Costa Allegra Entertainment
Entertainment on the Costa Allegra is geared towards Asian passengers, but it's built on the roots of Italian culture. Being a smaller ship with more modest production capabilities, you can forget the large Las Vegas-style production shows found on the larger ships! Instead, in Folies Bergeres passengers can enjoy the taste of Italy or the taste of Broadway -- in a style that was typical on North American ships perhaps 10 to 15 years ago. A particularly interesting show was "Made in Italy," which reviewed Italian history and culture from the era of Caesar to the present.
Karaoke is popular in Asia. If you are looking to entertain your friends more privately, Allegra has a karaoke room available for private groups at a price tag of $20 per hour.
During the day, Asian passengers love the "Arts & Crafts" hour. During one evening, the cruise staff assisted passengers in preparing fancy costumes from paper, and later they paraded through the ship modeling their creations. On American ships, this activity is usually reserved for kids only!
Costa Allegra Public Rooms
The passenger decks of Costa Allegra are named after famous painters, such as Gauguin, Lautrec, Modigliani, Degas and Rousseau.
The size of ship is one of its pluses because, though there's no question it's got mass market leanings, its compactness makes it easy to navigate. Depending on the location of your cabin, all services and public rooms are a short distance away and do not require walking up or down stairs from one deck to another like on many of today's mega-ships.
Most of the public rooms are located on Deck 6. Most forward is the Folies Bergeres Ballroom, the venue for the major events, such as the evening shows or the Captain's Cocktail Party. Although it's only a single deck high, the room has good sightlines.
Piazzetta Allegra is the ship's newly introduced coffee and chocolate bar (having replaced the original sushi bar) and acts also as a venue for the Musical High Tea (an upscale tea that comes with a $5 price tag). Later in the evening, the cruise staff organizes karaoke here. Meanwhile, Grand Bar Murano is the ship's center for social interactivity, where live music is played, and where the ship's Italian officers gather for an espresso or pre- and post-dinner drinks.
There is also a small Internet cafe on the portside of Deck 6. There is a fixed charge of .50 cents per minute to use the Internet. There are no packages available.
The Flamenco Club, once a secondary lounge, has been transformed into a large casino, and there's a separate gambling area for high rollers.
Costa Allegra Spa & Fitness
Costa Allegra boasts very comfortable outdoor decks. There is a large sun deck area amidships on Deck 7 complete with a pool and Jacuzzi as well as a bar. Another sun deck area is just aft of the same deck, and fitted with a Jacuzzi. When carrying Asian passengers, there is usually plenty of space available on outdoor decks since Asians don't seem to enjoy the sun. They'd rather stay in the shade or remain indoors.
The Caracalla Spa is operated by Elemis. There are several different therapies available from a 50-minute Spa Taster ($99) to a 75-minute Face and Body Massage ($140) and Aroma Stone Massage. The adjacent beauty salon offers the usual manicures and hair services.
Look for spa discounts when the ship is in port.