Costa Atlantica

Costa Atlantica Ship Review

Costa Atlantica is based upon the highly successful Spirit-class vessels constructed for Carnival. Photo courtesy of Costa Cruises

The Costa Atlantica was the first ship built for Costa by Carnival Corporation, and also the first vessel based on the design that would become Carnival’s highly successful Spirit Class. Small enough to fit through the locks of the Panama Canal, at 86,000 gross tons it still has plenty of real estate for all the latest creature comforts and amenities.

Of course, these are Costa ships though, and their fantastical interiors offer a wondrous world of classical motifs that complement their modern flourishes. The Atlantica takes the work of Italian film director Fellini as its central idea or theme, so giant movie stills predominate throughout the ship. Each deck is named for a different Fellini film.

Activities On Costa Atlantica

Costa Atlantica’s attractive Cafe Florian. Photo courtesy of Costa Cruises

Indoor public areas include a soaring atrium—again a-la Carnival—a cave-like disco, spacious casino, several lounges for all sorts of evening entertainment, a small library/internet center, a card room, and of course, activity centers for kids in several age groups.

Dining On Costa Atlantica

Dining is offered in a spacious two-deck main dining room or a two-story alternative restaurant high up on Deck 10 (this is where on the Carnival ships the alternative steakhouse is nestled under the funnel). An expansive lido buffet provides the setting for casual eating starting at breakfast and continuing throughout the day. The Atlantica also has a charming re-creation of a Venetian café, and it’s one of the highlights of the ship.

Staterooms On Costa Atlantica

The Grand Suites aboard Costa Atlantica boast all the amenities you could possibly want. Photo courtesy of Costa Cruises

Cabins are appointed in deep woods and rich fabrics; more than 50 percent of cabins have private verandahs, and the ship has been retrofitted with Costa’s signature spa cabins that provide direct access to the wellness center and other perks. The ship’s spacious suites are well-appointed and offer a good choice for families.

Three pools include two amidships and one at the stern, the latter with a Carnivalesque waterslide. Other sports facilities include a golf driving net and sports court for volleyball, basketball or tennis. The extensive outer decks provide ample room for sunning and even some out-of-the way spots for a sea-day of reading.

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