The Costa Deliziosa marks a break in tradition for Costa, with the company producing this vessel to a smaller schematic than its sister ships Costa Serena, Costa Pacifica and Costa Favolosa. Bigger does not always mean better, however, and one of the major advantages possessed by the Deliziosa is that it has far more itinerary prospects, with the capability of travelling along the Panama Canal.
Besides this immediate advantage, the designers have also managed to include the spacious and luxurious amenities we've come to expect from Costa. Summertime will see lots of families making the most of these, particularly on the Mediterranean itineraries. The world cruises that the vessel often embarks upon generally attract an older demographic, however, typically retired and affluent.
Most evenings are informal and jackets are not required, although there are one or two gala evenings per European sailing. For these, it is absolutely essential to dress up - suits for the men and cocktail dresses for the ladies. Beachwear will be frowned upon in restaurants but jeans are fine.
Onboard currency is the euro and, depending on the age of the person and length of the cruise, there will be a gratuity charge.
You'll undoubtedly want to spend one night dining in the Ristorante Albatross, a beautiful, vibrantly red venue that measures two decks high. Take care of where you sit though - the restaurant is divided into many cosy little areas, each with a different ambience.
Breakfast is served between 7:30am and 9:30am, with lunch at noon and dinner at 7:30pm or 9:30pm. A nice spot for breakfast or lunch is the main pool - Lido Azzurra Blu. There's a small buffet station and plenty of seating by the water.
Finally, a lighter continental fare can be found in the Samsara Restaurant on deck two.
As always with any Costa vessel, there is an invigorating programme of entertainment lined up, which ranges from the traditional (ballroom dancing to a live orchestra) to the more modern (stand-up comedy routines).
The spa is a particular highlight, offering a thalassotherapy pool, an array of aromatic steam rooms and all sorts of spa services including massage and acupuncture. Several pools mean there is plenty of opportunity for you and your family to splash around.
More high-tech fun can be found on the upper decks, including a highly sophisticated golf simulator and a Grand Prix driving simulator.
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