Occupation:Concerts At Sea promoter
Number of Cruises: 30
Cruise Line: Costa
Ship: Costa Atlantica
Sailing Date: February 8th, 2004
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: The embarkation process was a little slow, but no fault of the cruise line. For whatever reason the immigration personnel decided it was a good day to delay the disembarkation process. Costa has plenty of personnel pier side to help with any questions or concerns from passengers. Ship: The ship is a floating work of art. She has much more glitz than early builds of Costa. You can appreciate the influx of the Carnival influence. The art work throughout the ship is breathtaking and the Cafe' Florian is like nothing else I've ever seen on a ship. The Cabins: I was in a Grand Suite on Deck 7 and loved the amenties and large balcony. Some other lines have large Grand Suites than Costa, but for a 7 night Caribbean itineray this stateroom far exceeded our expectations. We especially enjoyed the large balcony with the beautiful chairs and chaise lounge. The entertainment: We were part of the over 600 50's and 60's fans enjoying the music of Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Buckingham's, Tommy Roe, Peggy Marsh and the Original Bill Haley's Comets. Nightly music was also provided poolside with a 50's and 60's house band. The Food: I believe that Costa gets a bad rap on their food. I've cruised on every major cruise line and with the exception of the luxury cruise liners, I believe the Costa dining experience is as enjoyable and the food as good as every cruise line in the mass market genre. My table mates were all very well traveled and had cruise many times, they were all of the same opinion. I'm not sure what some guests expectations are, it they are looking for 5star dining they may wish to try Silversea's or Crystal. For the price, I think Costa offers excellent varieity and great food. Itinerary: Sailing the Eastern Caribbean has it's limitations with the ports of call being an afternoon call at San Juan and half day in Nassau. The weather was good and the Private Island and St. Thomas were a wonderful highlight. Summary: I will certainly be cruising Costa again as the 12th Annual Oldies Caribbean Cruise will be on the Costa Atlantica doing the Western Caribbean on January 30, 2005.