Costa neoClassica has recently undergone a complete redesign at the San Giorgio del Porto yards in Genoa at a cost of €22.5 million.

The 53,000 gross ton Costa Cruises vessel has benefited from the refitting of its 654 cabins and of its public areas to bring it in line with other Costa neoCollection cruise ships.

Cabins have been designed with bright and luminous colours and now feature Illy coffee pod machines as well as Elemis amenities and beauty products.

The Al Fresco Café has been designed to resemble a peaceful park-like environment whilst the lounge areas on the open deck have been renovated to benefit sun-lovers. Self-services touch screen portals (known as “Totems”) have also been installed on-board enabling guests to browse activities at leisure.

As part of their evening program of events Costa Cruises will offer a “Stargazer” experience on-board which will enable guests to learn about the night skies through high-quality telescopes, assisted by Costa experts.

In terms of itineraries, Costa neoClassica is set to call into a selection of lesser-visited ports this year. Selected itineraries will also offer longer calls with some overnight calls scheduled too.

The “From Egypt to the Spice Islands” itinerary will call at ports including Eilat (Israel), Aqaba (Jordan), Oman, the Seychelles, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius. Then the “Indian Ocean, paradise on earth” itinerary will depart Port Louis (Mauritius) and tour the Indian Ocean and call at the Seychelles, Mahé, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius.

Thereafter Costa neoClassica will be deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean for the spring and summer 2015 seasons. Itineraries will include calls to destinations within Italy, Greece, Malta, Turkey, Montenegro and Croatia. Certain itineraries will include overnight calls to Venice and Istanbul enabling guests to experience authentic Italian and Turkish night life respectively. Overnight calls also allow more daylight hours for guests to explore further afield in each of the destinations. Venice offers an abundance of monuments, palaces, harmonious bridges, gondolas, traditional narrow streets and picturesque squares whilst Istanbul is known for the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia Museum, the Topkapi Palace, the Spice Market and more.

(Photo credit to Costa Cruises)