Costa neoClassica Review

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Why Choose Costa neoClassica?
  • Passenger mix is highly international
  • Gorgeous sculptures, paintings & murals
  • Standard cabins are larger than average

Costa neoClassica Overview

Costa Classica had a total redesign and refurbishment in December 2014 to be reborn as the neoClassica, joining fleet mates Costa neoRomantica and Costa neoRiviera with a new design that aims to create a more intimate atmosphere aimed at adult-oriented cruising. The €22.5m renovations included work on the public areas and guests cabins. The Al Fresco Café was transformed into a natural oasis with trees to create a peaceful park-like environment, as well as a balcony area overlooking the sea. Cabins were refitted with more luminous decor, together with additions of Illy coffee pod machines and Elemis bath products as standard. A new "Stargazer" experience also allows guests to admire the skies through high-quality telescopes, assisted by Costa experts. As with the other ships in the neoCollection, itineraries have adopted the "slow-cruising ethos" of a more destination-focused approach with longer, more relaxed port calls. The hull and engine sections were also refurbished, as well as a complete repainting of the hull.

Costa Classica began life in 1991 as a step towards luxury, and in 1999 there was a plan to stretch it, 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 it 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, this is a romantic ship, from the moment the white-gloved attendants escort passengers to their cabins, and service has real panache.

Costa neoClassica 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 neoClassica 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 neoClassica 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.
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Ship Facts

Ship Stats
Crew:  600
Launched:  1991
Decks:  11
Tonnage:  53,000
Passengers:  1,302
Registry:  Italy
CDC Score:  99
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Member Since 2011
1 review
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8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We have cruised with Costa before and had enjoyable trips, however not this one! In a nutshell they appear to be cruising with economy. We boarded at Genoa after a coach transfer from Milan - all good. We were in cabin 4082 which smelt ... Read more
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I had seen the Costa Classica in Singapore harbour about a decade ago, she looks like a cruiseship should look. Last year I travelled on her 'Neo' stable-mate, the Costa Neo-Riviera twice (around the Gulf and central Med), and I love that ... Read more
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We took a 5 day Mediterranean cruise just before Christmas on the spur of the moment as we couldn't resist the great price on offer and we were so pleased that we did - it was fabulous! Embarkation in Marseille was fast and efficient ... Read more

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