Costa Classica was inaugurated in 1991 as a step upward toward luxury, and in 1999 there was a plan to stretch her, which was abandoned in favor of an extensive refurbishment in 2000. You can get drunk on the lavish display of art on this ship, set at about $20 million when she was launched, with an incredible amount of sculpture, original painting, hangings, murals and crafts, even for a Costa vessel. The nude figures in the lobby are gone now, and problems with sound carrying in the dining room, which originally reverberated from the Carrerra marble floor, have been solved. With rich wood paneling and the charming leather chairs that have been used in Costa's later ships, the Classica emerged from her refit gorgeous and very popular. This is a romantic ship, from the moment the white-gloved attendants escort passengers to their cabins, and service has real panache.
Costa Classica Fellow Passengers
Since Classica sails in Europe, the ship has a very international clientele, with about 10-20% North Americans. Passengers tend to be ages 45 and over. Although announcements are still made in several languages, Costa limits the length and frequency of them.
Costa Classica Dress Code
Each seven day cruise has two formal nights and a Toga Night; the rest is mostly resort casual; 10-day itineraries have one additional formal night.
Costa Classica Gratuity
Recommended amounts are $2.50 per person, per day for the waiter, $1.50 per person, per day for the cabin steward, $1 per person, per day for the headwaiter.
Starting from Casablanca airport : 45min waiting for luggage, Costa staff difficult to find, minibus too small for passengers and luggage, waiting 35 min in a cold warehouse for the port customs, waiting 20 more min for the minibus to reach ...continue
Just got back from Costa Classica Adriatic cruise (Oct.5 to Oct 12 2013).
The main points were:
1. Great Itinerary - Trieste (where we stayed for 2 days before cruise) has lots to see - great city
- Ancona looked ...continue
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My first gripe was that Costa never provided any information on times or venue to embark in Trieste, Italy. There was no boarding pass provided or facility on the website to print one either.
On boarding, I asked the customer service ...continue