Starting Dec. 3 Costa Cruises’ newest ship, the Costa Diadema, will begin sailing roundtrip from Rome on weeklong cruises to the Western Mediterranean. Having Rome as the embarkation and disembarkation port for the 3,700-passenger ship gives travelers more time to visit the city’s many famous attractions such as the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Vatican City, Pantheon and more, Costa says.
“This roundtrip-Rome itinerary is an exciting addition to our options because many North American gateways offer direct flights to the city, making it easier for guests to access Costa’s award-winning Mediterranean cruises,” says Scott Knutson, vice president, sales and marketing, for Costa Cruises North America. “The strong American and Canadian dollars and the low price of international airfare make this dream vacation not only convenient, but also affordable.”
The voyages will call at La Spezia and Savona, Italy; Marseille, France; and Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Fares start at $499 per person, double occupancy – that translates to about $72 per day.
Launched less than a year ago, the 132,500-ton Costa Diadema features a 1,640-foot promenade on Deck 5, where split-level public rooms overlooking the sea are interconnected to create the atmosphere of a lively seaside resort. The ship also features new regional menus created by Costa’s Michelin-star chef Fabio Cuccheli, and the Vinoteca Gran Duca di Toscana, a bar that boasts a menu of 80 labels from more than 50 Italian wineries selected in collaboration with the Italian Sommeliers Association.
Entertainment includes themed parties on the lido deck and Italian-style shows like “Sapori d’Italia” — or “Flavors of Italy” — that highlight Italian music, art, opera, cinema and style.