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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 1992 Age Restrictions: At least one person in each
Year Refurbished: 2006 room must be 21 years of age or older.
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Assigned (2 seatings)
Guest Occupancy: 820 Assigned Dining Hours: 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm
Crew: 466 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 28,597 tons Bars/Lounges: 5
Length: 616 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 84 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 20.5 knots Swimming Pools: 1
Decks: 9 Hot Tubs: 3
Ship's Registry: Italy Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes

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Overview
Originally built as a container ship, the 820-passenger Costa Allegra is one of the smallest ships in the Costa fleet. This intimate ship is used by Costa Cruises year-round in Asia, doing a variety of cruises. The Allegra features a very nice guest-to-staff ratio, allowing for its onboard service to be above average. She's an elegant vessel, with a beautiful three-deck-high glass atrium at the ship's centre. Some of the more popular public spaces onboard the Allegra are a casino, swimming pool, show lounge and spa. Unfortunately, the only accommodations onboard this ship with a balcony are her mini-suites. The Allegra's decks are named after various famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists (such as Van Gough, Degas and Manet), and many of her public spaces also reflect this interesting theme.

During 2006, Costa Allegra underwent a $12 million refurbishment. During this process many updates were done to various areas of the ship, including the addition of her Caracalla Spa. Also among the updates was the addition of various signage in both English and Chinese, due to the significant number of Chinese guests that book cruises on this ship.



Destinations & Itineraries
Costa Allegra will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2010: Asia, Mediterranean



Staterooms
Costa Allegra doesn't feature quite the range of accommodations as the younger Costa ships. However, she does offer a nice selection, with basic inside staterooms all the way up to fairly large suites. Unfortunately, since she's an older ship that was originally built for a different industry, there are no standard balcony staterooms onboard the Allegra (only mini-suites have a private balcony). All of the staterooms onboard the Allegra come with a private bathroom, mini bar, safe, hair dryer, TV and phone.

Inside Staterooms:
The inside staterooms onboard Costa Allegra (categories I1 through I4) are about 159 square feet. A category IS stateroom is a single occupancy inside stateroom, a rarity in today's cruising world. Such a stateroom is about 103 square feet. Inside staterooms can be found on decks 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.

Outside Staterooms: The Allegra's oceanview staterooms (called outside staterooms), categories E1 through E4, are about 152 square feet in size. A category ES stateroom is a single occupancy outside stateroom, and is about 93 square feet. Outside staterooms on the Allegra are located on decks 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Suites: The most basic suites onboard the Allegra are (category MS) Mini-Suites, which are about 330 square feet (including their balconies). The most premium accommodations onboard the Allegra is a (category GS) Grand Suite, which is about 582 square feet in size. All of the suites onboard this ship get daily delivery of the lunch and dinner menus, bathrobes and slippers (to use for the duration of the cruise), and a special kit of bath products. Suites feature a whirlpool bath, queen bed and sitting area. Some suites feature a single sofa and/or murphy bed and private verandahs (in mini-suites only).



Dining
Montmartre Restaurant, located aft on Modigliani (deck 5), is the main dining room onboard Costa Allegra. This 462-seat venue features floor-to-ceiling windows and marble decor. Each night of the cruise typically has a different theme in the main dining room, with a menu that reflects that particular evening's theme. For example, there may be a Caribbean Dinner, an Italian Dinner, an American Dinner, or even a Bacchanal Dinner (a classical Rome-inspired evening, where guests may wear togas to dinner). Besides the varying menu each night, there will always be a few additional options on the menu that remain constant (for those that aren't crazy about that particular theme's selections), including various meats, fish and pasta dishes. The menus in this venue are printed in Italian, with a second language (such as English, Spanish and German) below each description. The main dining room has an assigned seating setup for dinner, where you are assigned to either a main or late seating and dine at the same table each night (with the same wait staff serving you). Be sure when initially booking your cruise that you select the dining time you want, and please be aware that it may be on a waitlist.

The Yacht Club Buffet, located on deck 7, is a casual dining area with indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast and lunch are served at this venue.

There are a few dining options in the Piazzetta Allegra. Among them are Amalfi, an Italian Restaurant, a sushi bar (where you have to pay to eat at), and a patisserie (serves coffee and various pastries).

Don't forget that 24 hour room service is available for all passengers. There is a basic complimentary menu, but it's an excellent option for a late night snack, or for when you're feeling a little lazy and would rather the food come to you. There are a few items on the menu that you can order at an additional cost, such as bar drinks.



Onboard Features
Being an older ship, especially being one that wasn't originally meant to be a passenger ship, Costa Allegra doesn't feature quite the onboard features of the younger Costa cruise ships. For example, you're not going to find spa staterooms onboard this ship. However, you can usually get a nice price for a cruise on the Allegra, and she's quite spacious, with a courteous staff.

Among the entertainment options onboard Costa Allegra is the main show lounge, Folies Bergères, located forward on Degas (deck 6). A different show is performed at this venue each evening. Examples of possible performances may include comedians, cabaret-style shows, singers and musicians. There is also a karaoke room on deck 6, towards the rear of the ship. The Monte Carlo Casino is another popular place to be onboard the Allegra, especially in the evening after a show ends.

There are a few bars and lounges onboard Costa Allegra. Among them are the Murano Grand Bar (featuring a dance floor, located on deck 6), Club Flamenco (also on deck 6, featuring dancing on each night of the cruise) and the Pool Bar (located outdoors on deck 7).

The two-story Caracalla Spa is located on deck 8 and 9 (towards the front of the ship). The spa was added to the ship after her 2006 refurbishment and features a variety of treatments (such as facials and massages), saunas and steam rooms. Within this area of the ship is also a beauty salon, an aerobics area (with fitness classes available), various fitness machines, and a solarium. The jogging track is located on deck 8. The ship's outdoor pool is located mid-ship on deck 7, with a bunch of outdoor lounge seating nearby for taking in some rays or just relaxing. There's a few Jacuzzis located nearby the pool.

Costa Allegra doesn't have quite the range of things to do onboard for children and teens like the newer ships in the Costa fleet. However, she does have the Squok Club (the main base of her children's club, located on the Solarium deck, which is deck 9), a children's pool (aft on deck 7) and an arcade (on deck 6). The Allegra's children's program is for those ages 3 to 17 (see below for more details).

The library and internet center is located on deck 6 (they're in the same room), across from the card room. Also on deck 6 is the photo gallery (where you can purchase the pictures that the staff takes of you during the cruise) and the Monte Carlo Shops (where you can do some shopping for a variety of items, such as jewelry, perfume, liquor, clothing and souvenirs).

For passengers in need of assistance, the shore excursion office and information office are both located mid-ship on Lautrec (deck 4), in the Allegra Atrium.



Dress Code and Attire
During the day people dress casual while onboard a Costa cruise. Examples of such dress include light, cotton clothing or swimwear with cover up when indoors. Some tours prohibit shorts and sleeveless shirts, and may require ladies to wear knee-length skirts or slacks.

Almost every night on a Costa cruise is informal. Costa asks you to feel free to dress comfortably in resort attire, as jackets are not required. Depending on your cruise's length, there are usually one or two formal nights. If you choose to dress formally, Costa recommends a suit for men and a cocktail dress for women. You may also dress more casually on such nights, in elegant resort wear.



Children Programs
Costa's children's program, called Costa Kids Program, varies based on the number of children onboard each sailing and on the particular ship and itinerary. When in full effect, this program offers four age-based children's programs:

Mini: ages 3 (out of diapers) to 6
Maxi: ages 7 to 11
Teen Junior: ages 12 to 14
Teen: ages 15 to 17

The Costa Kids Program is an interactive program that provides daily activities for children and teens. Activities vary based on age-group and include activities such as costume parties, sports tournaments, evening parties, treasure hunts, board games and junior aerobics.

The parents of children in either the Mini or Maxi groups are able to take advantage of free nighttime group babysitting (held in the children's area until 1:30 am). Nighttime babysitting is not available for children under 36 months of age.

Children have special counselors and a room designed for their activities. Children under the age of 3 are allowed to enter and stay in the room only during certain times (not during busy times in high season) and must be accompanied by an adult. Children's activities vary by ship and itinerary, as the number of children varies by sailing and programs are adjusted accordingly. Infants under the age of 6 months at the time of boarding are not allowed on board. This lower age limit is raised to 12 months for cruises lasting 15 days or more.


Tipping and Gratuities
Costa will automatically charge your onboard expense account a per person, per day "service charge" to cover many of the staff members (such as the dining room staff and room stewards) that service you throughout your cruise.

Costa's service charge is based on your cruise's destination and duration. It is as follows (subject to change):

Destination
Cruise Length
Charge per adult (per day)
14 to 17 year olds
Under 14
Caribbean
(departing from a US port)
Up to 8-nights
$10
50% of adult charge
No charge
Over 8-nights
$8
Caribbean
(departing from a non-US port)
Up to 8-nights
6 Euro
Over 8-nights
4.50 Euro
Europe
Up to 8-nights
6 Euro
Over 8-nights
4.50 Euro
Far East (Asia)
Over 8-nights
6 Euro
South America
Up to 8-nights
$6
Over 8-nights
$4.50
Transatlantic
Any Duration
4.50 Euro

If you'd like to increase or decrease the amount charged by Costa for service charges, you may do so by contacting your ships' Guest Relations Desk (prior to the end of your cruise).

A 15% gratuity will automatically be added to any beverage purchases you make. It is at your discretion to tip bartenders, servers, deck stewards and various other staff members, if you so desire.


Alcohol Policy
The minimum drinking age on all Costa cruise ships departing from a US port is 21 years of age. If the ship departs from a non-US port, the minimum drinking age is 18 years old. Any bottles of alcohol that you purchase onboard the ship (in the gift shop) or at a port of call will be held for you by the staff, until disembarkation.


Gambling Policy
The minimum gambling age on all Costa cruise ships is 18 years of age.


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