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Costa Mediterranea Review

Launched in 2003 as a sister ship to Costa Atlantica, Costa Mediterranea’s décor was inspired by 17th- and 18th-century palazzi. The ship’s atrium is dedicated to the commedia dell’arte and Italian dance. Costa Mediterranea sails in the Western Mediterranean and repositions to the Caribbean for the winter season.

The basic layout of these contemporary ships is nearly identical to parent Carnival Cruise Line's Spirit-class vessels. Interiors were designed by Carnival's ship architect Joe Farcus, whose abundant use of marble reflects Costa's Italian heritage. Artwork commissioned specifically for each ship was created by contemporary artists and includes intricate sculptures in silver and glass. Don't overlook the lighting fixtures, which were created especially for the ship, most of them crafted by the artisans in Venice's Murano-glass factories.

The nice flow between public lounges is broken only by piazzas, where you can practice the Italian custom of passeggiata (strolling to see and be seen). And there's plenty to see; these are visually stimulating interiors, with vivid colors and decor elements to arouse a sense of discovery. One of the most elegant spaces on board Costa Atlantica is Café Florian—inspired by the original in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square.

Europe's number-one cruise line combines a Continental experience, enticing itineraries, and Italy's classical design and style with relaxing days and romantic nights at sea. Genoa-based Costa Crociere, parent company of Costa Cruise Lines, had been in the shipping business for more than 100 years and in the passenger business for almost 50 years when it was bought by Airtours and Carnival Corporation in 1997. In 2000 Carnival completed a buyout of the Costa line and began expanding the fleet with larger and more dynamic ships.

An ongoing shipbuilding program has brought Costa ships into the 21st century with innovative large-ship designs that reflect their Italian heritage and style without overlooking the amenities expected by modern cruisers. Acknowledging changing habits (even among Europeans), Costa Cruises has eliminated smoking entirely in dining rooms and show lounges. However, smokers are permitted to light up in designated areas in other public rooms, as well as on the pool deck.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • If earlier Costa ships were Armani (cool and serene), then these are Versace (sexy and slightly outrageous)
  • Duty-free boutiques offer enough Italian designer items to satisfy most shopaholics
  • Forward on the outdoor promenade decks are serene retreats in the form of enclosed terraces

Cons

  • Italians consider cappuccino a breakfast beverage, so ordering it in the dining room following dinner is frowned upon
  • Frequent announcements are annoying
  • Coffee is available at numerous bars, but there is a charge
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 920
  • Entered Service 2003
  • Gross Tons 86,000
  • Length 960 feet
  • Number of Cabins
  • Passenger Capacity 2,114 (2,682 max)
  • Width 920 feet
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Apr 12, 2016

Mediterrean

We have travelled on many different cruise lines and it is unlikely that we would choose Costa again. The catering was excellent. You could either have a buffet breakfast/lunch in a less formal setting or sit down meals in the formal restaurant. Dinner was always a sit down meal with theme nights. We had two fantastic waiters but talking to other guests their waiters were not so happy and helpful. We were lucky. No coffee

is provided after dinner, you have to go to a bar and pay for it!!! Good, clean. Didn't participate in them very much The one excursion we took to Pompeii was well organised and relatively good value for mone We embarked in Valencia, Spain. It was an easy process. Our cabin keys were on our bed when we got to our cabin so no waiting in long queues to check in. We had been emailing Costa for two months prior to our cruise asking for our cabin to be changed to a midship cabin as I get seasick in rough seas and a midship cabin helps. They told us to go through the agent we booked with and the agent told us to go through the cruise line and this went on for two month so we were pretty frustrated by the time we got on board. Also two months before our cruise we told Costa that we wouldn't be paying the service charge they impose so they were well aware of our intentions on this subject. However after being on the cruise for several days we got a call from Customer Services asking us to come and see them. We saw a young woman who took us in to a back office (she didn't invite us to sit down) and told us that we hadn't given them our credit card details and we told her that she wasn't going to get them. We gave her the THIRTEEN pages of emails that we'd written to Costa cruises where they hadn't replied to our request for a change of cabin and also of our intention not to pay the service charge. During our meeting with her she was constantly taking phone calls and going out of our meeting. She said that we would get a change of cabin in a few days time and she'd advise Accounts of our intention not to pay our service charge. We heard nothing more from her. About a week in to our cruise we got another call from Customer Services saying that we hadn't given them our credit card details so we went to see them again. We advised the young man on the Customer Services desk that we had advised his colleague that we weren't going to pay the service charge and that we were waiting to hear about a change of cabin. He was very abrupt with us and said the service charge was a tax and had to be paid. We pressed him on this point asking if it was an Italian government tax or something similar and he eventually had to admit that it wasn't a tax but that it was a service charge. The exchange got quite heated (in a public area!!) and a more senior person saw what was happening and intervened. The more senior person said he'd advise the Accounts Director that we were refusing to pay the service charge. We asked about our cabin change which had been promised to us and they said that we were on a wait list. We never got our cabin changed!!!! Our conclusion is that the Costa Customer Service staff will tell blatant lies to get you to pay their service charge. Throughout our cruise we were getting letters in our cabin saying that our room key would be cancelled if we didn't register a credit card with Costa. This turned in to a game of brinkmanship for us, our cabin card was never cancelled. On the penultimate day of our cruise we were bombarded with phone calls in our cabin "reminding" us that we hadn't registered our credit card with them. On the last day of our cruise we were constantly being called over the ship's public address system to come to reception. We ignored these requests. Finally when we went to disembark we were held back and another member of the Customer Service team came to see us and got us to sign a form saying that we'd refused to pay the service charge and we left the ship. Why couldn't they have done this right from the start of our cruise instead of hassling and threatening us throughout our cruise. All this hassle throughout our cruise cast a huge shadow over our trip.

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Jan 7, 2016

mediterrian

Food was terrible. Hours for restaurant and food court were very limited. The food court "traffic flow" was poor. Have only 2 hot food stations which were separated in food content to handle all passengers. Customer services at desk displayed personnel which were not friendly nor accommodating . Ship decor was dated and depressing. Ship signage was poor and often not displayed. English speakers are few and often not without

very heavy accent. Management of services and passengers was poor. In leaving ship we were kept waiting in a forward lounge with NO ship personnel to direct disembarkation and securing of passports. It was only after 30 min. of our appointed time to disembark that a mgt. person came who did nothing but justify his management skill. The itinerary for the cruise was good, the cruise itself was bad. Never will I cruise this line again. Maybe their "A" team was in the Caribbean for high season. Daily "newspaper" delivered VERY LATE ALWAYS. Difficult to plan next day activities. TV selection POOR..out of 24 channels, 15 were Costa ads. Usual was 3 English channels running loop of same 4 movies..if lucky. BBC was only constant and then on a repeating loop.

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Jan 3, 2013

Western Caribbean

There is a reason that Costa is the most popular cruise line in Europe, they give you the cruise you've imagined. Before I start singing the praises of Costa, I would like to begin by sharing some ideas on how to keep more of your money while still enjoying your cruise to the fullest. Holding down the add-on expenses isn't easy,after all, it's your vacation, you deserve it, and you want it to be special. However, there are ways to keep those

costs minimal. Start in the planning stages. Most cruise lines offer air and sea packages that save you the trouble of hunting for and booking your own flights, but they may not be the most cost-effective choice. You may be able to save a tidy sum by searching for a discounted fare on the Internet or by using the miles you've accumulated in an airline frequent flier program. By arranging your own air, you'll be responsible for transfers between the airport and ship. However, a real bonus is that you may save enough not only for transfers, but also for a pre-cruise hotel stay. It's always great to arrive early to unwind and to insure that you won't miss the boat, a real possibility with airline delays and cancellations. We usually take advantage of hotel and parking packages which offer free parking in the hotel lot with 24 hour security for the length of your trip when you book for the night before your cruise.The hotel takes you to the cruise port in their shuttle, so you free yourself of the stress of driving to the cruise port as well.The site we like best for these is Stay123. We can count on saving 50% or more of what we used to pay for the airport parking. Shore Excursions can carry a big price tag, so select them wisely. Shore excursions range from a simple half-day bus tour for less than $50 per person to exotic adventures and helicopter flights that can run hundreds of dollars per person. Some tours are cheaper if you arrange them yourself, either by contacting a tour operator ahead of time or hiring a guide when you arrive in port. In the latter case, the per person cost can be cut even further if you share your guide and transportation with another couple. This is a good time to point out that ship-to-shore telephone calls are very expensive ranging from $6 to $10 a minute. Most ships are wired for Internet access these days and email is a far cheaper way to stay in contact with the office or family. Connections can run from 50 cents to a dollar a minute and often are slow. If your cruise ship has a 'package' deal of a certain number of minutes for a set fee, you will often pay less per minute. However, if you can wait until you arrive in ports of call, shore side Internet cafes are often inexpensive and have fast connectivity. To save money while online, set up a simple web-based email account with Yahoo. Accessing Yahoo is universally very fast and you can get web-based email anywhere in the world. Don't use the email address assigned to you on your cruise ship; it's almost always more expensive than using a web-based mail account. Alright and so, this is our 3rd trip on this excellent ship. Naturally, if we return to the same ship, we must have enjoyed ourselves immensely on previous cruises, and we did! So, this poses the question, what is so good about Costa that we find ourselves returning ? Costa Mediterranea Hotel Director Ann Ryan, whom we had previously met on the Costa Atlantica, is dedicated to following up on any inquiry by a passenger. She ensures that each passenger has the most enjoyable trip possible. When speaking with her, she proudly noted that recently the Mediterranea in the last two sanitation inspections by CDC (Center for Disease Control) has received two perfect scores of 100. This is an especially unusual feat, denoting that the ship is impeccably run. The flow of the promenade on Deck 3 Bacco is reminiscent of the classic liners of yesteryear where the passenger could walk all around the ship on the promenade deck. The Winter Terrace Walk is accessed from the outside promenade forward or the doors adjacent the theatre. This lovely indoor promenade has large porthole shaped windows overlooking the sea. There are many tables and seats by each window, which are great for conversations, doing puzzles, playing cards, reading, or just relaxing and sea watching. This is an example of excellent flow, since this walk way goes all around the prow of the ship, back to the promenade. Toward midship on Deck 3 is the immense Oriental Lounge with its huge curving bar and piano strains of music. Continuing toward midship are the Via Condotti Shops. When leaving the Osiris Theatre on Deck 2 Tersicore, passengers pass the Piazza Casanova (with its multitude of "putti": white cherubs), a spacious room which has constant activities throughout the day and evening --- trivia, games, dancing lessons and live music. Going aft from Piazza Casanova on Deck 2, passengers pass through the Grand Canal Casino, one of the most spacious casinos afloat, no crowded aisles here. Costa's suites are standardized: wide ceiling moldings of fine woods, granite tops on all furnishings and warm monochromatic colors of peaches, oranges and reds. Very sumptuous. On entering the suite, on the left there is an anteroom with a large lighted vanity, with a double armoire across from it. There is a door that leads to the bathroom with a full jacuzzi tub/shower. The room is tile and marble and has twin sinks and ample shelves for toiletries. The suite opens to the left with a large bar with TV, Personal safe and built in bureau and another double armoire. There is a king bed with copper and Murano blown glass lamps on the night stands. Opposite there is a desk with columns and mirrors, a refrigerator, a coffee table and a peach colored leather sofa. An arm chair completes the furnishings. The glassed far wall leads to the large balcony which holds two recliners and a table. Costa Line describes itself as "Cruising Italian Style" and this is very evident in the good manners of its crew. Even though, they are a multicultural group, they all greet passengers There is always dinner music including the following: Classical Italian and American songs, Neapolitan favorites, and even Argentine tangos Day 1. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Sail Away 7:00pm Day 2. Key West, Florida Arrive 8:00am Depart 1:00pm Take the Conch Train or the Trolley Tour ($26) for a good overview. See the Little White House of Pres. Harry Truman and muse on how complicated life has become in the US in the last fifty years. Day 3. 3-7-06 Cozumel, Mexico Arrive 8:00am Depart 7:00pm Cozumel was hit hard by Hurricane Wilma Oct. 2005. It lost the new pier, but with tendering the tourists are returning. See the local San Gervasio Ruins and the Folkloric Show ($72). Snorkeling is great here, but for those who cannot swim go to the Sea Trek Helmet Diving tour ($88). Day 4. At sea Day 5. Ocho Rios, Jamaica Arrive 8:00am Depart 5:00pm Dunns River Falls is the highlight to see; climbing them is a must for those with able bodies. Day 6. Georgetown, Grand Caymans Arrive 8:00am Depart 5:00pm Once again there is tendering in order to go ashore. Here among the favorite tours are those which include swimming with the Stingrays. Day 7. At sea Day 8. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Arrival 8:00am The top-notch staff, all of whom we had met on previous cruises on the Mediterranea and other Costa ships, welcomed us as old, special friends and made our cruise a great one. We tend to cruise more frequently on those lines that offer special perks to "frequent floaters," such as occasional upgrades, Champagne, fruit basket, a Concierge, VIP treatment, etc. Costa is one of our favorite lines, and we'll be cruising on Costa again.

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Jan 3, 2013

Western Caribbean

There is a reason that Costa is the most popular cruise line in Europe, they give you the cruise you've imagined. Before I start singing the praises of Costa, I would like to begin by sharing some ideas on how to keep more of your money while still enjoying your cruise to the fullest. Holding down the add-on expenses isn't easy,after all, it's your vacation, you deserve it, and you want it to be special. However, there are ways to keep those

costs minimal. Start in the planning stages. Most cruise lines offer air and sea packages that save you the trouble of hunting for and booking your own flights, but they may not be the most cost-effective choice. You may be able to save a tidy sum by searching for a discounted fare on the Internet or by using the miles you've accumulated in an airline frequent flier program. By arranging your own air, you'll be responsible for transfers between the airport and ship. However, a real bonus is that you may save enough not only for transfers, but also for a pre-cruise hotel stay. It's always great to arrive early to unwind and to insure that you won't miss the boat, a real possibility with airline delays and cancellations. We usually take advantage of hotel and parking packages which offer free parking in the hotel lot with 24 hour security for the length of your trip when you book for the night before your cruise.The hotel takes you to the cruise port in their shuttle, so you free yourself of the stress of driving to the cruise port as well.The site we like best for these is Stay123. We can count on saving 50% or more of what we used to pay for the airport parking. Shore Excursions can carry a big price tag, so select them wisely. Shore excursions range from a simple half-day bus tour for less than $50 per person to exotic adventures and helicopter flights that can run hundreds of dollars per person. Some tours are cheaper if you arrange them yourself, either by contacting a tour operator ahead of time or hiring a guide when you arrive in port. In the latter case, the per person cost can be cut even further if you share your guide and transportation with another couple. This is a good time to point out that ship-to-shore telephone calls are very expensive ranging from $6 to $10 a minute. Most ships are wired for Internet access these days and email is a far cheaper way to stay in contact with the office or family. Connections can run from 50 cents to a dollar a minute and often are slow. If your cruise ship has a 'package' deal of a certain number of minutes for a set fee, you will often pay less per minute. However, if you can wait until you arrive in ports of call, shore side Internet cafes are often inexpensive and have fast connectivity. To save money while online, set up a simple web-based email account with Yahoo. Accessing Yahoo is universally very fast and you can get web-based email anywhere in the world. Don't use the email address assigned to you on your cruise ship; it's almost always more expensive than using a web-based mail account. Alright and so, this is our 3rd trip on this excellent ship. Naturally, if we return to the same ship, we must have enjoyed ourselves immensely on previous cruises, and we did! So, this poses the question, what is so good about Costa that we find ourselves returning ? Costa Mediterranea Hotel Director Ann Ryan, whom we had previously met on the Costa Atlantica, is dedicated to following up on any inquiry by a passenger. She ensures that each passenger has the most enjoyable trip possible. When speaking with her, she proudly noted that recently the Mediterranea in the last two sanitation inspections by CDC (Center for Disease Control) has received two perfect scores of 100. This is an especially unusual feat, denoting that the ship is impeccably run. The flow of the promenade on Deck 3 Bacco is reminiscent of the classic liners of yesteryear where the passenger could walk all around the ship on the promenade deck. The Winter Terrace Walk is accessed from the outside promenade forward or the doors adjacent the theatre. This lovely indoor promenade has large porthole shaped windows overlooking the sea. There are many tables and seats by each window, which are great for conversations, doing puzzles, playing cards, reading, or just relaxing and sea watching. This is an example of excellent flow, since this walk way goes all around the prow of the ship, back to the promenade. Toward midship on Deck 3 is the immense Oriental Lounge with its huge curving bar and piano strains of music. Continuing toward midship are the Via Condotti Shops. When leaving the Osiris Theatre on Deck 2 Tersicore, passengers pass the Piazza Casanova (with its multitude of "putti": white cherubs), a spacious room which has constant activities throughout the day and evening --- trivia, games, dancing lessons and live music. Going aft from Piazza Casanova on Deck 2, passengers pass through the Grand Canal Casino, one of the most spacious casinos afloat, no crowded aisles here. Costa's suites are standardized: wide ceiling moldings of fine woods, granite tops on all furnishings and warm monochromatic colors of peaches, oranges and reds. Very sumptuous. On entering the suite, on the left there is an anteroom with a large lighted vanity, with a double armoire across from it. There is a door that leads to the bathroom with a full jacuzzi tub/shower. The room is tile and marble and has twin sinks and ample shelves for toiletries. The suite opens to the left with a large bar with TV, Personal safe and built in bureau and another double armoire. There is a king bed with copper and Murano blown glass lamps on the night stands. Opposite there is a desk with columns and mirrors, a refrigerator, a coffee table and a peach colored leather sofa. An arm chair completes the furnishings. The glassed far wall leads to the large balcony which holds two recliners and a table. Costa Line describes itself as "Cruising Italian Style" and this is very evident in the good manners of its crew. Even though, they are a multicultural group, they all greet passengers There is always dinner music including the following: Classical Italian and American songs, Neapolitan favorites, and even Argentine tangos Day 1. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Sail Away 7:00pm Day 2. Key West, Florida Arrive 8:00am Depart 1:00pm Take the Conch Train or the Trolley Tour ($26) for a good overview. See the Little White House of Pres. Harry Truman and muse on how complicated life has become in the US in the last fifty years. Day 3. 3-7-06 Cozumel, Mexico Arrive 8:00am Depart 7:00pm Cozumel was hit hard by Hurricane Wilma Oct. 2005. It lost the new pier, but with tendering the tourists are returning. See the local San Gervasio Ruins and the Folkloric Show ($72). Snorkeling is great here, but for those who cannot swim go to the Sea Trek Helmet Diving tour ($88). Day 4. At sea Day 5. Ocho Rios, Jamaica Arrive 8:00am Depart 5:00pm Dunns River Falls is the highlight to see; climbing them is a must for those with able bodies. Day 6. Georgetown, Grand Caymans Arrive 8:00am Depart 5:00pm Once again there is tendering in order to go ashore. Here among the favorite tours are those which include swimming with the Stingrays. Day 7. At sea Day 8. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Arrival 8:00am The top-notch staff, all of whom we had met on previous cruises on the Mediterranea and other Costa ships, welcomed us as old, special friends and made our cruise a great one. We tend to cruise more frequently on those lines that offer special perks to "frequent floaters," such as occasional upgrades, Champagne, fruit basket, a Concierge, VIP treatment, etc. Costa is one of our favorite lines, and we'll be cruising on Costa again.

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Jan 3, 2013

Western Caribbean

There is a reason that Costa is the most popular cruise line in Europe, they give you the cruise you've imagined. Before I start singing the praises of Costa, I would like to begin by sharing some ideas on how to keep more of your money while still enjoying your cruise to the fullest. Holding down the add-on expenses isn't easy,after all, it's your vacation, you deserve it, and you want it to be special. However, there are ways to keep those

costs minimal. Start in the planning stages. Most cruise lines offer air and sea packages that save you the trouble of hunting for and booking your own flights, but they may not be the most cost-effective choice. You may be able to save a tidy sum by searching for a discounted fare on the Internet or by using the miles you've accumulated in an airline frequent flier program. By arranging your own air, you'll be responsible for transfers between the airport and ship. However, a real bonus is that you may save enough not only for transfers, but also for a pre-cruise hotel stay. It's always great to arrive early to unwind and to insure that you won't miss the boat, a real possibility with airline delays and cancellations. We usually take advantage of hotel and parking packages which offer free parking in the hotel lot with 24 hour security for the length of your trip when you book for the night before your cruise.The hotel takes you to the cruise port in their shuttle, so you free yourself of the stress of driving to the cruise port as well.The site we like best for these is Stay123. We can count on saving 50% or more of what we used to pay for the airport parking. Shore Excursions can carry a big price tag, so select them wisely. Shore excursions range from a simple half-day bus tour for less than $50 per person to exotic adventures and helicopter flights that can run hundreds of dollars per person. Some tours are cheaper if you arrange them yourself, either by contacting a tour operator ahead of time or hiring a guide when you arrive in port. In the latter case, the per person cost can be cut even further if you share your guide and transportation with another couple. This is a good time to point out that ship-to-shore telephone calls are very expensive ranging from $6 to $10 a minute. Most ships are wired for Internet access these days and email is a far cheaper way to stay in contact with the office or family. Connections can run from 50 cents to a dollar a minute and often are slow. If your cruise ship has a 'package' deal of a certain number of minutes for a set fee, you will often pay less per minute. However, if you can wait until you arrive in ports of call, shore side Internet cafes are often inexpensive and have fast connectivity. To save money while online, set up a simple web-based email account with Yahoo. Accessing Yahoo is universally very fast and you can get web-based email anywhere in the world. Don't use the email address assigned to you on your cruise ship; it's almost always more expensive than using a web-based mail account. Alright and so, this is our 3rd trip on this excellent ship. Naturally, if we return to the same ship, we must have enjoyed ourselves immensely on previous cruises, and we did! So, this poses the question, what is so good about Costa that we find ourselves returning ? Costa Mediterranea Hotel Director Ann Ryan, whom we had previously met on the Costa Atlantica, is dedicated to following up on any inquiry by a passenger. She ensures that each passenger has the most enjoyable trip possible. When speaking with her, she proudly noted that recently the Mediterranea in the last two sanitation inspections by CDC (Center for Disease Control) has received two perfect scores of 100. This is an especially unusual feat, denoting that the ship is impeccably run. The flow of the promenade on Deck 3 Bacco is reminiscent of the classic liners of yesteryear where the passenger could walk all around the ship on the promenade deck. The Winter Terrace Walk is accessed from the outside promenade forward or the doors adjacent the theatre. This lovely indoor promenade has large porthole shaped windows overlooking the sea. There are many tables and seats by each window, which are great for conversations, doing puzzles, playing cards, reading, or just relaxing and sea watching. This is an example of excellent flow, since this walk way goes all around the prow of the ship, back to the promenade. Toward midship on Deck 3 is the immense Oriental Lounge with its huge curving bar and piano strains of music. Continuing toward midship are the Via Condotti Shops. When leaving the Osiris Theatre on Deck 2 Tersicore, passengers pass the Piazza Casanova (with its multitude of "putti": white cherubs), a spacious room which has constant activities throughout the day and evening --- trivia, games, dancing lessons and live music. Going aft from Piazza Casanova on Deck 2, passengers pass through the Grand Canal Casino, one of the most spacious casinos afloat, no crowded aisles here. Costa's suites are standardized: wide ceiling moldings of fine woods, granite tops on all furnishings and warm monochromatic colors of peaches, oranges and reds. Very sumptuous. On entering the suite, on the left there is an anteroom with a large lighted vanity, with a double armoire across from it. There is a door that leads to the bathroom with a full jacuzzi tub/shower. The room is tile and marble and has twin sinks and ample shelves for toiletries. The suite opens to the left with a large bar with TV, Personal safe and built in bureau and another double armoire. There is a king bed with copper and Murano blown glass lamps on the night stands. Opposite there is a desk with columns and mirrors, a refrigerator, a coffee table and a peach colored leather sofa. An arm chair completes the furnishings. The glassed far wall leads to the large balcony which holds two recliners and a table. Costa Line describes itself as "Cruising Italian Style" and this is very evident in the good manners of its crew. Even though, they are a multicultural group, they all greet passengers There is always dinner music including the following: Classical Italian and American songs, Neapolitan favorites, and even Argentine tangos Day 1. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Sail Away 7:00pm Day 2. Key West, Florida Arrive 8:00am Depart 1:00pm Take the Conch Train or the Trolley Tour ($26) for a good overview. See the Little White House of Pres. Harry Truman and muse on how complicated life has become in the US in the last fifty years. Day 3. 3-7-06 Cozumel, Mexico Arrive 8:00am Depart 7:00pm Cozumel was hit hard by Hurricane Wilma Oct. 2005. It lost the new pier, but with tendering the tourists are returning. See the local San Gervasio Ruins and the Folkloric Show ($72). Snorkeling is great here, but for those who cannot swim go to the Sea Trek Helmet Diving tour ($88). Day 4. At sea Day 5. Ocho Rios, Jamaica Arrive 8:00am Depart 5:00pm Dunns River Falls is the highlight to see; climbing them is a must for those with able bodies. Day 6. Georgetown, Grand Caymans Arrive 8:00am Depart 5:00pm Once again there is tendering in order to go ashore. Here among the favorite tours are those which include swimming with the Stingrays. Day 7. At sea Day 8. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Arrival 8:00am The top-notch staff, all of whom we had met on previous cruises on the Mediterranea and other Costa ships, welcomed us as old, special friends and made our cruise a great one. We tend to cruise more frequently on those lines that offer special perks to "frequent floaters," such as occasional upgrades, Champagne, fruit basket, a Concierge, VIP treatment, etc. Costa is one of our favorite lines, and we'll be cruising on Costa again.

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