More than anything else, Costa is known for its lineup of exuberant activities, and passengers on these ships love to participate. In keeping with a European sensibility that appreciates visual slapstick humor and musical acts, and to offer a repertoire that speakers of many languages could appreciate, the entertainment ranges from a ventriloquist act to musical performances (Latin, Jazz, classical, and pop), ballroom dancing, crew talent shows, and standard Vegas-style productions. At dinnertime, one of the bustling lounges off the atrium might be the venue for the goofy comedic antics of several Carol Burnette-esque cruise staffmembers dressed up in frumpy cleaning lady garb and crazy wigs, mopping, dusting, and sweeping their way over people's shoes, shoulders, and bald heads. Late-night (11:30pm) entertainment is well attended, with theme parties typically ranging from the likes of a Mr. Costa Atlantica competition to a passenger talent show and a hilarious "sexy games night" that pits four couples against each other in silly pseudo-erotic dance moves and skits. The disco gets going around 1am, in keeping with the typically late-night European nightclub ethos.
During the day, activities include arts and crafts projects (from paper flower making to origami and T-shirt painting) and cooking classes, as well as traditional cruise staples such as jackpot bingo, dance classes, art auctions, horse racing, bridge, Ping-Pong, and fun poolside competitions in which teams have to put on Roman-style costumes or don silly hats. The ship has a combo library and Internet center, as well as a large card room. Aerobics and stretch classes are usually held on the covered pool area's dance floor, which also sees live steel-drum music throughout the rest of the day. Luckily, there's lots of deck space across several levels for sunbathing, so you can escape the noise if you want to. In the stern, a fun all-ages water slide operates a couple of hours per day.
A Catholic Mass and a nondenominational church service are held almost every day in each ship's small chapel.
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