On Monday I had the opportunity to tour the Costa Deliziosa and lunch aboard while it was docked at Los Angeles Harbor. Costa is an European based cruise line which has been in business since 1948. Currently it has fourteen ships in its fleet.
The Costa Deliziosa"s stopover was a part of its 101 day globe circling cruise. The Costa fleet usually cruise the Mediterranean with a very international guest list. Generally a Costa cruise is made up of thirty per cent Italian, 30 per cent German, 30 per cent French and the remainder from many countries.
The Costa Deliziosa presents an artistic ambiance that is all its own with unusually large lounge and entertainment rooms.
Our luncheon was in the Restorante Abatros dining room. The menu included Shrimps sauteed with mint,tomato and battered zucchini as the appetizer, our Pasta, Risotto with artichokes and parsley. The entree was a choice of either grilled sea bass fillet dressed with oil and lemon and served with chateau potatoes or oven cooked Guinea fowl served with mashed potatoes, onions and sauteed bell peppers.
We selected the sea bass and were not disappointed. Dessert was warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream.
We did not want to leave Costa Deliziosa. Next stop was San Francisco, then Honolulu, then Pago Pago, then Suva in Fiji, but why go on.
We cried all the way home.