In less than week, Costa Mediterranea will say “arrivederci” to the Port of Miami and head home to Italy. The 19-day crossing will end Costa’s winter here, sailing eastern and western itineraries from Miami. The ship’s lavish statuary (lots of gilt and marble) and a dramatic 11-story atrium represent 18th and 19th century piazzas – luxurious, beautiful and, may I say it, slightly over the top.
And while Costa ships sail with a huge number of European guests, the line always has a share of North Americans on board. Food, entertainment and culture are geared to an international crowd.
For example, the three-story showroom offers a mix of production shows, cabaret, Vegas-style reviews and international performers.
Scott Knutson, Costa sales and marketing vice president, says “in Europe, from start to finish, we consider Costa a growing market for kids.”
The 10-year-old Mediterraneana is a twin to the newer Atlantica. Next winter the Caribbean itineraries will be offered aboard Costa’s new Luminosa.