I am a big cruise fan and did my 13th cruise in the fall of 2017. Six times I was travelling with MSC and seven times with the Costa. I will gladly try out other shipping companies someday.
For a long time we were looking forward to this trip with the Costa Diadema, because we found a great deal and booked a suite for the first time.
We were not disappointed, the room was spacious and had plenty of space. The bathroom had a double sink and there was even a bathtub. The balcony was rather small but good enough. Nevertheless, we used him very little on this cruise. Because on Deck 5 at the very back was a fantastic outdoor bar with Rattanlounges, small tables, chairs and a clear view of the sea.
That was our absolute favourite place, we were almost alone most of the time. The reason we did not find out, even on the day of the lake only a few got lost there. It could be related to the fact that the buffet restaurant (always many people) is not on deck 5, but some decks higher. The evening shows were fantastic, which of course is always a matter of taste, but we liked it very much, there was a lot of acrobatics, modern dance and good, rocking music. On the Diadema there are also some pay restaurant, such. the teppanyaki. We never ate there, but you can watch the show cooking. We were enthusiastic about the arts of the chefs, what the offerings we have never seen. The juggled raw eggs showed a handcrafting and threw small appetizers directly into the mouth of the guests, terrific. The food in the club restaurant was very fine and we enjoyed the dinner comfortably at the two-way table. We were free to choose the table every night.
Because we have been to Barcelona several times, we decided to have a wellness day there. That was a great idea that no one else had except us. In the outdoor whirlpool, we were alone for hours and could hardly believe our luck.
We did not book excursions this time, we did a lot on our own. In Palma de Mallorca we used e.g. A tip from the Cruise Sisters and drove the old train from Palma to Soller. There we got on the tram and drove to Port Sóller where we spent a nice afternoon. Back then we took the public bus (only € 3.20 per person for the approximately 45 minute return). In Cagliari e.g. we climbed right on the harbour in a fun green one-story sightseeing bus. The tour took about 1 hour.
We then got out one stop before the finish line and strolled comfortably through Cagliari. Of course, after this walk we needed a fine drink in our favourite bar on deck 5 and while we looked into the sea we discovered three dolphins that really swam to the end of the harbour. In Civitavecchia we drove the free bus into the city. There we walked through the streets and were happy about the unexpectedly beautiful view, the fortress Michelangelo and the ships in the harbour.
Oh this week passed way too fast. But we will be back.