I was on the Carnival Victory when this announcement came out. Mickey Arison and Bob Dickinson gave a press conference. They were every happy about this acwuisition, and so were the Costa people. It seems the Carnival people believe Europe is a very high potential market with less competition and price gouging. By the way, they are all very excitied about the Spirit class of vessels, too, of whicvh the Costa Atlantica is the first.
They like the fact that there are so many balcony cabins, and that the flow of the ship is a lot better because all the public rooms are moved to the lower decks. It is a nice ship, I will attest to that.