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P.L. Barlowe

Age: 41 - 50

Occupation:Antiques Dealer

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Costa

Ship: Costa Atlantica

Sailing Date: December 17th, 2000

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

P.L. Barlowe


We had a wonderful time on our Costa cruise! We are a married couple in our mid-forties and were traveling with our son, who just finished his first semester of college. We were seated at the first seating at dinner with another couple our age, who had a son who also had just completed his first semester in college. They proved to be very charming dinner companions and the young men had a good time "hanging out" together at night in the disco. We found the food at all meals to be well varied and almost always fabulous. It certainly was in abundance and there was even afternoon tea every day with sandwiches and cakes. No, there wasn't a full, spectacular midnight buffet every night (only one night was it extensive), but we found that there was an over abundance of food and we certainly didn't want a lavish buffet after a full dinner. The service was impeccable at every level. The passengers were a vary diverse group -- alot of Europeans -- but also alot of families. It seemed very "kid friendly" to even those with very small children. (One of the advantages was that they served pizza every day from something like 11-2:30 -- what kid doesn't love pizza!) 

We didn't have perfect weather and unfortunately the two excursions we had planned ended up being cancelled. The only port that we didn't care for was Ocho Rios (the natives were quite pushy and obnoxious). All in all, though, it was an excellent vacation; extremely relaxing and a good way for our little family to be together and do something that all of us would enjoy (anyone who has ever had a teenager knows what I mean). The formal nights were very elegant, and although we didn't take advantage of a lot of evening activities we came home very well rested and refreshed. I would sail on the Atlantica again in a second!

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