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We were travelling as a group of 8 to celebrate a special birthday. We chose this cruise line and this cruise due ro the date and location being roughly mid- way as both families travelled from opposite parts of the globe. Both families are experienced cruisers and this certainly was an experience to remember- but not in a good way! The best thing about this cruise was the company and we made the best of it. We made our own fun. From embarkation to disembarkation the cruise was characterised by chaos, low quality and staff indifference. Embarkation was painfree dor us due ro being in suites but overall this process waa not well managed so the very first customer experience was bot a good one. There were lengthy waiting lines at the hospitality desk and once you got to the top of the queue you were met by disinterested staff! In terms of food, this was poor in terms of qualiry of ingredients and taste. Night after night there was a sameness about the dining experience and I know costa's meals do not reflect good Italian fare. Average is the word I would use to describe the food. I would say this is a budget cruise line and you get what you pay for. Sometimes you don't get what you paid for- other reviews have mentioned that the pool slide was not working and I find it hard to comprehend that this had not been fixed from previous cruises. Limited availability of hand sanitizer so I was pleased we brought our own... We were in suites so were able to eat in Conde Grande- we breakfasted here as we wanted to join our friends for dinner each night. Highlight of the breakfast was the salmon that was available. The offerings from the menu here were bizarre and lacklustre.particularly memorable were the overcooked hard poached eggs- the same every day and inedible! Our suite was clean although we only sighted our butler twice and his English was poor so we stopped asking him for help. E.g. he didn't seem to understand about restocking the mini bar with the beverages we selected. It was good to have toiletries in this cabin but housekeeping didn't seem to realise that these needed to be restocked when they had been finished. Service around the ship was generally slow whether this be in the dining rooms or bars. Staff didn't seem to understand more than simple phrases and so it was difficult to engage with them. There was a distinct nonchalance and lack of responsibility when we pointed out something that needed to be changed. I put this down to a lack of customer service and training and ultimately costa not valuing their staff or the customer experience. I simply cannot recommend Costa as a cruise line and have already booked another cruise with Celebrity- our cruise line of choice.

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Costa Fortuna Cruise Review by shedquarters

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Mini Suite with Balcony
We were travelling as a group of 8 to celebrate a special birthday. We chose this cruise line and this cruise due ro the date and location being roughly mid- way as both families travelled from opposite parts of the globe.

Both families are experienced cruisers and this certainly was an experience to remember- but not in a good way! The best thing about this cruise was the company and we made the best of it. We made our own fun.

From embarkation to disembarkation the cruise was characterised by chaos, low quality and staff indifference. Embarkation was painfree dor us due ro being in suites but overall this process waa not well managed so the very first customer experience was bot a good one. There were lengthy waiting lines at the hospitality desk and once you got to the top of the queue you were met by disinterested staff!

In terms of food, this was poor in terms of qualiry of ingredients and taste. Night after night there was a sameness about the dining experience and I know costa's meals do not reflect good Italian fare. Average is the word I would use to describe the food.

I would say this is a budget cruise line and you get what you pay for. Sometimes you don't get what you paid for- other reviews have mentioned that the pool slide was not working and I find it hard to comprehend that this had not been fixed from previous cruises. Limited availability of hand sanitizer so I was pleased we brought our own...

We were in suites so were able to eat in Conde Grande- we breakfasted here as we wanted to join our friends for dinner each night. Highlight of the breakfast was the salmon that was available. The offerings from the menu here were bizarre and lacklustre.particularly memorable were the overcooked hard poached eggs- the same every day and inedible!

Our suite was clean although we only sighted our butler twice and his English was poor so we stopped asking him for help. E.g. he didn't seem to understand about restocking the mini bar with the beverages we selected. It was good to have toiletries in this cabin but housekeeping didn't seem to realise that these needed to be restocked when they had been finished.

Service around the ship was generally slow whether this be in the dining rooms or bars. Staff didn't seem to understand more than simple phrases and so it was difficult to engage with them. There was a distinct nonchalance and lack of responsibility when we pointed out something that needed to be changed. I put this down to a lack of customer service and training and ultimately costa not valuing their staff or the customer experience.

I simply cannot recommend Costa as a cruise line and have already booked another cruise with Celebrity- our cruise line of choice.
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