Sail Date: March 01, 2010 Ship: Costa Atlantica Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
The ship was ok and we had a fine time. It took us to all of the ports that we expected to go to and we enjoyed that part. We were rather disappointed with the food as compared to other crusies that we have taken. Also, the operating times of the pool and hot tubs and restaurants were not at all adequate. The times of the various activities also continually contradicated each other and prevented us from enjoying many things that we would like to do, since we were "forced" into eating at very predefined times by the ship's staff.
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
We were not impressed at all with the food options. There was not a very wide selection of food items, nor were they many different dining options. We also were not pleased with the dining times and lack of a "24 hour" dining option for days when we busy with activities and did not want to stop and eat at the predefined times. The evening meal options were very poor. An option of waiting for a traditional table service meal was very, very slow and choice of dining times was limited to 6PM or 8:45PM... the 8:45PM dining period lasted till after 11PM before we got out of the dining area. The choice of eating areas in the restaurant was also not flexible, we were all assigned seats with various people at our table... not an ideal situation for a "romantic-type trip". There was a buffet option instead of the traditional meal option that was ok, but nothing spectacular... it was only open for dinner for a short period of time and they only had a few choices available.
3 out of 5
The evening entertainment was excellent almost every night. One night was not as good when they had an "opera singer", but other than that, every other night was excellent. The other ship's activities were a little disappointing and not timed very well with the other activities of the day on the ship. A lot of times conflicted with dining times and prevented the average person from being able to enjoy the activities unless they missed their evening meal.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
The staff was adequate. The language barrier was a little troubling in being able to communicate and ask questions regarding shore excursions. The staff in the shore excursion area had an extremely difficult time being able to relate the question back to us in English.
1 out of 5
The ship was ok, but a lot of the stuff just was not ideal. The pool was not open but for part of the days and closed around 6PM each night. A lot of other areas closed at times when many people would still like to enjoy the activities, such as the water slide, fitness area, hot tubs, pools, basketball courts, etc.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
The room was very nice and large in size. It seemed bigger than most other rooms on other ships.
Pros: I liked the price and I enjoyed several of the ports.
Cons: I was a little disappointed with the organization of the ship's activities and the food.
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