I really Don't know what people are moaning about with this ship.
We had a fantastic cruise.
We have sailed with RCI and Celebrity in the past and were pleasantly surprised by how well the Costa Diadema stood up against the bigger cruise lines.
The food was really good in the main dining room but with a very Italian style (after all it is an Italian ship)
The hot breakfast was in the main dining room and served until 9.30 not 9.00/ Also at no time were we rushed out of the restaurant and found all the staff to be friendly and courteous with us at all times. Maybe we did not have a bad attitude though which people who work in the service industry respond well too.
Yes you had to pay for Pizza and Ice cream but this is the way cruising is moving forward . All the big lines offers pay for dining options. The pizza was only 6.50Euros with a dessert not exactly going to break the bank and it was very good !!
The room was spacious and cleaned every day. Our cabin steward was very nice as were all the others who we spoke to in passing .
It is a lively ship and not the kind of ship you would go on if you are looking for sedate tea dances etc.
We found most of the shows and music in all the bars lounges and theatres were in English rather than Italian. I don't understand what people are complaining about. The theatre shows were also great .Big shout out to the great opera singer from Cardiff !!
All the staff around the ship spoke English very well and we had no issues with language at all.
If you needed water with your meal just buy the drinks package. We opted for the Piu Gusto package which include all Water soft drinks, wines and spirits cocktails and premium coffees. It was great value at 150 euros including gratuities each and we could drink whenever and wherever we wanted.
The spa area was really nice and we booked the week package which was good value again most new ships are operating a pay for spa programme now so nothing different there either !!
I would personally ignore the moaners and give costa a go. It is great value for money !!
Some of the small issues like waiting for lifts etc we have had on all our other cruises. Its just what happens on a big ship !!
really nice cabin with everything you need. The bathroom was only OK but adequate for a week, Beds were very comfy and the linens were nice and changed regularly