Costa Classica was renamed Costa neoClassica in December 2014 after an extensive refurbishment and redesign. The luxury cruise liner Costa neoClassica is a masterpiece of Italian cruise design--no expense was spared in creating the perfect Italian cruise ship environment. Stroll through the Tavernetta of chic boutiques, dine in the gourmet Tivoli restaurant, relax in a choice of 2 swimming pools, 4 jacuzzis or a beautifully equipped spa and fitness center. A disco is perched high above her elegant decks for late-night dancing and entertainment aboard the Costa neoClassica.
- Cabins 654
- Crew 600
- Passengers 1302
- Decks 11
- Launch Year 1991
- Registry Italy
"We have just returned from a 7 night cruise in the Eastern Med from Trieste calling at Ancona, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Argostoli, Kotor and Split. We chose this cruise for the destinations. Don't believe the bad reviews about this ship, yes it is noisy and yes there is a crush for breakfast and lunch in the self service restaurant but it does cater for Europeans who are noisy (but that's part of their culture and it's fun listening to them. As for breakfast and lunch you can always go in the Tivoli restaurant where it's much more civilized. We found the food excellent. The entertainment was good - they tried very hard. The bars are great. Buy the all inclusive drinks package it's well worth it. We are not big drinkers but it great being able to have any drinks (alcoholic, soft or hot drinks) any time you wanted. All the staff spoke good English and were very welcoming and friendly and helpful.
The ship is a bit tired but I believe it is going in for a refurbishment soon. The cabins were great (outside no 7150)plenty of room and drawers and wardrobe space. Safe in the cabin too.
This was a great cruise and we would definitely go on a Costa cruise again."
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of November 2013
Costa Classica - Dubai & The Emirates Cruise
"Dubai & The Emirates Cruise:
This Costa Classica is a great way to see new destinations that are becoming more popular. It is a hassle free way to see the Middle East in a safe environment with helpful staff.
The meals were served in the Tivoli Restaurant a traditional cruise ship restaurant. I had first sitting at 18:30, second sitting was 21:00.
The food was five star quality with attentive waiters/waitress.
There was a good choice on the menu plus an additional Italian option unique to Costa Cruises.
Breakfast and Lunch could be taken in the Tivoli Restaurant or the La Trattoria Buffet Restaurant. The only down side was the buffet restaurant was closed at night giving you only one dining option.
Book the all inclusive package at 140 Euros (Â£120) per person for a 7 night cruise. It works out to 20 Euros (Â£17) a night.
The drinks on board the Costa Classica both alcoholic and non-alcoholic were expensive and the drinks package represents good value for money.
The E2 outside cabin was very spacious at 200 square foot much bigger than on modern ships as the Costa Classica is 21 years old. The port hole was about 4 foot in diameter and provided plenty of light in the cabin. The bathroom was large with a good shower. The bed was extremely comfortable and there was plenty of room for clothes with a large wardrobe.
The entertainment was provided in several languages as it is Costa Cruises. Firstly in Italian, then English, German, French and Spanish.
The main languages were Italian, English and German.
The dancers in the shows were great and were Las Vegas style production shows. Comedy was provided by Duo Lafracci an Italian & Scottish couple.
There show was great as it involved the audience and made a connection with everyone.
The Shore Excursions were expensive but you got to see a lot in a short space of time. With Costa I did excursions in Fujairah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Dubai - Superb, lots to see from the Burj Khalifa (World's Tallest Building), Burj Al Arab and Dubai Mall.
Muscat - A large Arabic seaside town with friendly locals. The main attraction was the Al Alam Palace.
Fujairah - A small port with not much to see. I would recommend the beach excursion to the Rotana Beach Resort or the 4X4 Desert Safari.
Khasab - A very small port with nothing to see but a few shops.
Best to book an excursion to the Arabian Fjords on a Dhow Ship or
a 4X4 Desert Safari.
Abu Dhabi - A good port with lots to see and do. The Grand Mosque, Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World are the main attractions. it has lots of skyscrappers like Dubai. Ferrari World highlights include the world's fastest rollercoaster and a Formula 1 simulator.
- Travel date: Tue 18th of December 2012
"Don't get me wrong crusing is lovley and the Costa Concordia is a fantastic ship, however there are somethings to be aware of the package is quite low priced all the surprises come later, for instance Hays (Imagine Cruising)went right through my requirements then right at the end of our booking which took 20 -30 mins I was told by the way there is a Â£50 booking fee... and thats where it started. When we got on board we were then told we had to pay a 7 euro per person service charge, a pint of larger was Â£11 etc etc, then on one of our final nights on board we were told that we would get a surprise desert with our meal, to members of staff started handing out liqurers in chocloate 'shot glasses' we all drank them thinking this was our surprise but no staright afterwards someone came around the table demanding 4.50euros for the drink. Apart from all the hidden costs and I do mean hidden the ship and staff are brilliant just be aware its not as cheap as you might first think."
- Travel date: Thu 18th of August 2011