5 Languages: Costa Atlantica Cruise Review by Icebox241

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Sail Date: November 2009
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: St. Thomas
Eastern Carribbean Nov 21st

Our first Impression was fantastic and how quick we boarded at 12:30pm, no lines, no waiting.... we literally walked on. We went directly to our room and received our luggage later when expected just as promised. We then proceeded to Register our credit card. We got in a line with two people in front of us, they spoke Italian. They obviously were having trouble even with assistance from the cruise person. Suddenly out of nowhere, 7 or 8 other people joined them in front of us ( Cut in )and took about 10 minutes, then they all left with no cards being registered. The cruise person said nothing and about the line cutting, then we did our cards in 30 seconds. No idea what that was about. I took it as rude but moved on.

Positives of the cruise: - Fast boarding - best entertainment we've ever seen. - Staff and restaurant waiters excellent. - All minor problems handled immediately and friendly. - Buffet and Dining room meals very good More for what served. - All tenders were at Docks - 500 kids on board, well looked after by staff ( none ours ) - Lots of other cultures onboard, made it interesting. - All ports and excursions as expected, got soaked in the "Rain Forest". - Lots of Places onboard to get privacy and seating. - Lots of onboard stuff to buy..... boarderlining on Flea market - Georgeous Dancers, lots of leg kicks and splits. - Inside Stateroom well equipped and usable. - 2 for 1 drinks twice a day. - Free Gym and Hot tub in Gym

Negatives: - No real Great Room, Grand Staircase as we're used to. - Pools close about 7:30pm.. too early, too crowded in daytime, never swam. - People coming in late to shows and leaving early... distracting and rude ! - Lines at service Counters too long, need more staff when busy. - Too much late night Pizza, food not available as in other Cruises. - Desserts are limited and small. - Ice cream machines, out of milk, runny, broken... never did have any good icecream. - All announcements in 5 languages, but also a positive, hey... learn another language. - If you didnt Dine in Dining Room at 6pm, you had to wait til 7:30 for Buffets. - NO good Pineapple !!!!! - Overall food not as good as other cruises but acceptable for price. - Some pushing and confusion, first day only. - People cut into lines at theatre some nights. - 2 for 1 Drinks cause crowds, Bartenders do not keep track of "Who's next".

Overall 8/10, We'd go again, nice to share other cultures. Less

Published 12/16/09

Cabin review: ins7109

Inside cabin 7109 - Bathroom shelves were great with railings - Safe opened with card... great. - quiet location - staff always close and friendly - bed huge, we asked for extra pillows, no problem - room always made up or ready at nite. - Hair Dryer has to be used outside of bathroom (in a desk) - We dont spend a lot of time in an inside cabin..overall good +

Port and Shore Excursions

We chose Scuba diving instead`of snorkelling, very busy with pre training and instruction. Cost us an extra $20 for diving suits that were recommended on dive boat but not told to us onboard ship. What if we didnt take money with us ??. Divers told us that our time was four hours from the time we left ship to return from dive. They seemed to be under pressure to get us done and at times seemed impatient , yet they did only one session per day. Great work if you can get it. Enjoyed diving and realize its not as easy as we thought ( age 50 + ). I do recommend but go prepared.
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Rain Forest was a great tour and it was raining at the top of the Mountain, we got soaked. Guide was excellent, a well deserved tip. Never thought to take rain cover but it was warm out and fun.
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Shopping was our only goal, got Tanzanite again for my wife. Be careful of where Ship's cruise people send you to shop, we think its a ripoff. For example, they tell you that Tanzanite is in short supply and skyrocketing in price. The price has actually dropped and a lot of stores prices are almost half the price of say Tanzanite International whom the ship recommends. All the cruise lines recommend these stores and I'm sure get a kickback........ you pay for this. We shop everywhere except the stores the cruise line suggests.
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