A Great EUROPEAN Cruise Experience: Costa Atlantica Cruise Review by noocroozer
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A Great EUROPEAN Cruise Experience
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Overall, a very active cruise with never a dull moment. The only disappointments were we missed Festa Italiana and Toga Night. We were expecting these to be all-day or all-evening events. Instead, they were abbreviated into a couple hours with inconvenient timing. The daycare didn't work out real well for our two 3 y/o guests. One of them was very unhappy and inconsolable away from her mom, so on two occasions they were returned to their families during the evening meal.
We flew to Ft Lauderdale two days prior to embarkation and enjoyed touring the area immensely. Highly recommend CarrieB Water Tours and the Water Taxi.
Embarkation for us was quick and easy, though we were among the last of our group to board, due to the slowness of our hotel shuttle service. In their defense, there were about seven ships embarking this day, two being the two largest in the world, so the task was huge. Regardless, next time we will take a taxi, since the port is so close to hotels and the airport. Disembarking was a breeze too. Arrivederci, Costa, we'll be back!
First stop was Key West. We tendered with the life boats, which was not the best experience for many, and a thrill for others. The seas were rough with wait time both ways. No one took any excursions here, and for the many did not have a great time. This was due to lack of preparation and planning on our part.
Grand Cayman was next. We tendered here with port operated shuttles, which were much quicker. The problem arose re-boarding the ship, as once again the seas were roiling. Some in our group went horseback riding on the beach, others took an island tour, and some went to Stingray City. The riding and rays received rave reviews, the island tour not so much. Roatan was the third stop, and we disembarked at a very nice pier area. A great time was had by all here. Most of our group went zip-lining (including our 79 y/o lady in the group), which was a blast. Others took a very pleasurable island tour or enjoyed the beach adjacent to the pier.
Cozumel was the final stop, again at a pier. This island was also a great experience. Most went on a private tour of the island, visiting Mayan ruins, El Mirador (a beautiful beach on the east side of the island), a tequila factory, and stopped downtown for shopping and a fabulous meal at Tiki Tok. All but one of our outings was arranged through an independent operator, which we highly recommended. One couple took a Costa excursion and also had a fabulous time. Photos available at: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3948482&id=166655687540#!/pages/Freedom-Travel-LLC/166655687540?v=photos&sb=0 Less
Cabin review: Bal
Wellness Balcony cabin, very nice and roomy, great location.