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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 2010 Age Restrictions: At least one person in each
Year Refurbished: N/A room must be 21 years of age or older.
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Assigned (2 seatings)
Guest Occupancy: 2,260 Assigned Dining Hours: 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm
Crew: 921 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 92,700 tons Bars/Lounges: Yes
Length: 958 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 106 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 21.6 knots Swimming Pools: Yes
Decks: 16 Hot Tubs: Yes
Ship's Registry: Italy Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes


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Overview
Costa Deliziosa is one of the youngest Costa Cruises ships, as she debuted in March of 2010. Among the exciting onboard features are a state-of-the-art golf simulator, a very high percentage of balcony staterooms (772 out of 1,130 staterooms have a balcony), more spacious suites and balconies, a 4D cinema with LED light technology, a Formula 1 racing simulator, a Samsara Spa (which is over 2,000 meters in area), a giant eighteen square meter movie screen, as well as a new (à la carte) Club Restaurant where guests can see right into the kitchen.

Rather than trying to create a "mega ship" Costa set out to create a more unique product with Costa Deliziosa. It can best be explained by a statement made by former Costa CEO Pier Luigi Foschi, who said prior to their launch that "Costa Luminosa and her sister ship (Costa Deliziosa) will be the result of a brand new design concept, whereby - rather than size - we have concentrated on combining the best aspects of our product, such as wellness, exclusive itineraries, art and top quality cuisine, which are especially popular with more and more of our guests." Deliziosa is actually the sister ship of the upcoming Queen Elizabeth of Cunard Line, which is expected to launch in late 2010, as well as the already sailing Costa Luminosa.



Destinations & Itineraries
Costa Deliziosa features cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2012: Mediterranean
2013: Mediterranean, World Cruise



Staterooms
Costa Deliziosa has a wonderful variety of accommodations, from inside staterooms to full suites. A special set of accommodations onboard the Deliziosa are spa accommodations (see below for details). All of the staterooms onboard Costa Deliziosa come with a private bathroom, air conditioning, safe, mini bar (from which they charge you for anything you eat/drink), 220-volt and 110-volt outlets, hair dryer, satellite TV and phone.

A unique type of accommodation available onboard the Deliziosa are the Samsara Spa staterooms, which are all be located on deck 8. Such accommodations are classified as SI (interior), SB (veranda) and SU (suite) staterooms. The benefits of staying in a spa stateroom include unlimited access to the Samsara Spa and Thalassotherapy pool, a special Welcome Ritual (consisting of a private consultation to develop a spa program for you, a tea ceremony in the spa, two spa treatments of your choice from a selected menu, two fitness or meditation classes, as well as two sessions in the Relaxation Area comprising solarium and bronzing facilities), a flat screen TV in your stateroom, a stylish bath accessory set, a mini-bar filled with healthy food and beverage selections, aromatherapy diffusers, special shower and air filters, and access (and priority reservation status) to eat in the Samsara Restaurant (featuring a special wellness menu).

Inside Staterooms:
The interior staterooms onboard Costa Deliziosa have all of the standard features listed above, plus two lower beds that can (usually) be converted into one queen-size bed. Inside staterooms (which are categories I1 through I4) can be found onboard the Deliziosa on decks 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Oceanview Staterooms: The Deliziosa's oceanview staterooms feature everything her inside staterooms have, plus a window giving guests a view outside of the ship. Such accommodations are located on decks 1, 4, 6 and 7, and are classified as categories E1 and E2. The category E1 oceanviews have an obstructed view, meaning that there will be something on the outside of the room's window (such as a lifeboat) that blocks your view outside.

Balcony Staterooms: The balcony staterooms onboard the Deliziosa are referred to as veranda staterooms. The non-suite veranda staterooms onboard the Deliziosa are category B1 through B8 staterooms, which are located on decks 4 through 8. Category B6 staterooms have a grand (larger than standard size) balcony.

Suites: Guests staying in suites onboard Costa Deliziosa get daily delivery of the lunch and dinner menus, a choice of pillows (from their Pillow Menu), bathrobes and slippers to use during the cruise, and a kit of bath products.

The most basic suites onboard the Deliziosa are (category MS) Mini-Suites. Such staterooms feature everything a veranda stateroom does, plus a whirlpool bath, shower and sitting area. A full suite (category S) is the next step up in accommodations, while a Gran Suite (category GS) is the most premium accommodation onboard the Deliziosa. There are just six GS suites onboard the Deliziosa, so they'll most likely tend to get sold out rather quickly on many sailings.



Dining
Being an Italian cruise line that heavily focuses on "Cruising Italian Style," the majority of the food onboard Costa is Italian. However, other options can be found onboard (including a few American favorites).

Each night of the cruise will typically have a different theme in the two-story main dining room, Taurus Restaurant. The menu in this venue reflects on each particular evening's theme. For example, there may be a Caribbean Dinner, an Italian Dinner, an American Dinner, or even a Bacchanal Dinner (a classical Rome-inspired evening, where guests may wear togas to dinner). Besides the varying menu each night, there will always be a few additional options on the menu that remain constant (for those that aren't crazy about that particular theme's selections), including various meats, fish and pasta dishes. The menu in this venue is printed in Italian, with a second language (such as English, Spanish and German) below each description. The main dining room has an assigned seating setup for dinner, where guests are assigned to a specific dining room at a specific time (either a main or late seating). Guests dine at the same table each night, with the same wait staff serving them. Be sure when initially booking your cruise, that you select the dining time you want, and please be aware that it may be on a waitlist.

There may be cooking demonstrations performed in public spaces during select days on some of Costa's voyages. When these are available they're quite a treat to see.

Club Deliziosa (located on deck 10) is the ship's optional specialty restaurant (also known as a Club Restaurant). This upscale venue offers a wonderful à la carte menu (designed by a Michelin three-star chef), with a $20 per person cover charge and $3 per person gratuity (both which are subject to change). You can make reservations for this restaurant prior to your cruise, or while on your cruise (based on availability).

The large Andromeda Restaurant Buffet, located on deck 9, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is a casual dining option, available to all passengers onboard Costa Deliziosa. There is also a pizzeria in this area as well. Another casual venue is Sirius Cafeteria, located on deck 3.

Those staying in Samsara Spa accommodations have the privilege of being able to dine in the Samsara Restaurant, located on deck 2. This venue has a special wellness menu, featuring spa-friendly cuisine.

Don't forget that 24 hour room service is available for all passengers onboard Costa Deliziosa. There is a basic complimentary menu, but it's an excellent option for a late night snack, or for when you're feeling a little lazy and would rather the food come to you. There are a few items on the menu that you can order at an additional cost, such as bar drinks.



Onboard Features
Costa Deliziosa's main central gathering space is the huge atrium, Supernova Atrium, in which guests can find the customer service and shore excursion desks (on deck 2), as well as various public spaces (including the Supernova Bar and photo gallery).

Deliziosa will has many entertainment venues onboard. Among them is the three-deck high Phoenix Theater, Costa Deliziosa's main show lounge. A different show is performed at this venue each evening. Examples of possible performances include comedians, Broadway-style production shows, singers, acrobats and musicians. The Vega Casino, which features many slot machines and gaming tables, is located on deck 2. This area of the ship tends to get especially crowded during the evening, especially after one of the shows ends in the main show lounge. The two-level Altair Disco is the main nightclub onboard Costa Deliziosa. It's a great place to enjoy a drink, mingle or dance. On each night of the cruise you'll find many live bands performing in a number of venues, as the European love of music and dancing shines through onboard this ship.

There are many bars throughout Costa Deliziosa. Among them is the Libra Bar (and Libra Lounge), Electra Grand Bar, Rigel Cigar Lounge, Antares Piano Bar and Virgo Bar (and Virgo Lounge). There will also be many staff members circulating throughout the outdoor and buffet areas, asking if you'd like a drink. As you might assume, you'll have no problem finding somewhere to grab a cocktail while onboard Costa Deliziosa.

A couple of swimming pools are located on deck 9 (Dorado Pool and Dolphin Pool), in addition to the Squok Pool (a children's pool) on deck 11. Nearby each pool are plenty of lounge chairs, great for relaxing in the sun or grabbing a bite to eat outdoors. Another popular area of the ship is the solarium.

The Formula 1 race car driving simulator is a really neat feature available onboard Costa Deliziosa. The cost to use this impressive machine is either 10 or 30 Euros, depending on the experience level you want to enjoy. It's not cheap, but it's a lot of fun! This machine is located aft on deck 10, right by the Virtual Golf Course.

Costa Deliziosa's two-level Samsara Spa is located forward on decks 9 and 10. Within this area is also a beauty salon and gym (with workout equipment and an aerobics area, with some classes that require a fee be paid to participate). The spa offers a wide range of treatments, such as massages, facials, thalassic therapy treatments, and hydrotherapy. A nice feature in the spa is a special balcony area (called the Dorado Balcony), reserved just for spa guests. As mentioned above, guests staying in Samsara Spa accommodations will have special spa access.

There are many interesting public spaces on deck 2 of Costa Deliziosa. Among them is a card room, video game arcade and Mizar Cinema. Just one deck up is the ship's art gallery, library and Galleria shops (where you can do some duty-free shopping for a number of popular items such as jewelry, liquor and perfume). All the way up on deck 10 you'll find a putting green area, while the sports area (featuring a basketball court, yoga area and jogging track) is on deck 11.

Costa does a nice job for families with children and teens onboard this ship, as there is a two-level children's club area onboard Costa Deliziosa (named The Squok Club, located forward on decks 10 and 11). This area features various games and activities just for children, as well as a children's pool (as mentioned above). Located next to the Squok Club, on deck 10, is the Teen's Zone.



Dress Code and Attire
During the day people dress casual while onboard a Costa cruise. Examples of such dress include light, cotton clothing or swimwear with cover up when indoors. Some tours prohibit shorts and sleeveless shirts, and may require ladies to wear knee-length skirts or slacks.

Almost every night on a Costa cruise is informal. Costa asks you to feel free to dress comfortably in resort attire, as jackets are not required. Depending on your cruise's length, there are usually one or two formal nights. If you choose to dress formally, Costa recommends a suit for men and a cocktail dress for women. You may also dress more casually on such nights, in elegant resort wear.



Children Programs
Costa's children's program, called Costa Kids Program, varies based on the number of children onboard each sailing and on the particular ship and itinerary. When in full effect, this program offers four age-based children's programs:

Mini: ages 3 (out of diapers) to 6
Maxi: ages 7 to 11
Teen Junior: ages 12 to 14
Teen: ages 15 to 17

Costa Kids Program is an interactive program that provides daily activities for children and teens. Activities vary based on age-group and include activities such as costume parties, sports tournaments, evening parties, treasure hunts, board games and junior aerobics.

The parents of children in either the Mini or Maxi groups are able to take advantage of free nighttime group babysitting (held in the children's area until 1:30 am). Nighttime babysitting is not available for children under 36 months of age.

Children have special counselors and a room designed for their activities. Children under the age of 3 are allowed to enter and stay in the room only during certain times (not during busy times in high season) and must be accompanied by an adult. Children's activities vary by ship and itinerary, as the number of children varies by sailing and programs are adjusted accordingly. Infants under the age of 6 months at the time of boarding are not allowed on board. This lower age limit is raised to 12 months for cruises lasting 15 days or more.


Tipping and Gratuities
Costa will automatically charge your onboard expense account a per person, per day "service charge" to cover many of the staff members (such as the dining room staff and room stewards) that service you throughout your cruise.

Costa's service charge is based on your cruise's destination and duration. It is as follows (subject to change):

Destination
Cruise Length
Charge per adult (per day)
14 to 17 year olds
Under 14
Caribbean
(departing from a US port)
Up to 8-nights
$10
50% of adult charge
No charge
Over 8-nights
$8
Caribbean
(departing from a non-US port)
Up to 8-nights
6 Euro
Over 8-nights
4.50 Euro
Europe
Up to 8-nights
6 Euro
Over 8-nights
4.50 Euro
Far East (Asia)
Over 8-nights
6 Euro
South America
Up to 8-nights
$6
Over 8-nights
$4.50
Transatlantic
Any Duration
4.50 Euro

If you'd like to increase or decrease the amount charged by Costa for service charges, you may do so by contacting your ships' Guest Relations Desk (prior to the end of your cruise).

A 15% gratuity will automatically be added to any beverage purchases you make. It is at your discretion to tip bartenders, servers, deck stewards and various other staff members, if you so desire.


Alcohol Policy
The minimum drinking age on all Costa cruise ships departing from a US port is 21 years of age. If the ship departs from a non-US port, the minimum drinking age is 18 years old. Any bottles of alcohol that you purchase onboard the ship (in the gift shop) or at a port of call will be held for you by the staff, until disembarkation.


Gambling Policy
The minimum gambling age on all Costa cruise ships is 18 years of age.


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