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Costa Mediterranea

Another stepping stone that made a big impression

Costa Mediterranea joined the Costa fleet in May 2003 and made a great impression with her surprising, tasteful, elegantly Italian style.

The official ceremony marking the change of flag was held at the Finnish shipyard where the vessel was constructed.

Costa Mediterranea of Costa Cruises

Costa chairman Pier Luigi Foschi said: “The delivery of Costa Mediterranea is another stepping stone in our policy of investment in the development of our fleet and our Company. This ship and those to come will allow us, through the quality of our cruise offer, to retain our European leadership and introduce a large number of vacationers to the pleasure of cruise holidays.

“We are especially proud to see the Italian flag on the Costa Mediterranea which, thanks to her interiors dedicated to 17th and 18th Century palazzi and to the many magnificent works of art displayed on board, will take Italian art and hospitality across the seas of the world.”

The construction of Costa Mediterranea, sister of Costa Atlantica, began in January 2001. She is 86,000-tons and has a maximum capacity of 2,680 passengers accommodated in 1,057 cabins, 70 per cent with oceanview.

The interiors are particularly refined, inspired by noble Italian 17th and 18th Century palazzi. Piazza Casanova, which evokes the atmosphere of a typical Venetian living room, is based on Palazzo Albrizzi in Venice; the same Italian seaport provides the inspiration for the Casino Canal Grande.

The most surprising and spectacular area of the Costa Mediterranea is the main lobby, where it is possible to admire theatrical scenery stretching all the way to the skylight with a series of sculptures intended as a tribute to Italian culture and dance.

Vital statistics

Operated by Costa Cruises
Built by Kverner Masa-Yards, Finland
Entered service: May 2003
Registered: Italy
Gross tonnage: 85,619tons
Cost: £240million
Passengers: 2,112
Crew: 897
Passnger decks: 11
Lifts: 15
Cabins: 1,057 including

Length: 960ft
Width: 106ft
Engines: diesel electric
Cruising speed: 22 - 24 knots


Two main restaurants (two sittings), casino, theatre, nightclub, fitness centre, jogging track and aerobics room, three outside swimming pools, show lounges, library, conference centre, beauty salon.

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