Family of four (two adults, two daughters, 7 and 10) went on Atlantica for Spring Break. This was our third cruise (previous ones with NCL and MSC).
Embarkation was very smooth and quick. We were able to embark when we arrived at 1 p.m. without waiting in lines.
Cabin and ship: The whole place was clean but the ship’s décor was awful and outdated. We barely took any pictures in the lounges as they were dark and unattractive. The only beautiful places were the outstanding Florian Café and the Corralo lounge, although for some reason the latter was not used in any of the ship’s activities. The cabin was clean and spacious, although the hallways‘ carpets were worn out and need replacement.
Pool: The pool deck was not attractive and had very little space for chairs. We were able to find spaces after some 10 minutes of hunting every day.
Service: Very friendly and caring. Service in the restaurant was also very good and we had all our dinners in the main dining room. Dress code was not enforced but on formal nights but many men wore tuxes and women nice dresses. Ice water was provided free of charge and the wine package is a real good deal (U$125 for 5 good Italian wines and 7 mineral waters). We did not buy the X1 and are glad we did not as our friends told us the wines were not good. We also bought two boys and girls drink cards which we could use for fresh orange juice and virgin drinks and we finally bought an espresso/cappuccino pack for U$ 37 which was not advertised anywhere and we found only by accident (and are glad we did).
Food: Consistently good at night. The buffet during lunch and breakfast offered more appealing selections than the restaurant, so we did not try it during those times.
Shows: Not very good as they were basically the same every night (singing and dance numbers on tired past hits). Musicians in the lounge were very good, though.
Ambiance: Very relaxed and family friendly. We particularly liked the fact that there were no waiters passing by with ready-made cocktails to sell by the pools.
Kids clubs: Very good, with a lot of activities every day.
Ports: We arrived early in most ports, sometimes by one hour. We did not take any shore excursions since we only wanted beach breaks and we just took cabs upon arrival. Our favorite was San Juan, our disappointment was St. Thomas as the downtown area was unattractive and the shops not good.
Fellow cruisers: Mostly Americans, some Canadians and Europeans. Most of them very polite.
Overall impression: We liked the cruise but will be more careful next time in regards to the age and condition of the ship. I would say we would love to try Costa again, but not the Atlantica.