Sailing Onboard the Costa Diadema
Italian style, epitomized. That is the Costa Diadema, the newest flagship of Costa Cruises that entered the fleet this past November and is currently navigating her first summer season in the Mediterranean. The Costa Diadema will be based in the Med for the foreseeable future.
For 66 years, the ships of Costa Cruises have plied the seas of the world, offering Italian style at sea and the Costa Diadema is a reflection of that dedication to hospitality and cuisine in the utmost. The ship offers a true reflection of the Italian holiday, with delicious food, hand-selected wines and unique shopping experiences highlighted by a selection of famous Italian brands.
The ship’s Italian touch is especially present on its open-air Promenade, currently the longest among Costa’s ships with its 500-meter walk that simulates a stroll along the Italian shoreline. The feeling of Italy pervades the interiors of the ship as well: 90 percent of the chairs onboard are products of Italian designers, and most artworks are designed by emerging Italian artists, such as Andy, Vanni Cuoghi, Resi Girardello and Bixio.
The new ship is 132,500 gross tons, 306 meters in length and 37 meters in breadth. It offers 1,862 guests staterooms that include 130 staterooms and 11 suites within the Samsara spa area. There are also 756 staterooms with a private balcony and 64 suites with a private balcony. Every room has a different mood and furnishings.
Onboard the Diadema, guests staying in the premium suites and Samsara staterooms are able to enjoy a new privilege by choosing the time at which they would like to dine. Samsara guests also are able to enjoy unlimited access to the spa.
Eating and Drinking
Eating and drinking onboard the Costa Diadema definitely has an Italian flair. In the main dining rooms, Fiorentino and Adularia, as well as in the Corona Blu restaurant menus focus on classic Italian dishes. Corona Blu also transforms into a buffet-style dining experience during breakfast and lunch.
The a la carte Club Restaurant has a $26 fee and offers an a la carte menu with items such as surf and turf and a lobster Caesar salad. Samsara Restaurant, which is part of the spa experience, offers a lighter menu. Tavola Teppanyaki offers Japanese-style dining and also features a surcharge of approximately $26. Passengers can also dine at Piazza Pizza and pick up some dessert at Gelateria Amarillo, both of which charge a fee.
There are three swimming pools onboard the Costa Diadema, one of which has a retractable roof. There are also eight Jacuzzis as well as a multipurpose court jogging track, a wellness center and the Samsara spa, which offers a fitness center, spa baths, a thalassotherapy pool, a sauna, a Turkish hammam, a UVA solarium and more.
The “Flavors of Italy” performed in the Emerald Theater is a highlight of Costa Diadema’s onboard entertainment. The performance blends art, opera, cinema, fashion, Italian traditions and lifestyle.
In addition, passengers can enjoy a variety of additional entertainment options such as a 4-D cinema with special video effects and vibrating chairs, the Star Laser arcade with a laser maze, the Country Rock Club with live musical performances, a Grand Prix racing simulator, the Squok Club for kids, big-screen movies on the pool deck, Internet point with Wi-Fi access, a shopping center and more.
Families, in particular, will find the Costa Diadema an ideal choice for cruising in the Med. Cabin configurations can accommodate up to three and four passengers in most cases and special family staterooms can accommodate up to five. There are also connecting cabins in several stateroom categories. The minimum age to sail is 6 months, and babies are specially accommodated in several ways. Parents receive special priority boarding, a crib, a highchair, a baby bath, pureed baby food and a bottle warmer onboard. Parents should remember, however, that diapers and baby food are not sold onboard.
The Squok Club for children is divided into different levels to accommodate for a variety of ages with no additional cost. It is open daily and parents, especially those with small children, can leave kids onboard while they are off on shore excursions, although there are a variety of shore programs that accommodate children of all ages. Onboard activities in the kids club include crafts, pirate treasure hunts, face painting, ice cream socials and Italian language lessons.
The Teen Zone offers hip-hop dancing, body and T-shirt painting, water polo and video games. Teens also have access to Club Allnatt, a video arcade center. There are also early evening games and dances in the disco appropriate for older children.
For more information, visit www.costacruises.com.
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