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Cruising Italian Style : la Dolce Vita, Costa Atlantica, Catalina, Dominican Republic, Tortola, Castries, St. Lucia

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Cruising Italian Style : la Dolce Vita

21_CaffeFlorian.jpg(NC)-It is easy to imagine that it was the innovative filmmaker, Federico Fellini, that had the Costa Atlantica in mind when he wrote one of his most imaginative and celebratory films, La Dolce Vita; in fact, it was Costa cruises that was honouring the great director when, in July 2000, they christened one of their largest and, at a cost of $400 million USD, most luxurious cruise ships.

Each of Atlantica's 12 decks and its accompanying décor is a tribute to the innovative director and a salute to his love for the ocean and his desire to stir and heighten emotions.

You'll taste the good life from the moment you come aboard this elegant ship, with its vibrant, rich décor and bright, spacious public areas. You'll taste it when you dine lavishly in one of the ship's four spacious restaurants and grand dining rooms; all meals are included on board.

You'll taste the good life when you explore such popular ports as Catalina Island; just off the southern coast of Dominican Republic, its crystal clear waters and abundant sea life has made it a diver's paradise; or Tortola, the sparkling jewel of the British Virgin Islands; or Castries, port city for St. Lucia, an island paradise splashed with colourful birds and wildly exotic fauna; or the remaining ports of Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe; St. John's, Antigua; or Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Each of these carefully selected southern Caribbean gems has a distinct flavour and spirit that must be experienced firsthand to fully appreciate.

The best way to taste the good life, to experience life and passion to its fullest, is to round off your one week cruise odyssey aboard Costa's Atlantica with a one week stay at one of the fabulous beachfront resorts of La Romana, the Atlantica's home port. After a week of tasting the delicacies of six of the Southern Caribbean's most desired islands, it is particularly satisfying to feast on the soft golden beaches, azure seas and soothing sunlight of La Romana.

Costa Atlantica is available exclusively through Transat Holidays and includes roundtrip airfare and transfers.

- News Canada