as the Costa Atlantica, which has more classical Italian decor. The restaurants were especially overdone with modern glitz and overwhelming combinations of flashy colors and patterns. And how amusing it is to see Americans, Canadians and Brits doing their best to stay queued up tidily for the buffet, for instance, while exuberant Europeans go every which way around them.Public Rooms
There are 5,652 vases, sculptures, original canvases and prints aboard, most by the Milan-based Brera Academy of Fine Art's students and professors. But it may take you a while to notice, given that Joe Farcus, who isn't exactly shy about demanding your attention, designed the ship's interior. The ship's layout can be a bit of a challenge.
The Grand Bar Salento, amidships on Deck 5, has the largest bar and dance floor at sea. 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 Magica Atrium, itself a pleasant spot to sip a cocktail while watching the glass-enclosed elevators ascend.
The three-story Urbino Theatre, at the bow, featuring a Murano glass chandelier, presents nightly shows. Aft on Deck 5 are three lounges: the Capri Lounge, which evokes the Blue Grotto; the gloriously smoke-free Spoleto Lounge; and the delightful Capo Piano Bar, tucked into a corner at the aft end of the Sicily 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 25 cents per hour, which is a bargain on any cruise ship these days. The Grado Disco, which roars at night yet will be deserted by day except when being used for Pilates sessions, is adjacent. There's also a small chapel and a 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 Magica where for around $23 you can not only savor a delicious meal, but also escape the clamor of the main dining room.
In the Caribbean, Costa has implemented 24-hour food service with extended breakfast, lunch and tea time hours, plus a Late Night Buffet from 1:30 to 6:30 a.m. Complimentary gourmet appetizers are available daily in Club Atlantica from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., and new entrees have been added to the menus of the specialty dining room, purportedly supervised by two of Italy's most renowned chefs.Restaurants
Costa Magica's two main dining rooms, Costa Smerelda and Portofino, operate on a later European schedule for dinner (7 p.m. for the early seating and 9:15 p.m. for the second) and open seating for both breakfast and lunch. Costa Smerelda, aft, is bigger, with huge windows on three sides, including that overlooking the stern wake. The maitre d's 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 menu needs more variety -- many nights the choices in appetizers or main courses lacks excitement. People have been known to return their main courses due to lack of taste. The breads and pastas, though, are outstanding.
The Bellagio Buffet 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. Both the pizza line and tea-time 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. Bellagio later becomes a "pizza trattoria" from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. The American selections in the buffet were 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.
High up on Deck 11, the quiet, elegant, 88-seat Vincenza Tavernetta Club offers cooked-to-order steaks and chops, personalized service, and a 23 Euro surcharge.
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 breakfast, room service offers a grand total of three - count 'em! -- sandwiches (tuna, egg, and ham and cheese), for which you'll be charged two Euros.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.
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.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 Capo lounge. The nightly offerings in the main venue consist of a lot of dancing, acrobatics and magic, none of which depend on you and the performer speaking the same language. The sail-away parties ("Ciao Ciao Barcelona," for example) 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 Togo night are good, clean fun for all ages. Don't miss them! They really will make your cruise unique.Cabins
Carnival-designed ships have long been known for their spacious cabins; from the Destiny-class builds forward (Costa Magica is on a Destiny-class platform) cabins have been as comfortable as spacious. Of the 1,358 passenger cabins on Costa Magica, 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). 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, but while Italian gets four or five stations and French, German and Spanish three each, there is only BBC World for us English-speakers. 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, however. Ask your room steward 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 ships' open out, the result being constant noisy slamming of balcony doors at all hours.
Try to secure a cabin that is under other cabin space, rather than under public rooms or the Lido Deck area, as soundproofing is not very good.Fitness/Spa
Forward at the top of the ship, the 4,600-square-ft. Saturnia 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 11 Euros per class.
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 Bellagio Cafe, 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.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.
Costa Cruises Costa Magica Joseph Good, Costa Magica March 5, 2011 Western Mediterranean
My family and I took this cruise out of Civitavecchia (Rome). This was a very interesting and enjoyable week. I hope I can answer some questions about this cruise, since I was unable to find much of the necessary but trivial information on the Costa website or other cruise reviews.
Convenience Answers: 1. Yes there are 120 volt outlets in the bathrooms and on the vanities. 2. Contrary to any North American cruise I have ever been on people embark and disembark at almost every port. This has the beneficial effect of reducing the people in the terminals at the end of the cruise. Costa managed this very well. Typically the excursion passengers got off first, often by a different gangway. 3. It became easy to ignore any announcements not in English. There is no reason to expect English to be the first announcement, either- certainly don't be offended, enjoy the differences. 4. I have not been on a Carnival owned ship lately (Holland American was my last one) but the do-it-yourself credit card sign and sail registration is exceedinglysmart.
Most importantly if you are reading this review for an opinion of the experience, this is not the typical North American Cruise. What other reviewers have characterized as loud, bright, and pushy, we found typically Italian, and very tolerable. Yes, sometimes we Americans can be a bit judgmental; we ought to enjoy the difference in cultures. If you learn to either let the pushy people break into the line in front of you or push back, you can hold your own. Certainly not everyone is pushy and some Americans can be pushy too. Most of all don't get upset with different behavior. Yes there were more people smoking, but we didn't find it impossible or inconvenient to escape the smoke. Enjoy your fellow passengers- is much better to watch the other passengers enjoying themselves in the lounges and dance floor, and they do.
Otherwise the on-board activities were fairly typical, somewhat language specific. Watch for the "all area backstage tour", no longer done on US based cruise.. It may conflict with the day in Palermo excursions so plan for it.
The food was typical to worse cruise fare. My wife put it this way "usually I cannot decide between entrees, but it was not the case this time". The food was not as good as we have had on other cruises. This might be more pointed on this cruise since the food is likely to be compared to the food of Italy, which is not Italian cruise food. We ate lunch in many ports.
There are not any "sea days". Rather each day finds the ship visiting another port. This makes the cruise an educational experience. Most of these cities offer historic areas showing forts, cathedrals, streets and villages from hundreds of years of civilization and occupants. The excursions offered a variety of opportunities to employ professional guides or do it yourself site seeing. We recommend the bus trip to Monaco. This was very enjoyable, but not the only one we took, you should build your own experience. The cruise stops in Italy, Spain and France were a very good mix, showing many examples of western Mediterranean culture and history.
Costa markets the Civitavecchia port to North Americans. This is convenient for getting there over the "pond". I found a car service on the internet, that turned out to be reliable and used them from FCO to Rome and from Rome to the port. We arrived about 2:00 pm and had absolutely no waiting, how nice- It makes the "special boarding" lines and "clubs" unnecessary. Since the itinerary skips Tunis for now, the cruise never leaves the EU, which expedites all border formalities.
In short this was different kind of cruise, but wholly enjoyable. If Costa fails to measure up for your expectations it is too bad but be sure this experience is what you want. It is wrong to expect a North American style cruise from Costa, particularly the in the Mediterranean. It is a very interesting way to vacation and a very good alternative to the Caribbean.
Costa Cruises Costa Magica by Kristina Western Caribbean February 25, 2007
Background Info: I am 16 years old, and I cruised with my mother from February 25- March 4, 2007. This was our first time on Costa, but not our first cruise. It was my 7th, and her 8th. We have sailed on HAL Maasdam, Zuiderdam, & Noordam; CCL Victory & Triumph; and X Zenith. We live in upstate New York, and only booked this cruise 18 days in advance.
Embarkation: We flew down to Fort Lauderdale on the day of the cruise. We were supposed to arrive by 11am, but due to flight complications, we didnt get to the cruise pier until about 3pm. (Good thing it didnt set sail intil 7pm!) The luggage porters took our bags as soon as we stepped out of the taxi, and then we were off to go through security and check in. The line was surprisingly long, but moved quickly. We passed through security smoothly, and then waited some more to check in. From there, we got on the ship. We were onboard the ship within an hour, and were surprised at not receivingour cards or having our photos for them taken! Since we arrived so late, we were able to go straight to our cabins and get settled in. Not having to carry around our suitcases was great!!
The Ship: The Magica was impecable. Everything was clean, she looked brand new. The layout is a little wonky, but you will get used to it. It was annoying not being able to walk from bow to stern on every deck, and we would always forget that. We loved the art work that is all over the ship, especially the panels in the stateroom hallways, and the large pictures in the stairwells. The lightbulb holders in the buffet area were very unique (arms and hands holding the lights).
Public Areas: There were 11 lounges and bars, and every night something exciting was happening. The Salento Grand Bar is the best, it is located right in the middle of deck 5, and is very open and has a nice dance floor. The Capri Lounge was great too, and the band that played in there was amazing. This is where kareoke took place. The Urbino theater is gorgeous...but make sure not to sit somplace where the poles would be blocking your view! The atrium is gorgeous...and the glass elevators are just too much fun (no matter how old you are!). The nightclub, Grado Disco, was tons of fun!! Popular music was played, and everyone was dancing and having a good time!
Activities: It would have been impossible to attend every single activity that was planned. Every day, there were dance and exercise classes by the midship pool. Also, many games like hula hoop competition, sexy legs, kens vs barbies, old macdonalds farm game, ect happened near this pool. Multiple trivia and quiz gatherings, as well as volleyball, ping pong, and basketball games occured daily. Even Italian lessons!! The activities staff was amazing, each one speaking at least 5 languages!! It is unbelievable how much energy they have, and we talked to some of them personally and they dont know how they do it! No matter how fun their jobs look, it is very socially demanding and hard; most of the time their smiles are false.
Pools: There were 2 main pools...both on deck 9, located aft and midship. There was a smaller pool located up on deck 10, next to the end of the waterslide. Also, a kiddie pool was up near the childrens room. The pool area is the most active, and where everyone is on sea days, and the line for the waterslide often went down the stairs! Watch out for little kids (in the deck 10 pool)...they had discovered that the plastic cups were great for throwing water at people. There were several hot tubs, all of which were wonderfuly hot and relaxing.
Service: Wonderful. The crew was amazing and very friendly (would say hi to us whenever they saw us, and remembered our names). I dont know how other people could say bad things about them!! They all spoke English very well (as it is a requirement for them if they come into contact with passengers), and were extremely accomodating to all the needs of the passengers.
Cabin: We were in cabin 7380, an inside on deck 7. It was the second one back from the aft elevators, and only 2 decks up to the buffet and 2 down to the casino and shops; no complaints at all about the location. There was plently of storage space for all of our belongings. There were 4 drawers in a dresser, 2 nightstands, and 4 closets (one with shelves). The bathroom was spacious, and there were 4 shelves above the sink (perfect size & location for beauty products). The shower was good, had a retractable clothes line going across which was handy, and a shampoo dispenser (smelled quite nice, but we always bring our own). There was one problem with the shower. It would overflow everytime i used it. The drain was very slow, and the ledge around the base was not high enough to contain all the water! There is a drain behind the toilet too, and a path around the perimeter of the floor for water to follow, so maybe this was supposed to happen?? I doubt it though. So dont leave your clothes on the floor! Another oddity about the cabin: the handles on the drawers and closets were leather-like, and hard to get ahold of, resulting in the opening of them veryyy difficult. We often left everything slightly open to avoid this issue. The lighting was great (fixtures were unique and modern), and there were plenty of mirrors everywhere. There was a minifridge, and a safe too. The artwork was cute, and the beds werent that bad. Maybe because we were so tired when we retired to sleep? It doesnt matter. (We were happy to be on a cruise ship in the Caribbean and NOT in the -10 weather in NY.) The sheets and towels were a little rough for our liking, but that didnt ruin our cruise or anything. (The pool towels that are left in your room for shore excursions are wonderful!!)
Food and Dining: Once again, I can not believe that people have complained about the food!!! It is delicious!!! We were disappointed at no sushi, but dont worry...they made up for it in their pasta dishes!! In the buffet, the food was great!! Always pizza, pasta, salad, a meat or 2 of some sort, fresh fruit, vegetables, all the regular cruise fare. The only area they lacked in was dessert. The selection was very limited, and always cold (pie is supposed to be warm!) The ice cream made up for it though, having self-serve machines located all around deck 9. There were specialty ice creams available at the bars, but we thought that it was rediculous to pay for ice cream on a cruise so we never got any. The food in the buffet is just about the same as in the dining rooms. We went to dinner the first couple of nights, but each night the service got slower and slower!! Originally, we were assigned the early seating, but we were able to easily change that to the late seating (allows much more time to get ready after being onshore all day). On the second formal night, instead of lobster, there was king crab legs. Personally, I prefered this!! It was delicious!!
Breakfast: offered in the dining room (Smeralda) from 7:30-9:30. We never went to this. A buffet was set up from 7:30-11am. The one by the back pool was always the least crowded, and had the same exact things as inside the Bellagio. There were pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, bagels, hash, and fresh fruit available.
Lunch: offered in the dining room (Portofino) from 12-1:30pm. We also never went to this. The buffet was available from 12-2:30 in the Bellagio, and the grill was open from 11am-6pm. Dinner: There is 2 different seatings in each restaurant. Costa Smeralda: 5:45 & 8:30 Restaurant Portofino: 5:30 & 8:15
Also, a buffet is set up from 7:30-9:30 in the Bellagio, and a specialty restaurant from 6:30-9:30pm (never went to it). ONE OF OUR FAVORITES: from 9:30pm-1:30am, a pizzaria was set up in the Bellagio. We did not discover this until near the end of the cruise, and the pizza here is THE BEST. Each night there were about 5 different types of pizza offered, so Im sure you would be able to find something you liked. They would make you your own pizza, about a foot in diameter. Also, every night there was a midnight buffet, and the theme differed from night to night. Furthermore, there was tea time. One was in the Spoleto Lounge, Deck 5, from 3:45-4:45pm,where there was a WIDE variety of tea to choose from. The other was in the Bellagio and had mini sandwiches and desserts (4-5pm).
Childrens Program: I participated in the teen program (13-18 years old), and it was wonderful!! The two teen directors, Marco and Sabryna, were fabulous!! There were a couple activities scheduled daily, and they were tons of fun! The prizes were great too. I saw the littler kids around the ship sometimes, participating in themed dinners and treasure hunts, and they all had a smile on their faces (and often face paint too!!).
Entertainment: The one show I actually went to, Myth Trio in Circus of the Seas, was FANTASTIC. I actually went to both seatings. It was unbelieveable!! All of the other shows were basically the same as on every cruise...a special singer one night, a Broadway-type show, a magician, ect...
Theme Nights: Almost every night had its own theme. It was so much fun, this is part of the reason why Costa is amazing. Italian Night: Supposed to wear red, white, or green. There were several stations all around deck 5, such as rose making, mask making, face painting, and dance classes.
Mediterannean Night: You were able to visit 4 different countries this night. France..and there was a Can Can show (hilarious!!!!), and Moulin Rouge-type singing. Greece...a fun dance..OMPA! Spain..dancing the Paso Doble. Egypt and Turkey....crazy belly dancing!! (also HILARIOUS). Also followed by a midnight buffet with food from each country in each section. DO NOT MISS THIS!!
Roman (Toga) Night: This is one thing Costa is known for. Everyone is supposed to get dressed up in a toga (and accessories!) and spend the night in it! This is the Guest Talent Show and Crew Show night too, and happened on the last night of the cruise. Maybe only about 50% of the pax actually wore a toga, but the ones who didnt missed out on all the fun!
Tropical Night: Tropical wear, with music by the calypso band and dancing by the pool! Dances such as the YMCA, hot hot hot, and limbo. Tons of fun!!
Other Passengers: About 80% of the passengers were European. Being onboard this ship was like being in a foreign country. Most of the other pax were Italian and French. None of them were rude at all, they were all lovely to converse with (give that you can speak their language/interpret their English). A couple were pushy and cut in line, but hey, Americans do that too!!! Im sure you would find someone on any other cruise line who would cut infront of you (we found it on HAL!).
Debarkation: There was the option of early self-debarkation. We opted not to do this, since you would have to carry all your own luggage offboard, and 2 woman pack a lot!! They hand out colored tags, depending on your cabin and status, and you get assigned a time to get off the ship. They dont even check if you leave in the right time (we got off earlier than assigned). There was one discression with a passenger and his/her card, apparantly they tried to get off without paying for their onboard purchases. That did hold up the line, but was resolved quickly. After we got off the ship, was had to go through customs. There were 2 different lines, one for US passengers and one for Foreign. They both moved at about the same rate.
Overall, we had a wonderful experience and would cruise Costa again in a hearbeat!! We are trying to plan to go on the Fortuna this winter. (The Magica wont be sailing out of Fort Lauderdale. Too bad. This ship is amazing!)
Feel free to PM me with questions, or if you want to see daily programs, menus, or photos!!
Costa Cruises Costa Magica by Ed 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, RestaurantRating 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.