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Overview...........................................................Page One

Pools, Spa, and Outdoor Facilities.....................
Page Two

Shops, Children and Other Public Areas............Page Three

Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment.............Page Four

Dining.................................................................Page Five

Exterior Photos ..................................................Profile Page
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OVERVIEW

Costa Atlantica can be viewed as the father of what has already
become a long line of cruise ships.  She was the first of the Kverner
series of ships that includes Carnival’s Sprit-class of ships (see our
profiles of sister ships
Carnival Legend  Carnival Pride and Carnival
Miracle) as well as fleetmate Costa Mediterranea.  This design has
subsequently been used for the Italian-built Vista class ships now in
the fleets of Holland America Lines (see our profile of
Noordam
and
Eurodam), C, P&O Cruises and Cunard Line (see our profile
of
Queen Victoria).  Obviously, they would not have built so many
if the basic design was not good and popular.

This ship was part of the rebirth of Costa Cruises after its
acquisition by Carnival Corporation, which has invested enormous
sums in building a new, modern fleet for Costa.  Costa is now the
most popular cruise line in Europe serving 1.2 million passengers
each year.  This is also an indication that they must be doing
something right.

Costa offers "cruising Italian-style" and Costa Atlantica is, the
company says: "Dedicated to Italian art and culture, the Costa
Atlantica boasts design elements including Murano glass accents
and in-laid mosaic tile, which provide a Venetian atmosphere to the
elegant ship.  Over 400 original works of art are featured by
renowned and appreciated artists such as Paul Pennisi, Sergio
Benvenuti, Luciano Vistosi, Lucio Bubbaco, GianMaria Potenza,
Gian Maria Ciferri, Inos Corradin and Carlo Moretti."

The overall interior design was done, however, by American
architect Joseph Farcus, who is best known for designing the
interiors of the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet.  As on the Carnival
ships, the colors are often bold and the designs sometimes
flamboyant.  But his inspiration was clearly Italian art as seen in the
giant ancient Roman mural in the central atrium and the blow-ups
of Renaissance portraits in the buffet restaurant.  As is typical with
Mr. Farcus, the ship also includes elegant areas such as the
Venetian-inspired Caffe Florian and the Piazza San Marco.

Farcus also drew inspiration from more modern Italian art.  Each
deck on the ship is dedicated to one of the films of Federico Felini

and has an original Milo Manara drawing evoking the film to which
it is dedicated.
 In other areas, there are large paparazzi
photographs
from the time when Felini was making his films.

As one might expect from the fact that Costa is the most popular
European cruise line, there are many European passengers on
Costa Atlantica.  When she is sailing in Europe, they constitute the
majority.  When she is sailing in the New World, Europeans are a
substantial minority.  This mix of nationalities gives the ship a  
cosmopolitan and international flavor.  

Announcements onboard are done in Italian and English.  
Programs, menus and other publications are available in several
languages.

Costa Atlantica does cruises to Canada/New England and New
York in the Spring and Fall.  In the summer, she sails in Northern
Europe and in the winter, she can be found in the Caribbean.


Above: The base of  La Dolce
Vita Atrium
- - the ship's lobby -
- is the centerpiece of Costa
Atlantica.

Below:  Looking up from the lobby
toward the skylight atop the atrium.
 
The decor of Costa Atlantica includes
details inspired by medieval and ancient
European art.
The Guest Services Desk.
The Tour Office where
passengers can book shore excursions
and make travel arrangements.
Costa Atlantica has 1057
staterooms, They can be
divided into four broad
categories: suites, balcony
staterooms (left), outside
(window) staterooms and
inside staterooms (right).  
Within, these categories are
various subcategories.

Costa has created  44 spa
cabins and suites with direct
access to the spa via
elevator and stairs. Guests
booking such cabins receive:
a personalized wellness
consultation; three
complimentary treatments;
two fitness or meditation
classes and complimentary
access to the ship’s Wellness
Restaurant. The spa cabins
feature aromatherapy
diffusers, special shower and
air filters, and a mini bar
stocked with healthy food
and beverage selections
 
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Colorfully-lit glass elevators whisk
passengers up and down the La Dolce
Vita atrium.
Costa is very proud of the art collections on
its ships.  It reportedly invested millions of
dollars  in original works of art on Costa
Atlantica including sculptures, paintings,
murals, wall hangings and hand-crafted
artisan furnishings.  There are displays of
Murano glass  and  paintings by  artist Milo
Manara, each evoking scenes from Fellini’s
films.