COSTA DIADEMA, the new flagship of Costa Cruises, will be christened at Genoa, Italy, Nov. 7, 2014. The ship is set to depart from Trieste, Italy, for Genoa on its preview cruise Nov. 1, followed by her inaugural cruise departing Savona, Italy, Nov. 8.
COSTA DIADEMA’s christening event celebrates Costa’s long-standing relationship with Genoa, where the company was founded and has its headquarters. Costa Crociere is expanding its presence in Genoa by opening new offices for about 250 employees this summer at Piazza Piccapietra, next door to its current headquarters.
The ship is under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice and the cruise line is slated to take delivery on Oct. 30. The inaugural activities are scheduled to last all month, including the preview cruise on Nov. 1, the christening event on Nov. 7, and three inaugural cruises departing Nov. 8, 15 and 22.
Following the naming ceremony, COSTA DIADEMA departs Genoa Nov. 8 for the first in a series of three seven-day western Mediterranean inaugural cruises with stopovers at Marseille, France; Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Naples and Savona, Italy.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.