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Original review: June 14, 2019

I had the worst encounter with a Guest Relation Manager on Costa Cruise. On 30 May 2019 while onboard Costa Mediterranea, I had some questions regarding my Costa Club member points, I was directed by one of the cruise members to the Guest Relation Manager's office. As I stepped just outside the door which was wide opened, the manager, (whom later identified as Gabriella **) who was having two guests in front of her, looked up and asked me "Yes?". In response to her and didn't want to be rude in having to shout across the room, I walked a few steps into the office and replied her that I had some questions regarding my Costa Club member points. I expected her to tell me to wait since she was having other guests but instead she seemed very angry. With a commanding and unpleasant tone, she said: "Why can't you just wait in the line? Can't you see that I am serving other members?".

She then shook her head with an insulting grin to the guests in front of her. I was shocked and upset by her attitude. She talked to me like I was her subordinate. I was puzzled too as there was no queue line at all except a few sofa outside her office with two ladies resting and chit-chatting but not intended to see the manager. I am a Costa Club Pearla Member and that was my fifth voyage with Costa Cruise not to mention my many voyages with other cruise lines but that was the first time I ever encountered a Guest Relation Manager who acted so impatiently, arrogantly and insensitively. I would rather be served by cruise members at the service desk or excursion office downstairs who are a hundred times more friendly and helpful than the so called manager.

My wife and myself tried to sort out the misunderstanding with her but she refused to listen and even insulted us by saying that all other passengers from all over the world knew how to queue except us which suggested that we are the only rude people in this world that deserved her poor treatment. Is that the right way that Costa treat their customers? Seeing that she had no intention to resolve the conflict with us, we asked her if there was any other crew member we could approach regarding our Costa Club member point she said unfortunately she is the only one who could do it. It gave us no choice and we just had to give up the assistance what we initially asked for and left her office.

I am truly disappointed with Costa's management. It made us realised that once we are onboard Costa's cruise ship, nobody could help us even if we were treated poorly by a Costa's employee which made us feeling insecured. If Costa can't even treat her loyal Costa Club Member with a smile, friendliness, helpfulness, some understanding, what else can we expect from your services? That was a very terrible experience and really ruined our holiday this time.

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Original review: June 13, 2019

So there is an app on the ship that allows you to book and view activities on the ship and inland. Checked the tour activities for Gothenburg on the app and the times are visible. 10 mins later, the times are no longer visible but the price is. The tour office is closed so we book via the app. As the times are no longer visible on the app, I queue to be served at the Tour office to get confirmation of what time the tour really will to start and when/where we need to be present. There are 2 people at the counter and both serving customers. One is handling a difficult case - another 'happy customer'. There are 2 ** ladies in front of me and we are now waiting for at least 15 mins and the office closes in 10 mins. At the same time, the show where one of our family members participating (i.e. they had to spend time rehearsing and basically help Costa make the show a 'success') has started and I am the dedicated photographer.

Two ladies approach the counter desk looking to jump the queue. The ** ladies make a remark that they need to get in the queue. A third staff comes out (which I then learned was the manager to help the crew) and at the same time, the guy dealing with the difficult customer is freed up and the ** ladies move to be served. The third staff doesn't look at the queue and decides to serve one of the Spanish speaking ladies who is jumping the queue. I interject and argue that this is not correct - I am obviously not pleased and I make myself heard. The third staff turns to me and tells me that the lady is a guest (and I am not - it must be my skin colour then) and that I should not be loud and the guy argues that he will serve me (well he needs to deal with the ** ladies remember) and that they will call security because I am being loud.

I don't respond well to intimidation especially when I believe there is injustice. So I demand that I am served first before the lady who jumped the queue. The third staff (who eventually I learned is the manager of that office) will not give me the information I asked and I am told that all the information about the cruise we booked will be in our room. She will not provide me with the information nor look it up. I don’t have time to argue more on this because by then the show had already started and I needed to make sure I capture the moment.

I did not take the threat of having security called on me lightly. After the show, I go to reception (the tour office is closed) to complain about my experience – so I am not a guest even if I have paid and queuing to be served. The manager on duty gets involved and we go to confront the tour office staff. They do not believe they were in the wrong because I was expressing my disapproval loudly. I don’t like pointless arguments and can see that they will never admit they were wrong – something we experienced to be a trend since Day 1 on the ship.

Back in the room at 11 pm and surprise surprise, no information in our room about the cruise and what time we need to be at the gathering point. So I walk back to Reception - by that time the tour office is of course closed. The guys at the desk try their best to find the information. They print a copy of my invoice and try to match the tour name. They circle the time the tour leaves.

The next day, we arrive 15 minutes before the time we were told the tour would leave. I am told that the tour has already left and that we are late. I guess Costa expects customers to just suck it up and just be meek and accept things. I am not and I am obviously not happy especially after being told that a ** person is a guest and insinuate that I am not. So the staff try to find a solution and still blame us for being late and that we should have checked the code of the cruise we booked - I guess they should just do away with the tour office guys then because it is the responsibility of the customers to know that there is a difference between codes and the names of the tours. They are so gracious to have found space for us to join the tour. We were told we should join but we need to pay extra - because of course it is our fault and we will lose all the money we already paid.

By that point I have left the discussions to the rest of my family members and my wife who has a cooler head but I can see she is starting to also lose it - which is something! We are told that it was our responsibility to check the times (remember I went to ask for the details) and that WE had circled the incorrect time (I have a signed paper from the hospitality desk confirming that they gave me the information where the name of the tour on the bill matches the time indicated in the daily diary). We are also then told to change our attitude - so basically do not voice your complaints or unhappiness with their service.

And did I mention that this was on day 4 after each of our family members having had poor interactions... Interestingly, we have not received the feedback form which we are told we needed to register (and did on the cruise) because that goes up all the way to the management team in the US... I guess we also didn't do this right. If you want to be treated like a second-class customer then please go right ahead and book that cruise. The sad thing is that not all the staff fall into that bucket e.g., the staff at the restaurant were great but that cruise was the worse hospitality experience in my entire life... And I have been to some pretty different areas but never have I had such a poor experience. If you want to have service with an "the customer is never right attitude" then Costa is for you.

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Original review: June 13, 2019

I have been on other cruises but this cruise I did with the whole family for my dad's 70th birthday has left a very sour experience to everyone who flew from different countries for this event. I was only 6 weeks pregnant and only discovered that a few days before we boarded on the ship. My doctor called me when I was already on the cruise to tell me that I should start my thyroids medicine again and that I could buy on the ship. So I went to the medical centre, where the doctor refused to give me my medicine even though I had my prescription from the Danish medical system. I was told that I would have to pay 65€ for the doctor's consultation first before they could sell this to me! Consultation for what?? He only took my pressure and that cost 65€!! Ridiculous!!

Then I was disturbed while I was having dinner with the whole family at the restaurant to tell me that I wasn't allowed to stay on board because I didn't show a certification of fit for travel due to my pregnancy!! I was only 6 weeks pregnant and even my doctor in Denmark thought this was ridiculous when I called to get this certification - which couldn't be delivered of course by phone or email. I was then forced to go see a gynecologist in Norway for a scan!! We don't even do this in Denmark so early in the pregnancy and not even by a gynecologist! This has put a lot of stress on me for days. I had a toddler of 18 months with me too and we all had to wake up early to get ready to go see the gynecologist. But then they couldn't organise it and it was just another stressful morning and a waste of time instead of relaxing holidays with my family.

Moreover, we had booked an excursion and twice, my husband went to hospitality reception to ask about the meeting time. (even at midnight!). The guy there circled the meeting time (11.30 am) on the paper and the whole family (we were 9 altogether) showed up at the meeting place at 11.15 am only to be told that we had missed our excursions that was at 10.45 am!! When we showed these very impolite Costa personnel the paper where it is circled, they didn't accept that it was one of their colleagues who made the mistake and kept saying that it was our fault and that we should have looked at the excursion code!! Excuse me but what is the purpose of going to the hospitality reception several times if we have to then make sure the information is right?!

The personnel for the excursions was so rude and one of them told me to change my attitude when I told him it was his job to give us the right information and not us having to check whether their information is correct after having asked them! There was conflicts with the Italian personnel every single day as and it felt like the Costa personnel is King on the cruise. I was once lost and asked one of the Italian personnel - a lady who apparently works at the office there - and she was simply rude! I told her why she has to be so rude and she told me that was because I was disturbing her and she didn't have time to stop and inform me!

Another day, my husband was queuing at the hospitality reception for a while. An additional personnel came to the counter and instead of serving my husband, she decided to take the Italian lady behind him in the queue. When he said that he was in front of her, the personnel told me "She's a guest!".... WTF?! We're also guests and we paid a premium too! There was pure racism and even the two South African ladies at the other counters had to interfere and said that was very inappropriate! Too many bad incidents and the worst cruise experience ever! It was the first and will be the last time on Costa Cruises... And I would strongly not recommend it to anyone! By the way, we cruised with them in June 2019, a couple of weeks ago.

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Original review: May 21, 2019

I booked a cruise in CostaCruises.com that will depart on Oct 20, 2019. Realizing that itinerary didn't include an island I wanted to visit, I decided to cancel immediately by calling their 1-800 number numerous times and emailing them as well. Their voice message indicated that their office is closed on week-ends so I waited till Monday. I finally was able to speak to a CRS who told me that they will impose a 15% fee of the payment I made. I argued that that that there was nowhere on the payment page that warned me about the penalty fee; which I then checked again and confirmed that what was on the page was a section that indicated what my cruise included. However on another Tab, My Costa which I printed, was Terms and Conditions that states that booking can be cancelled 3 days prior to departure without penalties.

I also argues that if their 1800 number is manned for a live person to speak to or a live chat-room to get help during weekends when they are closed, this issue would not have happened. I think it very unfair for this companies to operate in a tactical manner to earn money from prospective customers. I believe there should be a very visible indication of the penalty on the payment section of their website so that people like me who are using their site or booking a cruise for the first time is adequately warned before putting payment down especially when there was no one from their office available to speak with and get help from.

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Original review: May 16, 2019

Have been on 30 plus cruises in my life. This Cruise line is the worst. sailed on the Diadema in April 22, 2019 in the Mediterranean. Ports were awesome. The ship is magnificent (but poorly run (managed) by Costa cruises). The friends we met on board were fantastic and we all made the best of the bad situation to create our own good experience.

As for Costa, they were no help. Staff is rude beyond comprehension. They nickle and dime you to death every step of the way. If you don't buy the overpriced drink plan (perhaps because you don't drink alcohol) you will pay heavily for most drinks including WATER when they turn off the water machines in the eating area. So drink lots in port and finish it because they do NOT allow you to carry your water bottle back on board. Heaven forbid they lose their $2.50 plus 15% gratuity for a glass of water. There were many nights with up charges for a decent dinner in the dining room (steak, lobster, lamb). The "included" selections were somewhat pitiful on those nights. That being said, those are minor compared to the overall rudeness of staff/employees/crew. Most appear disgruntled and angry all the time and the usual response is: "It's not my job". Well, it's not mine either and that is why I never sail on Costa cruises again.

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Original review: April 19, 2019

Sailed on the Costa Venezia between 27 March and 12 April 2019 from Dubai to Singapore. A very nice ship, new and modern, enjoyed this part. However, the worst cruise I have been on in the sixteen + years of cruising. It appears from my observation during the brief stay on this ship, that some of the hardest workers are the cabin staff. Our passports were held by the ship and were not returned until our onboard final invoice was paid. This was very disconcerting for us as it’s never happened on any previous cruise. On the final day disembarkation, we were stopped by security and was not allowed to leave until they checked our final bill was paid. I showed the security person our final bill, with a fully paid stamp on it and we still had to wait. This is an embarrassment which I felt was unsatisfactory, if Costa cruises wanted to retain their guest for future cruises. They could not even get that right.

The restaurant manager of the Marco Polo dining room can best be described as arrogant, insensitive to guest needs (if non Asian) and rude. It appears that they do not serve water in the dining rooms. The first night I said nothing. The second night I went to the front desk and asked to speak to the manager and asked for water and was told, I cannot have any. If I wanted water I would need to buy it. We were purchasing alcoholic beverages and thought it was over the top to expect guest to buy water as well. I never went back to the restaurant again for the rest of the cruise.

If English is your first language, Costa Cruises is not for you. It is evident that Costa line is targeting a certain type and category of guests; English speaking people are not on the list. The Chinese were not required to line up at the Guests Services counter. They simply walked up to the desk and the attendants served them even though it was clear that a long line of people were patiently waiting their turn to be served.

Waste of time if you wanted to sit on the lounge chairs by the pools. There were limited seating and some people got up very early in the morning and placed towels and other items on the chairs to reserve them. This also happened in the theatre. Human waste was seen floating in the water of the small pool on deck 10. When it was reported to Customer Services the response was from the female staff “the pools are chlorinated” WOW what a response to give to a guest.

To demonstrate my total disgust for some of the crew abhorrent and arrogant behavior, I decided to refrain from purchasing any beverages, wifi services, tours and items from the shops. Suffice to say I do not intend to ever cruise with Costa again.

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Original review: April 9, 2019

My experience on the ship was good, but this left a very nasty taste in my mouth. To be brief, I tore a ligament in my leg on board. The daily newsletter for guests indicated the charge for medical consultation with the ship's doctor was €62. I went to the medical area, the doctor checked my leg, wrapped a bandage around it and I was charged €260 including a charge for a crutch to walk around on. I have complained and got this response: "Dear Sir, the doctor charges everyone the same. If you have insurance you can claim it back on that." Lovely eh? Disgraceful reply to my complaint. Last time I will cruise with this lot. I can't even see a way to escalate the complaint.

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Original review: Jan. 25, 2019

Party of 5 of us went on the Costa Diadema. Date of cruise 12th January 2019 for 10 days. The ship is large and clean. However the toilets were constantly blocked and smelled foul leaving feces and urine running down the side of toilet. The ship entertainment was poor at times and was not of good quality. The drinks package means that both you and your partner must order the same drinks package. You cannot share the drinks package with any party and must pay extra for good quality wine. Rather than the cheap house wine offered in the drinks package. The drinks package comes up to around £700 Per couple in English money. This means that if your partner wants the wine package and the other partner would like the Beer package then this is not allowed. Couples must have the same package. Leaving no choice for the individual to tailor the package to suit them.

No water on the table at dinner and must be purchased individually. No lifeguards or pool attendant around the poolside area. Charges added no negotiation £12 dollars for cleaning per person before added costs even if the room is shared. Each individual is charged £12 dollars adding up to £240 Dollars. The hospitality area is small and pokey. It is also very basic and has no room for confidentiality. The food was basic, and greasy at time. The same provided for the 10 days of the cruise. Except on the last day when Costa finally provided a nice meals. I will not be going back on a cruise with Costa and will not recommended the Costa Cruise, to any of my family or friends.

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Original review: April 16, 2009

January 26, 2009. Regarding: Costa Fortuna Cruise Experience. Booking: ** $1072.04 and ** $1072.04 Total Amount: $2144.08. Dear Mr. Arison: my name is Corteza ** and my husband and I were Carnival/Costa Cruise Line customers. I hope you enjoyed your holiday season with your family, friends and co-workers. Below you will find the details of a recent experience with the Costa Fortuna Cruise ship. My husband and I recently made the decision to take my mom on a cruise for her Christmas vacation. My mom had a rough 2008 and we wanted to do something special for her. She recently divorced her husband of twenty years (2nd divorce), she suffers from high blood pressure and she is in the process of losing her home due to a failing daycare business resulting in a financial hardship.

She is also a recent cancer survivor and currently suffering from severe diabetes which is impairing her ability to walk for long distances resulting in the need for her to utilize handicap parking. We also included our son in this vacation as an early high school graduation gift. My husband found a great deal with Costa Cruise lines for the four of us which included my mom and son. We were scheduled for a 7-day cruise from December 21-28, 2008. When we booked our cruise it was booked for four passengers: James **, Corteza **, Lynda **, and Trenton **. For some reason when we received the confirmation information via email; it included the names of all four passengers. However, when we received the boarding documents and luggage tags, it was only for my mom and our son (Lynda Baker and Trenton Succes).

My husband made numerous calls to get the remaining documents. He finally reached someone who agreed to email the remaining documents the week of our trip. We never received the promised documents via email. We contacted your customer service department again on Friday, December 19, 2008 to report the issue and to submit another request for the documents. The agent informed us that it was too late to get the documents. The department, who handles this type of request, did send the documents and they were now closed. The agent stated our names were on the manifest for the cruise and we should be able to board without a problem.

Sunday, December 21, 2008. We live in Chicago; however, knowing the Chicago weather and the reputation for many airport delays. We intentionally booked our flight to leave out of Indianapolis, Indiana. We left our home in Chicago at 4AM on Sunday, December 21st to ensure we arrived on time to catch the flight. Our flight with Southwest Airlines was a connecting flight in Tampa to Fort Lauderdale. However, our flight in Tampa that was scheduled to depart at 1:50PM was delayed due to the weather. Several travelers during this weekend experienced flight delays and cancellations due to the bad weather. My husband and I immediately began calling the customer service numbers for Costa Cruises. One number indicated the customer service center was closed and recommended another number for us to call.

We called the recommended number and the number never connected to an IVR or customer service agent. We made attempts to locate the Miami Port number and the customer service booth in the airport for Costa Cruises. We made numerous calls and attempts to reach someone at your company between the hours of 1:50PM-5PM Florida time. All attempts were unsuccessful. Our flight left Tampa to Fort Lauderdale after 5PM. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale before 7PM and immediately caught a cab to the port. The port police informed us that the Costa ship left early around 5:30PM. He recommended for us to catch up with the ship at the first port of call (Key West).

Our boarding documentation noted the following times: Date of boarding Embarkation time from Final boarding time Departure Time 12/21/08 13:30, 17:30, 19:00. The officer noted they were scheduled to leave at 19:00 hours; however, they left earlier according to two port security booth. As I understand it Carnival Fun Ships frequently receives notifications from passengers who are arriving late due to flight delays. If it impacts a large group of passengers they will often delay the departure time. If this is correct, why doesn't Costa follow the same practices? We rented an Avis car (rental number: **) for $161.43 and drove overnight to Key West. We arrived in Key West at 1:30AM. We drove to locate the correct port that the Costa Ship was scheduled to dock at. Another port officer checked the morning newspaper to confirm the port for us. We slept overnight in the car near the port.

Monday, December 22, 2008, at 7AM, upon the ship's arrival to the port, we greeted the Key West Port Police officer. He apologized for the inconvenience and the issue and stated he would contact the ship's purser to make him/her aware that we were attempting to board the ship due to missing the ship in Fort Lauderdale. We heard the officer contact the ship staff and he provided them with our names and booking numbers. The officer informed us that the ship was experiencing mechanical problems. Once they have the cruise passengers on the shuttles and they resolve the mechanical problems a cruise representative would come down to meet with us.

The officer shared that there was a law (Jones Act) which requires a penalty to be paid if we board the ship. He stated the captain was empowered to make an exception. He shared that exceptions are often made at the captain's discretion. We agreed to pay the penalty if required. At 8AM, we began calling your customer service center. The voicemail indicated the customer service center doesn't open until 9AM. At 9:AM, we began calling the customer service center again. The first few agents that we talked to indicated the decision was up to the ship's captain and he was empowered to make an exception. All shared it was nothing they do to resolve the issue for us. We would have to wait until the captain reviewed the matter to make a decision.

At 11:AM, the ship's purser arrived and informed us that he was very sorry; however, the master was refusing to allow us to board. He informed us that he didn't think there would be a problem and in an effort to be proactive he drafted the declaration for us to sign agreeing to pay the $300 penalty. He stated the master had the authority to say yes or no and he didn't want to take the risk to allow us on board. We begged him to allow us to talk to the master. I was in tears because our scheduled vacation for my mom was ruined. He stated the master did not want to talk to us and it was nothing he could do to help us. He stated the captain called someone in the Miami office who agreed with his decision to not allow us to board the ship.

The Purser informed us that we were not the only passengers who missed the ship due to the airport delays. He showed us a listing of more than 30 passengers who missed the ship in Miami. He noted that we were the only passengers who attempted to catch the ship at the next port; however, he apologized that there was nothing he could do for us. I talked to an agent named Queen ** (954-266-5600). She basically told us it is what it is and they will not refund anything and there was nothing she could do. I asked to speak with a supervisor and was told that none were available to speak with me. I asked to speak with a manager and was told none were available.

I was then transferred to a supervisor named Gloria **. I asked for the name of the director for the customer service center and was provide the name of Adreannia **. I was told that she was out of the office for the holiday and not scheduled to return until after the New Year. Gloria was both rude and unwilling to help us work towards any form of a resolution. She stated there was nothing she could do to help us. She recommended for us to catch a plane to Cayman Islands to catch up with the ship. I shared my concerns with her lack of professionalism and her overall poor customer service. I felt that I was the one searching for resolutions and Gloria did not attempt to identify any resolutions for the matter. She stated it was against the Jones Act law.

Gloria informed me that the only department that could help me would be Guest Relations. She stated that her department only handles issues up to the booking of a cruise and any post cruise issues are handled by Guest Relations. I asked for the Guest Relations department and she informed me that she would transfer me; after a brief wait she informed me that there was only one agent working in the Guest Relations department today. She suggested for me to call back at a later time. I explained that we were in Key West and didn't know what to do and was hoping that someone would assist us with allowing us to board the ship. She then stated she would tell them to call me back.

I informed her that all of our cell phone batteries were close to running out and I would like to attempt to resolve the matter now. I did request the name of the Vice President of customer service and was given the name of Rubin ** along with the main switchboard number. I was transferred to Shay or Shari ** (Guest Relations). Shari stated it was nothing she could do and the company would not refund our money nor could she require the captain to allow us on board. She stated the decision was up to the captain and he was the highest ranking official within the company who could make a decision to allow us on board. I asked to speak with a manager or supervisor and she initially stated that none was available; however, she provided me with a name of Sandra ** and stated she was out of the office.

I then contacted the office of the V.P of operations Rubin ** and left a voice mail for his assistant. I called the main switchboard again and the receptionist transferred me to Sandra ** (954-266-5625). He stated she was in the office and he would transfer me to her extension. Mrs. ** informed me that she was the General Manager for Costa Cruise Guest Relations department. She stated my only option was to schedule a flight to the Cayman Islands to catch up with the cruise ship. She was unable to provide me with a guarantee that we would be allowed to board the ship in the Cayman Islands. While speaking with Mrs. **, I attempted to ask her a question.

I started with "Hypothetically Speaking," she interrupted me and stated, "Hypothetically speaking your answer is no?" She then stated it's a violation of the law and what do I want her to do. She also referenced the Jones Act. I informed her that I never heard of the law and was trying to locating information related to it on our travel documents. She proceeded to be combative and rude throughout our conversation. I asked if 100% of her calls were recorded and she replied no. I asked if she could select an option on her phone to record our call from the beginning and she replied no and what was the purpose. I responded that I am sure that her director or V.P would not be in support of the manner in which she was speaking to a customer.

I shared that I was shocked that any manager would represent their organization in the manner that she was during our interaction. She was interrupting my comments and was both short and abrasive with me during the call. She then proceeded to argue with me that she was not being rude. I had to restate all of her comments for her to recall how she interrupted me and how she responded to my inquiries.

I then shared that I was a Customer Care Director and I was very concerned about her behavior because I consistently maintained a professional demeanor and tone. I was not irate nor did I use any inappropriate language nor was my tone loud or mean. I finally informed her that it would be best for me conduct a conversation with her senior leaders because as a consumer I did not deserve to be treated in that manner if she wish to continue her unprofessional behavior it would be impossible for us to have a productive and effective conversation.

The assistant for Rubin ** did return my call; however, she had spoken to Sandra ** who had previously demonstrated rude and discourteous behavior towards me. The assistant stated it was nothing she could do and the V.P was out of the office in meetings the entire day. My concern with the assistant was that she never allowed me to introduce myself; she did not provide me with an opportunity to explain the nature of the events which started on Sunday. She simply went by whatever information Mrs. ** provided. This conversation was not interactive between two parties, I was only provided with the option to listen to what she had to say and that was the end of it. She informed me that I would need to contact Mr. ** after the holidays perhaps during the week of January 5, 2009.

This was my mother's very first cruise vacation. She was extremely disappointed and I wanted to do something to turn this situation around for her. After many unsuccessful attempts to resolve this matter with the Costa Cruise employees and management team; I then called Carnival Cruise lines at 12PM, they were unable to address this issue with Costa Cruise and they explained that they are owned by the same company; however, they do business separately. The agent then shared that she was unable to transfer our payment for the other cruise to Carnival cruises. However, she was able to book us for a cruise that was scheduled to leave as we arrived in Miami from Key West around 3PM.

We prayed the entire time with hopes that we would make it in time to catch the Carnival cruise. We paid for another full cruise which was only for four days ($2326.92). I must compliment Kanice ** the Carnival agent (ext:**) who completed our booking. She was very apologetic for our experience. She genuinely demonstrated empathy and compassion for our situation. She provided us with her direct contact information and recommended for us to contact her directly to get any updates on the status of the Carnival cruise prior to our arrival. In addition, she actually called the Carnival port office for us to get an update on the cruise, to determine if there has been any delays due to flight delays or passengers arriving late, and to communicate our arrival for the cruise.

She was absolutely awesome and if she ever decides to relocate to Chicago, I would hire her for my call center. She was the light of sunshine after travelling through a dark tunnel for two days. She demonstrated Customer 1st, professionalism and exceptional customer service during our entire interaction. Between my husband and I, we actually talked to her 6-7 times during our drive from Key West to Miami. Please recognize her for doing an outstanding job. Carnival Cruise Booking Information: Carnival Imagination 12/22/08 Booking NO: ** James & Corteza Total: $1163.46. Booking NO: ** Trenton & Lynda Total: $1163.46. Sailing Duration: 4 Days Category: 6C Complete Total: $2326.92

Tuesday, December 23, 2008, once we were able to get our phones charged, I checked my voicemail and received a message from the General Manager Sandra ** who was rude with us on Monday afternoon. She stated that she was calling on behalf of the Vice President with an offer for us. I immediately contacted the General Manager at 9:40AM and she inquired if we were able to catch a plane to the Cayman Islands. I informed her that after our experience we were worried that we would be turned away again by the captain and didn't want to incur the expense to make the attempt.

She shared the Vice President wanted to offer us another cruise that was scheduled to sail on Sunday, December 28, 2009. I informed her that we are unable to do it at that time because we were scheduled to return to work and my mother had scheduled medical treatments. I inquired if we could do it at a later time and she stated this was a one time offer from the Vice President. She then stated there was nothing more she could do for us. I inquired if I would be able to find the names of the Board of Directors on the company's website, she responded no, the information is not available on the website.

I then inquired if her company post their annual reports and the financial report to the Board of Directors and Shareholders on their website and she responded with no and that she could provide me with any information that I would need. As a business professional, I knew that she was then providing inaccurate information. Any consumer today can locate the board of directors and the annual reports for any company who has a website. Note: I was able to easily access this information when I arrived home; which allowed me to get all of the contact information I needed to distribute this letter to share my experience with both the senior leaders of this organization to include the current board of directors.

Friday, December 26, 2008, upon arriving home, we checked our voice messages for our Size: 384 KBhome phone. We received the following voicemail message "This message is for James and my name is Leonora and I am calling with Costa Cruise lines regarding two bookings ** and **. We received word that both bookings passengers did not embark yesterday at Fort Lauderdale. If you could please call me back and advise me if passengers are a true no show or if they will embark at another port. My phone number is **, if passengers are not embarked by the 3rd port of call, they will be canceled with full penalty. Again my name is Leonora and my hours are Monday-Friday 9am-6pm Eastern time. Thank you?."

This message indicates that we can embark the ship either at the 2nd or the 3rd port of call. She never indicated that we could not embark at the 2nd port of call. Below you find the call detail information: Call Type Duration From Date. Voice Mail 0:48 (954) 266-5600 12/22/2008 01:18 PM Size: 384 KB. In addition, upon returning home, I conducted research into the Jones Act. The act is actually referred to as the Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886; however, it is commonly confused or referred to as the Jones Act in error. The Jones Act is related to the safety of Marine Workers. If your passengers are truly impacted by this law, I am curious as to why you do not mention or document it in any of the documentation related to any scheduled cruise bookings.

This information can not be found on your website, nor in the documentation we received prior to the cruise. I recommend for you to educate your customers on any laws which may impact their ability to embark on any of your cruise ships within the United States. In addition, the agent who called us on December 22nd was not familiar with this law because her voicemail indicated we had up to the 3rd port to embark the ship. I would like to speak with a senior leader within your organization to discuss a resolution for this matter. Please feel free to contact me at ** or via email at **.

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Original review: May 15, 2008

I will try to make it very brief. If I can be helped, please let me know. Me and a friend booked a weeklong cruise on Costa during December of 2007. We arrived dockside of the ship on day of departure, check in our bag. Soon after my friend realized that she forgot her passport in one of her bags. By the time we went back to where we left our bags we were told that it must be on the ship. So we scrambled and look through every cages that held travelers bags. Only to be told that it is more than likely on board the ship. So we are directed to some supervisor who says she will take a look for our bags. We were told to sit in the waiting area till she comes back. She walked around the dock area for a good twenty minutes before she went on board the ship. We waited and waited but she never came out, well over an hour.

Finally we ask a cruise rep to call her, we ended up telling her what happened. She replied that she don't know why she told us she was going to check our cabin for our luggage, luggages isn't distributed until the ship is well out to sea. Finally this supervisor showed up and said that our luggages isn't in our cabin. I told her why don't I board the ship with her and help her find it. She responded no for she was going down to the storage area. Only ships employee are allowed in this area. I asked her what would happen if she can't find my friend passport by the time the ship was ready to depart. Her response was that we couldn't go on our trip. I ask her isn't that extreme, she just replied, "well I'm going to do my best to try and find your bags." Then she left So we waited another 45 minutes.

By the time the ship was ready to depart, we still never saw her. We ask for and was told she will be coming out. We had to wait outside the ships terminal for her. She finally came out and went through the whole customer service protocol, about being a valuable customer and here are the numbers to get our bags back, etc... I also prior to the ships departure had explained to another cruise rep, that if my friend didn't have her passport in her luggage, then we would find our back home, at the ships first stop.

I contact a rep to have our luggage sent to us, when the ship pulled back into port, which they did. I also ask the woman who was helping us to look into a luggage to see if the passport was there. She was kind enough to do that and sure enough the passport was there. I sent Costa a long detail letter documenting what transpired only to have our claim rejected. I mention to the Costa rep once the trip was booked, I had to go on their website and confirm all of mines and my friend personal information, even documented our passport info. Why would we travel from New York to Florida if we didn't have these ID's. They couldn't care less.

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Original review: Oct. 21, 2005

When I was travelling from Paris to Mumbai on the 6th of December 2004, I was offloaded because of overbooking and a travel voucher was given to me for Euros 300, cheque no. ** dated 05/12/04 which till date has not been realized. Please clarify. Correspondence has been sent by my bankers where this cheque has been deposited to the concerned bank for realization. Kindly look into this matter as it has been almost a year. I trust that your airlines will take care of this matter.

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Costa Cruises expert review by ConsumerAffairs

Costa Cruise Line is an Italian cruise line that serves the European cruise market and sails to 14 worldwide destinations.

  • Worldwide destinations: Costa Cruises partners with Carnival Corporation, which has expanded the number of ships in the Costa fleet and the number of destinations available to cruisers.

  • Wellness cruises: Health and wellness spa treatments are offered to enhance the rejuvenating effect of being at sea.

  • A la carte club restaurants: Packages are offered that allow guests to experience a wide selection of fresh gourmet foods and desserts.

  • All-inclusive beverage packages: Beverage packages for adults and children let guests enjoy beverages any time during the cruise.

  • Carefree travel protection: Carefree travel protection, offered by Costa Cruises, is an available insurance option that protects a guest's investment in a cruise vacation.

  • Best for: Costa Cruises are best for couples and families who want a cruise that offers a European atmosphere.

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Costa Cruises Company Information

Company Name:
Costa Cruises
Year Founded:
1948
Address:
Cruises, 200 S. Park Road, Suite 200
City:
Hollywood
State/Province:
FL
Postal Code:
33021
Country:
United States
Phone:
(800) 462-6782
Website:
www.costacruise.com
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