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 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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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