Costa neoClassica Cruise Review by Overtone
- Sail Date: August 2014
- Destination: Mediterranean
We had no problems over having our luggage delivered to the cabin. All the staff were friendly and helpful. The food in the dining room was good and the menu was quite wide-ranging and changed daily. Breakfast was also wide-ranging and there should be something to suit everyone.
Drinks: they offer an all-inclusive package at €23.80 per person per day, plus 15% service charge, which wouldn't be value for money for us. When we turned that down they offered instead a "light" package of drinks with meals at €9.13 plus service. As a glass of wine with dinner is at least €5.50 this was good value, though they failed to make clear that it didn't cover drinks from any of the bars. Even so, we did better by taking this option than the all-inclusive package.
You can get free tea and coffee, and water, from dispensers at the rear of the self-service restaurant.
There is a daily newsletter covering that day's arrangements. Communication isn't perfect - the newsletter did not say that at the "Captain's Gala Dinner" most male diners would tend to wear a jacket and tie, so I did not and was a little out-of-place. But I wasn't thrown out!
We went on just one of Costa's shore excursions, having booked others independently. At Santorini you go ashore by tender - they have crew members to assist passengers stepping between the ship and the boats - and those going on Costa's own excursions leave first, and the rest have to wait, which might have caused a problem for us getting to our excursion's meeting-point on time. We had to phone our company's emergency number about this.
There is a separate service charge of €8.00 per person per day for gratuities to the cabin staff.
There were several entertainment activities each evening but we didn't go to any of them. There is a small library, with a very small English section. There were six computers for public use but I could not get any of them to connect.
Would I use Costa again? Well, what interests us is where the cruise is going, and the price. So Yes, if they were going where we wanted, when we wanted, and the price was reasonable,. But I'd also like to try another cruise line, perhaps one offering a different kind of experience - say, one that provided talks about the places the ship was visiting the next day.
We went on this cruise to celebrate our fortieth wedding anniversary, and then spent a few more days in Heraklion. We thought the whole trip provided just the kind of celebration we wanted and we have no regrets bailout sailing on the Costa Classica.
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