On board the Costa Deliziosa, Costa Cruises style

The Costa Deliziosa, a Costa Cruises ship completed in 2010 and part of the Luminosa class, was built by Fincantieri in the Marghera shipyards. At a weight of 92,700 tons and with a capacity for 2260 guests (based on double occupancy) this is a medium sized ship within the contemporary cruise ship context.

The majority of the public spaces are concentrated on decks 2 and 3 that share the Atrio delle Delizie, a stunning settings which welcomes passengers as they come onto the ship and that has the famous Sfera by Arnaldo Pomodoro. The interiors are very modern, with works of art, Murano glass and lots of polished steel.

Around the Atrio delle Delizie you will find a concentration of most of the onboard services. The deck 2 area is serviced by a bar and has an ample sitting area, not only around the Sfera area but also near the windows on the side of the ship. On the left side you will find the Reception and the Excursion Office. On the deck above you will find the Photo Shop (divided into more than one area), the access to the Chapel, the Library, the Internet Point Velvet and lastly the Logo Shop filled with all the Costa Cruises souvenirs. In the atrium you will also find the informative totem poles, the panoramic elevators and a space dedicated to Cruise Consultants, who can assist you in a purchase of a future cruise.

Areas for entertainment and enjoying music and fun are located on deck 2 and 3 as well. The Discoteca Sharazad, on the stern, extends over two decks with a dance floor below and a terrace with sofas and tables on the upper deck. The Bar Alcazar, one of the main bars on board, offers piano music and is great for passing the time while you wait for your dinner turn, as is it located in front of the entrance to the Ristorante Albatros. Beyond the atrium you will find the Virtual Arcade on the right (a video game room) and next to it is the Casinò Gaius, which is very large with tables, slots and billiards and served by a bar. For smokers there is the Tabac Blond Cigar Lounge offering a reserved room with a sea view and a few more slot machines have been placed here.

The heart of onboard nightlife, but also a welcoming place for relaxation in the afternoon, is the Gran Bar Mirabilis with a dance floor and live music. The Cinema Etoilies 3D offers a unique experience with special effects and thrilling sensations. The Duse Theater, on the bow of deck 2, is elegant and spacious and with boxes that go all the way up to deck 3.

A great environment for a night cap is the Piano Bar Excite which is located on the bow of deck 3 with an entrance near the mouth-watering Gelateria Amarillo. On the stern, instead, you will find the Vanilla Bar, specialized in sparkling wines and wines by the glass, with fantastic aperitifs to sample while waiting for dinner. You will have plenty of opportunities to indulge in some shopping at the Galleria Shops, a large and complete shopping experience with a wide variety of watches, jewelry, perfume and clothing.

The food service on the Costa Deliziosa is centered around the Ristorante Albatros, the only main restaurant on board with different dinner times, and the buffet restaurant Ristorante Buffet Muscadins on the Lido deck. The first is on deck 2 and 3 on the stern with beautiful windows on the sea that are truly thrilling and unique, especially while sailing. The Ristorante Muscadins offers a Grill section as well, at the central pool and at the stern, and part is transformed into the Pizzeria Pummid’Oro in the evenings. Possible alternatives for an additional fee includes the Ristorante Samsara, next to the Albatros on deck 2, and the Ristorante Club, above the Buffet on deck ten at the center of the ship. The Gelateria Amarillo has tempting treats that are too good to pass up with everything from gelato to crepes to macarons.

The Costa Deliziosa has two swimming pools, one at the center of the ship and one on the Lido deck at the stern, both areas feature large Jacuzzis as well. The central Lido (Lido Azzurro Blu) has a bar service and an area to dance and enjoy on board entertainment. The Lido Acqua Regina, on the stern, offers a quieter environment, in general, and has a bar services that includes cocktails made with Aperol.

Other beautiful outside areas are located on decks 10 and 11. The Lido Magnolia, in the stern area of deck 10, offers a reserved area for an additional charge that offers utmost tranquility with alcoves and a view of the ship’s wake. Other solarium areas can be found between decks 10 and 11, where the mini golf and sports field are located as well as a jogging path.

Those who love wellness and fitness are sure to find something to enjoy at the Samsara Spa and at the gym. Saunas, steam room, beautiful thalassotherapy tub and a full series of treatments are available to Samsara guests or with packages for all ship guests. The vast gym is free and overlooks the sea, with an aerobics area and latest generation equipment.

There is plenty of fun for the smallest passengers as well: from the Teen Club, enriched with a packed program of encounters and games, to the Squok Club which is not to be missed and now also has a Peppa Pig Area. Beyond the inside areas there are also a series of play areas reserved for kids which are located outdoors.

The Costa Deliziosa is a very enjoyable, modern ship with a layout that is very linear where it is easy to acclimate after even just a few hours on board. Thanks to the areas dedicated to them, this ship is suitable for families and children as well. The ship offers a wide range of cabin categories, from the interior to the exterior cabins with balconies, all the way up to the beautiful Suites on the stern that are so amazing you won’t ever want to leave your room!

Information, offers and Reviews of the Costa Deliziosa on Cruising Journal, with lots of other images in the Photo Gallery and in our Video.

Gabriele Bassi