Costa Mediterranea Ship Review
The Costa Mediterranea was the second ship built for Costa by Carnival Corporation, and also was based on the design that would become Carnival’s highly successful Spirit Class. Small enough to fit through the locks of the Panama Canal, at 86,000 gross tons it still has plenty of real estate for all the latest creature comforts and amenities.
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Of course, these are Costa ships though, and their fantastical interiors offer a wondrous world of classical motifs that complement their modern flourishes. The Mediterranea takes the 17th and 18th century palaces of Italian nobility as its central idea, and the ship’s imagery is heavy on dance and theater themes.
Activities on Costa Mediterranea
Three pools include two amidships and one at the stern, the latter with a Carnivalesque waterslide. Other sports facilities include a golf driving net and sports court for volleyball, basketball or tennis. The extensive outer decks provide ample room for sunning and even some out-of-the way spots for a sea-day of reading.
Indoor public areas include a soaring atrium—again a-la Carnival—a cave-like disco, spacious casino, several lounges for all sorts of evening entertainment, a small library/internet center, a card room, and of course activity centers for kids in several age groups.
Dining on Costa Mediterranea
Dining is offered in a spacious two-deck main dining room or a two-story alternative restaurant high up on Deck 10 (this is where on the Carnival ships the alternative steakhouse is nestled under the funnel). An expansive lido buffet provides the setting for casual eating starting at breakfast and continuing throughout the day.
Staterooms on Costa Mediterranea
Cabins are appointed in deep woods and rich fabrics; more than 50 percent of cabins have private verandahs, and the ship has been retrofitted with Costa’s signature spa cabins that provide direct access to the wellness center and other perks. The ship’s spacious suites are well-appointed and offer a good choice for families.