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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
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Hello and welcome to my latest trip report. Im sure it will come of no surprise that this is another Cruise one  

During the latter part of December I had decided I would look for a late deal to just take a cruise for a week anywhere around Europe. Fellow Anetter Mark ( EI CVD ) also fancied the idea so I decided to keep an eye out and then when I found one ran it past him. At the time I was in London looking after my Mum as she took a bad dose of the flu, I also got sick so it was a miserable two weeks. I needed a break badly. Whlst there I checked lots of cruise lines and it seemed Costa had quite alot of bargains. No need to tell you why ! Since the Concordia outrage they have been loosing bookings and loyal customers at an alarming rate.

Costa Cruise's were certainly not my first choice but the ship and itinerary were not bad at all and neither was the price. After much reading of the reviews and places of interest Mark and I decided to go ahead and book. It was going to be hit and miss with the weather but the ports of call made up for it. Next it was to check flights and we decided to book British Airways BHD-LHR-FCO-LHR-BHD. We decided to overnight in LHR to break the journey and also to make sure we could take the first flight out of LHR to FCO .

So finally the day came and Mark got the train from Dublin to Belfast and I got on in Newry and we made our way to Belfast Central. We then got the connection to Sydenham ( Belfast City Airport ) .


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DATE: 17JAN2013
AIRLINE: BRITISH AIRWAYS
ROUTE: BHD - LHR
CLASS: ECONOMY
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A319
REG: G - DBCC
SEAT: 25 E F


We approached the check in and handed over our cases.







After that we made our way via Fast Track lane to airside. We were both hungry so we decided to get something from the cafe.

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Titanic stuff to buy :

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After that we decided to head to the BA Lounge :

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Nothing amazing here in the old BMI lounge. No major changes . During this time I chatted to Mark about being concerned about the snow that was due for the London area for the morning. We decided that on arrival to LHR we would get our bags and head over to T5 to see if we could be rebooked onto the last flight out to FCO that evening. We would try to overnight in FCO instead. I was worried that we might get stuck at LHR and miss the cruise.

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Soon our aircraft arrived .

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After a while boarding was called with direct boarding from the lounge.

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Boarding was completed and we made our way to the runway to take off.

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Once airbourne the crew came around with the usual drinks and snacks.

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The flight went really fast as Mark and I were chatting about the cruise and current news in the Aviation world.
Soon it was time to commence our decent into LHR.



After landing we disembarked the aircraft and made our way to Terminal 5 Via the Free Heathrow Express.

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After a short time we arrived and made our way to the First Class check in area.



We were greeted by a friendly guy who happened to be a supervisor. I explained our case and asked if he would consider the request. He said that normally there would be a fee but given the circumstances he thought it was wise and another two less to deal with in the morning should the worse happen. Soon enough he took our bags and gave us our boarding passes and we were on the last flight. We thanked him very mcuh and made our way to the First Class lounge.

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We arrived at the desk and were welcomed in. We were hungry so decided to raid the food options.  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/COSTA/file_zps475dddc2.jpg

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The famous BA Burger . Went down a treat .

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Time for one of my favourite things about the F Lounge. The Champs bar.

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Soon it was time to leave the lounge and head to the gate. I had got online and booked the Courtyard by Marriott at FCO. It looked decent and had a 24 hour mini shop for snacks and drinks which we could get on arrival.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
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DATE: 17JAN2013
AIRLINE: BRITISH AIRWAYS
ROUTE: LHR - FCO
CLASS: ECONOMY
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A320
REG: ? - ????
SEAT: 9A B MOVED TO BACK.



At the gate I asked the agent if there were any spare rows so we could get a row of three middle seat empty. She was very friendly and changed our boarding passes to the last row. Then we boarded via the Priority lane.



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We boarded and were welcomed by some friendly crew.

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Plenty to read :

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Soon we made our way to take off and then the seatbelt sign was turned off.

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A quick trip to the bathroom:

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Soon the crew came around with wraps. There was a choice of two . It was Hoisin Duck which I liked but Mark didnt like it at all.

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During the flight I got chatting to the crew and one of them was from Sicily so I told her we were going there on the cruise. She was telling me all about it. The flight went by quickly and soon it was time to get ready for landing.

A smooth touchdown and then made our way to the gate where we then made our way to baggage reclaim.

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The bags took ages to arrive and also the area was very cold. No heating at all. Not the nicest place.

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Eventually the bags came and we took a taxi to the hotel. We checked in and everything seemed ok the route to the room was a bit shabby and carpets torn in places. Not what you expect in a Marriott.

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Upon entering the bathroom this was in the bath . An empty beer can. I showed Mark and we kind of laughed it off. I then decided to head downstairs to get a snack and a few bottles of water.

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When I got to reception I asked where the 24 hour mini market was only to be told it had closed. It seemed something fishy was going on because the manager had walked out and the place had been taken over whilst keeping the Marriott franchise. I mentioned the beer can in the bathroom and was told they had work men in fixing the hotel. None of this was on the website at booking and considering it cost EUR100 it is something I would expect to be advised before accepting my payment. I was told I could get snacks and drinks at the bar but when asking the bar man I was met with a blank face. They had no snacks at all not even a chocolate bar. He reluctantly prodcued two bottles of water. I went back to the front desk and asked if there was a manager on duty to which I waited a few minutes and she appeared. she was the night duty manager. In fairness to her she was friendly and took me to the bar to sit down and chat to me. I told her my complaints and she said she agreed and explained the who issue and that the place was a mess at the moment and staff were not happy either. She agreed there should have been something on the website at booking. A gesture was made by her to offer us free breakfast in the morning to which I accepted and it was case closed as far as I was concerned. I was tired and wanted to go to bed. I couldnt really be annoyed at her as she said she was dealing with lots of complaints.

Anyway the next morning we woke up early and made our way to breakfast. I have to say they did put on a good spread so was happy enough in the end.

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Im sure this is nice in the Summer .

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Back up to the room and some nice views for sure .

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As it turned out our flight did make it from LHR but who could have known. At least we got a good nights sleep.

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Soon it was time to head to the Airport to were our Costa Reps were to meet us and take us to the Port.

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We arrived with time to spare so we had a stroll around.

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Sad to see . I used to fly these from DUB-ATH Via Milan.

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Soon it was time to meet the Reps and we boarded the transfer bus for the one hour journey to the Port of Rome. Soon enough we arrived and having priority boarding we boarded the ship. I have to say the staff were all very friendly from transfer to check in to boarding.


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Our ship for the next week.

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We made our way to our stateroom and I have to say we were pleased with the choice. A bright and airy room with private balcony.

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Our dining request for a particular restaurant had been granted also.



Smart pass cards for opening the stateroom/charging to our accounts/ getting on and off the ship. Also safety drill cards to be handed in at the safety demo.

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After un packing it was time to tour the ship.

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If Pizza is your thing this was not bad at all.

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On every cruise ship I go on I always have a place where I like to chill with a coffee and cake. This did not dissapoint as this became my favourite place. Coupled with a friendly waitress from Barbados who looked after Mark and I for the week .

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This nightclub was never that busy at night apart from Kids/Teens. It amazed me how many Kids were on the ship during school term time !! I guess some Families dont mind their Kids loosing school time. Was always a No No in my Family.

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What else on an Italian ship but a Catholic Church.



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We decided to try out the shows which were before Dinner. They were quite good compared to how I remember them before on previous Costa ships. The languages were Italian English French German which can get a bit much after a while especially when they all run into each other and you cant make out which is which .

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Our first night we went to dinner and had a table by ourselves assigned. We were introduce to our lovely waiter from the Phillipines Marvin. He looked after us so well over the week and we had a few laughs too. Mark does not like certain foods and they really excelled in trying to accomodate this which was nice.

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After Dinner it was time to get some rest as the next day was our first stop in Savona .


SAVONA - ITALY

Arriving into Savona it was cold and raining but this did not put us off we decided to go ashore and look around.

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After of course having a nice breakfast.

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After a while we had had enough and decided to head back to the ship. By this time it was icy cold and snow was threatening to fall. We thought Savona was ok but nothing special.

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As we got on we passed this show room. Some Italian agents were onboard having a ship visit. Not bad for an outside.

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Costa offer a free room service menu to certain types of balcony staterooms. The description sounded better than the actual quality . I ordered a few things but it was just ok nothing amazing.



The rest of the day I went to the Spa which was really nice. Lots of steam rooms and hydrotherapy pools, aroma showers etc... I have to say that was Cota cruises strong point. Mark meanwhile went to the gym. It was weird laying in the relax area ''Winter Garden'' drinking Green tea and watching it snowing ourside.

The next day it was Marseille. I had heard mixed reports from people that say they hate it to people that say they love it so I was looking forward to making my own mind up.

MARSEILLE - FRANCE


Weather wise not a great day . Lots of rain but later in the day it brightened up and was pleasant. Lots of building work around the port and outer city areas. I did find a lovely French bakery with fresh Pain Au Chocolat.

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Soon it was time to head back to the ship. I have to say I liked Marseille and would certainly go back sometime.

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A day at sea and a leisurely breakfast.

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A decent burger from the grill.



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Another coffee break.



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Cold sea at night .



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The next port of call was one of my favourites and my 16th time to this wonderful city.


BARCELONA - CATALONIA

A nice welcome to Barcelona  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/COSTA/file_zps23c8e05b.jpg

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As soon as we docked it was time to get off to explore the city. I know my way around so it was going to be an easy day . Mark and I wanted to clothes shop so it was time to see the main sights then go to Massimo Dutti.

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A must everytime Im in town.


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Time to shop and the 50% sales were great   Some nice shirts / Jumpers and aftershaves were bought.

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Time to visit the Nespresso store. I got myself a new glass set and we both had coffee. Mark also had his first Nespresso.

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Some nice ice cream. Gotta love the Kinder one .

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Time to head back to the ship . Chavi Tours   lol...

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Time for some spotting on top deck. So many times we see pics in TRs of from the air looking down and now this is the other way around  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/COSTA/file_zps796ae494.jpg

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So time to leave Barcelona it had been a wonderful day and the weather even played ball. Next up Palma - Majorca.


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PALMA - MAJORCA


We arrived with a lovely sunrise. I had never been before so was looking forward to this port.

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I have to say I loved Palma. So many nice streets to stroll around with nice shops and cafes.


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Back to the ship .

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Never far from some overhead activity.


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Bye bye Palma.

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Trying out the room service. Like I said before ok but nothing special. The crisps were the nicest thing !!

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Next was Cagliari .


CAGLIARI - SARDINIA


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This was the damage to the ship that was covered over after crashing into the port at Marseille.

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This was it when it happened :



Time to see the city .

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Must be AZ !!

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We then found a lovely place to have coffee and cake. Mostly locals and always the best places.

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On the way back to the ship we came across this ! Weird .

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Time to leave after a lovely day and quite impressed with the place.

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Cocktail party ,photo with the Cpt . Not my thing so we didnt attend .

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Tiramisu and Ice cream was lovely  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/COSTA/file_zps98f6ffbb.jpg

The next and last port of call was Palermo .


PALERMO - SICILY


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The weather as with other places rained but brightened up later. Lots of Pakistani guys on hand to sell everyone umbrella's.


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Cute dog . Also we witnessed a postman delivering in the neighbourhood. He put the mail in a basket dropped down by the residents who then pulled it back up. Neat system.

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Time to head back to the ship. I loved Palermo I have to say . The old decaying streets had character.

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A nice view from the balcony . Next stop Rome and the end of the cruise.

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The next morning we got up had breakfast and disembarked the ship. The week had flown. Disembarkation was quick and efficient. Our transfer bus was waiting to take us back to FCO.

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DATE: 25JAN2013
AIRLINE: BRITISH AIRWAYS
ROUTE: FCO - LHR
CLASS: ECONOMY
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A320
REG: ? - ????
SEAT: 27 A C


We approached check in but they would not check us in until the exact time of two hours before. Even though they were sitting there doing nothing. The staff took ages to do anything and were very lazy. Even a request for a seat number change was met with a sigh.

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Time to head to the BA lounge.

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After a while in the lounge it was time to head to the gate. The BA lounge does a great Cappuchino I must say. Mark agreed too.

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Priority boarding commenced so we made our way onboard.

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Boarding completed we made our way to the runway .

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After take off crew began the service.

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More wraps .

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Mark got himself a model.

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The flight passed quickly and soon time to land into a randomly snowy England.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 13628 times:

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We disembarked the aircraft and made our way to flight connections to Terminal 1 .



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DATE: 25JAN2013
AIRLINE: BRITISH AIRWAYS
ROUTE: LHR - BHD
CLASS: ECONOMY
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A320
REG: ? - ????
SEAT: 29 D F



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A short time to relax in the BA Domestic lounge.

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Then it was time to head to the gate for boarding.

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Bad choice it seems . Sorry Mark   Maybe others should take note and beware.

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Boarding was completed and we made our way to the runway to take off.

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After take off snacks were handed out with drinks.

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A short hop to Belfast and soon we landed and disembarked thanking the crew.

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One last shot .

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So thats the end of the report folks . Thanks so much for reading this far. I know it was long. I really enjoyed this week away despite the weather.

Costa cruise's were ok . For a cheap week away they provided a decent product. I rate them 3 star Family fun ships. Food not gourmet but you will always find something to suit. Personally some of the Italian food was very boring 4 days in and I craved something different like a Chinese or Curry / Middle Eastern food etc... Still for what was paid I would not hesitate to go again. The Concordia disaster has had its impact though both on pricing and the crew. One crew member said the morale had gone to hell and its not the line it was. Hopefully they can get their company back on track with the help of decent management skills.

Mark I really enjoyed your company as usual.   Never thought Id convert you to Cappuchinos/cruise ships and Massimo Dutti but I did it LOL..   Glad your Mum loved the Bvlgari perfume I recommended. You cant go wrong with that brand !

To all my Anet friends and TR readers I look forward to hearing your replies and appreciate them all.


Kind regards

Philip / OA260  


User currently offlineN172DM From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 13082 times:

Awesome report. Unfortunately, a few of the pictures didn't load due to my terrible internet connection, but I still enjoyed it very much. Thanks a lot for taking the time to make a long and detailed report. Almost makes me feel like I went along with you!

Keep the TRs coming!

N172DM



And in the world, a heart of darkness... -U2
User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12547 times:

Wow very cool....

I honestly always thought that cruise ships were just for family's with kids ('cuz the parents can let them loose since they can't get "lost" on a ship) and really OLD people...

Glad to see other age groups can enjoy cruises too!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12409 times:

Quoting N172DM (Reply 18):

Hi and thanks alot for the reply. I know it was rather long and thanks for your patience. Im glad you enjoyed.

Quoting Burj (Reply 19):

Hey thanks for the reply. Thats what alot of people think but these days there is a cruise ship for all tastes and age groups and even the more conservative brands seem to attract a whole range.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12340 times:

Hey Philip


Great report about the Costa Cruise, will be embarking a cruise boat in Belgium on saturday (only for a few hours tough).
This report really warmed me up herefore.
BA doenst look bad neither

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineAndriyko From Ukraine, joined Jan 2007, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12304 times:

Fantastic report and pictures! Thanks so much for taking the time to post it!

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12284 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
Hey Philip

Hey Marc  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
Great report about the Costa Cruise, will be embarking a cruise boat in Belgium on saturday (only for a few hours tough).
This report really warmed me up herefore.
BA doenst look bad neither

Thanks for the reply. Oh sounds interesting what one is it? Look forward to seeing some pics on FB. Yes BA did a good job no issues there.

Quoting Andriyko (Reply 22):
Fantastic report and pictures! Thanks so much for taking the time to post it!

Thank for the kind words its much appreciated and Im glad you enjoyed the report. It did take alot of time to put together but I feel it was worth the time.  


User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12227 times:

Excellent report again Philip. I very much enjoyed reading about your fab trip with Mark.

Costa cruises (no apostrophe in the plural    ) seem how I would expect them to be. A little "fur coat no knickers" for my liking but if the price is right then you can't go wrong!

Was MSC Splendida following you by the way?  

Thanks again for sharing.



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
25 Toulouse : As usual Philip, a truly enjoyable TR to read and view (your great selection of photos). Palma looks really nice. It's always on my list of places to
26 Post contains images OA260 : Hi Gareth and thanks for the reply. We did indeed have a good trip. Glad your spell checker is better than mine Indeed for that price it was worth th
27 NorthStarDC4M : Very nice TR... Looks like you had a great time! Having just gotten off a cruise myself on a cousin of the Pacifica (Carnival Valor), it's funny to se
28 SA7700 : Hi Philip, Thank you very much for an excellent trip report and also the awesome collection of photographs. I enjoyed it very much! Take care and have
29 Post contains images Jambost : Hi Philip, Another great read, thanks for your time to upload it. My phone nearly choked to death downading the pictures! Have you ever tried a cruise
30 Post contains images OA260 : Hi many thanks for reading and replying. Yes we had a great time . I rarely dont to be honest. Even when things go wrong you just make the best of it
31 Post contains images airbuseric : Hey Philip, great report. Tons of good pics, giving a nice idea of the cruise and your time along side. That Costa ship looks good to me, though I'm s
32 Post contains images NorthStarDC4M : The Ruby was ok... but that cruise was complicated considering I got married on it and all Honestly the food was great, the ship was nice, but our se
33 Post contains links and images OA260 : Hi James Thanks for the reply. Hope your phone recovered Yes some years ago I went with my Cousin in Celebrity Century which is a fab ship for this k
34 Post contains images LHRBFSTrident : Bravo Phillip on another fab TR - just when I had finally got used to the fact that the BA Shuttle of my childhood was never coming back - here they a
35 Post contains links and images OA260 : Hi thanks for reading and replying Oh I know its weird how its gone full circle. Great to see BA back though especially for me . I used to commute to
36 ZKSUJ : Great pics from the cruise, looks awesome. Thanks for sharing
37 Post contains images OA260 : Thanks Your welcome glad you liked it .
38 mdavies06 : Wow Philip. Thanks again for a great and long TR. Lots of nice pics! I should do one of these cruises around the Med sometimes. How much did you pay?
39 Post contains images OA260 : Hi thanks No I didnt mention it but you could have been excused for missing it with all the above LOL... It was GBP199 all in for a balcony including
40 Post contains images eicvd : Hi Philip Thanks for posting this excellent report, all those brilliant photo's really bring back great memories of one of my best & most memorabl
41 Post contains images sultanils : Hi Phil, how's you doing? Thanks for this extensive picturesque journey report. BA delivering you service as solid as a rock and good to see plenty of
42 Post contains images 817Dreamliiner : Hi Phillip Nice report! and a rather long one too. Makes me want to go on a cruise again! oh well... Thanks for sharing this, was an interesting read
43 Post contains images OA260 : Hey Mark Thanks and Im glad you enjoyed it and it brought back those fab memories. It really was a lovely week. Thanks for the Regs. Also thanks for
44 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Philip, I’m so hungry after reading your report. They usually have that effect on me! A good decision to spend a few days in slightly warmers cli
45 Post contains images OA260 : Hi Hannah Haha yes never read on an empty stomach Thanks yes its a lovely place. Alot nicer than I thought it would be. Yes very true . Not my taste
46 roberts87 : Another great detailed report as always! Thanks for sharing and taking the time to produce it!
47 Post contains images rogerbcn : Hola Philip! Great to see this report on line, as usual a pleasure to read and look at the pictures. I really enjoy the way you write and comment on t
48 Post contains images OA260 : Hey Robert thanks and Im glad you enjoyed it Hola Roger Thanks alot Thanks I try to make it as in depth as possible as people like to see the minor d
49 jwhite9185 : Hi Philip, great detail as usual - felt like I was there! Seem to remember your relief when BA let you go for the earlier flights, although that hotel
50 palmjet : Super report P Loved all the enroute pics of all the stops. Nice to get a cruise and flight combination again. I also loved Palma - it's a great city
51 mad99 : Thanks for taking the time to post your trip! Do you see many kids on board? all the best
52 Post contains images adamspotter : Hello there Phillip Finally got to reading this report, another great one with many many nice pictures! Looks like you had a fantastic week away on th
53 PlaneHunter : Hi Philip, very nice report abour your latest cruise ship test! These ship interiors are amazing and the food looks great! PH[Edited 2013-06-10 09:57:
54 The777Man : Hi Philip! Very nice report with nice pictures ! Flights seem nice; standard BA fair. The ship seems amazing like most modern cruise ships. Very nice
55 797 : Hello there! Nice report. I wouldn't go on a Costa Cruise, I have read numerous times they lost all the class they had. That's too bad, but Capt. Sche
56 Post contains images OA260 : Hey James thanks for the reply glad you liked it and yes the earlier flight was good Thanks and yes deffo a good combo for me There were more than I
57 malioil : Hi Philip, Thanks for the great trip report. I too am a chronic cruiser and was actually aboard the MSC Splendida two weeks before you were on the Pac
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