Thursday, 13 February 2014

Costa Reveals Debut Season For Diadema

Costa Cruises has unveiled its inaugural cruises for the new Costa Diadema, the fleet’s future flagship that will be delivered by the Italian shipyard Fincantieri on October 30.

The first cruise sailing November 1 will be the classic preview voyage, with three new culturally rich and architecturally beautiful cities included in the itinerary: Trieste, Dubrovnik and Genoa.

The voyage will depart from Trieste with a one-and-a-half-day stopover, while the final port of destination is Genoa, Costa's home city. The ship will also make calls at Dubrovnik, Corfu, Malta and Naples before reaching its new home port.

Costa Diadema will then undertake three 7-day inaugural cruises in the western Mediterranean, with longer stopovers at Marseille, Barcelona and Savona. The cruises will offer the chance to visit both Florence and Naples, two of Italy’s most popular cities, in a single cruise. The itinerary includes calls at Genoa (only for the first cruise), Marseille, Barcelona, ​​Palma de Mallorca, Naples, La Spezia and Savona.

For the rest of the 2014/15 winter season, the new flagship will leave from Savona on seven-day cruises in the western Med, calling at Marseille, Barcelona, ​​Palma de Mallorca, Naples and La Spezia.

The 132,500-ton Diadema - with 1,862 staterooms - promises to be Costa's most glamorous ship to date, with top quality food, wine and entertainment. The interiors will be even cosier, more spacious and more modern in terms of facilities and layout, with the benefit of large, split-level rooms directly overlooking the sea and conveniently interconnected, thus evoking the atmosphere of a buzzing seaside resort.

Among the many innovations on board are new food and wine tasting treats in the shape of the Vinoteca (wine house), Birreria (beer house), Japanese Teppanyaki, Pizzeria and Gelateria. There will also be new forms of fun and entertainment on board with the Country Rock Club and the Star Laser room, featuring different styles of interactive laser games, including the Laser Maze.

Shopaholics will love the Portobello Market Piazza, the heart of a 1,100sq metre area of designer stores and retail outlets, while the purpose-built Samsara Spa located on the upper decks will offer the chance to enjoy the regenerating experience of a wellness cruise. For those wanting to enjoy the sun, sea and spectacular ocean vistas, the open-air promenade with cabanas is ideal and extends more than 500m. 

More info: call 0800 389 0622 or visit www.costacruises.co.uk.

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