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.
Upon boarding the Classica I was pleasently surprised. I was expecting a ship in rougher shape after reading all the reviews. We were assigned cabin 6004 from our inside guarantee and I will say that the front cabins Certainly, 6000, 6001, 6002, ...continue
Saw this fantastic itinery advertised through Planet Cruise for 7 days in Adratic with a stop every day.We have been on a variety of ships from the huge Royal Caribbean to Smaller yacht style.. I was naturally sceptical firstly because of the price ...continue
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It is nice to cruise on a medium size ship that "only" accommodates about 1,600 passengers instead of the 3,500+ on the new mega ships. We were looking forward to this cruise and the ports. We embarked at Trieste (near Venice) and took a 7 day ...continue