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08/22/2011 12:10 pm ET | Updated Oct 19, 2011

The Costa Classica: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Costa Classica is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Costa Classica.

Many Destinations

The Costa Classica sails to such destinations as Italy, Croatia, Greece, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Vietnam on cruises that typically last from three to 14 nights.

Chic Atmosphere

The Costa Classica is a midsized ship at 723 feet long and 100 feet wide. It can carry about 1,308 passengers and a crew of 590 on its 11 passenger decks. The ship is popular with cruisers who appreciate fine art in a vibrant and chic atmosphere. The Classica has a variety of amenities that make it attractive to singles, couples and families.

Special Features

The Costa Classica has a casino, disco, two swimming pools, four hot tubs, a spa, fitness center, two-level theater, outdoor jogging track, beauty salon, solarium, Wi-Fi connections, chapel, card room and teen club.

Accommodations

The Costa Classica boasts 654 well-appointed staterooms. The ship offers a variety of cabin categories, including interior, ocean-view, balcony and 10 suites with balconies. All staterooms are equipped with a shower, mini bar, safe, telephone, hair dryer and satellite TV. Guests can choose their pillow from a "pillow menu."

Cost

Fares vary, depending on such factors as itinerary, cabin selection and date of travel. On the Costa Classica, passengers can choose from options ranging from a three-night, China-Taiwan-Japan cruise for $799 in an inside cabin or a 14-night, Treasures of the Far East trip for $3,779 in a suite.

Excursion

One Costa Classica passenger recommended the Langkawi Island mangrove tour, which was described as "outstanding." This passenger also said the "...walk around Georgetown (Penang) heritage area was fascinating. The beaches at Phuket were great. Pattaya old town red light area was a much cheaper alternative to the slog to Bangkok. At Koh Samui the taxi tour for four (hours) cost U.S. $80, taking in beaches and waterfall. The Malacca river trip cost $3.50 each and was top value."

Dining Experience

Passengers on the Costa Classica can enjoy a sumptuous meal in the main dining room, Tivoli, which has open seating for breakfast and lunch, and two set seating times for dinner. Other options are the La Trattoria buffet, the Pizzeria La Tavernetta and the Il Dolce Amore patisserie. The ship also offers 24-hour room service, and there are nine bars on board.

Maiden Voyage

The Costa Classica made its maiden voyage in 1991. It was built as a passenger liner for Costa Cruises by the Italian firm Fincantieri.

In The News

The Costa Classica bumped into the MSC Poesia in June 2008, but the damage was minor and nobody was injured.

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