Embarkation...an utter breeze. We arrived at 1130 waited on line outside terminal for 5 minutes until they opened the doors and were on the ship in 20 minutes.painless and lots of friendly smiling faces leading the way.Got on ship and were pleasantly greeted by members of the animation team. Cabin..obstructed view outside cabin with french doors to let the air in. Was 200sft, incredibly comfortable with lots of storage and very comfortable bed and couch.Room steward was great. we always had fresh fruit. Food...FANTASTIC...After 33 cruises it's hard to get to excited about food anymore, but the food and service on this ship were outstanding. the buffet lines at lunch were better than most mainstream lines dinner food. everything we ate was incredible from eggplant napolitana( that we so enjoyed that the chef came out of the kitchen to tell us how to make it) to one of the best hamburgers I have ever had anywhere. Pizza was great, salads were great..The bread was to die for and always incredibly fresh..There were abundant fruit and vegetables. there were not huge desert trays like on mainstream cruises,but instead wonderfully prepared fresh food.they even used porcelain dish ware to keep the food warm on the lines versus big tins and were constantly rotating out the food. We had early seating in the dinning room..table 7, a table for 8 and had a great time at dinner every night. The waiter and assistant were fantastic..some of the things to try....swordfish,veal scallopini, eggplant parmigiana,veal shank,red snapper,beef carpacio,lamb chops and on and on . everything we had was excellent and the service top notch. the dancing waiters and air of every night being a celebration was great. and loved going to dinner in a toga.
the animation team was great and every day at the pool had fun campy games. We won human tick tac toe without anyone breaking a hip and played many other fun and silly mindless games. every afternoon there were dance lessons poolside and they were very fun and enjoyable. the pools and pool areas were fantastic. tons of deckspace and the pool drink service was not in your face but raise your hand and they were there to serve you. Entertainment....every night the animation team did something fun and campy. i wa sin Mr.Pizza and my dad won the John travolta contest.The outdoor deck party in san juan was great fun and hundreds of people were dancing for over 2 hours. the shows were good to excellent. do not miss Will and Anthony the twin brothers or the musical comedian if he is still on board. production shows were very good also. There were several lounges with large dance floors and nice ensembles playing that were great to dance to. The casino was tight but in an area with many people passing through so always had a happy fast paced attitude. i broke even for the week. my mom and dad loved playing every night.. The ports were your typical caribbean ports, but it was the crew and ship that made this an incredible cruise. Have not laughed and been so relaxed in years and can't wait to sail costa again. and all the cruise critic people we met on board were great fun and hope everyone made it home ok..i hope this covers everything..debarkation was a breeze also. we were off the ship by 815.I miss it already
the spa and gym were also fantastic and very well laid out,especially the gym and the steamroom and sauna were the perfect temperatures