Costa Diadema Celebrates One Year in Service With Updated Offerings
PHOTO: Costa Diadema. (photo courtesy of Costa Cruises)
Costa Diadema, the flagship of Costa Cruises' fleet, will celebrate its first birthday Nov. 7 and to mark the occasion, the Italian-flagged cruise line is enhancing the ship's "Italy's finest" theme. Over the past year, Costa Diadema has offered guests the best of Italian-style quality, passion and hospitality. With updates to its culinary and entertainment offerings, the "Queen of the Mediterranean" soon will enhance its unique Italian flavor.
Beginning in December, Costa's new regional menus, featuring dishes from 14 Italian regions, including vegetarian and vegan selections and children's menus, will be available not only in the ship's main restaurants but also in the self-service Corona Blu restaurant. This convenient option enables families to dine in a more casual setting while maintainingthe quality of dishes created by Costa's dining room chefs.
Costa has also partnered with Italian brand Agrimontana for more delicious ice cream flavors onboard. In addition to the ship's Gelateria Amarillo, guests will be able to satisfy their sweet tooth poolside with a new multicolored mobile cart similar to those used on Italian beaches. The Gelateria Amarillo also will offer a traditional Sicilian breakfast with snow-cones and brioches.
Also beginning in December, Costa Diadema's Samsara Restaurant will feature a new menu, with fresh and appetizing ideas that blend flavors from Asia and South America with a Mediterranean spirit. Costa's Corporate Chef Stefano Fontanesi and Corporate Pastry Chef Riccardo Bellaera have created a special Pacific-fusion menu. For example, guests can enjoy ceviche, one of South America's most popular dishes, reinterpreted with the Italian flavor of sweet Tropea onions, or "real Italian" fettuccine with red shrimp, lime and roasted cashews. The "new" reservation-only Samsara Restaurant will be open for dinner.
Costa Diadema's Corona Blu restaurant will begin serving Costa-style gourmet burgers in January 2016. Made with high-quality 100 percent Italian Fassona beef, fresh vegetables, including porcini mushrooms, and Italian cheeses like taleggio, guests can savor the flavors of a new Italian hamburger tradition. The gourmet burgers will be served with side dishes and Italian craft beers, with a tasty option for vegetarians, as well.
Costa Diadema's entertainment offerings are also being refreshed. After their shows, musicians and entertainers will move around the ship performing in different areas dedicated to different genres or musical groups. Guests also will find more poolside parties and theme-based festivities.
With Costa's new service promise and philosophy — "Here for you" — guests will experience a cruise vacation on all of Costa's ships where everything has been taken care of down to the smallest details. Ship personnel will welcome guests with Italian-style hospitality, an attitude that's always friendly, warm and cheerful. Specific training programs and continuous refresher courses will constantly improve onboard hospitality.
Guests can experience Costa Diadema's new culinary and entertainment offerings during seven-night cruises in the western Mediterranean, including calls at Savona, Naples and La Spezia, Italy; Marseille, France; and Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. During Costa Diadema's Nov. 7 cruise from Savona, Italy, and on the other cruises later in the month, special festivities will be held to celebrate the first birthday of the flagship of Italian seafaring, featuring games, music, dancing, parties, a traditional birthday cake and celebratory flutes of sparkling Italian wine.
SOURCE: Costa Cruises press release
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