Posted by: travelrat | May 8, 2015

Aboard ‘Costa Mediterranea’

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Guadeloupe: 15th March 2015.

After the seemingly endless check-in procedure, we finally boarded ‘Costa Mediterranea’. I’ve already given details of her size and tonnage earlier, I can only add that she was built in Finland in 2003 and, like other ships in the Costa line we’ve sailed on, has extensive artwork conforming to a particular theme. On this ship, it’s inspired by Italian buildings of the 17th and 18th Century.


In overall charge was Captain Mauro Bellamo. We didn’t see much of him, except at the Captain’s Reception, when we were seated so far back, I couldn’t get a decent photo. However, at Miami, he left the ship and a new Captain came aboard.

On the other hand, Executive Chef Emanuele Canepa could often be seen in the dining room … a complete opposite to the ‘Costa Deliziosa’ a few years back, where we just caught a glimpse of the Executive Chef, but often saw the Captain.


Then, there were, of course, the waiters at our table. Since this was a fairly long cruise, they changed from time to time, so, rather than post pictures of them all, I’ll put a video up later.

We had the lifeboat lecture … now, it must be held before you leave port, then … I wonder why we still say ‘set sail’, when there are, as far as I know, no sails aboard to set? Next stop … Sint Maarten.


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