January 2, 2006
This was our first cruise on Costa.
The Magica is most impressive.
Since the 80's we have cruised a dozen times all but two were on Carnival and the other two were Holland America.
Yes it has a continental flair versus the party atmosphere of most Carnival cruises.
We arrived at 4:00 pm and there were no lines.
We checked our baggage, parked in the garage and were in our cabins in 30 minutes.
Lesson learned after all these years don't be first on line to board.
We did our homework and we knew that the cuisine would be mainly Italian and we were extremely pleased with the selection.
One reviewer stated there was only Italian food with the exception of cheese burgers or hot dogs.
During the week the selections included Greek,Oriental, Steak, Loin of pork,beef roasts, Salmon and chicken prepared many ways and a variety of
Salads,the high quality of Italian deli was a high point.
The iced tea, and juices were chilled and didn't need ice. and ice cream machines were full from sun up to sunset.
Plenty of fresh fruit and pastries.
Weak on cakes.
Plenty to eat even without a gala midnite buffet.
Had some unique acts, could have used a stand up comic and some more variety.
The only weakness was the limited amount of $5.00 card tables.
We will definitely be taking another Costa Cruise.