It’s been a little while since I stepped foot on a Costa ship – almost three years ago – so when I was invited to check out their new Caribbean winter itinerary aboard Costa Mediterreana,  I figured I’d give it another shot.
The cruise definitely isn’t for everyone. It’s very European, but on the other hand, it’s had a certain class about it.

Five first impressions of my Caribbean Costa cruise:

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1. Food

Cannoli in the main dining room.

Cannoli in the main dining room.

The food was hit or miss for me. Food overall is so subjective so who am I to say if something is really good or really bad. Since it is an Italian cruise line, I found a lot of pasta dishes, chicken, pizza, and anti-pastas. I was very impressed with Italian night and quickly fell in love with the eggplant Parmesan, garden salads and cannolis.
One thing I found odd was no dinner in the buffet area. The pizza area turns into a pizza restaurant at night. You’ll find an $8 surcharge for the self-service salad bar, a whole pizza and dessert. The $8 surcharge was justified because it came with table service.

2. Psychedelic artwork

The main atrium.

The main atrium.

Inspired by 17th-century Italian palaces, Costa Mediterranea’s décor consists of Carrara marble, Murano glass accents and inlaid wood, creating an interesting atmosphere throughout the whole ship. The main atrium has suspended dancers in a tribute to dance.
There was 17th-century artwork lining the passenger corridors and unique statues throughout the ship and pool areas.
It was fun walking around the ship and checking out the different rooms and themes.
3. Itinerary

One of the beaches in Antigua.

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