The Costa Serena was launched in May 2007, and has a gross tonnage of 114,500t and is 292m long and 36m wide. There are 17 decks (13 decks for passenger use), all named after Greek mythological characters or star signs. The ship has a cruising speed of 21.5kt and a maximum speed of 23kt. She can carry 3,780 passengers and offers 1,500 cabins: 914 outside cabins (500 with balconies) and 586 inside cabins.
This 7 night cruise starts Venice, taking in Bari, KataKolon, Istanbul, Izmir & Dubrovnik before returning to Venice.
This cruise was booked so that my mum could experience a cruise for the first time and there were several factors which finally contributed to us booking this one.
First hurdle was that we were not sure that mum would take to the water so thought that a 7 day one would be a good start, just in case! Secondly, she would be travelling with us but on her own so we needed to find a company which gave the best solo supplement deal, as Costa do 30% single supplement, we therefore decided to see what they had to offer. After much trawling through the web and several phone calls to various travel agents, we managed to get a pair of balcony cabins, rear of mid ship right next to each other (another of her conditions) and so with the deposit paid, the adventure began!