Costa Diadema to be Christened Nov. 7


Costa Diadema, the new flagship of Costa Cruises, will be christened at Genoa, Italy, Nov. 7.

Costa Diadema is set to depart from Trieste, Italy, for Genoa on its preview cruise Nov. 1, followed by the ship’s inaugural cruise departing Savona, Italy, Nov. 8.

Diadema is under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice. The cruise line is slated to take delivery of the ship Oct. 30.

The flagship’s inaugural activities are scheduled to last all month, including the preview cruise Nov. 1, the christening event Nov. 7 and three inaugural cruises departing Nov. 8, 15 and 22. Following the naming ceremony, Costa Diadema departs Genoa Nov. 8 for the first in a series of three seven-day western Mediterranean inaugural cruises with stopovers at Marseille, France; Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and Naples and Savona, Italy.

The 3,724-guest Costa Diadema will offer many on-board innovations, including food and wine venues Vinoteca, Birreria (beer house), Japanese Teppanyaki, Piazza Pizza and Gelateria. New entertainment offerings include Country Rock Club, featuring “classic rock” music, and the Star Laser room, offering interactive laser games including Laser Maze. Portobello Market Piazza is an 11,840-square-foot area with designer stores and retail outlets.