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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 2000 Age Restrictions: At least one person in each
Year Refurbished: 2003 room must be 21 years of age or older.
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Assigned (2 seatings)
Guest Occupancy: 2,114 Assigned Dining Hours: 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm
Crew: 897 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 85,619 tons Bars/Lounges: 15
Length: 960 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 106 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 22 knots Swimming Pools: 4
Decks: 15 Hot Tubs: 5
Ship's Registry: Italy Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes

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The spacious Costa Atlantica was actually the first Spirit class ship ever built by the Carnival Corporation. She's the sister ship of the Costa Mediterranea, (and Carnival Cruise Line's) Carnival Legend, Carnival Pride, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Miracle. When she was launched in 2000, the Atlantica was the largest ship in Costa's fleet and was considered to be the line's flagship.

Each of Costa Atlantica's passenger decks is named after popular movies directed by Federico Fellini, a famous Italian director, and many of her public spaces were designed in tribute to him as well. There's a Venetian theme noticeable throughout the ship, such as her beautiful replica of Venice's Cafe Florian. With Carrara marble, Murano-glass accents and in-laid mosaic tile, Costa Atlantica does an excellent job of bringing Costa's "Cruising Italian Style" theme to life.

A recent upgrade given by Costa to the Atlantica are her Wellness accommodations (also called spa accommodations). Guests staying in one of the 44 Wellness staterooms (which are all either balconies or suites) onboard this ship will benefit from a wide range of special spa-related upgrades, such as dining in a special Wellness Restaurant (see below for more details).

Destinations & Itineraries
Costa Atlantica will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2012: Arabian Gulf
2013: Arabian Gulf, Asia

Costa Atlantica has a nice range of (spacious, comfortable and brightly decorated) accommodations available, from inside staterooms to full suites. A unique feature onboard the Atlantica are her Wellness verandas and suites (see below for details). All of the staterooms onboard Costa Atlantica come with a private bathroom, air conditioning, mini bar (from which they charge you for anything you eat/drink), vanity area, 220-volt and 110-volt outlets, hair dryer, satellite TV and phone. There are a few handicapped accommodations onboard the ship, but they tend to get sold out rather quickly. The Atlantica only has as few sets of rooms that are connecting, so it's best to book early to ensure you can get them (if you so desire). Families should be happy to hear that there are many staterooms onboard the Atlantica that can accommodate up to 3 (called triple accommodations) or 4 (called quad accommodations) people.

Inside Staterooms:
The interior staterooms onboard Costa Atlantica have all of the standard features listed above, plus two lower beds that can be converted into one queen-size bed. Inside staterooms (which are categories I1, I2 and I3) can be found onboard the Atlantica on decks 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Such accommodations are about 158 square feet in size.

Oceanview Staterooms: The Atlantica's oceanview staterooms (at about 175 square feet) feature everything her inside staterooms have, plus a window giving its guests a view outside of the ship. Such accommodations are only located on decks 1 and 4, and are classified as categories E1 and E2. The category E1 staterooms have an obstructed view, meaning that there is something (such as a lifeboat) blocking your view outside. As such, E1 staterooms are typically less expensive than E2 staterooms.

Balcony Staterooms: The balcony staterooms onboard Costa Atlantica are referred to as veranda staterooms. All veranda staterooms feature everything that an inside stateroom has, plus a private veranda (with deck furniture). Categories B1-B6 (at about 214 square feet) have a standard veranda, while categories B7-B9 (at about 232 square feet) have a large veranda. The B1 verandas have a partially obstructed view, making them the least premium of all the veranda accommodations. Veranda staterooms can be found on decks 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Suites: The most basic suites onboard the Atlantica are her category S suites, which are 400 square feet. The next step up is a (category PS) Panorama Suite, which is about 271 square feet. Costa Atlantica's most premium accommodations are her (category GS) Grand Suites, which are about 488 square feet. All of the Atlantica's suites feature everything that a veranda stateroom has, plus a whirlpool bath and sitting area. Guests staying in a suite also get special amenities, such as daily delivery of the lunch and dinner menus, a pillow menu, daily fruit baskets, sparkling wine and canapes on the day of embarkation, a kit of bath products and bathrobe and slippers (for use during the duration of the cruise). You can find suites onboard decks 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

On deck 8 of Costa Atlantica are what are known as Wellness Staterooms. Category WB (Wellness with Veranda; about 215 square feet) and WG (Wellness with Grand Veranda; about 232 square feet) staterooms are Wellness Veranda Staterooms, while WS (Wellness Suite, which is about 400 square feet) and WGS (Wellness Grand Suite, which is about 488 square feet) are Wellness Suites. Guests staying in such accommodations benefit from exclusive spa amenities featuring three complimentary treatments, a personalized wellness consultation, two fitness or meditation classes, priority reservation status at the spa, a mini-bar filled with healthy food and beverage selections, aromatherapy diffusers, special shower and air filters, as well as dining in the exclusive Wellness Restaurant.

Being an Italian cruise line that heavily focuses on "Cruising Italian Style," the majority of the food onboard Costa is Italian. However, other options can be found onboard (including a few typical American favorites).

Each night of the cruise typically has a different theme in the main dining room (the two-level Tiziano Restaurant), with a menu that reflects that particular evening's theme. For example, there may be a Caribbean Dinner, an Italian Dinner, an American Dinner, or even a Bacchanal Dinner (a classical Rome-inspired evening, where guests may wear togas to dinner). Besides the varying menu each night, there will always be a few additional options on the menu that remain constant (for those that aren't crazy about that particular theme's selections), including various meats, fish and pasta dishes. The menus in this venue are printed in Italian, with a second language (such as English, Spanish and German) below each description. The main dining room has an assigned seating setup for dinner, where you are assigned to either a main or late seating and dine at the same table each night (with the same wait staff serving you). Be sure when initially booking your cruise that you select the dining time you want, and please be aware that it may be on a waitlist.

There may be cooking demonstrations performed in public spaces during select days on some of Costa's voyages. When these are available they're quite a treat to see.

The two-story Tavernetta Club Atlantica (located on decks 10 and 11) is the optional specialty restaurant (also known as a Club Restaurant) onboard Costa Atlantica. This upscale venue offers a wonderful à la carte menu, with a $20 per person cover charge and $3 per person gratuity (both which are subject to change). You can make reservations for this restaurant prior to your cruise, or while on your cruise (based on availability). After dinner hours the upper level of this venue turns into a cigar bar.

Those staying in Wellness accommodations have the privilege of being able to dine in the Wellness Restaurant, located on deck 2. This venue has a special wellness menu, featuring spa-friendly cuisine.

There are a few casual dining options onboard Costa Atlantica. Among them is the large Botticelli Buffet, located mid-ship on deck 9. This venue is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and features a few separate stations, each serving a different type of food. During lunch hours one of the sections of the buffet becomes Napoli Pizzeria.

Don't forget that 24 hour room service is available for all passengers. There is a basic complimentary menu, but it's an excellent option for a late night snack, or for when you're feeling a little lazy and would rather the food come to you. There are a few items on the menu that you can order at an additional cost, such as bar drinks. Guests staying in a suite are able to order from the main dining room's menu (for in-suite dining) during the dining hours.

Onboard Features
The ten-deck high La Dolce Vita Atrium is Costa Atlantica's main gathering space. Because of its central location you'll often times find yourself walking through this area of the ship.

Costa Atlantica has many entertainment venues. Among them is the three-deck high Teatro Caruso, the Atlantica's main show lounge. A different show is performed at this venue each evening. Examples of possible performances may include comedians, Broadway-style production shows, singers, acrobats and musicians. Corallo, located a floor beneath the Teatro Caurso (on deck 1), is a (much smaller) secondary show room. The casino, featuring many slot machines and gaming tables, is located on deck 2. This area of the ship can get especially crowded during the evening, after one of the shows ends from the main show lounge. Also on deck 2 is the upper level of the two-story Dante's Inferno, Costa Atlantica's nightclub. There is also a card room on deck 2.

There are many bars throughout the ship as well. Among them are the Casino Bar, the Paparazzi Bar (great for a pre-dinner cocktail, as it's located forward of the main dining room on deck 3), the Atrium Bar (a curved piano bar), the Grand Bar, the Solarium Bar and the bar near the pools. There will also be a bunch of staff members circulating throughout the outdoor and buffet areas, asking if you'd like a drink. As you might assume, you'll have no problem finding somewhere to grab a drink while onboard Costa Atlantica.

The Shopping Gallery is located on deck 3, and is where a wide range of duty-free items can be purchased. Among the most popular things for sale is jewelry, liquor, perfume and clothing. Also on deck 3, located mid-ship, is the photo gallery (where you can purchase the various photographs that Costa's photo staff takes of you during your cruise. There is also a conference center on deck 3, for those that need such facilities. Also on this deck is the library (located nearby Cafe Florian), which is where you can find a nice selection of books and the Atlantica's internet cafe (with a $0.50 per minute usage fee; subject to change).

There are a couple of large swimming pools located on deck 9, as well as a smaller pool (towards the rear of the ship) and a few bars. One of the pools has a roof that can be closed during bad weather. Nearby the pools is a nice amount of lounge chairs and tables, great for relaxing in the sun or grabbing a bite to eat outdoors. Another popular area of the ship is her solarium (featuring a pool and retractable roof), located on deck 10. There are a few outdoors areas, located on deck 11, that are popular among active cruisers. On that deck is a jogging track, tennis court and slide.

The Atlantica's two-level spa is located forward on decks 9 and 10. Within this area is also a beauty salon and gym (with workout equipment and an aerobics area). The spa offers a wide range of treatments, such as massages, facials, thalassic therapy treatments, and hydrotherapy.

Costa does a nice job for families with children and teens, as they have a children's club area onboard the Atlantica (named The Squok Club, located forward on deck 5). This area features various games and activities just for children. Located just one deck below this area is the teen video arcade. There's also a two-level winding water slide, on deck 11, with a Jacuzzi by the pool that the slides ends in.

Just in case you're wondering where the captain and his officers are usually at work, the bridge is located forward on deck 8.

Dress Code and Attire
During the day people dress casual while onboard a Costa cruise. Examples of such dress include light, cotton clothing or swimwear with cover up when indoors. Some tours prohibit shorts and sleeveless shirts, and may require ladies to wear knee-length skirts or slacks.

Almost every night on a Costa cruise is informal. Costa asks you to feel free to dress comfortably in resort attire, as jackets are not required. Depending on your cruise's length, there are usually one or two formal nights. If you choose to dress formally, Costa recommends a suit for men and a cocktail dress for women. You may also dress more casually on such nights, in elegant resort wear.

Children Programs
Costa's children's program, called Costa Kids Program, varies based on the number of children onboard each sailing and on the particular ship and itinerary. When in full effect, this program offers four age-based children's programs:

Mini: ages 3 (out of diapers) to 6
Maxi: ages 7 to 11
Teen Junior: ages 12 to 14
Teen: ages 15 to 17

The Costa Kids Program is an interactive program that provides daily activities for children and teens. Activities vary based on age-group and include activities such as costume parties, sports tournaments, evening parties, treasure hunts, board games and junior aerobics.

The parents of children in either the Mini or Maxi groups are able to take advantage of free nighttime group babysitting (held in the children's area until 1:30 am). Nighttime babysitting is not available for children under 36 months of age.

Children have special counselors and a room designed for their activities. Children under the age of 3 are allowed to enter and stay in the room only during certain times (not during busy times in high season) and must be accompanied by an adult. Children's activities vary by ship and itinerary, as the number of children varies by sailing and programs are adjusted accordingly. Infants under the age of 6 months at the time of boarding are not allowed on board. This lower age limit is raised to 12 months for cruises lasting 15 days or more.

Tipping and Gratuities
Costa will automatically charge your onboard expense account a per person, per day "service charge" to cover many of the staff members (such as the dining room staff and room stewards) that service you throughout your cruise.

Costa's service charge is based on your cruise's destination and duration. It is as follows (subject to change):

Cruise Length
Charge per adult (per day)
14 to 17 year olds
Under 14
(departing from a US port)
Up to 8-nights
50% of adult charge
No charge
Over 8-nights
(departing from a non-US port)
Up to 8-nights
6 Euro
Over 8-nights
4.50 Euro
Up to 8-nights
6 Euro
Over 8-nights
4.50 Euro
Far East (Asia)
Over 8-nights
6 Euro
South America
Up to 8-nights
Over 8-nights
Any Duration
4.50 Euro

If you'd like to increase or decrease the amount charged by Costa for service charges, you may do so by contacting your ships' Guest Relations Desk (prior to the end of your cruise).

A 15% gratuity will automatically be added to any beverage purchases you make. It is at your discretion to tip bartenders, servers, deck stewards and various other staff members, if you so desire.

Alcohol Policy
The minimum drinking age on all Costa cruise ships departing from a US port is 21 years of age. If the ship departs from a non-US port, the minimum drinking age is 18 years old. Any bottles of alcohol that you purchase onboard the ship (in the gift shop) or at a port of call will be held for you by the staff, until disembarkation.

Gambling Policy
The minimum gambling age on all Costa cruise ships is 18 years of age.

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