Posted July 5th, 2006, 06:39 PM
Whether or not you'll feel comfortable onboard depends, because every cruiser is different, but one thing you don't need to worry about is a language barrier -- all crew speak English as well as Italian, and signs and menus are in both languages (as well as others; I'll get back to you on definites, but I'm pretty sure I saw French and Spanish, too).
I'd say this ship can be best compared to those in Carnival's Conquest class. For one thing, CostaConcordia is built on the same platform. But beyond that, Costa is often described along the lines of Carnival with an Italian flair -- laid-back, "good times" ambience.
It will probably take some time to get used to traveling with a different passenger base, however. I like the fact that because Europeans love to dance, the disco gets going late ... and stays hopping until the wee hours (in fact, a few ladies just passed -- it's after 11 p.m. here -- and asked "Scuzi, which way to discoteca?").
One last note: store, spa and drinks purchases will be in euros, and the method of donation to the one-armed bandits in the casino is also euros.
Hope this helps!
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