Costa Mediterranea sailed into the Costa Cruises' fleet in 2003 and was transformed with a major re-fit in 2013. Step aboard this Spirit-class ship and enjoy a relaxed and intimate ambiance, classic Italian-style decor, and an eclectic collection of works of art. Costa Mediterranea boasts fourteen passenger decks lined with 1057 chic cabins and suites, four pools - including one with a retractable cover and water slide - and four Jacuzzis, the Ischia Spa, three-level theatre, shopping gallery, family-friendly facilities, four restaurants, and twelve bars. The ship also drops anchor in some fascinating ports of call where you can enjoy sightseeing, culinary experiences, and a variety of activities ashore.
Argentieri Restaurant showcases 139 artistic silverware pieces and is the ship's main dining room; you'll discover open seating at breakfast and lunch with set dining at either an early or late sitting in the evening. Feast on light bites and serve-yourself dishes at Perla del Lago buffet restaurant at breakfast and lunch; this eatery transforms into Pizzeria Posillipo in the evening for waiter-served Italian-style dishes. Wellness Restaurant is reserved for guests in Wellness suites and cabins for light breakfasts and lunches, and a multi-course dinner; while other guests can book a table here at dinner for a fee. Tables can also be reserved for dinner at an additional cost at Club Medusa Restaurant to enjoy regional dishes and gourmet specialities.
Armonia and Apollo Bars serve ice-cold beers and fruity cocktails at the poolside or enjoy drinks with view at Solarium Bar. Visit Casanova Bar for quizzes, ballroom dancing, and after dinner drinks, or people watch with a gin and tonic at Maschero d'Argento Bar in the atrium lobby. Chill out to piano music in the elegant Roero Bar and Oriental Lounge or Medusa Lounge. Enjoy easy listening tunes in Dioniso Bar and Lounge or discover live and DJ music and a selection of drinks at Isolabella Lounge. Talia Lounge is the place for Latin tunes and signature cocktails or spend your winnings on a glass or two of bubbly at the casino's Canal Grande Bar.
During the daytime, unwind with a relaxing massage at Ischia Spa or work on your tan by the Armonia and Cadmo pools. Indulge in retail therapy at Galleria Via Condotti or discover fun times for younger guests in Squok Club and Virtual World. After dinner, Osiris Theatre presents live music, shows, and cabaret acts on stage or visit Isolabella Lounge for quizzes, talent shows, and dance parties. Dice with Lady Luck at the slot machines and gaming tables at the Canal Grande Casino or end your day in style with late-night dancing at Selva Disco.
Day 1 - 3: UK to Abu Dhabi
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Abu Dhabi and make your way to your 2 night pre cruise stay at the 4* Bin Majid Tower Hotel.
Day 3: Abu Dhabi, UAE – Embarkation
Make your way to the Abu Dhabi, UAE cruise port where you will embark the ship.
Day 4-5: Dubai, UAE
Your Arabian adventure begins in Dubai, the world's fastest-growing global city with a vibrancy and a majesty all of its own. You’ll find all kinds of wonderful modern attractions here, including, at 2,722 feet, the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, plus cutting-edge bars and nightclubs, a man made island in the shape of a giant palm tree, and unparalleled shopping opportunities.
Day 6-7: Muscat, Oman
Muscat, unlike a lot of her Arabian cousins, has managed to retain a scene of authenticity to the old ways. Where her more notable cousins have arrived into the 21st century with a skyline dominated by skyscrapers, shopping malls and hotels, Muscat has retained a lot more of her traditions and values of old. It is this aspect that allows her to captivate guests time and time again. Sail into the preserved historical waterfront and experience the traditional architecture of this calming seascape, hike through the terracotta coloured mountains or even visit the old town and discover the traditional souk and spice markets.
Day 8: Sir Bani Yas Island, UAE
On Sir Bani Yas, just like on the islands of Dalma and the six nearby Discovery Islands, an enormous nature reserve has been designated to species in danger of extinction, be they from the Arabic peninsula or from Africa. In particular, on Sir Bani Yas you will be able to observe rare animals inside a protected area where the great majority of the animals, including giraffes, flamingos and cheetahs to name just a few, live freely.
Day 9: Abu Dhabi, UAE
In the space of a generation Abu Dhabi has managed to transform herself from small fishing village into the thriving metropolis of today. A dramatic skyline of modern skyscrapers and exquisite hotels provides a contrast with the mosques and bazaars of old that can still be found here. Take a ride out to Ferrari World, the world’s largest indoor theme park providing thrills and fun for all the family, or why not take a Jeep Safari through the sand dunes surrounding the city.
Day 10: Abu Dhabi, UAE – Disembarkation
As your cruise comes to an end make your way to the airport for your return flight home.