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Costa Deliziosa Overview
Costa Deliziosa at Sea

Costa Deliziosa at Sea

Photo Courtesy of Costa Cruises
The Costa Deliziosa is Costa Cruises' flagship. Launched in February 2010, the cruise ship is Costa's most elegant and was designed for the cruise line's high-end customers. At 92,600 tons, she is not quite as large as many other mainstream mega-ships launched the past few years. However, she carries 2,826 guests and offers numerous dining and entertainment options onboard.

The Costa Deliziosa is a sister ship to the Costa Luminosa simultaneously launched in 2009 with the Costa Pacifica. While the theme of the Costa Luminosa is the "ship of light" and the Costa Pacifica is the "ship of music", the theme of the Costa Deliziosa is the "ship of pleasure", which is a little bit harder to grasp since I only had a short tour while in Dubai for the Costa Deliziosa christening. However, the ship's venues were designed by Carnival Corp. interior architect and designer Joe Farcus, and he kept this theme in mind while working on the ship.

The interiors are lovely, and Mr. Farcus used premium materials such as marble, granite, and Murano glass in the construction. For example, the Costa Deliziosa has 970 Murano chandeliers, 340 original works of art, and 4756 copies of artwork commissioned by Costa. The ship has 1130 cabins, including 772 balcony cabins. It also has 52 Samsara Spa cabins within the spa area.

Costa Deliziosa Itineraries
Following her launch in Dubai, the Costa Deliziosa sailed for India and the Maldives on the second part of her maiden cruise from Savona. Until May 2010, the ship will be based in Dubai, sailing 7-day cruises around the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, and Bahrain.

In May 2010, the Costa Deliziosa will return to Savona on an 18-day repositioning cruise. She will move north for the summer, sailing 7-day cruises to the Norwegian fjords and the Baltic cities roundtrip from Copenhagen.

In the fall of 2010, the ship will return to Savona for 10-day trips to Egypt, with departures from Savona, Naples, and Messina.

The Costa Deliziosa will return to Dubai for the 2010/2011 winter season, again offering 7-day cruises in the Persian Gulf. She will return to northern Europe in the summer of 2011, but will travel to the Canary Islands for the fall of 2011, sailing 11-day cruises.

In late December 2011, the Costa Deliziosa will depart on Costa's first world cruise in 15 years. This 100-day itinerary can be broken into 3 sections: Savona to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Singapore, and Singapore to Savona.

Let's take a tour of the Costa Deliziosa.

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