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Cruise Review - Costa VictoriaCOSTA VICTORIA
Eastern Mediterranean
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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