12-night full-board cruise to Barcelona, Tenerife, caribean island hopper and flight back to Paris from £508 @ Kayak
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12-night full-board cruise to Barcelona, Tenerife, caribean island hopper and flight back to Paris from £508 @ Kayak

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Posted 29th Oct
Spectacular 13-night cruise from Marseille to Barcelona, Canary Islands, Barbados and Martinique and then take the ferry and discover St. Lucia, Dominica and Guadeloupe before flying back to Paris from only €588!

Book this great deal and see what a joy the most classic style of cruise can be! The lowest price is based on double occupancy in a modern interior cabin. The price includes all meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner, snacks during the day, sometimes midnight snacks), port taxes, use of on-board facilities and participation in all recreational activities and entertainment programs during the cruise.

The price does not include service fee (€10 per day) and alcohol on board.



Travel dates:
December 2019

Itinerary:
Cruise: Marseille (France) – Barcelona (Spain) – Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands) – Bridgetown (Barbados) – Fort de France (Martinique)



Island Hopper: Martinique – Saint Lucia – Dominica and Guadeloupe



How to book the Cruise:
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St. Lucia – Dominica (Ferry)>>
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Dominica – Pointe a Pitre (Ferry)>>
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Nice deal but, personally, I wouldn't touch Costa with a barge pole
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Nice deal but, personally, I wouldn't touch Costa with a barge pole
Great holiday thanks for putting all the details
Seems like calling only at 3 ports- 10days @sea Re-positioning cruise
Edited by: "chigger1" 29th Oct
There's something not right here, how are you getting from the Canaries to the Caribbian i.e."Spain/Africa" coast, Barcelona, Tenerife etc to Barbados & St Lucia?
suziemaclondon29/10/2019 10:09

Nice deal but, personally, I wouldn't touch Costa with a barge pole …Nice deal but, personally, I wouldn't touch Costa with a barge pole


Bad Holiday romance in Greece?
suziemaclondon29/10/2019 10:09

Nice deal but, personally, I wouldn't touch Costa with a barge pole …Nice deal but, personally, I wouldn't touch Costa with a barge pole


How come? New to cruises so be good to get some reccomendations and reviews if poss
chigger129/10/2019 10:12

Seems like calling only at 3 ports- 10days @sea Re-positioning …Seems like calling only at 3 ports- 10days @sea Re-positioning cruise


4 Barcelona , tenrife, martinique and Barbados
TeamB29/10/2019 10:15

How come? New to cruises so be good to get some reccomendations and …How come? New to cruises so be good to get some reccomendations and reviews if poss



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qwales29/10/2019 10:14

There's something not right here, how are you getting from the Canaries to …There's something not right here, how are you getting from the Canaries to the Caribbian i.e."Spain/Africa" coast, Barcelona, Tenerife etc to Barbados & St Lucia?


Cruise then after Martinique its a ferry
HIS NAMES COSTA
RANDOM COSTA
suziemaclondon29/10/2019 10:09

Nice deal but, personally, I wouldn't touch Costa with a barge pole …Nice deal but, personally, I wouldn't touch Costa with a barge pole


Go to Starbucks in that case
kingchris29/10/2019 10:20

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Concordia_disaster


Oh thank you, definitely does bring a worrying thought to my mind about ANY cruise
For that price you could live with it being Costa.
They are budget .
And they look like they learnt from there past very serious mistakes .
holiday_deals29/10/2019 10:21

Cruise then after Martinique its a ferry



That doesnt answer how you get from the Canary Islands to the Caribbian Islands??? A ferry would take you a week or two
Edited by: "qwales" 29th Oct
qwales29/10/2019 10:14

There's something not right here, how are you getting from the Canaries to …There's something not right here, how are you getting from the Canaries to the Caribbian i.e."Spain/Africa" coast, Barcelona, Tenerife etc to Barbados & St Lucia?


It's a transition cruise. That's why it's cheap. The ship will then remain in the Caribbean until March time.
qwales29/10/2019 10:48

That doesnt answer how you get from the Canary Islands to the Caribbian …That doesnt answer how you get from the Canary Islands to the Caribbian Islands??? A ferry would take you a week or two


Click on the cruise link
Read description
If you are doing this do qm2. Really be concerned about the crossing just check reviews and size of ship etc..
TeamB29/10/2019 10:27

Oh thank you, definitely does bring a worrying thought to my …Oh thank you, definitely does bring a worrying thought to my mind about ANY cruise


That was the captain being an idiot. I wouldn't avoid Costa for that reason. Or cruising.

Costa is budget-orientated so I would avoid them for that reason - along with being mostly filled with Italians and other Europeans. Whilst that sounds xenophobic, in reality it means it won't be fully geared towards our language and culture and so other cruise lines are more suitable.

Also a re-positioning cruise with 10 days at sea is not a nice introduction to cruising. I've gone spare with just one sea day on more higher tier cruise lines!
plebbygiraffe29/10/2019 11:09

That was the captain being an idiot. I wouldn't avoid Costa for that …That was the captain being an idiot. I wouldn't avoid Costa for that reason. Or cruising.Costa is budget-orientated so I would avoid them for that reason - along with being mostly filled with Italians and other Europeans. Whilst that sounds xenophobic, in reality it means it won't be fully geared towards our language and culture and so other cruise lines are more suitable.Also a re-positioning cruise with 10 days at sea is not a nice introduction to cruising. I've gone spare with just one sea day on more higher tier cruise lines!


Thanks for that Plebby, really good points there for us to consider. Realistically we will need something with a lot more entertainment for the kids if at sea so long. Also, I agree that jumping about from boat to boat is unlikely to be relaxing so we will swerve this one for now (although it is still a good price for everything in it).

Thanks again!
qwales29/10/2019 10:14

There's something not right here, how are you getting from the Canaries to …There's something not right here, how are you getting from the Canaries to the Caribbian i.e."Spain/Africa" coast, Barcelona, Tenerife etc to Barbados & St Lucia?


On a boat?
kingchris29/10/2019 10:20

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Concordia_disaster


If we all took our holidays by omitting all the companies that have had an accident in the past we wouldn't travel
Edited by: "ayeworld" 29th Oct
ayeworld29/10/2019 11:35

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Eh? Why would I do that? I wasn't saying I'd never go on a cruise because one crashed. That's like saying I'll never go in the car why you trolling you nutter?
ayeworld29/10/2019 11:34

If we all took our holidays by omitting all the companies that have had an …If we all took our holidays by omitting all the companies that have had an accident in the past we wouldn't use all of the travel company's mode of transport.


I've been on a few cruises will happily book another.

But I don't view that disaster as an accident.

So I can choose to not give them any money.

I appreciate they are ultimately owned by Carnival, and hard to avoid the parent company.
qwales29/10/2019 10:48

That doesnt answer how you get from the Canary Islands to the Caribbian …That doesnt answer how you get from the Canary Islands to the Caribbian Islands??? A ferry would take you a week or two


I believe it takes about 3 days to travel across the Atlantic from that region. Some stop at Madeira before heading across as it will miss the Gulf Stream and the hurricane remnants hopefully.
TeamB29/10/2019 11:13

Thanks for that Plebby, really good points there for us to consider. …Thanks for that Plebby, really good points there for us to consider. Realistically we will need something with a lot more entertainment for the kids if at sea so long. Also, I agree that jumping about from boat to boat is unlikely to be relaxing so we will swerve this one for now (although it is still a good price for everything in it).Thanks again!


Have A look at cruise deals msc. Yes an Italian liner and multinational entertainment but the kids club is great and it's the only cruse line that actually gives you kids for £99 £199 makes a huge difference to your price! We have taken our kids on a few cruises and msc is great. Obviously not royal Caribbean style but I think we paid around £1700 August 2 weeks. Also we did Queen Victoria 2 weeks £579 each August from Southampton 2 cabins and a week from Rome 4 nights stay and fights included for £500 each. Check out their smart deals. Subsequent cruises also get you a % off too with msc even if you book with an agent. ( Msc also let you leave the ship with kids in the club if there is something you want to see child free. They also have a night service)
Been on a Costa Cruise since their "trouble" and couldn't fault anything apart from their organisational skills
Every stop off and the final disembark were a free for all and a little dangerous for small children
All said, I would cruise with them again
Good deal, if it excludes contracting the norovirus...
TeamB29/10/2019 10:15

How come? New to cruises so be good to get some reccomendations and …How come? New to cruises so be good to get some reccomendations and reviews if poss


If your new then P&O are reasonably cheap with a decent fleet and daily tips/gratuities are included in the price. The Ventura is good for a first cruise but dont do 2 as its "same old same old ". The Britannia is pleasant and the new ship Iona looks great. We have done about 8 cruises with P&O and look for ones the work out at about £65-£70 pp per night. Cheapest weve done is 14 nights to the Canaries for £700.

Cunard are a bit more expensive but if you look through all their sailings particularly well in advance you will find a cheapie. We are just off on a 10 day Cruise to the Med on the Queen Victoria which we got for £700. Queen Victoria is a beautiful ship and the Queen Mary is big and not bad either.

Prices for cruises are generally low when first released eg 18-24 months in advance. The price goes up and never comes down, well usually. Forget about "last minute deals" its usually just hype to try and fill up a slow selling cruise.So book a year or more in advance if you can.
Many of the big online sellers allow you to pay by instalments so that by the time your cruise comes round its long paid for. Ive got several cruises on the go right up to 2021 and I will probably book another half dozen in the meantime.

Cruises provide the best stress free and value for money holidays ever. I noticed lots of younger people on cruises these days so its not the domain of the elderly. Dressing up is great fun. A Tuxedo is £50 at Marks lol. Cunard, P&O ,Celebrity, Princess Royal Caribbean NCL are generally considered v.good/good. Costa and MSC dont tend to do so well (read the reviews on Cruise Critic)
johnnyd57uk29/10/2019 14:35

If your new then P&O are reasonably cheap with a decent fleet and daily …If your new then P&O are reasonably cheap with a decent fleet and daily tips/gratuities are included in the price. The Ventura is good for a first cruise but dont do 2 as its "same old same old ". The Britannia is pleasant and the new ship Iona looks great. We have done about 8 cruises with P&O and look for ones the work out at about £65-£70 pp per night. Cheapest weve done is 14 nights to the Canaries for £700. Cunard are a bit more expensive but if you look through all their sailings particularly well in advance you will find a cheapie. We are just off on a 10 day Cruise to the Med on the Queen Victoria which we got for £700. Queen Victoria is a beautiful ship and the Queen Mary is big and not bad either.Prices for cruises are generally low when first released eg 18-24 months in advance. The price goes up and never comes down, well usually. Forget about "last minute deals" its usually just hype to try and fill up a slow selling cruise.So book a year or more in advance if you can. Many of the big online sellers allow you to pay by instalments so that by the time your cruise comes round its long paid for. Ive got several cruises on the go right up to 2021 and I will probably book another half dozen in the meantime.Cruises provide the best stress free and value for money holidays ever. I noticed lots of younger people on cruises these days so its not the domain of the elderly. Dressing up is great fun. A Tuxedo is £50 at Marks lol. Cunard, P&O ,Celebrity, Princess Royal Caribbean NCL are generally considered v.good/good. Costa and MSC dont tend to do so well (read the reviews on Cruise Critic)


Thanks for this Johnny! Really top information advice for us 🏻 I didn't know that about the prices so that's something we will definitely bear in mind.

Nice info about the different lines too 🏻. Really helps to get insider knowledge like this when you're completely new to it like we are.

Our thoughts are that it gives us a great opportunity to go to a few different places whilst having less hassle of booking flights and hopping from airport to airport.

Also the all inclusive element appeals to us greatly as it takes away the stress of having to decide where and what to eat every night and constantly checking money etc.

Do you find that you spend less money on a cruise than a typical all in, or do you spend more because of the different excersions?
plumberman0129/10/2019 13:45

Have A look at cruise deals msc. Yes an Italian liner and multinational …Have A look at cruise deals msc. Yes an Italian liner and multinational entertainment but the kids club is great and it's the only cruse line that actually gives you kids for £99 £199 makes a huge difference to your price! We have taken our kids on a few cruises and msc is great. Obviously not royal Caribbean style but I think we paid around £1700 August 2 weeks. Also we did Queen Victoria 2 weeks £579 each August from Southampton 2 cabins and a week from Rome 4 nights stay and fights included for £500 each. Check out their smart deals. Subsequent cruises also get you a % off too with msc even if you book with an agent. ( Msc also let you leave the ship with kids in the club if there is something you want to see child free. They also have a night service)


Ah that's really useful info on MSC, especially the child princes, thanks, we will definitely consider that when choosing who to go with! That's really cheap for an August holiday!!! And a great bonus to go from Southampton!

We are definitely going to give it all some serious consideration.

Thanks again
TeamB29/10/2019 14:54

Ah that's really useful info on MSC, especially the child princes, thanks, …Ah that's really useful info on MSC, especially the child princes, thanks, we will definitely consider that when choosing who to go with! That's really cheap for an August holiday!!! And a great bonus to go from Southampton!We are definitely going to give it all some serious consideration.Thanks again


They Do deals with free drinks packages you just have to sign up to get offers. Worth doing. They are really accommodating too and the cabin was huge (don't book one with bunks pullman style!) we were on magnifica rear cabin kids full size beds. Depends how you feel but gratuities can be removed if you want to. I found x4 expensive as my kids are teens so we tipped individual staff. Just monitor what's going. Barcelona I reckon it's good to go from. Not Rome as the port is miles away!!!
suziemaclondon29/10/2019 10:09

Nice deal but, personally, I wouldn't touch Costa with a barge pole …Nice deal but, personally, I wouldn't touch Costa with a barge pole


A bit harsh if you are referring to Concordia, i mean that is like saying you will never fly a Boeing plane again because of the 737 max aircraft.
If you did not mean that, then i have wasted my time & i Apologise
TeamB29/10/2019 14:51

Thanks for this Johnny! Really top information advice for us 🏻 I …Thanks for this Johnny! Really top information advice for us 🏻 I didn't know that about the prices so that's something we will definitely bear in mind.Nice info about the different lines too 🏻. Really helps to get insider knowledge like this when you're completely new to it like we are.Our thoughts are that it gives us a great opportunity to go to a few different places whilst having less hassle of booking flights and hopping from airport to airport.Also the all inclusive element appeals to us greatly as it takes away the stress of having to decide where and what to eat every night and constantly checking money etc.Do you find that you spend less money on a cruise than a typical all in, or do you spend more because of the different excersions?


I disagree re prices as I know our staterooms at £579 were a silly price on the Queen vic and booking later they added the drinks package and free WiFi on msc. Pays to check
TeamB29/10/2019 14:51

Thanks for this Johnny! Really top information advice for us 🏻 I …Thanks for this Johnny! Really top information advice for us 🏻 I didn't know that about the prices so that's something we will definitely bear in mind.Nice info about the different lines too 🏻. Really helps to get insider knowledge like this when you're completely new to it like we are.Our thoughts are that it gives us a great opportunity to go to a few different places whilst having less hassle of booking flights and hopping from airport to airport.Also the all inclusive element appeals to us greatly as it takes away the stress of having to decide where and what to eat every night and constantly checking money etc.Do you find that you spend less money on a cruise than a typical all in, or do you spend more because of the different excersions?


On our first Cruise we spent 5 Euros lmao. Seriously. We had some onboard spend which helped. Since then we have got a bit more adventurous so its coffee and cakes wherever we stop. Apart from fridge magnets we dont buy dust collectors.
Alcohol is expensive on the Cruise ships but P&O allow you to bring a bottle of spirits or wine per person and cunard a bottle of wine in your main luggage mind you. Other Cruise lines are far stricter. Having said that beer and cider are around the pub price mark. A bottle of wine £20 -£40 or more (£7 in Asda lol)

When you book beware there are Saver and Select fares.The Saver is cheap but you have to pay extra for the shuttle bus and cant chose your cabin. Select fares are more expensive but throw in on board spend or free parking. You have to weigh up whether its worth it. Shuttles to town ( included in Select fare) are around £4 pp each way but most people walk. We generally get an inside saver and book our own parking which can be very cheap at Southampton. BTW fly cruises can be hard work if your older.
You can book direct or as we prefer an online reseller. We use Iglu most of the time.

As for stress ive spent 30 years dragging the family around Europe and the Far East. Stressful Stressful. Cruises are virtually zero stress and are great value for money. Park up hop on and relax...thats it. The Med or Fjords are a great way to start. Oh and one VERY important point. Cruise liners are not boats. They are huge floating 10 star hotels mostly (there are some rubbish ones of course) and you could fit your average shopping centre in a corner somewhere lol.

This cruise on the Iona should be fantastic. iglucruise.com/ion…544 A balcony is a must if you do the Fjords.

Hope some of this info is also helpful for any newbies thinking of booking this Costa cruise.

Need any more advice just message me.
Edited by: "johnnyd57uk" 30th Oct
TeamB29/10/2019 14:54

Ah that's really useful info on MSC, especially the child princes, thanks, …Ah that's really useful info on MSC, especially the child princes, thanks, we will definitely consider that when choosing who to go with! That's really cheap for an August holiday!!! And a great bonus to go from Southampton!We are definitely going to give it all some serious consideration.Thanks again


Try and get an MSC cruise departing from Southampton if you can. If you pick one up in the Med be prepared for a very a very loud boisterous affair with long queues at the Buffet and noisy children running around till well after midnight. The new MSC ships are magnificent but with a Guest capacity of up to 5119 you are likely to experience some of the above dependent on which ship you choose. Have a look at the reviews on Cruise Critic before booking.
I was wondering why the OP had completely neglected to say which cruise line/ship this was for. Clumsy oversight or because it was Costa?
deeky11/11/2019 13:27

I was wondering why the OP had completely neglected to say which cruise …I was wondering why the OP had completely neglected to say which cruise line/ship this was for. Clumsy oversight or because it was Costa?


Just forgot to mention
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