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09/22/2011 12:12 pm ET Updated Oct 30, 2011

The Costa Mediterranea: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Costa Mediterranea is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Costa Mediterranea.

Around The Mediterranean

The Costa Mediterranea sails to a number of destinations, including Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Egypt. Mediterranea cruises typically last from four to 11 nights.

A Ship For Singles, Couples And Families

The Costa Mediterranea is a large ship--960 feet long and 106 feet wide. It can carry 2,114 passengers and a crew of 897. The ship is popular with vacationers seeking sophisticated elegance with a European touch, and it has a variety of amenities that make it attractive to singles, couples and families.

Special Features

The Costa Mediterranea has a wide variety of amenities and special services, including four restaurants, 12 bars, four Jacuzzis and four swimming pools, spa and wellness center facilities, a casino, a disco and a three-level theater.

Accommodations

The Costa Mediterranea boasts 1,057 cabins. The ship offers a variety of cabin and suite categories, including interior, oceanview and balcony. There are 40 Wellness Suites, 620 cabins with a private balcony and four Wellness Suites with a balcony. All staterooms are equipped with a shower, telephone, hair dryer and television.

Cost

Fares vary depending on itinerary, cabin selection and date of travel. Prices range from a five-night Western Mediterranean cruise in an interior cabin ($409 per person) to an 11-night Canary Islands cruise in a suite ($4,329 per person). All Costa Mediterranea cruises feature cruises.com bonuses that allow purchasers to earn onboard spending dollars.

Excursion

One Costa Mediterranea passenger recommended a visit to Tallinn, Estonia. This passenger said that Tallinn had "...an incredible medieval old town that is well preserved." The passenger and his wife arranged for a private guide ahead of time for their own walking tour of the town's history and architecture. According to this passenger, "Tallinn is a hidden gem on the Baltic itinerary."

Dining Options

Passengers on the Costa Mediterranea can choose from four restaurants: Argentieri, Perla del Lago Restaurant Buffet, Wellness Restaurant and Pizzeria Posillipo. The fare is predominantly Mediterranean, and there is 24-hour room service.

Maiden Voyage

The Costa Mediterranea made its maiden voyage in May 2003. It is a Spirit-class cruise ship that is owned and operated by Costa Cruises.

In The News

Research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the Costa Mediterranea.

WATCH:

The Costa Mediterranea, sailing in the waters of Greece.

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