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Suzanne

Age: 46

Occupation:teacher

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Costa

Ship: Costa Atlantica

Sailing Date: 2011-03-4

Itinerary: Carribean

This was definitely not what I expected from a cruise. Thought the group we sailed with made this fun, I would not choose a Costa cruise again. The ship itself was quite beautiful, very clean and well kept. They allowed smoking in all areas with a few non-smoking tables, but the smoke smell permeated the ship so that was rather disgusting.

The food was really the worst part of this trip. As an Italian ship, I expected too much I suppose. Everything was overcooked - fish, chicken, vegetables - everything. Sauces were bland, rolls were hard (daily), and this was what was served in the dining room. No lobster night and one steak night which was OK at best. Though I'm not a fan of the gluttonous amounts of food served on cruises, I would order everything at dinner hoping to find something tolerable. The buffets were worse. . Mushy or overcooked food, always the same day in day out. Our table was in agreement that there just wasn't much good to say about the food. Also, the wait staff seemed like they were rushing around as if they were always short handed. We waited forever for drinks and food.

The stateroom was really quite nice. It was clean, there was plenty of storage space, and the balcony was comfortable enough. Though I rated service as a 2, that was an overall rating. Our cabin steward was top notch! We saw him very little but whenever we were out we would return to fresh towels, folded clothes and a tidy room. When we had questions he would be right there to answer. Best help on the ship!

BORING. Just not much going on at all. But, I don't agree with others' posts that Americans couldn't participate due to language barriers. I think they tried hard to speak in 5 languages and thought we left from Miami and were surprised English was not the first language, it really wasn't an issue.

We really love zip lining in the Dominican (Catalina Island). Probably, if you've zip lined before, this isn't the best place to go because it's not really pretty, but if you've never done it (it was our first time) it's well worth it. Much time was spent getting there and back, but it was a blast! I would skip the snuba in Grand Turks. We could have seen just as much snorkeling (and did see as much and more snorkeling in Princes Cays.) Grand Turks cruise port has an amazing pool right behind Margaritaville, so just go get some real food and hang there and and at the beach for the day instead.

As we took this trip with a large group of people, we ended up having a blast. The kids (teens) all got together and danced and hung out at the sports area. If it weren't for the group though, there was nothing for kids on board. The younger kids area is hidden away (didn't even see it till the last day) so if you're cruising with children, forget this trip. Many of the passengers on board were incredibly rude - pushing in buffet lines, shoving their way onto elevators, talking over someone speaking, cutting in line after you've waited 10 minutes for guest services, and placing their dirty dishes right on your table. I don't know if this is the norm, but after 7 days of it my patience was shot! I don't think this would be my first choice for cruising again. The cost was quite inexpensive - I suppose you get what you pay for.

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