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Moving one deck up, we stumble across the wood-paneled Library on La Strada Deck. With its deep leather chairs, wooden cabinets, numerous Internet stations and ocean views from large windows, the room's decor seems almost calming.

The same cannot be said about the unique Italian extravaganza next door. Modeled after the famous (and outrageously expensive!) watering hole on St. Mark's Square in Venice, the ship's design team has gone all out in creating a shipboard variant of Caffe Florian. The result is simply superb, amazingly blending in very well with the rest of the ship. Daylight is streaming in through large windows (even though lifeboats block the view), reflecting in the countless mirrors that are an integral part of this quirky but very unique shipboard space. The bar area with its stunning mosaic floor is truly elegant, while the parquet flooring in the lounge area adds a further touch of class, as is the soft Italian classical music that can be heard all through the room. Even though all paintings are in fact reproductions and modern spotlights are cleverly built into the frescoed ceiling, I am very impressed with Caffe Florian.

Leading aft from Caffe Florian is an impressive winding alley, appropriately called "Via Della Spiga" after one of Milan's most fashionable shopping avenues. In this shipboard version, there are only two shops; one at starboard side selling logo merchandising and one another (larger) store at port side that sells everything else. With its granite walkway and constantly changing "shop fronts", the designers have created the illusion of walking through an actual shopping street with a number of separate shops - very well done!

Library

Via della Spiga Shops
Caffé Florian
Caffé Florian
Caffé Florian
Caffé Florian

Library

Library
Kinky door handles
Via della Spiga Shops
Caffé Florian
Caffé Florian
   

Finding your way around Costa Atlantica could not be easier. The ship has three spacious stairwells with no less than 12 passenger elevators connecting ten decks. Talking about decks, you might have noticed by now that these are imaginatively named after films directed by the great Italian Federico Fellini. Spread out over six  decks are Costa Atlantica's 1,057 stateroom, of which 742 have a private balcony. Size, layout and decor of the staterooms is similar to the ones found on Carnival's Spirit Class, which guarantees comfort,  spaciousness and good value for money.  

Staircase leading down to Piazza Madama Butterfly

Stairwell
Cabin corridor

Stairwell

Four-berth Suite
Outside stateroom with balcony

 

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

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