I am happy you enjoyed Costa. I had cruised Princess 4 times several years ago and decided maybe it is time to try another Line. I tried MSC Cruise Line also an Italian ship. It was a 10 day Southern Caribbean out of Ft.Lauderdale. I must say I could not have been happier getting off the ship. I am well traveled, Canadian and ex military (26 years)who lived in Europe on 2 different occasions. I also speak 3 languages. That cruise did leave me with a bad taste. I will not even begin about the problems on that specific cruise because I will be writing for hours. My point is I do enjoy a mix culture of people on cruises and it was nice to read your comments and I would probably give Costa a try.