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Irina Kogut

Age: 35

Occupation:travel agent

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Costa

Ship: Costa Atlantica

Sailing Date: November 21st, 2004

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

I recently returned from my 5th cruise, but my 1st one with Costa. The ship is absolutely beautiful. I've been on the major cruise lines and Costa Atlantica truly tops them all in the decor department. We had a nice balcony cabin (we actually purchased an outside cabin but were upgraded since the majority of the ship is balcony cabins). I give Costa an A+ in the entertainment department as well. Great nightly shows, great lounges, truly something for all tastes. Besides the first night, the service was very good throughout. Now on the negatives, VERY POOR itinerary. We arrived in San Juan at 4:00 pm. There was no time to go to the beach, the shops all close at 6:00 and there was basically nothing to do after that. It made me feel like they bring you in there just to make you go into the casinos! We arrived in Nassau, Bahamas at 1:00 pm and departed at 5:00 pm. Bahamas has a fairly large downtown area and that barely gave us enough time to get off the ship run through the shops and make it to Atlantis for a quick tour. They bring you into La Romano in the evening. You need transportation to get anywhere. Your only option is to pay for a tour or pay for a taxi to take you into the city, but nothing on foot. Although Costa doesn't make a secret of the itinerary, being a travel agent, I've noticed that one usually compares the ports when choosing a cruise, but not the times. Be aware! Overall, this was a pleasant experience.

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