Costa Cruises’ new flagship, Costa Diadema, will be christened in Genoa on 7 November 2014 and will offer cruisers a new way of experiencing the Mediterranean.
As the Regina del Mediterraneo (Queen of the Mediterranean Sea), Costa Diadema will offer large, split-level, conveniently-interconnected rooms that directly overlook the sea, evoking the atmosphere of a buzzing seaside resort. What’s more, guests can enjoy spectacular sea views from the longest Promenade of the fleet -a 500m long walkway reminiscent of gorgeous Italian shorelines and waterfronts such as the Sanremo Passeggiata dell’Imperatrice, the seafront of Santa Maria di Leuca in Puglia, or the promenade of Rimini.
Strolling through the open-air Promenade which circles the ship from stern to bow on deck five, guests will be able to admire Roberto Bixio’s artwork Riviera Ligure; two large glass mosaics of the Mediterranean coastline that frame the left and right-hand sides of the walkway and cover a total area of 134m2.
The Promenade measures from 5-8m across, with sixcabanas and two jacuzzis positioned in wider areas that extend out from the side of the ship and create the feeling of being suspended over the sea. Guests can enjoy a leisurely drink or a romantic sunset dinner in the cabanas, comfortably sheltered from the wind.
A number of bars and restaurants overlook the Promenade, creating a Mediterranean-summer atmosphere. A selection of bottled beer by the most prestigious Italian and international brands along with a range of fresh draught beers are available at the Birreria (beer house), while top quality Italian regional wines are on offer at Vinoteca Gran Duca di Toscana. Guests can also enjoy an aperitif at Bar Bollicine which boasts a wide selection of DOC and DOCG Prosecco. Dinner options include the authentically Japanese Teppanyaki and typical Italian cuisine in the casual and cosy atmosphere of the Pizzeria, while the Gelateria Amarillo serves up delicious ice-cream, traditional Italian pastries, crepes, hot chocolates and pralines. Gourmet food lovers can savour the delicacies of quality Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in the a la carte Club Restaurant and the Samsara Restaurant before chilling out in the elegant Teodora Bar at the bow.
Deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, Costa Diadema will visit five of Italy’s main ports during her inaugural month in November – Trieste, Naples, Genoa, La Spezia and Savona – and will become an Ambassador of Italy’s finest.
From 8 November, the 2014/15 winter season and for the 2015 summer season, the new flagship will leave Savona on seven-day cruises in the western Mediterranean Sea, calling every week at Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Naples and La Spezia, allowing guests to visit both Florence and Naples, two of the most popular Italian cities, and beautiful Mediterranean cities like Barcelona and Marseille, in a single cruise
Info courtesy of Costa Cruises