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Age: 50+


Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Costa

Ship: Costa Magica

Sailing Date: December 26th, 2005

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

My wife and myself from Ottawa Canada and another couple from Toronto Canada just returned this week from a 7 day cruise on the Costa Magica. I had previously read a lot of negative reviews about this ship. Everything on our cruise was absolutely positive.

Embarkation at Ft. Lauderdale only took less than one half hour. I admit there was mass confusion at this point, but that can be expected with so many people. When you board the ship you can head straight for your room…. Your credit card key is in your room and the door is unlocked. Take care of your credit card registration for on board use…later.

It is a very large ship and getting around can be quite confusing, especially getting to your assigned dining room. You will be assigned a table with or without someone else. This is your table for the week, and we found our serving staff to be wonderful.

We were in the Smeralda Dining room…The waiter was Sanjay Kumar and the asst. waiter was Kazi Munniuddin both from India. These two were the most professional and attentive staff the four of us have ever had the pleasure to be served by. Our extreme thanks to both of them.

The meals were the finest and served with style. We were a little surprised with the cost of the drinks. Bud beer about $4 U.S. and wine about $6 U.S. We had no problems at the ports bringing on a 40oz of alcohol as long as it is in a canvas carry on. I saw one person stopped and his alcohol taken until departure. But that was because it was in a box of 3 bottles labeled very colorful.

Smoking did not seem to bother us non-smokers. Smoking areas were generally confined on opposite sides.

There were several buffets on board, all of them very good. In my opinion the best area for adults without children is at the aft of the ship. There is a buffet there and an adult pool and hot tub. The view is of the ships prop wash, which is great. It is also by far the quietest place on the ship. The loudest and busiest part of the ship is the centre where most of the daytime entertainment was held.

Speaking of entertainment, the 3 story Urbino Theatre was fun and fantastic…2 sittings. The casino has many slots from 10 cents up to $1 or more and there are several card tables.
Sun tanning on deck did not give us a problem at all…there are towels folded neatly, everywhere. Everyone puts a towel on the lounger they want earlier in the day, and that seemed to be respected.

Before I forget I want to mention the Omelette Guy at the aft pool. His name is Paulo; he makes the best eggs, any way you want. And he is very friendly; he has a great morning attitude that makes you feel you made the right decision eating at the aft buffet.

To summarize my cruise critique, I must say…do not believe negativity….take it with a grain of salt. You will make the best of the cruise if you too try to maintain a positive attitude. Enjoy yourselves….

If anyone has any further questions I would be happy to return your E-mail.

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