Costa neoRiviera

Costa neoRiviera


The cruise ship put into service in 1999 Costa neoRiviera originally operated under the name Mistral for the Greek shipping company Festival Cruises. Later the ship opened Ibero Cruises over and drove as Grand Mistral mainly for Spanish guests. Ibero Cruceros was a sub-brand of the Italian shipping company Costa Crociere. In autumn 2013, business activities were stopped; the ship was rebuilt and renamed "Costa neoRiviera".

Since then it has been considered one of three smaller cruise lines for the Costa neoCollection utilized. Under this name, Costa offers guests special cruise experiences. The ships call at selected destinations and smaller ports. They are often off the busy cruise routes. The guests enjoy cruise vacations of a different kind: away from the crowd, towards extended port lay times or even overnight stays.

The public areas of the ship look neat and stylish. We also liked the cabins. However, the cabin dimensions of 13 square meters no longer correspond to the standards of the current new ships. In general, the bars, restaurants and lounges are mainly located on the lower decks. The passengers live on the upper decks 7 to 10.

Staterooms

Inside cabins

The cabins are 13 square meters. A feeling of tightness arises. The design, on the other hand, is very pleasing. There is enough closet space, air conditioning and a minibar. Compared to the narrow-looking cabin, the wet cell appears spacious. Inside cabins offer between two and four beds, depending on the layout.

Cabins with sea views

The dimensions of the outside cabins correspond to those of the inside cabins. An appropriately large window is offered. The headboards of the beds face the window. The equipment of the cabins is comparable to the interior cabins. Outside cabins also offer between two and four beds.

Outside cabin 7135

Outside cabin 7135


Balcony cabins with sea views

Due to their design, cabins in this category are rare. They are located aft on decks 9 and 10. They measure 17 square meters; the balcony area is added. With regard to the equipment, there is an identity with the inside and outside cabins.

Aft balcony cabins on deck 9 & 10

Aft balcony cabins on deck 9 & 10


Suites in general

The 94 suites are more comfortable. Their size is between 23 and 42 square meters. There are also balconies of different sizes. Suite guests not only participate in larger rooms. You also enjoy additional services. This includes preferred boarding, a welcome bottle of Prosecco and canapé variations in the cabin. If necessary, special pillows are served.

Lunch and dinner can be taken in the suite on request. Those who prefer dinner in the restaurant enjoy priority over other guests when choosing a table in the restaurants. Queues in front of the restaurant do not apply to suite guests. Special spa and skin care products as well as bathrobes and slippers are also part of the suite standard. The guests of the larger suites have their own cabin steward on hand. And no guest in the upscale cabin categories has to do without a bathtub with whirlpool. All suite guests are invited to an exclusive cocktail party with the captain.

Mini suites

Mini-suites (deck 10) are 23 square meters. There is also the balcony area. The cabins are designed for two or three guests. Mini suites are well equipped. Mirror surfaces make the room appear larger. The beds and mattresses are comfortable and there is an unusual amount of storage space. There is even a walk-in closet. Instead of a shower, there is a bathtub. In a mini-suite, which is generous in size compared to the standard cabins, you can endure for a while. In our opinion, this cabin category offers the best price / performance ratio on board the Costa neoRiviera.

Minisuite 1071

Minisuite 1071


Suites

The "real" suites are more spacious than the mini-suites. These offer a separate bedroom and space for 2 to 4 people. The size is 31 square meters plus the balcony.

Panorama suites

The Panorama Suite has an area of ​​37 square meters. There is also the balcony area. There is space for up to four people.

Grand suites

The Grand Suite is the ship's top offer. Their size is 42 square meters. The balcony counts extra. Grand suites offer space for a maximum of four people.

Food and drink on board

Restaurants

For the three ships of the Costa neoCollection Costa promises gourmet menus for dinner that are typical of the region to be visited. What does the gastronomic offer look like in practice? Our conclusion after 12 days on board the Costa neoRiviera: many positives and a few small weaknesses.

Due to time constraints, we generally have breakfast in the buffet restaurant. We'll always get full; however, we lack variety, not to mention sophistication. On the ships of Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises or TUI Cruises, something better is offered in this area.

In the Vernazza buffet restaurant

In the Vernazza buffet restaurant


We also prefer the buffet restaurant for lunch. At this time of the day there is nothing to complain about in terms of selection, variety and quality. The rapporteur particularly likes the desserts on offer.

And there is nothing wrong with dinner at all.

The individual restaurants

Cetara restaurant

The Cetara waiter restaurant on the 5th deck is a pleasant place. It is well furnished and in attractive colors. The distances to the neighboring tables are generous compared to other ships. Nobody has to squeeze past the table next to them to get to their own table. The seating could be better though.

Cetara restaurant

Cetara restaurant


The restaurant is open in the morning, at noon and in the evening. We test that Breakfast. We are satisfied with the quality and the range of dishes on offer. However, the service leaves a lot to be desired. Probably there is simply a lack of communication between the guest and the waiter.

The Dinner is taken between 7:30pm and 22:00 pm. Flexible table times apply at Cetara. We perceive them as fundamentally positive. However, it is problematic that the guests have to queue in front of the restaurant at peak times. In the daily program, the peak times are regularly pointed out, but this does not solve the problem.

Cetara restaurant

Cetara restaurant


It is hardly understandable that, regardless of free meal times in the Cetara Restaurant, members of a tour group are seated at a fixed time. That limits the capacity. In addition, if you complain about the queuing, a seat will generally be reserved. More patient guests wait a little longer.

Despite these inadequacies, the dinners in the restaurant with service always satisfy us. The menu of the day, presented in several languages, refers to the region visited. The menu cards offer a variety of alternatives, vegetarians are also considered. The quality of the food is consistently good. You can confidently follow the wine recommendations for the menu. The service of the waiters is careful and reliable. As the kitchen brigade prepares the dishes according to banquet rules, the breaks between courses are kept short.

Cetara Restaurant - The guarantors of good service

Cetara Restaurant - The guarantors of good service


Vernazza buffet restaurant

The buffet restaurant on the 11th deck aft is open at all times of the day. The pleasant outside terrace is recommended on warm days. As with the Cetara Restaurant, there is enough space to the next table, and the design of the restaurant is also pleasing.

Outside area of ​​the Vernazza buffet restaurant

Outside area of ​​the Vernazza buffet restaurant


We test the Vernazza at all times of the day. To the Breakfast We wished for a little more variety, although the quality of the dishes was quite convincing. The mittags The dishes on offer are varied and tasty. Those guests who do not value service will be drawn to the Evenings The chef's specialties and a menu selection from the Cetara restaurant are offered. We wanted the clearing service to be more efficient at all times of the day.

Preparation of the Vernazza buffet restaurant

Preparation of the Vernazza buffet restaurant


Manarola grill

After the Vernazza buffet restaurant closes at 10:00 AM, the Manarola will serve a limited continental breakfast until 11:00 AM. During the opening hours of the Vernazza in the morning, the grill functions as an omelette station and for lunch there are hamburgers and hot dogs.

Manarola grill

Manarola grill


Pizzeria Monterosso

An Italian ship without a pizzeria (deck 11) is not unimaginable. Pizza is not one of the included services. The "real Italian pizza" is offered for 4 euros including a salad and a dessert.

Pizzeria Monterosso

Pizzeria Monterosso


Saint Tropez restaurant

The second service restaurant on the Costa neoRiviera is on deck 6. It is that Saint Tropez restaurant. From 21:00pm it will only be open to group travelers. The operation of the restaurant for the entire evening would ease the situation of the Cetara; presumably the simultaneous operation of both restaurants is too uneconomical.

Bars & Lounges

On our tour through the bars & lounges of the Costa neoRiviera we move from deck 5 up to the 12th deck.

Deck 5

Bar Café Positano

The bar, named after Positano on the Italian Amalfi Coast, is located in the passage area between the Cetara Restaurant and the Guest Service. The nice bar has a small stage and a tiny dance floor. During the course of our trip, the bar is well attended at all times.

Bar Café Positano

Bar Café Positano


Bar Anacapri

Anacapri on Capri gives the bar its name. It's our favorite bar because it's small and manageable and the service is excellent. The entrances to the Ravello Theater are on both sides of the bar.

Bar Anacapri

Bar Anacapri


Deck 6

Bar Porquerolles

The Île de Porquerolles juts out of the sea near Toulon. The largest island in the Hyères archipelago gave the bar its name. The Porquerolles bar is about midships next to the small casino.

Bar Porquerolles

Bar Porquerolles


Cafe Eze

The café was named after Eze, a town with a population of 2.500. It lies between Nice and Monaco. The Costa neoRiviera café of the same name was placed above the reception. It is said that Italians know a lot about coffee. Proof of this thesis is presented in Café Eze.

Cafe Eze

Cafe Eze


Deck 7

Lounge bar Saint Paul de Vence

The lounge is a playground for many occasions: official events, evening entertainment, dancing and more. Warm colors, dark wood, mirror surfaces, voluminous seating groups and a dance floor characterize this hall in the front area of ​​the ship.

Deck 11

Lido Corniglia bar

It is located in front of the pool complex called "Lido Via dell'Amore". Whoever has conquered a bar stool sits protected under a roof. When the sun is shining, comfortable wicker armchairs invite you to linger in front of the bar.

Bar Corniglia

Bar Corniglia


Bar Lido Riomaggiore

It is the counterpart to the Lido Corniglia bar. The pool separates both bars.

Deck 12

Club Portofino Lounge Bar

This spacious lounge bar is located aft on the 12th deck. During the day, it is a retreat for travelers seeking tranquility. Now and then it is used as an event location. And some days after midnight the lounge turns into a disco.

Club Portofino Lounge Bar

Club Portofino Lounge Bar


Sport & Wellness

Most guests get their money's worth on board the Costa neoRiviera: active and lazy people, connoisseurs and those who are looking for a beneficial treatment for their own body. In the following we will deal with the sports facilities and the wellness area.

The sports offer

The size of the ship does not require an oversized fitness centerr. But it is an area where guests can pursue their sporting ambitions in a quiet atmosphere and secluded surroundings. On the 11th deck you can find this in the front part of the ship High School preparation. It offers a wonderful view of the outside, is equipped with good equipment and is very spacious. Access is permitted for guests aged 16 and over. Only closed sports shoes are required to use the facilities.

gym

gym


That is also on deck 11 Pool area. It consists of a smaller and a larger outdoor pool. There were two smaller ones on either side of the swimming pool whirlpools arranged. There are sun loungers around the pool area. Also a Children's swimming pool is there. This is on the port side in the forward ship area on deck 12. The twelfth deck is mainly used as a sun deck. Compared to other cruise ships, the Costa neoRiviera has plenty of space for sun loungers.

Pool area on deck 11

Pool area on deck 11


The is on the 14th deck of the aft ship Multipurpose sports ground. The large and unmistakable metal cage is primarily used for basketball and volleyball exercises. Outside on deck 11 are daily Sports exercises offered. Main topics are muscle toning or stretching. Water rates are drawn to the swimming pool for water aerobics.

The spa

That borders on the fitness center Portovenere spa, we just call it fun, and the Salone di Bellezza Framura, the beauty and hairdressing salon.

The spa includes a sauna and Turkish steam bath. Those who book a 75-minute spa package receive a full-body massage, full-body peeling, foot and ankle massage, scalp massage and a refreshing facial. These services will be billed at 2015 euros in 125. If you like, you can book a workshop for couples massage for 44 euros. In general, the range of wellness services is broad. Travelers with a chargeable credit card get their money's worth. It's just a shame that the many attractive land destinations in the Mediterranean region limit active spa stays.

Not all events in the spa area debit the on-board account. There are free tips on abdominal muscle training, recommendations for correct gait and posture, footprint analyzes, lectures on detoxification for health and weight loss, on relieving muscle pain and much more.

Workshop footprint

Workshop footprint


Entertainment

The entertainment program on the Costa neoRiviera must appeal primarily to middle-aged and advanced-aged audiences. In addition, German, French and Italian-speaking guests should feel equally addressed by the entertainment. Because travelers in these language areas regularly make up the majority of the guests.

On-board entertainment in the mornings is mostly calm. The offers are limited because most of the guests have left the ship at this time to take part in excursion programs or to discover the target region on their own.

More is offered in the afternoons. Then, for example, bridge tournaments are organized or health issues are dealt with. Dance lessons or quizzes are also on the daily program.

It's a lot going in the evenings. Here is an extract from the abundance of events: a musician duo plays classical music; shows run regularly in the theater. Lovers of French light music get their money's worth as well as friends of Italian evergreens. There are dancing events in the Grand Bar Saint Paul de Vence, and fans of Mexican music will love the Los Paraguayos to chat. And the captain also invites you to receptions several times.

Captain's reception

Captain's reception


The center of on-board entertainment is the beautiful and well-equipped theater. Guests with long legs also sit well there. The musicians, singers and dancers act skillfully. We especially like the show Gente di Mare, the show of the crew. One is amazed at the versatile talents.

On-board theater

On-board theater


From midnight on most days, DJ Romeo works in the Disco Club Portofino. Sometimes he puts on "Vintage Hits"; on other days the “Disco Pacha”, the “Latino Night” or the “Passion Night” are organized.

No Italian cruise ship without a casino! This is presented on the 6th deck Casino Saint Maxime the gamblers. It's nice to look at and mostly offers slot machine games. The gaming tables are made after ours In the on-board casino

In the on-board casino


The guests meet for card games in the Card room, the playroom. The large room is often well attended.

The On-board library mainly offers Italian titles. Those guests who want to retire to read a book or a magazine in the public areas will find enough quiet places in the lounges outside of the events.

Library and internet workstations

Library and internet workstations


The one consisting of five workplaces Internet Point is located in the area of ​​the on-board library near the reception on the 5th deck.

As already mentioned, the Costa neoRiviera is not a family ship. Instead, it is designed for “discerning” couples. The ladies of the take care of the few children and young people on board Squok kids club. Its offer is limited compared to other ships.

The is on decks 5 and 6 Shop area. These include a boutique, perfumery, and jewelry and watch shop. Promotion sales take place regularly.

Promotion sale

Promotion sale


Information about the Costa neoRiviera 

Commissioning

1999

Dimensions

Length 216 meters; Width 28,80 meters

measurement

48.200 GT

Passenger decks

9 decks

Machine

four diesel engines,

Cruising speed

Maximum 21,5 knots

Shipyard

Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire

  modernized

  End 2013

Staterooms

624

passengers

1.248 with double occupancy; Max. 1.727 guests

Manning

about 500 persons

Flagge

Italy

home port

Genoa

Board language

Italienisch

Currency on board

Euro

 

Summary

Despite good driving conditions, inexplicable changes to the itinerary will not allow the cruise to proceed as intended. We are disappointed. As a cruise ship, we really like the Costa neoRiviera. She is neither a luxury liner nor a “dream ship”. The fellow travelers come from many European countries. All in all, however, we would have expected a little more elegance instead of southern casualness. We have to recognize that not all guests do “bella Figura” on an Italian ship.

The Costa neoRiviera in front of Ibiza

The Costa neoRiviera in front of Ibiza


The visual condition and the cleanliness on board are convincing. The kitchen and restaurant crew take care of the physical well-being in a skilful manner. And there is nothing wrong with the cabin service or the performance of the other crew members.

We test the Costa neoRiviera in September and October 2015 during a Mediterranean tour. The trip is supported by Costa Crociere. With regard to our journalistic independence, we refer to the chapter "We are independent".

We can recommend the Costa neoRiviera for cruises. However, the Costa neoRiviera is not a family ship! Children would miss the occupation they find on larger and more modern ships. The three ships of the Costa neoCollection are therefore more suitable for couples who do not have to look too much at the costs.

(Karl Beyer - Update May 2018) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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