Having read some reveiws prior to booking this particular cruise there is no doubt we had concerns, however as with most people with chatted to the itinery was the deciding factor. Classica could probably be rated 3 star in most categhories and indeed less in one or two sections, however the staff do make up for the general short fall in relation to the overall experience . Do not expect too much and all will be fine,
The food is mediocre but you will not go hungry, the accomodation is tired, we tried an inside cabin for the first time and whilst it was ok we constantly had noise issues with flushing toilets and noise from the coridor so if you want to sleep late forget it. One of the areas of concern is the cost of drinks, 2 small beers were something in the region of 8/9 Euros we took advantage of the happy hours and enjoyed wining/dining off the ship at very reasonable prices.The drinks packages are over priced, you would have to be a hardened drinker to get value for money particularly as you are on shore for a considerable amount of time and tend to miss several of the meals(ie for wine packages)It was noticable that very few passengers took wine with their meals, this should be telling Costa something about the inflated price of the drinks.
The ports of call were ok, Kuantan, Langkawi and Penang (all Malaysia) were instantly forgetable but each to their own, do however if you have the chance have lunch at Raffles in Singapore and hire a taxi driver in Bangkok to show you around 2000 bhats for ten hours including return to the ship was our deal.All in all it was a cheap way to see the Far East we paid about £1350 eac for flights from Birmingham and and upgraded cabin on deck 7 but the ship was not full and there were some passengers who managed to haggle great last minute deals. Also remember this is an Italian Ship and they do tend to look after their own.