If you want to get some Italian experience, cruise with glamour and have a lot of fun on the way, welcome aboard Costa Atlantica cruise ship, one of the largest and beautiful ships in the Mediterranean. This 85,000 tons liner was introduced in July 2000 when Italian Costa Cruises just had become wholly owned by the American Carnival Corporation, and the ship was the first vessel of the Costa fleet carrying the interior designs by Joe Farcus, Carnival's corporate architect and designer. He brought much of that all Carnival Las Vegas-style glitz and glamour to the decor though managed to blend it with the authentic Italian features, especially in several public places, such as Cafe Florian, Club Atlantica and the bar in the Atrium. Cafe Florian is a replica of the popular cafe in Piazza San Marco, Venice, with mesmerizing Renaissance paintings on the wall and the ceiling, marble and red velvet. The Club Atlantica is a two-leveled restaurant, illuminated through the glass ceiling and the opaque orange-yellow glass upper parts of the walls. But the most amazing feature in the ship's decor must be the four-deck reproduction Fresco, seen only from the glass elevators!
In general, the whole construction of Costa Atlantica is different from that of all Costa preceding ships. Joe Farcus moved most of the public areas to the lowest decks, achieving more spectacular 10-decks high atrium, the bigger percent of total number of cabins and balcony staterooms. All in all, there is 79 percent of ocean view cabins, 616 veranda staterooms, 68 cabins with French balconies, 44 suits and 14 penthouses. Also, there is a big number of triple and quad family cabins aboard.
The real peculiarity of the Costa Atlantica cruise ship is in the Fellini theme, chosen and developed throughout the liner's decorations and names. Each deck is named after a Fellini film: La Dolce Vita, La Strada, E La Nave Va, Clowns and etc... Even the deck 8 is wittily called "8 1/2". The swimming pools carry the names of Ginger and Fred, the main characters of the well-known Fellini film. To make a conclusion, it is a splendid and magnificent liner in "Farcusian-Italian Style". It should be mentioned though the style is probably the only thing that remains the same all year round on this ship because everything else depends on the Costa Atlantica itineraries, which are divided into two quite different seasons, each oriented toward quite different passengers!
The long European season starts in May and ends in November. This year it consists of several various itineraries, such as a round-trip from Copenhagen for seven nights to Baltic and Russia, a ten-nights cruise from Savona to Copenhagen, a ten-nights round-trip from Genoa, visiting Egypt, Turkey and Greece, a seven nights tour starting in Venice for Ancona, Italy; Athens and Corfu, Greece; Heraclion, Crete and Dubrovnik, Croatia; and at last a ten-nights trip from Savona to Naples; Messina, Sicily; Alexandria, Egypt; Limassol, Cyprus; Marmaris, Turkey; Santorini and Katakolon, Greece.
In November the Costa Atlantica cruise ship sails a "Route of Columbus": it starts in Genoa for the Caribbean, mooring in Barcelona, Tenerife (Canary Islands), Barbados, Martinique, St. Maarteen and Nassau. During this period the ship is speaking five languages, and English is usually the fourth or the fifth in repeated announcements after other European languages, as the majority of the passengers are Italians, Germans, French and Spanish. The language used during the tours depends on the guests forming a group: if all of them are English speaking then a tour would be in English and if not it would be bilingual or more. This fact makes it hard to learn much and relax. By the way, waiters onboard speak Italian much better than English, too.
The whole winter Costa Atlantica cruise ship sails Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises from Ft. Lauderdale. This so-called Caribbean season is oriented on the Canadians and North Americans. That is time when the ship is totally re-configured for English speaking
Costa Atlantica is a liner that offers more that she might for the price of a cruise. Happy Cruising!