COSTA DELIZIOSA: The ship of the pure pleasure stops in Dubai, Oman & Bahrein

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Together with her sister ship Costa Luminosa, the Costa Deliziosa is Costa Cruises’ “top of the range”, the most exclusive and innovative ship in the fleet. Costa Deliziosa’ features of the combine to create an experience of “pure pleasure” that will last the entire length of the cruise vacation. Costa Deliziosa will delight her Guests with the exclusiveness of its atmospheres, its welcoming and smiling service, the space and the comfort of its public areas and private cabins, with its state-of-the-art entertaining facilities, with the beauty of its itineraries, Dubai and Northern Europe, but even with its restoring and relaxing atmospheres of the Samsara Spa and its most refined cuisine: a real journey among new tastes and aromas for a new “dimension” of pure pleasure.

Conceived by the celebrated architect and interior designer Joseph Farcus, the Costa Deliziosa stands out on account of her exclusive and spectacular design. This stat-of-the art design is characterized by the use of premium materials such as various types of marble and granite, stucco applied by spatula using the technique known as “spatolato veneziano” and other decorative interior finishes including “parchment scroll” lamé, refined Zebrano wood and Wenge timber, Murano glass, and stylish polished and glazed steel, 970 “La Murrina” Murano chandeliers. Featuring in the stunning atrium, very much the focal point here as on all Costa ships, are fine works of art, notably “Sphere” by Arnaldo Pomodoro and a piece called “Delizia fisica e Delizia intellettuale” (Physical Delight and Intellectual Delight), by leading contemporary Italian painter Mario Donizetti. Onboard the Costa Deliziosa the art gallery offers pieces of artists who worked for Costa Deliziosa and other ships in Costa fleet, with a na new figure of the crew staff, the Art Director, entirely dedicated to free guided tours for guests to discover the rich art collection of ship, which includes 340 original works.

There are endless opportunities for fun and entertainment on board the Costa Deliziosa, all of them based on cutting-edge technology. Starting from Costa’s  5 “C” Wonders:

–          a spectacularly entertaining 4D cinema with sound, lighting, images and special effects that combine to create a multi-sensory experience hitherto unheard of on a cruise ship;

–          the most professional Golf Simulator on any cruise ship, featuring thirty-seven 18-hole virtual courses plus an outdoor area of 100 square meters with a putting green;

–          the Grand Prix driving simulator: situated in one of the most spectacular places on board, this attraction is not a videogame but is produced from an original GP car and is the most accurate representation ever of Grand Prix driving on the world’s best racing circuits with the same software and technology used by the F1 champion drivers themselves in training;

–          PlayStation, a first for the global cruise industry.  Starting with PlayStation World, an area on the ship  totally dedicated to latest generation PS3-exclusive video gaming, PlayStation 3 being Sony’s multimedia entertainment system.  Guests are able to enjoy PlayStation 3 also from the comfort of their own cabins, thanks to the “PlayStation on demand” service, with a large choice of videogames for rent.  Plus PlayStation theme nights on the main lido deck using the big screen for total entertainment:

–          roller-skating track.

Onboard the Costa Deliziosa a wi-fi internet connection is available both in cabins and in public areas.

The leading-edge innovations also extend to environmental compliance and protection.  The Costa Deliziosa and the Costa Luminosa, entered into service on May 2009, are the first ships in Italy and  one of the first in the world to be equipped for “cold ironing”, namely a system whereby vessels are plugged into shoreside electrical power, enabling generators to be shut down during stopovers in port.  And that’s not all:  on board there is 100% waste separation, recycling of aluminum, glass and other waste streams, and production of water from desalination plants. Also, the Costa Deliziosa includes various additional special emission-reducing measures.

Another surprise in store is the ship’s theater.  This show lounge is a highly sophisticated structure which have a surface area of 1,300 m², arranged on 3 levels, with a height of about 10 meters, and seating capacity of over 800.  It features amenities and technology setting an example for similar entertainment facilities built ashore.  In particular, advanced  LED technology, with around 14,000 LED lights, ensure a special effects capability so spectacular as to constitute, in itself, a “show within the show”.

If you’d rather see a video, there’s the Giant 18 m² Screen, with special technology which can be used for daytime projection of video clips as well as nighttime film screenings.  The Big Screen is located in the central pool area, which is some 2 decks high and can be used all year round thanks to the sliding glass roof.

To complete the “pure pleasure experience”  also sport, wellness and superb cuisine.  On board Guests can go jogging or skating on the roller-skating track, see how invigorating it is to get some exercise with the sky above and the sea below, or take advantage of the state-of-the-art fitness center, featuring the highly innovative Technogym equipment.  In fact, the Costa Deliziosa & Costa Luminosa are  the first cruise ships in the world to have a Kinesis room by Technogym, located inside the gym, with equipment that can be used individually or in groups, specially designed to improve your state of health, fitness and muscle tone.  Afterwards, why not relax in the Samsara Spa:  a fabulous wellness center that is one of the most complete and exclusive ever built on a cruise ship (about 3,500 m²), with:

–          special Ayurvedic treatments, steam baths and ancient oriental rituals for the body

–          conveniently located cabins with direct access to the spa area

–          a dedicated restaurant with a special wellness menu.

The pure pleasure experience provided on the Costa Deliziosa also comes in the form of a huge range of culinary delights.  Not only the elegant restaurant and the informal buffet in maritime style, but also the Club Restaurant – called Club Deliziosa – with menus created by Ettore Bocchia, Executive Chef at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio and a Michelin-Star restaurateur.  The dishes on offer are based on the very best traditional Italian cuisine and top quality genuine ingredients.  They are accompanied by a prestigious wine list, devised by international sommeliers, which includes Amarone Stella Aneri Costa Deliziosa Special Reserve 2004, a limited edition of the very well known Italian wine, produced and matured in 15 barrels set aside for the ships in the Costa fleet, as well as other sought after Italian and foreign wines.  Meanwhile, the Samsara Restaurant, available for Guests staying in Samsara cabins and suites, will be offering a menu featuring light sophisticated dishes.  Guests with a sweet tooth will love the “chocolate bar”, while those who prefer a more classical “old style” ambience will be very much at home in the “cigar bar”.

The Costa Deliziosa is 92,600 gross tonnage and can carry up to 2,826 Guests, accommodated in 1130 cabins, including 772 veranda cabins.  This makes her the Costa Cruise fleet member with the highest percentage of private balconies, namely 68%, so Guests will be able to enjoy the superb views during the flagship’s cruises from the comfort of their own staterooms.

Costa Deliziosa – Itineraries for 2010

The Costa Deliziosa’s grand maiden cruise departs from Savona on February 5, 2010.  This one-off itinerary will last 38 days:  the first part will be a 21-day extravaganza from Savona to Dubai, crossing the Red Sea and including ports of call in Egypt, Jordan and Oman, while the second, 17-day stretch will head east to India and the Maldives. Customers can book either leg or both.  Until May 2010 the Costa Deliziosa will be based in Dubai, from where she will offer exclusive 7-day cruises around the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain.

In May 2010 the liner will return to Savona on a spectacular 18-day positioning cruise, then from there on to Copenhagen, which will be her summer homeport for 7-day cruises to the Norwegian fjords and Baltic cities.

In the fall the Costa Deliziosa will be deployed on 10-day trips to Egypt with departures from Savona, Naples and Messina.

Costa Deliziosa – Itineraries for 2011

In winter 2010/11 Costa Deliziosa will come back to the Arabic Gulf, offering 7-day cruises from Dubai. Also summer cruises in Northern Europe will be confirmed. In the fall the ship will offer 11-day cruises to Canary Islands. The big innovation are return of the historical cruises “around the world”: a charming and unique itinerary of 100 days, which can be divided into 3 sections (Savona-Los Angeles Los Angeles-Singapore, Singapore-Savona), that will be offered by Costa Deliziosa starting from the end of 2011.

Costa Deliziosa – Facts & Figures

Cabins: total of 1,130 cabins, including 52 inside the wellness area, 662 veranda cabins, 106 suites all with private balconies and 4 suites inside the spa area.

Restaurants:  4, including the private à la carte “Club Deliziosa”, reservations only, and the Ristorante Samsara for Samara Spa Guests

Bars: 11, including the Cognac & Cigar Bar and the Coffee & Chocolate Bar

Swimming pools: 3, one of which with a retractable roof

Jacuzzis: 4

Sports facilities: multipurpose court

jogging track

roller-skating track

Wellness Center: Samsara spa on two levels (3500 m²) with gym, spa baths, thalassotherapy pool, treatment rooms, sauna, Turkish bath, UVA solarium, cabins and suites

Entertainment:      4D Cinema

Theater on three levels with seating capacity of 800

Casino

Disco

Dance club and piano bar

Internet Point

Library

Shopping Center

Playstation World

Kids’ and teens’ areas: Squok Club (for the youngest Guests) with children’s pool

Grand Prix driving simulator

Golf Simulator and outside Golf Area with Putting Green

Big Screen on the central pool deck

Shipyard: Fincantieri – Marghera (Venice)

Gross tonnage: 92,600

Length: 294 meters

Breadth:  32 meters

Decks: 17 (13 passenger decks)

Service speed: 21.5 knots (maximum speed:  23 knots)

Passengers: 2,826 (total Guest capacity)

Crewmembers: 934

4 thoughts on “COSTA DELIZIOSA: The ship of the pure pleasure stops in Dubai, Oman & Bahrein

  • 1 Aprile 2010 at 21:00
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