Adora Mediterranea

Former name: Costa Mediterranea

Adora Mediterranea current position

Adora Mediterranea current location is at East Asia (coordinates 34.47245 N / 124.52665 E) cruising at speed of 14.1 kn (26 km/h | 16 mph) en route to KRSPO. The AIS position was reported 44 seconds ago.

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Specifications of Adora Mediterranea

Year of build2003  /  Age: 21
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderKvaerner Masa-Yards (Helsinki, STX Finland)
Building costUSD 510 million / EUR 400 million
Engines (power)Wartsila (61.95 MW / 83076 hp)
Propulsion power35.2 MW / 47204 hp
Speed24 kn / 44 km/h / 28 mph
Length (LOA)293 m / 961 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage85619 gt
Passengers2114 - 2680
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2020
Sister-shipsCosta Atlantica, Carnival Legend, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Pride, Carnival Spirit
Former namesCosta Mediterranea
Christened byInes Sastre (for Costa Cruises)
OwnerCSSC Group via Adora Cruises Ltd
OperatorCSSC CARNIVAL CRUISE via Adora Cruises

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The 2003-built as "Costa Mediterranea" cruise ship Adora Mediterranea is the second of the two SPIRIT-class Costa ships - together with the fleetmate Costa Atlantica. In 2020-Q4, Mediterranea left Costa Cruises fleet to join CSSC Carnival China Cruise Shipping/ADORA CRUISES. The new Chinese cruise company officially started operations in January 2020 with Costa Atlantica. Fleetmates are also two CCL VISTA-class newbuilds - Adora Magic City (2023) and Adora TBN (2025).

As Costa Mediterranea, the vessel (IMO number 9237345) was Italy-flagged (MMSI 247088200) and registered in Genoa. As Adora Mediterranea, the vessel is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311001086) and registered in Nassau.

From the same (SPIRIT) class are also the Carnival Cruise Lines vessels Legend, Miracle, Pride, Spirit.

In March-April 2022, the CSSC ships Mediterranea and Atlantica were repositioned via Suez Canal from Asia to Europe, both being at anchorage off Limassol Cyprus.

Following the extensive drydock refurbishment in Singapore, Mediterranea started operations for Adora Cruises with the maiden voyage on September 30, 2023, leaving from Tianjin China. The homeporting in Qingdao started on November 26th.

History - construction and ownership

Costa Cruises is a Genoa-headquartered subsidiary company owned by Carnival Corporation. Costa was founded in 1854 as a cargo shipping company and started passenger shipping services in 1947, with regularly scheduled Transatlantic crossings between Europe (Italy) and South America. In 2000, Costa was acquired by Carnival Corporation.

Adora Cruises Ltd was founded in October 2015 (as CSSC-Carnival Cruise Shipping Ltd/renamed in June 2023) and started operations in 2020. The company is a joint venture between Carnival Corporation and China Merchants Group Ltd (Hong Kong-headquartered Chinese state-owned corporation, 1972-founded). Most of CSSC (Carnival China) is owned by Chinese shareholders (60%) and the remainder by Carnival (40%). The Chinese shareholders include CIC (China Investment Corporation) and CSSC (China State Shipbuilding Corporation).

Costa Mediterranea cruise ship

The 2700-passenger ship Costa Mediterranea offers absolutely nothing simple or understated in her decor. At first, the eye-popping ornaments, which are designed by Carnival's super-talented Joe Farcus, are astounding. The interior architect and designer Joe Farcus outdid himself with incredibly ingenious designs which reinvent details from 17th and 18th-centuries Italian palaces. It makes cruisers wonder if those palaces really looked that magnificent when they were brand new. There is so much to look at that, in Joe Farcus' words, travelers enjoy "a constant discovery process on board" though they may, in fact, feel like they are sailing inside a traveling theme park.

Besides the ship's staff and crew, Costa cruise passengers are also served by Peper robots - the latest cyborg technology implemented fleetwide in 2016. These humanoid robots greet and guide passengers upon embarkation. They also assist them throughout the cruise by providing information and tips on onboard dining, entertainment, enrichment program (workshops, pre-scheduled events), casino and shopping promotions, shore excursions and tours. Pepper robots are mobile and communicate in 3 languages (English, German, Italian). They can also interpret human emotions by analyzing voice tones and facial expressions.

Costa's last drydock refurbishment of the Mediterranea ship was in 2017.

Decks and Cabins

Costa Mediterranea staterooms (1057 total, in 9 grades) include 52x Suites, 620x Balcony, 167x Oceanview and 212x Inside cabins. Most staterooms are sized 185 ft2 (17 m2). Most cabin balconies are sized 35-55 ft2 / 3-5 m2. Around 64% of all staterooms have a private, step-out balcony. Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 8. The largest accommodations on the ship are the Grand Suites (365 ft2 / 34 m2 plus 280 ft2 / 27 m2 terrace).

The boat has 12 decks, of which 6 are with cabins.

Mediterranea's decks are named after Greek mythological characters - Circe, Tersicore, Bacco, Teseo, Orfeo, Narciso, Prometeo, Pegaso, Armonia, Cleopatra, Pandora, Medea.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Together with the theme park fun aboard Costa Mediterranea, however, goes a degree of regimentation-especially with the assigned, 2-seating system in the main dining venues. All in all, there are fewer mealtime alternatives than found on other large-cruise lines, like Princess, which have adopted free-choice dining. The Mediterranea cruise ship stands out from the pack with her Italian galore "Cruising Italian Style". Members of the crew greet guests with "Buon Giorno". And it's full amusement when napkin-waving waiters begin dancing on the tables. Know that the Mediterranea liner is not a good choice if you want to experience a voyage with European taste enjoying all the comforts of an American-geared vessel. Costa Mediterranea also offers complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service.

Follows the complete list of Costa Mediterranea restaurants and food bars.

  • Wellness Restaurant (serves healthy and low-calorie food; with complimentary dining room for guests in Wellness cabins, and a specialty restaurant for other passengers at a surcharge/reservations are required)
  • Ristorante Degli Argentieri (1320-seat aft Dining Room, complimentary; serves open seating breakfast and lunch, 2 fixed dinner seatings - at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.)
  • Ristorante Buffet Perla del Lago (self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary; offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea at 4-5:00 p.m., and dinner; in the evening is transformed into Pizzeria Posillipo, complimentary, with waiter service)
  • Club Medusa (123-seat, 2-tiered dinner restaurant; reservations-only)

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Costa Mediterranea provides a casino, theater, two show lounges, library, three pools, five Jacuzzis, and SPA. Osiris Theater, the main performance venue, is Egyptian-themed and can be accessed from Decks 2-4. On Deck 2, it offers banquette-style seating, with small, fixed tables. On the other levels, it has high-backed theater-style seats. There is a nightly show, with 2 performances, timed according to the two dinner seatings. The theater is also used for briefings and lectures. Smaller presentations are held in the more intimate Isolabella Theater.

Costa Mediterranea cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Costa Mediterranea lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Salone Giardino Isolabella (355-seat "Isolabella Garden" bar lounge with live music and entertainment)
  • Discoteca Selva (154-seat 2-tiered Disco Nightclub/bar lounge with DJ program nightly)
  • Teatro Osiris (950-seat, 3-tiered theatre, and main show lounge; hosts grand scale show productions, musicals, classical concerts, ballet performances, circus shows)
  • Piazza Casanova (lounge with a dance floor, served by Casanova bar)
  • Sala Carte (cards room)
  • Casino Canale Grande (served by the Canale Grande bar)
  • Atrio Maschera d'Argento (10-deck high Atrium with 3 panoramic glass elevators, live music; served by D'Argento Bar)
  • Lounge Talia (stage, dance floor, and bar)
  • Terrazza d'Inverno (Garden Terrace, glass-roofed)
  • Biblioteca and Internet Point (Library/computers room)
  • Salone Orientale (lounge area served by Roero bar; with grand piano and dance floor)
  • Negozi di Via Condotti (duty and tax-free shops for brand watches, jewelry, perfumes, fashion clothes, Costa-logo merchandise, sportswear, gifts, tobacco, and liquor)
  • Galleria Foto (Photo Gallery and Shop); Art Gallery
  • Bar Dionisio (50-seat bar lounge)
  • Mondo Virtuale (Video Games Arcade)
  • Cappella (Wedding Chapel, also used for religious services)
  • Squok Club (kids lounge with Mini Club (3-6 yo) and Maxi Club (7-11 yo) playing rooms; with complimentary kids program and supervised activities; complimentary babysitting)
  • Teen Zone (teenagers' lounge with Teen Junior (12-14 yo) and Teen Club (15-17 yo) rooms; complimentary supervised activities, themed parties, sports contests)
  • Terme Ischia (2-level Spa and Wellness complex, with Palestra Olympia gym, Sala Olympia aerobics room; Venus Beauty Salon; Treatment Rooms; UVA Solarium; Relaxation Room; Aroma Steam Rooms; Saunas; Turkish Bath and Hydrotherapy pool; Wellness-category cabins are with free access to all Spa facilities)
  • Solarium (the largest open-air area onboard; served by Solarium Bar)
  • Piscina Armonia Pool area; Piscina Cadmo Pool area (both with 1 Whirlpool; served by Armonia Bar); Lido Apollo Pool area (with 1 Whirlpool; served by Apollo Bar); Lido Squok (mini pool for kids)
  • Campo da Gioco (combined court for tennis and basketball); Pista da Jogging (Power Walking/Jogging Track); Deck Games area (table tennis, shuffleboard).

Itineraries (Adora Cruises)

For Adora Cruises, Mediterranea's itinerary program is based on year-round Northeast Asian voyages, homeporting in Tianjin-Beijing China, and itineraries that visit ports in Far East Russia, Korea and Japan.

Mediterranea's maiden voyage for ADORA departed from Tianjin on September 30th, 2023. The 5-night/6-day inaugural cruise from Qingdao (China's Shandong Province) started on November 26th.

The ship's inaugural cruise season offered 5- to 7-day roundtrip itineraries visiting Japan (Hakata-Fukuoka, Yatsushiro-Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Sasebo, Shimonoseki, Kitakyushu) and Korea's Cheju City/Jeju Island.

Itineraries (Costa Cruises)

For Costa Cruises, Costa Mediterranea operated Southern and Eastern Caribbean cruises in the winter, Western and Eastern Mediterranean voyages in the summer, and seasonal Transatlantic crossings (RepositionCruises.comO.

During the last year with Costa, Mediterranea was deployed in Southeast Asia for 7-day and 14-day (B2B/back-to-back) itineraries leaving roundtrip from Singapore to ports in Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia.

The next table shows the 14-day B2B itinerary.

Date / TimePort
30 Jan 20:00Departing from Singapore
01 Feb 08:00 - 19:00Pulau Langkawi Island Malaysia
02 Feb 07:00 - 03 Feb 18:00Phuket, Thailand
04 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Pulau Penang Island Malaysia
05 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Klang-Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
06 Feb 09:00 - 20:00Singapore
08 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Koh Samui Island Thailand
09 Feb 07:00 - 10 Feb 18:00Laem Chabang-Bangkok, Thailand
11 Feb 09:00 - 18:00Sihanoukville, Cambodia
13 Feb 09:00Arriving in Singapore

Costa Mediterranea 2021 cruise prices ranged from USD 550 (7-day) to USD 1030 (14-day) per person with double occupancy. Mediterranea's last cruise for Costa was scheduled for April 3, 2021 (7-day Singapore to Thailand and Cambodia).

Following the Coronavirus crisis, the Costa ship Mediterranea was scheduled to start operations for CSSC-Carnival China on November 13, 2021, with homeporting in Singapore. The 7-day roundtrip itinerary visited ports in Thailand (Samui Island, Laem Chabang-Bangkok) and Cambodia (Sihanoukville).

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    The vessel was constructed by STX Finland (at Kvaerner Masa-Yards/Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki) under yard/hull number 502. It has volume 85619 GT-tons, DWT/deadweight 7500 tons, max draught 8 m (26 ft). The powerplant is based on Wärtsilä 46F marine diesel engines (models 9L46C and 9R46/dual-fuel) with total power output 61,95 MW (84230 HP). The propulsion system is diesel-electric and based on two AZIPODs (combined output 35,2 MW/47860 HP).

    Mediterranea was delivered to Costa Cruises on May 22, 2003, as the company's first SPIRIT-class liner, starting the inaugural cruise on June 16th. From the same design/sisterships are Costa Atlantica as well as CCL-Carnival's vessels Legend, Miracle, Pride, Spirit.

    During winter 2003-2044 season, the ship was deployed in North America/Caribbean for 7-day voyages leaving roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades Florida USA. The Caribbean itineraries visited ports in Florida (Key West), St Thomas USVI, Puerto Rico (San Juan), The Bahamas (Nassau), Mexico (Cozumel, Puerto Progreso).

    In 2008, Mediterranea became the first cruise ship to visit Russia's Baltic port Sankt Petersburg (on September 10th).

    The ship was sold by Carnival Corporation plc to CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Ltd in May 2018, starting operations for the new brand Adora Cruises in 2023.

    Costa Mediterranea's motto is "Mai visto niente di simile" - which translates as "You've never seen anything like it". The Italian palazzi from 16th/17th-century inspired public spaces, like the 10-deck-high Atrium Maschera d'Argento. Onboard venues include 14 bars and lounges, Selva Discotheque, Canal Grande Casino, multi-purpose Sports Court, four swimming pools, three big restaurants, four open-air Whirlpools/Jacuzzies, 3-deck Gym, Egyptian-themed Osiris Theater, Mondo Virtuale (gaming arcade), Beauty Salon & Spa.

    Mediterranea's decks are named after Greek mythological characters - Circe, Tersicore, Bacco, Teseo, Orfeo, Narciso, Prometeo, Pegaso, Armonia, Cleopatra, Pandora, and Medea.

    During winter 2016-2017 season, the Costa ship Mediterranea was repositioned from Europe/Mediterranean to South America.

    On April 5, 2018, Mediterranea became Costa's' first vessel to have the company's new livery. Located on the hull's bow (starboard and portside), the new logo was painted during a 3-day Mediterranean voyage (itinerary April 3-6) roundtrip from homeport Savona Italy. The starboard livery was painted on April 5th (during the port stay in Marseille France) while the portside livery was painde on April 6th (in Savona).