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Old February 27th, 2010, 07:39 AM
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We've cruised 25 times, mostly with Royal Caribbean, Celelebrity, Princess, Holland, and Costa.
We just got off the Atlantica, last week and had a great time. Yes, the food was dissapointing. We stopped eating our meals in the ships diningroom many years ago. No matter what ship you're on, it takes up too much time to get in and out. I figure on a 7 day cruise, that's about 10-12 EXTRA hours spent either "dressing up" for dinner and the extra time it takes to get served. So, I can not give a review of the food served in the diningroom. We ate all our meals at the buffet and one meal in the specialty diningroom, which by the way was not worht the extra $$. The problem with the food was not necessarily the quality, although it could have been better, it was the choices and lack of them. If you're concered about the food, my suggestion would be to eat more food during breakfast and lunch and a have a light dnner. At lunch you can always get burgers and Tex-Mex. Desserts were the biggest dissapointment so bring a box of your favorite cookies to snack on.
The entertainment was the best we've seen in a LONG time. Our cruise director Andrea, was incredible, which was something we haven't experienced in a long time. I wouldn't say the staff was rude, however, I found them to be unqualified poorly trained and managed. They were in a fog. Not so for the officers, cabin stewards and people at the pursers/service deck. My problem was mostly with food service personnel.
Cruising Italian style it was not!
There were so many positives that they outweighed the negative. Regarding our fellow passengers. I too was concerened about them being pushiy and rude. Not so. The majority of passengers were Americans and a good amount of them were Italians traveling with their families, speaking Italian. I never experienced any pushing or inconsideration on their part. I live in a big city and am used to interacting with various ethnic groups. If you are not and are sensitive to hearing forgein languages spoken, you might become disturbed. Don't let it bother you.
The Atlantica was a beautiful ship. Upon boarding I was taken back by the decor. It is colorful, shiny, happy, and over the top, in a good way. The ship was IMMACULATE in every area. Our cabin steward was on the ball and did a great job.

We've learned after 25 cruises, that no ship is perfect. We prefer smaller ships where you actually feel like you're sailing and not in a floating hotel. We tried the mega ships, twice...never agian. It's not for us, but we understand others love it. In 1985, when we sailed for the first time, we paid twice as much for a seven day cruise than we do now. No matter, the food, entertainment, staff or passengers, I feel you're getting more than you're moneys worth for 7 days of transportaton, lodging, entertainment and food.
We'll be back on Costa, but next time, prepared for the food and a box of my favoirte cookies in hand, maybe two to share.
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Old February 27th, 2010, 01:20 PM
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Since you started this thread I am so glad you came back and told us how the cruise went. I guess you did not have to be "scared" after all.

I just took my first Costa cruise for many years myself and I found it to be pleasant. I was on a sister ship to Atlantica, (Deliziosa, just debuted).

I prefer these smaller ships to the bigger ones.

It is funny. I have tried to explain to people exactly what you said - if you are from a big American city, especially east Coast, and you are used to foreign languages it is not a big deal.

But I think someone from a small town in Iowa would be more confused by Costa - because they just aren't used to the chaos.

Europeans tend to be somewhat like New Yorkers - a bit pushy but not in an intentionally rude way, if that makes sense, because Europe is an urbane continent with many big cities.

Glad you had a good cruise!
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>>the staff has a hard time understanding English and are extremely rude and unhelpful

I was last year on Costa Classica , really old ship, but I like it very
much .

all stuff was extremly helpful (except DJ of cource)::
entertainment great.
Very nice "animation" team
Dancing lessons, japan lessons, different games...

OK meal was OK (Ok, ok only OK) .
But China waitress looks great.

Casino ? I did't like it - nobody was ready to tell me how can I win
a lot of money there, and I have a bad feeling - all what they want is my money))::

passengers ?
get no problem - OK some French people normally would not make a small
talk with you - they are in groups and concentrating on themselfs.

some GB ladies are very sociable and are able to drink a
little bit more than "nessesary".
But everybody knows that and it can be only funny.
OK if you are very rich they would try marry you))::

And there was a lot of place for everybody.
And I like ship with different people from all
over the world - I think it is much more interesting
as some "German" or "USA" ship.
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I love your comments, it so great to get a European perspective. I hope you keep coming back to our site.

I have been on Costa and MSC and I think they are both very good cruise lines for Europeans who want to speak their native language.

Now Serge is German and he is perfectly comfortable using English, which is why Royal Caribbean and Celebrity are also doing well in Europe.
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I want to cruise with Serge...he sounds like a very fun guy!
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Let me add to the already abundant great comments..I have a very well traveled friend, who has cruised alot, and until she cruised the QM2 last year....her Costa cruise was her most favorite cruise..she had the best time...
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Costa's ships are nice, the staff is good, and they have nice spas (always important!)...The thermal lounges have a rock sauna (a hotter version of classic saunas), a Turkish bath and thermal bath called a Tepidarium. Be sure to book a treatment! Love cruising with them!

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Let me add to the already abundant great comments..I have a very well traveled friend, who has cruised alot, and until she cruised the QM2 last year....her Costa cruise was her most favorite cruise..she had the best time...
I like your solution ! I admire your way. Thanks a lot !
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Don't be afraid I believe everything will be fine for you! Besides if they were really rude I doubt Costa will still be in business.. just chill.. customers are always right anyway!
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This is so true. I forgot to post in the new thread in this section about the RUDE RUDE RUDE Europeans. They go in front of you in line at the buffet, push you and NEVER say "excuse me". Read the Costa Horror thread above post.
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>>They go in front of you in line at the buffet, push you and NEVER say "excuse me".
I have not seen any long lines on the ships.
Ok sametimes i need to stay 15 seconds , but if it would be
20 or 35 seconds I don't care.


"excuse me" - I hear it 100 times a day on US ships and I hate it.
US people say it all time in any case, and that make me really nervoes.
As a matter of fact they do nothing that need to be apologized.
If they need to tell me how polite they are - I agree they are polite.


But why in hell should I hear every time "excuse me" - that is extreem boring.
If they have something interesting or new to tell me - welcome.

But please don't tell me "excuse me" every 5 seconds.
I "excuse" you for all my next trips beforehand.
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