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Age: 42

Occupation:travel agent

Number of Cruises: 20

Cruise Line: Costa

Ship: Costa Atlantica

Sailing Date: November 28th, 2004

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

I have been a travel agent for about 15 years now and have sailed on atleast 20 cruises and have seen many others on ship inspections . Costa is the only cruise line I have not been on to either cruise or see one of their ships . I have always been somewhat nervous about sailing or offering Costa to my clients as I have always heard mixed reviews . So , I chose Costa for my own personal vacation this year .

Wow is all I can say about the wonderful ship , fantastic service and staff . The crew was extremely friendly and helpful at all times . It was nice to have the bar staff walk by in the pool area and not bother you with yelling out bar service or begging you to get a drink like on most other cruise lines . The cabins are all very good size and have tons of storage in comparison to other ships I have been on . There are 3 pools . One was supposed to be a "quiet" pool but somehow or another children still used the pool All the cruise lines now want to be " kid friendly " . That's great but the adults need their space as well . Also , the cruise line did not enforce no young children in the whirlpools and many bad parents used the whirlpools for their young children as the childrens pool . There is a great childrens pool onboard the ship ,right near the kids activity center .

The food onboard was ok . I have had better .At the breakfast and lunch buffets you just had to be selective to get something you liked . There was a good selection so it was fine once you figured out what you did and did not like . The food at dinner was the same way . There was 1 night I sent back 2 entrees . However, the 3rd entree was a charm and was wonderful .
Costa is a low priced cruise line but delivers a fantacstic value .

Some people complain about the smokers . Yes , like on all ships , people do smoke. There were designated areas for smokers and non smokers .

The shows were simple family friendly variety type shows . I felt like I was in the movie Dirty Dancing in the Catskills at times . The entertainment that was available was good clean fun .
There were 2 couples at our table , they had been on the cruise for 14 nights and loved the food and the shows ! They could not have said enough good things about the staff and the ship .

I would recommend this cruise line as a great value . There is better food on Celebrity Cruise Lines and better shows on some other lines but the cost is almost double what you find on Costa

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