Costa Atlantica Review

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  • Restaurant offers a la carte and pre fixe dining
  • Bright and spacious cabins are well laid out
  • Large entertainment staff offers numerous activities

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Costa Atlantica Overview

(4.0) 4.0 out of 5+ star rating
Imagine if Botticelli, the 15th-century Italian painter, and Joe Farcus, Carnival Cruise Line's bold 20th-century interior architect and designer, collaborated on creating a 21st-century ship. The result would very likely be a dead ringer for the Costa Atlantica.

The minute you walk into Atlantica's soaring 10-deck atrium, with its eye-popping colors and glass elevators fringed with flashing lights rocketing up and down, it's hard not to see the hand of the designer who never met a primary hue or DayGlo color he didn't like. But on the other side of the equation, this high-energy atmosphere is diluted and softened with the classics: Carrara marble and Byzantine mosaics -- elements of Italy's classical Roman, Baroque, and Renaissance eras -- with Murano glass counterpoints, all tied together with the signature of an artist whose work is emblematic of post-World War II Italy, filmmaker Federico Fellini. Each of Atlantica's decks is named for one of his films: Deck 2 is La Dolce Vita Deck; Deck 3 is named La Strada, and so on.

In addition to the soaring main atrium, there are mini "atria" extending two decks, sprinkled throughout the ship. Many public rooms cluster around these hubs, dubbed "piazzas." They give the ship's public areas a bright and open feel. Another primary design element is the use of winding or sweeping stairways, linking two decks. In addition to the typical uses for grand entrances to the restaurant or lobby, there are graceful sweeping stairways skirting the secondary atria, and a tightly spiraled staircase descending into the depths of the appropriately named Dante's Disco. But the most dramatic of all these stairways curves around the perimeter of the upper two levels of the central atrium. It is fashioned completely of glass, and a glance down the yawning chasm between your feet approximates the sense of peering over the edge of a 10-story building.

Costa describes its product as "Cruising Italian Style," which means it is a combination of a bit of Old World culture infused with the energetic, demonstrative, welcoming warmth that is the essence of the Italians. If first-time Costa passengers from the States expect a majority of stuffy Europeans barely tolerating the upstart New World minority, one glance at the interior style will end that myth. Gone are the days of public address announcements in five languages, the last of which was invariably English. Nowadays only two languages are used, Italian and English. During the Caribbean season, English takes precedence over Italian, with the order reversed during the summer season abroad.
Costa Atlantica Fellow Passengers
On Caribbean sailings, about 80 percent of passengers are American, the balance equally split among European countries. In Europe, the ratio is reversed. Of the Americans onboard, a large number are of Italian-American heritage. Average age is 57+, though the ship attracts a more fun-loving, dynamic demographic than the raw age figure would suggest, so it seems more youthful. During school vacations there are many families.
Costa Atlantica Dress Code
Europeans tend to dress fancier for daytime activities than Americans, so expect a style show at poolside, especially on European sailings. Off the ship, "casual" is dictated by the climate and choice of activity. There are two formal nights, with about 50 percent of men in tuxes. Women tend to go quite formal on formal nights. All other nights are casual, including toga night (sheets provided, but bring accessories if you wish), and Festa Italiana (suggested dress: red, white and green).
Costa Atlantica Gratuity
$8.50 per person, per day (50 percent for kids between 4 and 17) is automatically charged to shipboard accounts on the last day of the cruise.
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Costa Atlantica Member Reviews 133 Reviews
   
February 2014

The Costa Atlantica has recently started operating out of Shanghai, targeting the Chinese market. One of my wife's friends had booked up to go on the ship and so my wife decided that we would go too. The cruise was from Shanghai to Korea's Jeju ...continue


   Costa Chaotica
June 2013

EMBARKATION

Those unlucky enough not to have priority waited in a queue for up to four hours to board the ship.

LUGGAGE

3.5 hours after boarding one of my two suitcases showed up. I eventually found the other one on the ...continue


   Costa Atlantica
May 2013

My husband and I decided on this trip as the itinerary was right up our street - visiting all the places we have on our bucket list. We booked 10 months previously and only then were there two inside cabins left. We thought long and hard about ...continue


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Costa Atlantica Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
4.0
3.5
Public Rooms
3.0
4.4
Cabins
3.0
4.6
Entertainment
4.0
3.5
Spa & Fitness
3.0
3.8
Family & Children
3.0
2.9
Shore Excursions
3.0
4.5
Enrichment
3.0
NA
Service
3.0
4.3
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.1
Rates
3.0
4.3

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Ship Stats
Crew: 920
Launched: 2000
Decks: 12
Tonnage: 85,000
Passengers: 2,114
Registry: Italy
CDC Score: 100
 
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