With a history dating back to the 5th century and the accolade of European Capital of Culture 2013, in Marseille you’ll find an old city full of charm to explore and pretty modern districts alike. Tuck into a classic pissaladière at the old port before visiting the famous coves of the Calanques National Park to the south- a stunning sight and only 25 minutes away by car. Before you leave don’t forget to buy a Marseille soap to give your suitcase a delicious holiday scent!
DAY 2 - 29 May 2022
This vibrant seaside city is home to unforgettable architecture and creative scenes from renowned artists. The buildings you’ll find here are unlike anything you’ve ever seen, such as Park Güell and Casa Batllo, while foodies will be spoilt for choice with 20 different Michelin star restaurants. At the end of a busy day of shopping enjoy the energetic nightlife, or relax on the beach with newfound friends. Whatever your interests, Barcelona has the perfect itinerary for you.
DAY 3 - 30 May 2022
You will be at sea on day 3 while travelling from Barcelona to Savona.
DAY 4 - 31 May 2022
Savona is the third largest city in Liguria, after Genoa and La Spezia. It boasts remarkable points of interest such as the Priamar Fortress which was built by the powerful Republic of Genoa, and dates back to the 16th century. The Savona Sistine Chapel, smaller than its Roman namesake, which was commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV in the 15th century, and the Cathedral of Maria Assunta, the main place of worship in the Savona area. Another prominent aspect of the city is the Art Nouveau-style architecture.
DAY 5 - 01 Jun 2022
One of the most famous cities in the world, Rome has been an epicentre of politics, art, architecture, and food for thousands of years. It is home to some of the most well-known historic sites such as the Colosseum, the pantheon, and Vatican City. It’s easy to spend a day in a hundred different ways in Rome, whether you’re looking to sip on incredible wine and people-watch, indulge in decadent pasta, pizza, risotto, and gelato, or if you’re eager to wander around the streets soaking in all the history you can. Rome is one capital city which will always leave you wanting more.
DAY 6 - 02 Jun 2022
You will be at sea on day 6 while travelling from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Corfu.
DAY 7 - 03 Jun 2022
One of Greece’s most verdant islands and perfect for a family holiday with charming architecture, an impressive fort and a 16th century church, Agios Spyridhon. Mount Pantokrantor rears up in the north of the island and all around the edges are sandy beaches and small villages. Whether you’re here to top up a tan on the stunning Loggas Beach or eager to discover the gorgeous monuments, Corfu has something for everyone.
DAY 8 - 04 Jun 2022
Found on the southeast edge of Italy, Bari has long been a large and bustling port town which boasts some fascinating history. There are plenty of religious buildings to see which house the relics of various saints – including those of St Nicholas (Santa Claus), and Saint Columba of Ireland. It’s also worth exploring the Old Town and Piazza Mercantile, to get a flavour of traditional Bari life complete with fresh Italian cooking, children playing football, and of course plenty of wine. In the piazza is also the ‘colonna infame’, which dates back to the first century AD. It’s here where criminals were held in years gone by to be ridiculed and punished.
Costa Cruises Covid-19 safety measures
Prior to boarding, guests must complete an obligatory health questionnaire online and once at the embarkation terminal , there will be temperature checks, as well as a Covid-19 test for those over the age of six. Check-in will be done online, and when boarding guests must wear a mask.
Onboard and Ashore
With social distancing being so important, Costa have reduced the capacity of their ships, and will allow fewer guests in public areas and on shore excursions. Restaurants will also be adapted so there is more spacing between tables and seating, and table service instead of buffets. Signs throughout the ship will remind guests to always stay a safe distance from one another, and hand sanitiser dispensers will be conveniently located onboard.
On top of their already high standards, Costa Cruises will increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfection, including public areas multiple times a day, cabin deep cleans before each cruise and further cleaning each day.
While entertainment will still be dazzling, Costa Cruises have made some changes. Theatre occupancy will be reduced by 50%, with guests required to wear masks and check in and out. However, the shows will be performed several times so there's no need to worry about missing out.
To ensure crew safety, they will have their temperatures taken before and after each sailing, be equipped with PPE and be fully trained in safety procedures.
Should anyone become ill onboard, each ship has a medical centre with doctors and other healthcare professionals on hand.
I have been on p&o, celebrity, Thompson, this is the worst cruise I've been on the food was terrible as was the entertainment the organisation to got off on shore days was a shambles we had to que for over two hours for a tender in the heat when you go to customer relations to complain they tell you to email when you get home I would not go on a costa cruise if it was free
Good Things: Check in was easy. Check out easy. Variety of music excellent. Waiter service excellent. Boat architecture good, especially the lifts in the central hall atrium. Some evening entertainment good, but not all (see below). Good spa facilities. Generally a cheerful atmosphere on board. Poor Aspects: No movie theatre in afternoons. Only two lectures in English for whole of cruise. No Captain's Reception. Only two "Formal" nights in eleven. Many did not have proper dress. Very poor layout of restaurants My Way and New York New York. Some seats much better than others. Too many rectangular, not enough circular. Lower seating area could not enjoy excellent waiter dancing etc. No wine waiter to order proper drinks. We had to go to bar to get proper Proseco. Food varied from very good to almost inedible. Menu should be posted outside restaurant entrance. No viable alternative to main restaurants. Silly high price for WiFi. Make it free. Breakfast should be available until 11 or 12.00. Rush to make 10 at times. Cabin lights not bright enough for reading in bed. Some evening shows very good but some grim (clown). Lead singers male and female not all that good. Afternoon cake and tea gives impression of budgeting (little choice, not appetising). Charging 5 euros for breakfast in bed is silly and just causes resentment. No "Sailaway Parties" on deck. Hope the above helps in your future planning.
We have never travelled with Costa but always wanted to visit Rio. We have been on several different ships so yes you do compare, so compared to other ships and service we found this terrible. Yes the ship was beautiful but there is more to a ship than beauty. The food was bland, same old thing everyday and the entertainment for your main show after dinner was some what lacking other ships. There was a massive language barrier as the majority on the ship were Italian and Spanish and to be honest we did not feel as though we were made welcome at all on the ship. Lots of things went wrong and thank god Iglu Cruises sorted it out as we were at the other side of the world. So a holiday in which we wanted to go and see was a nightmare and the biggest majority was down to Costa Cruises.
My family and I (two young children) have cruised mainly with RCCI and P&O but thought we would give Costa a try. We have recently come back from Eastern Med cruise to Greece, Turkey and Cyprus (changed itinerary as we could not go to Israel and Egypt). We had an amazing experience, despite some of the negative reviews about smoking (we are fussy and do not like being around smoke), but we had no problems whatsoever. The childrens' club was outstanding, and I have never seen a team of staff work so hard with the 400+ young children from 9am through to 11pm. Such dedication too, despite the 40 different nationalities. My children thought it was amazing to be able to learn Italian, Spanish, French, German as well as hear their own language being used. They rate Costa childrens clubs higher than RCCI and P&O, and they love RCCI clubs. Food was fantastic, and the Spa was the best I have ever seen, including better than Independence of the Seas, though the gym was much smaller and always busy. Staff throughout the ship were attentive, courteous and very helpful (I am fussy about customer service) and I have no complaints. The entertainment in the theatre was second to none - first class (again, something I am fussy about). The overall appearance of the ship was spotless, and the ship theme 'music' was a real treat with musical instruments all over the ship and different music being used in different areas of the ship. We purchased a samsara dream package which allowed us to the speciality samsara restaurant, for healthy eating choices and more refined dining, and my children enjoyed that too, as well as being able to have unlimited access to the Spa facilities - outstanding! I highly recomnmend everyone trying Costa, the whole experience, including interconnecting flights from London to Rome via Milan, and then the transfers to the ship, were seamless and very high quality. Well done Costa - now looking to book again with them for the summer 2011 and beyond.
This is the 2nd cruise I have been on with Costa and the first on this ship. The ship is big but follows the plan of all there ships, so once I realised that I found it easy to get around. The decor is breathtaking. The crew were outstandingly friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
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