Hi! We have left on the Atlantica from La Romana twice. We flew direct from Pearson in good time, were whisked from the plane right to the ship in about 20 minutes. We were in our cabin in about half an hour, both times. First time we left at the crack of dawn on a Sunday, I think. Second, we went on a Monday at noon and were in our cabin by 5. We are sailing with Costa again this winter on the Mediterranea out of Ft Lauderdale. I know that instead of going right from the plane to a bus, as we did at La Romana, we will have to go through the US airport etc. then to the bus, then to the ship. Our preference is definately meeting the ship at an island. We just werent able to do that this time. You will enjoy your itinerary and the ship. We certainly did. We did the Western route before hurricanes devastated Cozumel. We have also done East and South. And we are coming back for more! Have a blast!