Costa neoRomantica Review

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Introduced to the Costa fleet in 1993 as Costa Romantica, the ship underwent a $120-million transformation that resulted in her relaunch in 2012 as Costa neoRomantica. The renovation added a Samsara Spa, fitness center, Samsara Restaurant, à la carte restaurant, more suites, new categories of spa accommodations, and more staterooms and suites balconies. Cruises to the Western Mediterranean and Baltic are highlights of Costa neoRomantica’s European itineraries.

These two sister ships were designed to bring the Costa fleet up to speed with other cruise lines in the 1990s, and the effort paid off. Public areas clustered on upper decks are filled with marble and furnished with sleek, contemporary furnishings and modern Italian artworks. The effect is vibrant, chic, and surprisingly restful. Lounges and bars are sweeping and grand; however, the areas set aside for children are skimpy by today's family-friendly standards. The two ships diverged again after Costa Romantica's major transformation in 2012. Neither ship has a true promenade deck, but the Lido areas for sunning and swimming are expansive.

Midsize and intimate, each ship retains a like-new luster from regular refurbishments. Unfortunately, Costa Classica lacks the large number of balconies that have become as popular with Europeans as North Americans. Costa neoRomantica holds the edge here, with balconies added during her refurbishment.

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