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Costa Deliziosa, Easter Adriatic Cruise.

Costa Deliziosa, Easter Adriatic Cruise.

Postby TimC » 18 Apr 2017 22:36

Two years ago my wife and I honeymooned on Costa Fortuna for 5 days. it was a great experience and nowhere near long enough. Neither of us had been on a cruise previously. We're both teachers but our Easter holidays only overlapped by one week and we managed to just fit the cruise in.

This year we did another cruise on our anniversary. Whereas our first was booked ourselves direct to the airlines, hotel (in Savonna) and Costa, we elected to try CruiseNation. They were helpful, phoned back when they said they would and replied to questions promptly. We had issues with my wife's double-barrelled surname not matching either the Costa or British Airways documents (despite showing correctly on Cruisenation's own documents) - I was concerned that we may have problems if it didn't match her passport. They got things sorted very quickly and without fuss.

Boarding at Venice took a long time. We had flown to Marco Polo Airport and got the water taxi that got us to the Cruise Terminal at 2pm for a 5pm departure. We were given No. 19 - they were up to No.8 but it seemed to take an age to get us on. The terminal was not as nice as the one in Savonna. More like an old goods shed wth some seats and not much else.

We were immediately into the lifeboat drill with little time to find our way around beforehand unlike the last cruise where we had several hours before sailing to explore and find the buffet.

The view from Deck 11 of Venice was spectacular as we sailed out, escorted by a pair of tugs. MSC Musica was just ahead of us and played cat and mouse several times, with us finally getting back into Venice just ahead of it. Musica had a similar itinerary to ours but with a couple of different ports of call.

General summary:
Food - fantastic. Varied buffet and Dinner was very fancy every evening. Some crazy napkin-waving and conga antics on last two nights in dining room. Didn't see this on Fortuna. Not really my thing, but it is an experience. I just observed the antics from my seat and drank more wine, so I was ok.

Drinks package - essential. Wouldn't want to be totting up the cost of every 'Sex on the beach' cocktail.

Priscilla our Steward - fantastic. Became my wife's new best pal for the duration.

Cabin - we (stupidly) didn't go for a balcony. We didn't use it much on Fortuna, but found ourselves missing the fresh air and opportunity to easily dry our clothes. We had large window but as we didn't choose a cabin (in the hope we might be upgraded) we were allocated one on Deck 4 - half 'Ocean View/half 'Lifeboat'. Cabin was otherwise fine and kept very tidy about 3 times a day by Priscilla, despite our best efforts to regularly mess it up.

Passengers - mainly German and French. I don't go on a foreign holiday to be surrounded by British people anyway, so I like this aspect. Our next door neighbours left TV on really loud on first night and fell asleep. I got no sleep from 4am but reception called Priscilla at breakfast (our first introduction) and she dealt with it swiftly. I never heard or saw the neighbours so I'm not sure what she did! But it worked.

Excursions - didn't do any but used shuttle bus a couple of times. Took us right to the centre of Dubrovnik old town for a nominal fee. Well worth the money.

Entertainment - not really my thing but I managed to cope with a couple of shows featuring scantily-clad female dancers. The final night featured crew members doing spots. One of the bar men had a good voice and a security guard did a fantastic Delilah by Tom Jones. Overall, much better than it should have been.

Disembarkation - fairly efficient. We docked at 9am and were off by 11.

Final Point:
As we sailed around Greece, we had watch men/women with binoculars and the deck fire hoses were uncoiled and pointed out to sea. Is piracy an issue here? It wasn't like this further North in the Adriatic. We didn't have the watchmen or hoses out then, but they were out for two nights around Greece. I made a joke and said "No pirates tonight then?" to one of them to see what reaction I got but it was hard to judge. They weren't going to volunteer info about it incase passengers were alarmed, I guess.

That's about it. Yes, the decoration is OTT and the whole thing is very...Italian and crazy but it's great to experience for a week or so.
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Postby judgegeoff » 18 Apr 2017 22:50

A very hearty welcome to the forum Tim. Your report was excellent, both informative and enjoyable. :clap: I share your views of the Venice Cruise Terminal, we ended a cruise there a couple of years ago and found it to be rather industrial and lacking in charm.
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Postby Dave » 19 Apr 2017 07:26

Hi Tim. Thanks for the review and welcome to the forum. :wave:

We did cruises on Deliziosa in the summers of 2013 and 2014. We thoroughly enjoyed them both and I thought the ship was great - especially the décor. Sadly though, when we did a cruise on Costa Diadema for Christmas 2015, although we loved the ship we thought that the Costa product/experience had deteriorated badly and so we haven't been tempted to cruise with them again. :(
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Postby TimC » 19 Apr 2017 08:11

Here are some photos.

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At Venice Terminal.

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I've seen Piazza San Marco several times but never from this angle until now.

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The lobby/bar from inside one of the glass lifts

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The lobby again. And some of the modern art on display in the vessel.

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Entertainment

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I have hundreds of photos of the tugs if you're interested...No? Ok.

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To fight off the pirates? We had people on watch on these nights, too. THIS wasn't mentioned in the 'Diario de bordo'...

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We made an unscheduled visit to another island between Corfu and Santorini for a serious medical emergency. Coastguard boat met us and a poor man was taken off on a stretcher. It didn't delay our arrival in Santorini (although I wouldn't have minded if it had). It was impressive to see that they're prepared to go to such lengths to get you the treatment you need if it's too serious to deal with on board)

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Acropolis, Athens. Look like they're still constructing it, judging by the cranes. Those builders take ages to get a job done...

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Hard to tell from this photo, but it was Easter when we visited Dubrovnik.

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Costa Deliziosa leaving Venice on its next cruise after we had disembarked.
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Postby Jimmy the One » 19 Apr 2017 09:24

Excellent review and photos Tim :thumbup: welcome to the forum
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Postby grannyM » 19 Apr 2017 10:32

Wow! what a great introduction to the forum with your review and photos. Thank you for that and welcome to the forum from me also. :D
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Postby Gillzajoker » 19 Apr 2017 11:14

Welcome, and thank you for an interesting and informative review, with great pics. :D
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Postby bobbyoscar » 19 Apr 2017 11:17

Welcome to the forum, lovely photos.
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Postby TimC » 19 Apr 2017 12:37

Thanks for the kind comments. Here are a few more images.

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My better half at the stern.

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Can't recall exactly where on the ship this was.

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A quick conga-line between courses. Quiet evening meal, on Costa Deliziosa.

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Disembarking at Santorini where there's no quayside. We did a LOT of waiting to disembark and the options for going up into town were a) a cable car b) a smelly donkey ride c) walk. As my wife is asthmatic, the last two options weren't practical and she didn't fancy the cable car either. I was happy to remain on the ship so we wasted a fair bit of time that day. We went ashore for an hour, had a drink, used the wifi in the bar and went back aboard.
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Re: Costa Deliziosa, Easter Adriatic Cruise.

Postby TimC » 19 Apr 2017 13:29

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This was our 'Ocean View' cabin view. Mainly 'lifeboat' although MSC Musica can be seen overtaking us on the starboard side. Our cabin was at the back end of the third lifeboat - Cabin 4269. So, there was SOME ocean view but it's a bit misleading. When you book at the theatre or a concert, they tell you it's a 'restricted view' seat you're booking. It would be good if Costa had done this too.
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