NAPLES, Italy -- Never let it be said that Costa Cruises doesn't
know how to bring out a ship.
Costa's latest, the 2,114-passenger CostaMediterranea, was
christened earlier this month in an evening extravaganza that
included a breathtaking, six-part stage show reminiscent of the
Cirque du Soleil as well as a spectacular fireworks display.
In many ways, the opulence of the christening ceremony reflects
the ambiance of the vessel itself, which was designed with a
"palazzi" (palace) theme by Carnival Corp. architect Joe Farcus,
the man responsible for the interior design of the Carnival Cruise
The ship's decor pays tribute not only to 17th and 18th century
Italian palaces but also to Italian art and culture.
Farcus, who also created the interiors of the
CostaMediterranea's sister ship, the CostaAtlantica, said he used
Costa's concept of "Cruising Italian Style" as a "literal
motivation in designing the ship."
Continuing through October, the ship will operate seven-night
The CostaMediterranea will reposition to the Caribbean in