Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Costa
Ship: Costa Atlantica
Sailing Date: August 24th, 2003
Itinerary: Eastern Mediterranean
Costa Atlantica - A Review by a European
Last August, I've made the Costa Atlantica cruise that takes us from Venice to Greece and Turkey. It was a one-week cruise that stopped in the most important ancient spots in that area. Therefore, we stopped in Bari (Italy), in Katakolon (Greece), in Kusadasi (Turkey), in Istanbul (Turkey) and in Athens (Greece).
When we reached the Venice airport we had there a lady from Costa waiting for us so we had only to wait a few minutes before taking the transfer to the port. The boarding process took almost 2 hours. It wasn't too long if you consider that the ship carries around 2700 passengers.
When we first walked into the ship, we were a bit frustrated… It wasn't as beautiful as we were expecting… However, later we admitted that it was just because of the confusion that the entrance of the passengers created. The ship is simply beautiful. The Café Florian, the Caruso Theater, the Olympia Gym are just a few among the beauties that she has.
Of course that it wasn't perfect! There are a few points that I didn't like: the Boticelli restaurant was over-crowded in lunch time (if you prefer quietness, you'd better have lunch at Tiziano), the photos taken by the "paparazzi" were too expensive, the disco's music wasn't good at all, the water of the swimming-pools was too salty, etc.
Regarding the ports of call, the one I liked the most was Kusadasi in Turkey. We visited the ancient town of Ephesus and were taken aback by its splendour. I also liked stopping in Katakolon because I took an excursion that took me to Skafidia beach. I assure you that you won't regret if you take this excursion. It is really good having a bath in the warm waters of the Ionic sea between cultural visits.
We always went in excursions organized by Costa. However I must ask you to consider taking a taxi instead of an organized excursion if your group is bigger than a couple! The excursions are much more expensive than taking a taxi, especially in Turkey, where the taxis are really cheap!
Well, before ending this review (I'm conscious that
it is already too long), I would like just to focus a few points that will help
first time cruisers (at least I hope they will):
The clothing code wasn't very strict, except in the 2 formal evenings. At lunchtime you could even go with shorts (if they weren't too short). The Toga night was a fiasco!
Soft drinks aren't very expensive. Don't worry! A coffee costs around EUR 1.
Take trainers if you're planning to go to the gym.
To sum up, I would like to say that if you choose this cruise, you won't regret it. It's a wonderful experience that you can only understand if you really experience it!!!