My wife and I cruised with the Costa Atlantica January 26 - February 2
For the most part it was enjoyable. It has a strong Italian influence with many European passengers so if you object to announcements in languages other than English you will have a problem. On the other hand there are very few announcements.
The food is plentiful and there is a wide range. There are both Italian and American specialties offered with a 24 hour pizza bar and ice cream available. Midnite buffets with a different theme most nites.
3 pools with one reserved for adults. The health club is incredible with state of the art equipment.
They don't push drinks on you like Carnival does.
We had an inside stateroom and I was quite pleased with the size.
The ship is very modern and kept spotless.
I had read some reviews that complained about the Europeans smoking in non-smoking areas and cutting in to lines but I didn't find ythis a problem.
Feel free to e-mail me with more questions.
February 1998 - HAL Westerdam E. Caribbean
January 2000 - Carnival Ecstasy - Mexican Riviera
February 2002 - Costa Atlantica - W. Caribbean
February 2004 - Grand Princess - W. Caribbean
March 2007 - RCI Voyager of the Seas - E. Caribbean
May 2007 - RCI Voyager of the Seas - Western Mediterranean (Mrs. E. & daughter only - I had a medical emergency)
October 2007 - RCI Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean