COSTA FORTUNA CABIN
Cabin #6207 on Deck 6, all the way forward, is nicely decorated in the traditional Costa woods and nautical colors. There are two framed sketches on the walls in keeping with the 20s and 30s art of the ship. When entering on the right is a large bathroom, with a shower seat and safety rails all around. The turquoise tiles were very pretty. Then, there is one end table with a lamp, a king size bed, a medium size coffee table and two upholstered chairs. We had continental breakfast here every morning. It was prompt, hot and delicious.
When entering on the right there is a double armoire, a single one is across the door way. There are plenty of shelves and hangers, and a personal safe. Next, there is a lighted, mirrored vanity/desk with four drawers, a refrigerator and a TV. The balcony is small and not too private, since it is located near an exit to the prow of the ship. When compared with the handicapped cabins on the Princess Lines, Costa's are much smaller and located too far from the central elevators. Princess clusters these cabins near the elevators, and so do the Norwegian and Royal Caribbean Lines. The last two have much larger cabins and balconies; on the Norwegian Dawn last month both the cabin and balcony are huge.
There is another problem of the prow location: the wind on the balcony is so strong that the balcony cannot be used in the evenings when the ship is going at full speed. It is actually dangerous. Next time, we will try for a mini suite or suite. This cabin was so small that we had to park the wheelchair in the bathroom! The cabin steward Francis Baldo was phenomenal. He anticipated our every need.
COSTA FORTUNA ENTERTAINMENT
Cruise Director Max Bertolotto is suave, debonair and handsome. He has the ship's activities running like clockwork. We met him on board the Costa ships over twelve years ago, but now he is truly magnificent. There's Bingo, Dancing and Dance Lessons, fitness programs, Italian Lessons, etc.... Cruising Italian style is great for making new friends. There are feasts with games like bocce, toga parties and Roman Bacchanals. The shows are many and varied with singers, dancers and comedians. We especially enjoyed hearing once again John Ciotta the tenor from New York, who wowed the audience and earned a standing ovation. There is something for everyone and even quiet places to read or do crossword puzzles.
PORTS OF CALL
Day 1. Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA Sail Away 5:00pm
Day 2. At Sea, we are sailing southeasterly.
Day 3. San Juan, Puerto Rico Arrive 5:00pm Depart 11:30pm
An interesting excursion includes a visit to the Bacardi Rum Distillery and a tour of San Juan by night.
Day 4. St. Thomas, USVI Arrive 8:00am Depart 5:00pm
This is a great place for shopping. An interesting tour includes the Skyline Drive and the mountain top view of other Virgin Islands and the famous Magen Bay.
Day 5. Catalina Island Arrive 8:00am Depart 5:00pm
This is Costa's private island where the passengers can enjoy the beach resort facilities such as chairs and umbrellas and the BBQ offered free of charge. However, several types of water sport activities are offered by independent operators not connected to Costa. Costa Cruises discourages the use of these activities.
Day 5. Evening La Romana Arrive 6:00pm Depart 11:00pm
La Romana is only 5miles from Catilina Island. The only excursion offered in this port is a tour to Altos de Chavon arena which features a musical show with local rhythms and dances.
Day 6. At Sea --- Sea Depth sometimes is approx. 5,500 meters.
Day 7. Nassau, Bahamas Arrive 1:00pm Depart 6:00pm
A favorite excursion for us is a visit to Paradise Island and Atlantis with its beautiful Aquarium.
Day 8. Ft. Lauderdale, FL Arrive 7:00am
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