Costa Begins Construction on New Ship, Costa Diadema

Lowering of the Diadema’s first block.

Earlier today in Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard, the first block of Costa’s new flagship, the Costa Diadema, was lowered into place.

The special event was attended by the CEO of Costa Cruises,  Michael Thamm and the CEO of Fincantieri, Giuseppe Bono. Michael Thamm noted, “The construction of Costa Diadema is a tangible commitment to the future growth of our company.  It is significant not only for us but also for Italy in general and Venice in particular.”

Once the Diadema is completed in October of 2014, the Diadema will become the largest Italian flagged cruise ship in the world. The Diadema will register a tonnage of about 132,500 gross tons, will be 1,004 feet long, and carry 4,947 total guests in 1,854 guest cabins.


  • Block photo: Costa
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Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.