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Costa neoClassica’s €22.5m refurbishment complete

Luca Perruzi
A fresh look by Partner Ship Design
Costa Classica has emerged from a €22.5m refurbishment undertaken at the San Giorgio del Porto shipyard in Genoa.

After a major restyling, the 53,000gt vessel is joining the Costa neoCollection as Costa neoClassica.

The refurbishment started on November 8 and involved about 600 technicians and 400 crew members.

Public areas and cabins were renewed, with a fresh look by Partner Ship Design, reproducing the mood and elegance of the more intimate Costa neoCollection ships. Images can be viewed @SeatradeInsider.

The wellness area has also been refurbished.

Special new features and services on board include Restaurant Tivoli offering tables for two and four to give flexible dining options, including brunch during sea days. The menus in the restaurants comprise regional recipes highlighting local culinary and cultural tradition, thanks to a collaboration between Costa and the Università delle Scienze Gastronomiche in Pollenzo.

Cabin features include Illy coffee pod machines and Elemis beauty products and amenities.

Costa neoClassica will also offer the Stargazer experience, an original Costa neoCollection activity that gives cruisers the use of high-quality telescopes on board, assisted by Costa experts.

Information about excursions appears on display screens like those aboard the new Costa Diadema.

Costa neoClassica is to depart Savona Friday on a 25-day cruise to the Indian Ocean with stops at Eilat (Israel), Aqaba (Jordan) and Safaga (Egypt) before sailing on to Oman, the Seychelles, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius.

From January 12 through February 23, the ship will homeport in Port Louis (Mauritius), sailing four 14-day Indian Ocean cruises calling the Seychelles, a two-night and stop at Mahé plus Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius. Passengers will travel from Italy to Mauritius on a Costa charter flight.

On March 8, Costa neoClassica is scheduled to head back to the Mediterranean on a 30-day cruise sailing from Mauritius and calling at Madagascar, the Seychelles, Oman, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Greece, Croatia and Italy.

From spring, Costa neoClassica will be deployed in the eastern Mediterranean. A first itinerary calling at Italy, Greece, Malta, Montenegro and Croatia will depart on April 8.

From April 20 to June 15 Costa neoClassica will sail two seven-day itineraries between Venice and Istanbul, with calls at Split (Croatia), Corfu (Greece) and Santorini, Athens and Istanbul. The itinerary from Istanbul will call at Mykonos, Santorini and Cefalonia (Greece) and Dubrovnik (Croatia).

The ship will stay overnight in Venice and Istanbul.