The Costa Diadema’s christening takes place in Genoa, Italy, where the company was founded and is headquartered. Celebrating the city of Genoa, the Costa Diadema will be docked at Ponti dei Mille, Genoa’s historic shipping terminal, for special christening events. She’ll then depart on an overnight journey to Savonna, Italy where she’ll sail on November 8 for her first inaugural cruise. The Costa Diadema includes some new “firsts” as well as classic features Costa is well known for.
Longest promenade onboard Costa Diadema
The Costa Diadema provides guests with a new way to experience and enjoy the Mediterranean, thanks to her 1,640 foot promenade. Located on Deck 5, it measures 16 feet across, and then goes up to 26 feet wide in a special section where two Jacuzzis and six cabanas are located. Another fun twist? This section extends out from the side of the ship, so guests enjoying the cabanas and hot tubs have the sensation of being suspended over the seas.
Restaurants and bars also overlook this spacious promenade area. The Costa Diadema’s interiors offer spacious, split level public rooms conveniently interconnected and overlooking the sea, providing an atmosphere best described as a vibrant seaside resort.
New Dining and Wine Tasting Venues onboard
Some of the new dining venues onboard include the Teppanyaki Restaurant, which provides authentic Japanese cuisine. The Piazza Pizza Pizzeria provides more of a casual atmosphere for guests who want to enjoy Italian food, while the a la carte Club Restaurant has Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. And additional surcharge does apply for these restaurants. Also for guests staying in the Samara staterooms, lunch and dinner are included at the Samsara Restaurant, which provides healthy spa dishes. (Reservations are required, by the way.) Three other restaurants onboard are complimentary.
The Costa Diadema is also offering new wine and beer tasting venues – Bar Bollicine features a wide selection of the most prestigious Italian brands of Prosecco and Spritz aperitifs. And the Birreria offers a wide selection of bottled beers from renowned Italian and foreign brewers as well as having a range of beers on tap.
A Bit More About Costa Cruises & Heritage
Costa Cruises’ heritage actually goes back to 1854, when it was founded in Genoa, Italy as an olive export company. Its transformation into a cruise company began nearly seven decades ago with the Anna C’s departure on March 31, 1948. The Anna C carried 768 guests on her first inaugural cruise from Genoa, Italy to Buenos Aires, Argentina. And with it, she became the first ship dedicated to passengers, marking the beginning of Costa Cruises.
Where She’s Sailing
The Costa Diadema’s debut actually lasts an entire month, and this includes a special preview cruise on November 1, along with her christening on November 7 in Genoa, and three inaugural cruises November 8, 15 and 22.
Starting November 24, the Costa Diadema will depart on seven night cruises in the Western Mediterranean. This includes weekly calls at Marseille, France; Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca Spain, as well as Naples and La Spezia, Italy.
Fits for Your Group
Thanks to Costa Cruises’ strong Italian heritage, they provide an authentic, European experience onboard with no cultural boundaries, blending cultures, cuisines and entertainment while offering diverse itineraries. Their ships sail, of course, in the Mediterranean, but also the Caribbean, to Asia, South America, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Costa Cruises’ wide range of itineraries plus the onboard experiences fit well with people who perhaps are history buffs, maybe destination collectors, or enjoy culture, romance and music. And some of their onboard innovations, including the Samsara Spa, which debuted in 2006 and has won top awards by taking pampering and well-being to new levels, provide some other options to consider.
If your group members like an immersion experience then perhaps considering Costa Cruises for a future cruise might be an option.