I agree with you on all the points that you brought up. I sailed this same cruise itinerary in February and I loved it. I booked this cruise because it was an Italian line and advertised the Italian flavor. I have lived in Italy and this was a nice taste on of the country I love without the hassles of living there. No hassles on this cruise though. It has been 6 weeks since I disembarked and I am still reading this message board...I do not want the cruise memories to end!!! The week my wife and I spent with Costa was a wonderful experience and to those who complained about the cruise for whatever reason, please go elsewhere on your next vacation 'cause I'll be back with Costa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!