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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

Editor Rating
3.0

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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Costa neoClassica Member Reviews

12/15
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 and we were ... Read more
quickly, the difference between "normal US cruises" and Costa neoClassica -People smoke a lot. Its all outside smoking but can be in semi-enclosed areas. You learn to avoid these areas -You have to plan your day around the ships ... Read more
No more Costa MartjeUK
12/14
The itinerary was interesting and the price was reasonable so I decided at the last minute to go on this cruise with my friends who booked long before I did. I knew Costa do not have the best ships so I did not expect the best. I also did not ... Read more
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Costa neoClassica Ratings

Editor Rating 3.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.0
3.2
Public Rooms
3.0
3.2
Cabins
3.0
3.3
Entertainment
3.0
2.4
Spa & Fitness
3.0
2.4
Family & Children
2.0
2.3
Shore Excursions
3.0
2.5
Enrichment
3.0
2.4
Service
3.0
3.7
Value-for-Money
3.0
2.9

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Ship Stats
Crew:
600
Launched:
1991
Decks:
11
Tonnage:
53,000
Passengers:
1,302
Registry:
Italy
CDC Score:
99
 
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