Our family of four arrived in Singapore the morning of the cruise (after flying in from Perth, Australia). At the Port we were informed by Costa staff that we could embark at 1pm and enjoy some lunch. This was a pleasant surprise as our tickets showed 3pm embarkation. This process went smoothly and without any delay and we were shown to our cabin (a four bed inside cabin). The cabin was roomy enough for four (bunk bed & double bed). The cabin was by no means first class, but it was clean & fresh with plenty of storage space.
The MDR menu offered plenty of variety to cater for everyone including the more fussy eaters (ie: the kids!). The waiters were fun and attentive and by day 2 they knew our names and choice of beverages. We particularly enjoyed the Italian Night, with authentic Italian meals and some entertaining dancing from the service staff. The buffet was not open every evening, which limited the evening choice to the MDR or pizzeria. This would be our only criticism of the cruise, as if you didn't feel like attending a formal night in the MDR, you only had the pizzeria as an alternative. That said, the pizzeria was a great place to have a late night snack (I haate to admit it, but I did indulge one evening), which offered ready made pizza slices or the option to order your own.
Our family all have very different tastes and the buffet did not disappoint any of us. OK, there may not have been lobster on offer, but for lunch there was everything from fresh salads and fruit, to roast meats, vegetables, pasta dishes, soups, seafood, sushi, a variety of breads, various individual deserts.....I could go on.
The happy "hour" was daily from 11am to 12 noon & 5pm to 8:30pm. This allowed 2 of the same drinks for the price of 1. Drinks included in the happy hour were some spirits, beer, house wine, cocktail of the day and non alcoholic cocktails. We were pleased that we decided not to opt for the beverage packages as the happy "hour" was good value for money.
We are relatively new to cruising (this being our 3rd cruise) however the disembarkation at the various ports on this cruise was by far the most organised of the three. We did not book any excursions through Costa as they seemed expensive, yet we still managed to leave the ship early allowing plenty of time at the port. Tenders were well run and frequent.
Our children only tried the kids clubs once and they were not overly impressed as the age groups were too wide which made some of the activities not age appropriate for all. My 10yo was participating in activities with 5 & 6 year olds, and she found some of the activities babyish. They did receive plenty of invitations in our cabin mailbox from the Kids club which was a nice touch and made the kids feel like they were welcome (and missed if they didn't attend).
We are not big on attending the evening shows, so I really can not comment on the entertainment, nor did we visit the library (so much to do, so little time).
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our time on Costa Classica. We do know 3 star (and 5 star for that matter), and value for money this cruise did not disappoint. We now look forward to the fun of searching for our next Costa cruise.