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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 1991 Age Restrictions: At least one person in each
Year Refurbished: 2001 room must be 21 years of age or older.
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Assigned (2 seatings)
Guest Occupancy: 1,302 Assigned Dining Hours: 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm
Crew: 590 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 52,926 tons Bars/Lounges: 7
Length: 723 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 100 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 18.5 knots Swimming Pools: 2
Decks: 13 Hot Tubs: 4
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
Costa Classica, the sister ship of the Costa Romantica, is a classy vessel that underwent a very thorough refurbishment in 2001. During that process she received many updates and upgrades, including the marble and wood interior design accents that some of the younger Costa ships have. Among the most popular features found onboard this 52,926-ton vessel are her casino, show room, swimming pools, hot tubs, spa, bars and lounges.


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

2012 & 2013: Arabian Gulf, Mediterranean



Staterooms
Costa Classica has a decent range of accommodations available, from inside staterooms to full suites. However, there are no standard balcony staterooms onboard this ship. The only accommodations with a balcony onboard the Classica are her suites. All of the staterooms onboard Costa Classica come with a private bathroom, air conditioning, safe, mini bar (from which they charge you for anything you eat/drink), 220-volt and 110-volt outlets, hair dryer, satellite TV and phone.

Inside Staterooms:
The interior staterooms onboard Costa Classica have all of the standard features listed above, plus two lower beds that can be converted into one queen-size bed. Inside staterooms (which are categories I1, I2, I3, I4 and I5) can be found onboard the Classica on decks 4, 5, 6, and 7. Such accommodations are about 178 square feet in size.

Oceanview Staterooms: The Classica's oceanview staterooms (at about 176 square feet) feature everything her inside staterooms have, plus a window giving its guests a view outside of the ship. Such accommodations are on decks 4, 5, 6, and 7, and are classified as categories E1 through E5.

Suites: The only accommodations onboard Costa Classica with a veranda (balcony) are her suites, which are all classified as category S. These staterooms are a spacious 505 square feet each, and feature a whirlpool bath, shower and sitting area. The Classica's ten suites are all located mid-ship on deck 10.



Dining
Being an Italian cruise line that heavily focuses on "Cruising Italian Style," the majority of the food onboard Costa is Italian. However, other options can be found onboard (including a few typical American favorites).

Each night of the cruise typically has a different theme in the main dining room (called Tivoli Restaurant) is located aft on deck 8, 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.

There may be cooking demonstrations performed in public spaces during select days on some of Costa's voyages. When these are available they're quite a treat to see.

Unlike most of the Costa fleet, the Classica (unfortunately) does not have an optional specialty restaurant onboard.

There are a few casual dining options onboard Costa Classica. Among them is the large La Trattoria Buffet, located on deck 10, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located nearby this buffet is the (outdoor grill) Alfresco Cafe, a beautifully decorated area that serves hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and more. There is also a pizzeria and patisserie (serving coffee and pastries) on deck 9.

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
Because all of the Classica's interior and oceanview staterooms are located on the first four passenger decks, there are a ton of public spaces higher up on the ship.

Costa Classica has a few entertainment venues. Among them is the two-deck high Colosseo Theater, the Classica's main show lounge. A different show is performed at this venue each evening. Examples of possible performances may include comedians, Broadway-style production shows, singers, acrobats and musicians. The San Remo Casino, featuring many slot machines and gaming tables, is located on deck 9. This area of the ship can get especially crowded during the evening, after one of the shows ends from the main show lounge. Located just aft of the casino is the Classica's Pucini Ballroom. The Galileo Disco & Observatory is located at the very top of the ship (on deck 14) and offers dancing at night and fabulous views of the Classica's surroundings during the day.

There are quite a few bars throughout the ship as well. Among them are the (often crowded) Piazza Navona Grand Bar, the Pool Bar, the bar by the Colosseo Theater and the Positano Bar. There will also be a bunch of staff members circulating throughout the outdoor and buffet areas, asking if you'd like a drink. As you might assume, you shouldn't have any problems finding somewhere to grab a drink while onboard Costa Classica.

There is a shopping gallery on deck 9, which is where a wide range of duty-free items can be purchased. Among the most popular things for sale is jewelry, liquor, perfume and clothing. Also on deck 9 is the Classica's photo gallery.

Costa does a nice job for families with children and teens, as they have a children's club area onboard the Classica (named The Squok Club, located forward on deck 11). This area features various games and activities just for children. Located just one deck below is the Teen's Zone.

There are a couple of swimming pools located on deck 11, as well as a couple Jacuzzis. Nearby the pools are many lounge chairs and tables, great for relaxing in the sun or grabbing a bite to eat outdoors. Also on deck 11 is the Caracalla Spa. Within that area is also a beauty salon, a couple Jacuzzis and a fitness center (with a Roman spa and aerobics area). The spa offers a wide range of treatments, such as massages and facials.

There are many public areas on deck 8, including a conference center, a couple of meeting rooms, a card room, library (with an internet center) and a chapel. The central lobby is located mid-ship on deck 5, and is where the shore excursion and information offices are located.



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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