This was our first cruise with Costa. Embarkation was long but seemed to be well organized. The itinerary was great. Arrival in San Juan was late (5:00 PM) so we didn't get to stay there very long. After reading other reviews, I expected our cabin to be claustrophobic, but it was about the same size as other ships I have been on. The food was good. I have an allergy to MSG and the waiter and Maitre d' in the Sinfonia dining room made sure that I had MSG-free food and took good care of me and my whole family. I have heard that a lot of ships are getting away from extremely formal dinners and that was the experience on this ship. A lot of people didn't even show up for dinner (ate at the buffets?) and most didn't dress up much. Entertainment was good. Peter, the cruise director, was great, as was his staff. He was very funny. Disembarkation was very long as we were the last color called, but again, it seemed very well organized. The ship was not smokey, as some of the reviews have said. There was smoking allowed in only a few designated areas. The ship was very elegant and very clean. I would not hesitate to sail with Costa again.Theresa3/24/03
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