Costa Diadema, the fifteenth ship of Costa Cruises fleet, was presented by Costa Cruises and Fincantieri at the Marghera shipyard. Costa Cruises has invested a total of around EUR 550 million (USD 697m) in the construction of its new flagship.
The project has involved approximately 1,000 shipyard workers plus another 2,500 subcontractors and about 400 contracted suppliers engaged for the fitting-out of the interiors of the cruise ship. Costa Diadema is the 12th cruise ship built in Italy by Fincantieri for Costa, with a total investment worth more than EUR 5 billion (USD 6.33bn).
At 132,500 gross tons, more than 300 meters long and 37 meters wide, Costa Diadema has 1,862 guest cabins.
After the delivery, Costa Diadema will set sail from Venice on October 30 and will reach Trieste, from which her “vernissage cruise” will start on November 1, then will call at Dubrovnik, Corfù, Malta, Naples, to then end in Genoa on November 7, for the Christening event. After the vernissage, from November 8, she will depart for three 7-day inaugural cruises.
As “Regina del Mediterraneo”, Costa Diadema will be deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. From November 8 until the end of 2015 Summer season, the new ship will leave from Savona on 7-day cruises in the western Mediterranean Sea, calling every week at Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Naples and La Spezia.