A Great Cruise: Costa Atlantica Cruise Review by afpugh

Costa Atlantica 5
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A Great Cruise

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We were a group of six, having chosen this cruise because of the itinerary. Having read some of the reviews online our expectations of the cruise were really great low. Consequently we were pleasantly surprised and really did wonder what people were talking about with some of the negative reviews. We are not novice cruises and would easily rate Costa Atlantica up there with other cruises we have taken. The ship was very nice,clean,decor,nice although a bit on the gaudy side. Staff were attentive from the main lobby,to cabin steward( probably one of the best stewards we have had, efficient, attentive, pleasant), to the evening time wait staff in the dining room were top notch. We had signed on for late dining but found 9:00 a bit too late and had no difficulty switching to early dining( 6:15, found that a bit too early, time now Costa for open dining!!)Our itinerary did not disappoint, enjoyed some wonderful beach stops. Did two excursions from the ship, very pleased with More those.Entertainment was excellent, their singers and dancers were very professional. Best price yet on any of the cruises for internet connection, 1 hour, $10.00.
What we did find unusual, not really considered negative but different from other cruises, a surcharge for room service at breakfast between the hours of 5:00am and 11:00 am with no surcharge after that time.Breakfast in the dining room included, menu service as well as a buffet. Service at breakfast could be improved upon. Food selection in dining room at lunch was limited but not so in the evening. Food quality was good to very good.I guess every cruise has one or two things that you might not like. Given the recent difficulties on Costa we did have to take part in two Safety demonstrations while on a ten day cruise. At least we felt it had something to do with those difficulties. We have certainly been on cruises before over 7 days and only ever had to do one safety demonstration. Given these incidents we felt this to be quite appropriate!!Would certainly do a Costa cruise again!! Less

Published 04/24/12

Cabin review: E2

Port and Shore Excursions

Another tender port and anchored quite a piece out from the port but nice boats used to get us back and forth. Three in our group did the river rafting tour, very happy with it and not as terrifying as the description would lead you to believe. Three of us did the walk in the Rainforest, very hot I must say but lunch was provided and a wonderful swim area, a true resort, not put in the details of the excursion

A nice port with lots of shopping area, free wifi. We arranged transportation with a local and ended up at a resort type of spot, offered us a swimming pool, a questionable beach( a bit too rough for my liking), lots of seats and great service.
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Beach and facilities within walking distance of the ship, just what we were looking for!! Lots of seats, plenty of shade and free wifi available at a couple of the local bars.
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We headed out to a local beach, purchased chairs and umbrellas, beautiful spot but the water was a bit on the rough side. Stayed until early afternoon, headed back to the ship for a bite of lunch and then took a walk through Nassau, a busy spot indeed but quite enjoyable, free wifi at the port and in a local pub where we stopped for a beer.
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Dunn's River Falls

We climbed the falls with help from a wonderful guide! Would recommend this tour.We were tendered in at this port, never our favourite to get ashore

Another wonderful beach stop, facilities and beach within walking distance from the ship, Mahogany Bay Beach, lots of seating area under shade.
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