After an extensive refurbishment in 2014, Costa Classica now sails for Costa Cruises under the name Costa neoClassica.
Elegant and warm, the Costa Classica has been a staple vessel of Costa Cruises since the ship's inauguration in 1991 - the schematics were drawn up with comfort and splendour in mind. Even plans to stretch her were eventually abandoned in favour of an extensive refurbishment that saw a lavish collection of sculptures, original paintings, murals and crafts installed to help guests feel as though they are travelling in a classy fashion.
The sensation is aided further by the fact the cabin sizes are bigger than standard. Other features such as a Carrara marble floor, rich wood panelling and charming leather chairs also go some way to providing opulent means of transport for travelling the world's seas and oceans. This feeling isn't even limited to the furniture and fittings - from the moment white-gloved attendants escort you to your cabin to the second you step into the splendid ballroom for a formal evening, you are aware of how special this holiday is.
Travelling aboard the Costa Classica is an altogether romantic experience that harks back to cruising days that have long passed. Seven day cruises have two formal nights rather than the standard one, and ten-day itineraries have an additional night where evening dress is compulsory. All in all, it's an incredible atmosphere aboard.
Dining options range from the casual (La Taverna Pizza) to the formal (Tivoli Restaurant) and there are plenty of different cuisines to try. One thing they all have in common is the quality - dishes are freshly made, sumptuous and absolutely delicious.
You'll start your day at the breakfast and lunch buffet at La Trattoria, where you'll find a delectable array of pastries and breakfast dishes to suit any palate.
Italian specialities dominate menus, it has to be said, but this isn't a bad thing. Pastas, veal dishes and seafood tend to gain the highest marks from passengers - make sure you try them.
You won't be short of things to do aboard the Costa Classica. The usual standard of amenities and activities from Costa still applies, with facilities that include an internet area, regular bridge sessions, a disco, an observatory, duty free shopping and a spa and fitness area.
Also worth checking out is the live music, which takes place in the Piano Bar, while dancers can while away an evening in the Puccini Ballroom. Finally, enjoy an evening on the tables, betting at the Sanremo Casino.