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Costa Allegra - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Costa AllegraOne of the oldest of Costa’s ships, the 1992 vintage Allegra was rebuilt from the hull and engines of a former container vessel and turned into a cruise ship. This was long before the days of sister ships built in classes for four, five or six, and almost a decade before Carnival Corporation took full ownership of Costa.

Activities On Costa Allegra
So the Costa Allegra remains a quirky relic of another era, full of charm and whimsy for people who like that kind of thing, and appreciate an alternative to what many consider to be the cookie-cutter boredom of many a megaship. A classically Italian décor of Old World architectural elements predominates. Much of the artwork onboard was inspired by the great European painters, such as Gauguin, Degas, and Matisse. Each deck is also named for a master artist, such as Van Gogh, Rousseau, or Lautrec. There is an abundance of glass, affording refreshing views of the sea.

In keeping with its vintage, the Costa Allegra has touches that you won’t find on a lot of cruise ships today. A three-deck-high atrium lobby is dramatic without being overbearing. Another nice aspect is that the Costa Allegra carries only about 800 people when fully loaded - compare that to the average megaship with a capacity of 3,000 or more!

Dining On Costa Allegra
For those who find the myriad public rooms of a megaship overwhelming, the Costa Allegra provides a welcome relief. There are only three venues for dining: One traditional main dining room for formal sit-down meals and the buffet restaurant for casual self-serve breakfast and lunch. An alternative restaurant serves upscale dinners by reservations only, for an extra charge of course. This space is the architectural gem of the ship, with curved glass facing aft over the stern and a domed skylight above.

There are just six bars for relaxing and socializing. Even so, activities are plentiful and nightlife is active onboard, with a disco for dancing, a casino for gaming, and a main theater for the customary cruise-ship production shows. Children have their own small but dedicated playroom with Sony PlayStations for video gaming. Modern conveniences include a small internet center for getting online.

Out on deck, the Costa Allegra sports a small spa and fitness center with high-tech workout equipment, two swimming pools—one for adults and one for children—and two Jacuzzi whirlpools.

Cabins On Costa Allegra
Outside cabins are small but feature unusual double portholes. Upscale accommodations include 13 suites; 10 of these come with private verandahs.

Montmartre Restaurant on the Costa AllegraShip Information
Costa Allegra belongs to Costa Cruises' Allegra Class of cruise ships. This Costa ship features a specialty à la carte restaurant, a multitude of colorful bars and lounges, and an atmosphere of Italian style fun.

Ship Facts
Year Built 1992 ♦ Ship's Class: Allegra Class ♦ Country of Registry Italy ♦ Tonnage 28,500 ♦ Length 616 ft - 188 m ♦ Cruising Speed 22 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 798 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 1,000 ♦ Passenger Decks 8 ♦ Officers and Crew 466 ♦ Officer's Nationality Italian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Total 399 ♦ Suites with Balcony 10 ♦ Suite without Balcony 3 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 0 (none) ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 204 ♦ Inside 182 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 8 ♦ Costa Cruises' cabins include luxury bedding, complimentary continental breakfast, minibar, satellite TV programming, and 24 hour room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Ristoranti Amalfi ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Room Service Available

Yacht Club Buffet on Costa AllegraPublic Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Resort Style Pool ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center