I have an aft GS with wrap around balcony booked on the Atlantica April 4th. Was wondering if they are the same as Mediterranea's GS aft suites... in that the bedroom can be closed off to sitting area. I know the mid ship GS doesn't, just one big room.
I was on the Romantica in '94 for my honeymoon and loved that the bedroom had doors to close it off from living area. Butler would come in and set up breakfast, then call us to tell us it was all ready for us.
Loved the food and service, going back to celebrate 10 years later!
Also, I can't open the pics on Costa's site. Is there a specific program needed to view them?
Many thanks for any help!
I'm on the 6th floor. The aft Grand Suites have some balcony rooms in between them, so we won't be next door neighbors- but we will certainly be either a few rooms away or a floor or two above or below you!
I chose the 6th flr because we have travel companions in a balcony room category on this level.
Which floor are you on? Is the suite Starboard or Port side?
We are on the 6th floor aft suite 6331. So just listen for the english voices. I am Jane husband Rob and our son Anthony aged 18 (but well behaved ) April 4th seems a long way off, we have all the UK weather to look forward to first.
That's funny!!! We're on the same floor! I'm on the starboard side 6262, there are 4 balcony staterooms between us- so you'll have to be pretty loud for us to hear you ;-)
I am so excited and can't wait!!! My cousin sailed the Atlantica in September (R/T Venice) and loved the ship. She wasn't too pleased with her butler though. We probably have the same one so we'll have to compare notes if we're having problems! I was on the Romantica for my honeymoon 10 yrs ago and our butler was wonderful. She set up breakfast for us in the living area and would give us a wake up call at the appropriate time and tell us it was waiting. She made our trip extra special... so it's important to have a good one!
Have you sailed Costa before?
We are from the US, New Jersey. We are traveling with my 6 year old daughter and also have my parents traveling with us in a balcony room down the hall .
If I see you entering or exiting your room I'll be sure to say hi!!! My name is Maria, by the way.
Yes l have cruised with Costa before - both times on the Atlantica.
Our first cruise was in August 2000 in the Med. It was the Atlantica 's fifth week of cruising from Venice, everything was brand new. The only draw back was out of 2000 passengers there was only 22 English speaking passengers. Every announcement was made in five languages with English being last.
Our second cruise on the Atlantica was Easter 2002 in the Caribbean - excellent!
Not many from the UK but lots of lovely Americans - no language problems all announcements in English first. The Toga night is a scream!!. Food not great - but for what you pay an excellent value for money cruise.
We have also cruised with P&O, Celebrity and Princess. We have a Princess cruise booked for August next year. Lots to look forward to !!
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I find it very encouraging that you like this ship enough to return a third time! So many varying opinions on the line make me a bit nervous. But between my previous experience on the Romantica, my cousin's and now yours I'm sure it'll be devine!
I love cruising too. I've been on 5 so far- Costa, Carnival, Holland America, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. Going on Carnival again for a short 2 day to nowhere in October. Sailing the Legend which is a sister ship (in design anyway) to the Atlantica. Should be interesting to compare the differences.
I'm glad you encountered nice Americans on your last cruise- some of us are really great and others are less impressive ;-) ... I guess the same as everywhere else in the world. I do remember the announcements in 5 languages- it's time consuming, but courteous for those speaking other languages.
I look forward to meeting you on board! I will definitely keep an eye out for you!
See you in 4 months!!!!
Oh how nice!!! I will love to see pics of the actual suite I'll be staying in- how nice of you to offer!!!! I hope you find it beautiful and well maintained. You'll have to give me your feelings about the room steward and butler when you return. Those two cruise members along with the dining room waiter can turn an already good cruise into the cruise of a lifetime.
What did you mean when you said you booked it because it's the 2nd best on the boat? I thought the Atlantica only offered three different type of suites- regular suites, panorama suites and grand suites. I thought the grand suites were the highest category. Is there an Owner's suite? If so, I hope to get a peek at that!
Thanks in advance for the kind offer- I will be looking forward to viewing pics and reading any comments you care to share.
Have a WONDERFUL time!!!
one of the reasons you cant view the pictures is because you might have a popup blocker which i had that you need to change the preferences for.. if you have a pop up blocker installed, go to the preferences for it and uncheck the black flash animations for internet explorer.. hope that helps
I'm on board the Costa Mediterranea right now, staying in one of the aft GS rooms. After reading a lot of varying opinions on Costa here, I still came with an open mind. And I'm glad I did. The room is beautiful, and I love our view. Our butler, Armando, is very attentive. It seems like every time we're out of the room for more than an hour or so, either he or the steward been in there tidying up, refreshing the water, or dropping off information for us. And of course, there's fresh fruit every day.
I've found the service to be great. I haven't had a problem with any Costa employees. The lines for excursions or customer service have never been that long As I said, our butler is wonderful. We haven't gone for a meal in our room yet, but we will. The wait staff at dinner has been wonderful as well. Since this is a Mediterranean cruise, there are 5 different languages being spoken on board. But if they're looking for a passenger, they'll only use that passenger's language. With general announcements, English is second (right after Italian). And most of the announcements are when we arrive in port. They're not constant.
The food has been good. Not great, but good. This is not a 5-star restaurant, but neither is it bad. My suggestion is that if you were primarily going on a cruise for the food, you could save a bit of money by just going to the finest restaurants you can find at home for a week. We've done breakfast and lunch at the buffet, and dinner in the main dining room so far. As far as dinner goes, I'd say that their soups are very good (except the French Onion soup, which is harder to do for a large crowd), their desserts are very good. The pasta dishes are great, as are the fish dishes. I was a little disappointed with their "Prime rib", mostly since I was expecting a steak, not a few thick slices of roast beef. But it was still tasty. I was a little disappointed that we weren't in the dining room last night for the vitello tonello (a traditional cold veal dish), which has caused so many problems on this board previously.
Having said that, we ate at Club Medusa last night (1 dinner there is complimentary for suite guests, at least for GS), and the food was several degrees above the main dining room. The service was more attentive, and the types of dishes available were of a higher quality, both in what they were (by description) and their taste. Was it worth 20 Euros per person, if we were to pay for it? I would say yes, based on other restaurants I have been too and spent $30 per person for dinner (not including wine). My wife and I like dining out, and know what's good and what's not, so I consider myself to have an informed opinion.
We've got 3 excursions total scheduled, and we just got back from the third (into Istanbul). We had a great time on all of them. We're not really doing any on-board activities (other than losing money in the casino) otherwise.
All told, we're having a great time so far. And when you take into account the price paid, it is an excellent trip. I think I can say already that we would definitely cruise on Costa again. But it can't all be sweetness and light.
1) The embarkation process at the Venice terminal is chaotic at best. Some of that is because passengers aren't paying attention to their boarding cards, and what boarding group they are in. Some of that is because the Costa reps that were standing around waiting to open the embarkation process weren't giving out useful information to the people standing around. And the room is huge, with plenty of concrete. So it was very difficult to understand the overhead announcements. We still managed to get on right at 2. And once we were through the embarkation line, past passport control, everything was well-organized.
2) All of the excursions in Katakolon (where we were 2 days ago) start with a trip to the ruins at Olympia, and then diverge from there. The problem was that 20 Costa groups showed up at Olympia all at once, in addition to a few other tour groups that were there from different places. It made for a lot of crowding and noise. The excursions in Izmir (yesterday) was slightly better. Istanbul (today) was much better, as the guides shuffled the order that they did things in to avoid a crowding problem if they could. There were 2 other cruises in port today, at least, so it was still crowded, but it wasn't all Costa passengers. I get the impression that it's a function of the tour agency that Costa and the other ships use, and not Costa itself.
3) There's no hold 'em poker in the casino. Ah well.