Costa Diadema sails of shipping yard

The future Costa Cruises flagship, Costa Diadema sailed out of an Italian shipping yard this month, giving cruising fans an early glimpse of the vessel.

The 3,724-passenger ship is still 12-months away from joining the line’s fleet on 30 October 2014.

Shipbuilding group, Fincantieri held a technical launch ceremony for the ship, which included the ship’s godmother, Mrs Franca Grasso, cutting a ribbon and breaking a bottle of ribbon on the ship’s bow, Sailor’s Society reported.

The ship’s first itinerary will include Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorea, Civitavecchia and La Spezia during the 2014/15 winter season.