Al Fresco Allure Aboard Costa Cruises

Posted December 30th, 2013

Anticipating European-style cruising, Chris Trew from Cruiseabout Orewa takes his own Italian job with Costa Cruises aboard the Costa neo-Romantica.

Stepping aboard the Costa neo-Romantica the WOW factor started. This ship is beautifully appointed inside and out.  It’s not a large ship and doesn't feature any large flashy atrium lobby, but everything is very, very classy and well done.

Being your typical bloke, I'm not usually one for noticing interior furnishings, but on this ship I actually found myself taking photos of chairs!  From the comfy purple velvet bar chairs, to the enormous wooden thrones in the Enoteca Verona wine room, to the classy cane deck chairs and cabanas by the pool, I was thoroughly impressed.

Our Premium Oceanview cabin on the Paris Deck had a large porthole-style window which allowed lots of natural light into the room.  The space wasn't huge but was very adequate, with abundant storage space and a good size bathroom.  If you didn't know already, you could immediately tell you were on an Italian cruise ship due to the Pod-style coffee machine in the room - no dreaded instant coffee in sight!

The dining options on the ship were impressive too; the main dining room was nice, but the Botticelli room and the fine dining Club neoRomantica restaurants were stunning in their elegance.  The food was lovely and the service was faultless. We had a couple of language issues with a Ukrainian waitress, but all were resolved with a lot of pointing and laughter.

Two of the absolute gems onboard the Costa neoRomantica are the Samsara Spa and the Enoteca Verona wine room. There are a number of different treatment rooms in the spa, as well as saunas, chill-out spaces and an amazing two level pool.

Every space and aspect has been designed to give passengers the utmost feeling of relaxation and serenity - the decor, lighting, music, even the aromas of the various oils used in the treatments.  With entry packages for as little as 9 Euros a day, the spa is great value as well.

The Enoteca Verona wine room has a huge selection of international wines, even some from little ol’ New Zealand.  You can choose either a tasting or a full glass from their selection, or you can swipe your cruise card and help yourself using the self-dispensing system.  Could it get any better? Yes - every tasting came with a platter of fantastic cheeses delivered by the onboard cheese expert, which was just divine.

The Costa neoRomantica has so much Italian WOW factor it will blow your cheap Hallensteins socks off and inspire you to go and buy a new Versace pair!

For more information on Costa Cruises please contact a Cruiseabout cruise specialist or call on 0800 22 11 00.

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