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Bill and Angela Gartner

Age: 64 and 57

Occupation:retired

Number of Cruises: 30

Cruise Line: Costa

Ship: Costa Atlantica

Sailing Date: January 12th, 2003

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

Cruise Line: Costa
Atlantica
Sailing Date: January 12th, 2003


We returned last week from a very enjoyable cruise on the Costa Atlantica. It was our first with Costa, and before leaving for the cruise, we read all the reviews posted. However, we do not agree with most of the reviews. We found the food at both the buffet and in the dining room to be great and presented quite well. The waiters and assistant waiters were very competent and friendly. The assistant head waiter stopped by our table each night.

We booked a balcony cabin and it was very acceptable. However, the partitions separating each balcony did not afford much privacy when talking and there was a cigar smoker on the adjacent balcony.

We enjoyed the shows (although, the dancers were not that good) and fell in love with the Cafe Floridian. We attended two concerts there, one with a violinist and pianist and the second, a tenor accompanied by a pianist.

The reception desk personnel were very helpful and knowledgeable. We did not book any excursions as we have cruised to this area many times. The private island was most enjoyable and the barbecue served was better than NCL. We would recommend this cruise and we will book her again.

We have cruised on Holland America, Wind spirit, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Crystal, Princess and even Carnival so I believe our review is not biased.

The itinerary, with two full days and some half days at sea was also quite enjoyable and relaxing.

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