Paul is so right about the European influence on Costa. After several Carnival cruises we sailed the Fortuna a few years ago with a group. My husband, I and our close friends cruising with us loved it There were several in the group who said it was ok and would prefer to go back with Carnival. We found the food to be some of the best we'd ever had on a cruise. The staff was the friendliest and so attentive to our needs it amazed us. Smoking was an issue for some as there was a lot of it onboard. It didn't bother us, we just found an area away from the smokers when it was needed. There was loads of dancing available every evening, as it seems that is something that Europeans really like to do. We enjoyed just sitting and watching, it was better than Dancing with the Stars! We would definatly do another Costa cruise in the future, hopefully to Europe the next time.