The most extravagant of the Costa fleet, the new Costa Diadema, will sail on its maiden voyage in November 2014 from Venice to Savona. Costa Cruises has invested approximately US$745 million in what will be the largest cruise ship flying an Italian flag. Built by Fincantieri at its Marghera shipyard in Venice, the Costa Diadema is also known as Costa Tiara. It’s the tenth ship to be delivered by Fincanieri to Costa Cruises.
Costa Diadema will be capable of accommodating 4,947 passengers and 1,253 crew members. It is 306m long and 37.2m wide and it features 1,854 cabins. The most impressive attraction of the vessel will be the Samsara spa covering an area of about 7,800m². The interior of the ship is designed by Architect Joseph Farcus. It will carry some 7,874 works of art, including original art, reproductions and silk-screen prints by 41 artists (38 of them Italian).
“The whole project of the ship is based on ‘pure design’ aimed to affect the emotions of every guest. The design philosophy is sophisticated and contemporary. We have been trying to create special designs, which affect the emotions of the guests indicating to them they are sailing in a very special environment created for their leisure and delivering them to the real destination, their dreams,” said Fracus.
Costa Diadema will include 15 bars, three swimming pools (one of them with a retractable roof), a multisports pitch, eight hot tubs, an outdoor jogging track, library, baby pool, restaurants with excellent food and many more. The ship will be equipped with six Wärtsilä 12V46 main engines with an output of 75,600kW and it will set sail for a series of Mediterranean cruises immediately after its inauguration.