Let me first start by telling everyone who is planning this trip
=>> Make sure that your connecting flights from US to Savona or
any other connecting city are at least a few hours apart. Mine was
only 35 minutes and I missed it because we spent 45 minutes on the
runway in New York’s JFK airport due to traffic.
Please take a small carry-on with all the necessary toiletries and
2-3 days worth of underwear/clothing change in case they lose your
luggage. Mine was lost due to AlItalia’s negligence and I did not
get it until Barcelona (6 days later).
The lost luggage assistance is inferior (no proper telephone
numbers or contacts on board or on land) and there is nothing to buy
on board to help. Costa Cruises offers zero except for a small
survival kit (toothpaste, toothbrush and shampoo). Laundry is free,
but what do you wear while they are washing it?
Carnival Corporation has purchased Costa Cruises and you can sense
it right away. The food is very ordinary and the service is just ok.
The Costa Fortuna ship itself is big and nice, however the décor
is dizzying. Typical of Carnival’s lack of taste and limit.
The cabin #9205 (suites class S) on the 9th deck is very
satisfactory, and not expensive if 3 people are sharing it. It is
spacious and very clean.
Early sitting dinner starts at 7-7:30PM and does not end till 9PM.
Late sitting dinner is too late. It starts at 9:30PM.
The crowd is mostly middle class Italians, French, and Spanish,
only a few Americans. Everyone pushes into elevators and there is no
consideration for space or people. Very strange behavior regarding
other passengers. Children are everywhere, even if it’s specified
that it be for adults only.
Smoking is allowed everywhere except for the theater. There are
non-smoking sections, but the air-conditioning was not working at all
and it is very hot and stuffy everywhere.
The cruises excursions are decent (history and the city’s sight
seeing tours) and worth the money, not the ones with dinner and show
The nightly shows are very primitive and dull.
The music in all the lounges is very pleasant and there is lots of
dancing going on everywhere.
I do not recommend any Carnival/Costa cruises here in USA or
Europe, they are inadequate for the money.
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