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.

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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.

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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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