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Costa Atlantica Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
Sail Date: March 01, 2012
Ship: Costa Atlantica
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
First of all, the ship, stateroom, and itinerary were excellent.

However, we found that the Dinner Dining food was either more European than our taste or just not that good. The buffet food was quite limited and usually lukewarm to cold and been prepared too long before serving. But the Hamburger Grill area was excellent. Buffet tables were not promptly cleared and rarely wiped off after a guest left.

One area that disturbed us was in the use of tenders for Non-Costa booked tours. We booked our tour via Cheap Tickets (which was excellent as usual). As a non Costa tour, we were held back from the tenders for 1 1/2 hours to allow ALL Costa booked tours to proceed prior to any other passenger, tour or not, to be allowed to leave. We were only delayed 1 1/2 hours because we finally found the english speaking cruise director, explained our situation and that our tour departed from the meeting point on shore in 5 minutes. She escorted us to a tender and ensured that we were not refused the boarding for the 25 minute, 5 mile ride to shore in Belize. The tender was only 75% used by the Costa Tour and the 2 of us. Bottom line is that we made it to the tour, late but OK, but with unneeded stress and a good amount of needing to be over assertive. Others guests had the same problems at other tendered ports with 2 + hour delays in getting off the ship.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Pros: Nice Ship. Excellent Stateroom

Cons: Tender Services, Food, Buffet Staff

Recommends Costa Atlantica? No.

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