I have said in the past that I would never choose Costa. However, since I have a brother teaching in HongKong, we are looking at a cruise out of that port. Costa Allegra seems to be our only choice in Nov 2008. I know that it is an old (1992) ship, refurbished in 2006, small capacity (others said 800 or 1000, Costa site says 784). Possibly similar in size to NCL Majesty or RCCL Empress which we have done. We have read posts by disgruntled cruisers (mostly Americans) but feel we can have a great experience on any ship. Not sure about the food, we've been spoiled by Celebrity cruises. Anyone been on Costa in general and more specifically on the Allegra? Has anyone done the 14 day Asian tour?