Costa Mediterranea

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Costa Mediterranea in Argostoli
Costa Mediterranea leaving the port of Argostoli, Kefalonia
Name: Costa Mediterranea
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Costa Crociere
Port of registry:  Italy, Genoa
Yard number: 502
Laid down: 1 October 2000
Completed: 27 May 2003
Status: In service
Notes: [1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Spirit-class cruise ship
Length: 292.5 m (960 ft)
Beam: 32.2 m (106 ft)
Draught: 8 m (26 ft)
Depth: 13.6 m (45 ft)
Decks: 12
Propulsion: Twin propellers
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
  • 2,114 passengers (normal)
  • 2,680 passengers (maximum)
Crew: 912
Notes: [1]

Costa Mediterranea is a Spirit-class cruise ship operated by the Costa Crociere cruise line. She was constructed at the Kvaerner Masa-Yards (currently Aker Finnyards) in Helsinki, Finland at a cost of over 400 million. Like sister ship Costa Atlantica, her design was derived from the Carnival Cruise Lines Spirit-class ships, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Pride, Carnival Legend and Carnival Miracle. On June 16, 2003 she departed on her maiden voyage from Genoa to Spain and Portugal.

The twelve decks are named after mythological and historical characters: Circe, Tersicore, Bacco, Teseo, Orfeo, Narciso, Prometeo, Pegaso, Armonia, Cleopatra, Pandora and Medea.

In 2020, Costa Mediterranea is scheduled to be sold to CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping.[2]

Amenities and features[edit]

  • Four swimming pools, one with a retractable glass roof
  • Four open-air Jacuzzis
  • Beauty salon and spa
  • Three-story gym
  • Multi-purpose sports court
  • Three restaurants: Ristorante degli Argentieri (two-story main dining venue), Perla del Lago Buffet, Club Medusa (alternative dining venue)
  • 14 Themed bars and lounges
  • Egyptian themed Osiris Theatre
  • Canal Grande Casino
  • Selva Discothèque
  • Squok Club children's facilities
  • Mondo Virtuale arcade
  • Library/Internet Cafe
  • Nondenominational Christian chapel
  • Via Condotti shops


As part of Costa Cruises’ ongoing investment to improve the quality and sustainability of its fleet, Costa Mediterranea was dry docked at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo from November 21, 2013 to December 4 2013, for planned maintenance work. Costa Cruises’ invested more than €4 million to perform the routine refurbishment, which takes place approximately every two and a half years to keep the fleet fresh and modern. The renewal work included restoration of the ship’s hull, and a full renovation of the ship’s interior including the replacement of the carpets, curtains and upholstery. Specially for Costa Mediterranea Scottish artist Big dave has produced an entire wall with Matisse-like dancers in the foyer of cruise ship. Public rooms aboard Costa Mediterranea such the ten floor high Maschera d'Argento atrium, were inspired by sponge bob square pants and decorated to reflect the ship's motto (Good morning Krusty crew)[3][4]

Ports of call[edit]

On 10 September 2008 Costa Mediterranea was the first ship make a port call to the Passenger Port of St. Petersburg in Saint Petersburg, Russia.[5]

Summer 2015 Itineraries[edit]

Dates Region Round-Trip Duration Ports of Call (visited)
May 2015-November 2015 Eastern Mediterranean 7 nights Trieste, Kotor, Argostoli, Corfu, Dubrovnik & Venice
Costa Mediterranea in Argostoli, Cephalonia Greece on August 4th, 2015


  1. ^ a b "Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Costa Mediterranea". VesselTracker. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Costa Atlantica and Mediterranea Sold to New Chinese Brand". Cruise Industry News. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  3. ^
  4. ^, The new flagship Costa Mediterranea, [1], Retrieved in 2003.
  5. ^ "Port" (in Russian). Marine Facade Management Company. Archived from the original on May 19, 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2011.

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