Written on: 16/10/2010
Had an excellent time. Crew very helpful with superb service. The early dinner was sometimes too early when leaving port especially Venice which is an extrodinary wonderful experience. Had time to visit Venice before the cruise started and when it finished. Easily completed on your own.
Olympia from Katakolon can be reached by local coach at 10euro rather than the 40 charged by Cosa, don't forget to add Olypia entrance fee which I think is 6 euro.
Istanbul is gat fun and very walkable. ... (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2010 by Allanduman (1 review written)
Just got off a cruise on the Costa Serena from Venice to Istanbul a week ago.
It was a HORRIBLE experience. The food was boring, no one spoke English, and there was nothing to do when we were not in a port. There were extra charges for everything from a cup of coffee to a Coke. The Internet cost $13.00 to use for an HOUR!!! We were given a bill for $1300 EXTRA for the coffee, Internet time, drinks. etc. as we left the ship - all charged to our visa.
The ship was alright but with 3,000... (read more)
Written on: 04/11/2008
This is our fourth cruise and despite the bad points we really did enjoy ourselves. We are in our mid 50's so perhaps younger people may not be so bothered by the number of noisy children. (read more)
Written on: 08/09/2008 by gunnergirl1982
We really enjoyed this cruise. Even with the bad points it was a great week, you learn to push in, or to avoid peak times in the buffet.
The room was a great size and our cabin steward kept it super neat. I believe he cleaned/checked it 3 times a day.Most of the activities are in Italian (movies, games,etc...) although they will repeat everything in English (games, bingo, etc...) if they know there are English speakers there. This can be more tedious than just skipping the event. Also,... (read more)
Written on: 06/08/2008 by kaz9827
We had a great holiday, the entertainment was good although probably not to the same standard as english or american ships, but it was certainly not bad. The food was good with quite a lot of variety, and 13 bars on board we had loads of choice. Definitely try the samsara spa, a one day pass is worth it because there is loads of space to relax and unwind.
We would recommend the Serena for a cheap cruise but the on board spend can soon add up. Make sure you ask your rep or ring Costa for... (read more)
Written on: 10/02/2008 by julieann2039 (1 review written)
Having looked forward to this holiday with my family I was not very impressed with the service and certain aspects of this cruise and it's reception staff. We had several querries with the reception staff, over state rooms that were booked, and were told there was nothing that they could do about it. Infact, the attitude that they portrayed was that "they didn't care, and to take it up with the tour company which we booked with"
Breakfast time in the dinning room was total chaos, I... (read more)
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