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Making good use of Carnival Coporation's longstanding entertainment background, Costa ships now feature sizzling production shows and offer around-the-clock entertainment options in a variety of public rooms. Let's start with the stunning three-deck, 1,170 seat Teatro Caruso. Located forward on decks 2 to 4, this is a showroom in true Carnival fashion, with seating on endless rows of banquettes on the lower level and true theater-style seating available upstairs. Sightlines in the pillar less room are excellent and a friend who recently sailed on Costa Atlantica comments positively on the shows featured in this dazzling red and blue room. 

Accessible from two hilariously over-decorated circular sets of stairs next to the main entrance of the Teatro Caruso is the Coral Lounge, or as the Italians say "Salone Feste di Corallo". Joe Farcus has created an underwater environment here and the reason why is quite obvious, as this expansive secondary show lounge has not one window. The 326 seat room slopes gently down to the stage and while there are a few pillars around, sightlines are again excellent.

Almost hidden on the deck plan are the two "Verandahs" running on La Strada Deck (3) from the Teatro Caruso to the bow of the ship. Appropriately named "Terrazza Giardino", the two galleries on port and starboard side remind one of a Mediterranean patio, with whicker chairs, (fake) vine ranks and stone floors. Large portholes grant a nice view of the sea, which make these verandahs ideal to settle with a good book, far from the hustle and bustle of the main entertainment areas. All the way forward a stairwell  gives access to a couple of unique passenger areas tucked away in the bow of the ship. One is a room full of arcade games, the other an expansive children's facility (oddly located far, far away from the children's pool). And  finally, what would a Costa ship be without an intimate Chapel?

Teatro Caruso

Teatro Caruso

Stairway down to Salone delle Feste Corallo

Terrazza Giardino
Terrazza Giardino
Terrazza Giardino

Access to balcony level in Teatro Caruso

Upper level theater seating in Teatro Caruso

Teatro Caruso

Salone delle feste Corallo
Salone delle feste Corallo
Chapel

 

All photos and text: 2004 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on June 26th, 2004. All rights reserved.