November 7, 2005
by Mark Gallihue
I'd like to weigh in on the Costa Victoria. We just completed an Eastern Mediterranean cruise on
Victoria that left Venice on November 7, 2005. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would recommend the
ship. Looking back at other reviews, I think that our experience would compare to that of the George
and Eleanor Smart when they sailed along the Brazilian coast. (Their review
can be found here.)
We enjoyed the itinerary and the ship is very beautiful.
I've lived in Italy and thought that the food on the Victoria was very good. Prior to the trip, I worried
that the many European passengers would smoke us off the ship--it wasn't a problem. I came away convinced
that cruising is a really comfortable and affordable way to visit Europe.
I'm an American and must say that Americans who choose
to cruise need to be aware of several things that may influence enjoyment of a vacation. Europeans and
Asians are accustomed to having less personal space than Americans. If one is easily put off by those who
speak other languages or crowd into elevators, I'd suggest an American vacation rather than an
International one. Also, know that cuisine aboard the Victoria is continental--those of us looking for
American food will find it easily in America.
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