MIAMI, Aug 10: On last nightâ€™s episode of Bravoâ€™s popular â€œThe Real Housewives of New Jerseyâ€ series, the stars of the show said â€œciaoâ€ to the Garden State and â€œbuongiornoâ€ to Italy aboard Costaâ€™s newest ship, the Costa Deliziosa. Last February, the famous Italian American housewives were among the first guests to sail on the Italian ship as she set sail on her maiden voyage. Housewives Teresa Giudice, Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline Manzo took a well-deserved getaway from the drama of the seriesâ€™ second season by cruising with Costa from Venice to Naples. The ladies boarded the ship just two days after it was delivered. Giudice was joined by her husband, daughters, parents and in-laws. Laurita and her husband, who is also Manzoâ€™s brother, brought their two children and Jacquelineâ€™s parents. Manzo was joined by her husband and parents.
â€œWe were thrilled to welcome the housewives of New Jersey and their families as some of the first guests to sail aboard the Costa Deliziosa,â€ said Maurice Zarmati, president and ceo of Costa North America. â€œThey really made the most of the vacation experience by taking in the sights of Venice while ashore and relaxing onboard with spa treatments, Blackjack games in the casino and dancing in the disco. You could tell they were all very close and family oriented.â€
The Costa Deliziosa (92,600-tons; 2,260 double occupancy) is Costa Cruisesâ€™ flagship, offering the most exclusive and innovative elements in the fleet designed for Costaâ€™s most discerning clientele. These innovations include the shipâ€™s avant-garde design and the use of premium materials, such as various type of marbles, granite, mother-of-pearl and Murano glass, stucco applied by spatula using the technique known as â€œspatolato venezianoâ€ and other decorative interior finishes including â€œparchment scrollâ€ lamÃ©, refined Zebrano wood, Wenge timber and stylish polished and glazed steel. The stunning atrium features fine works of art, including â€œSphereâ€ by famous Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. In addition, there are a variety of entertainment options onboard including a 4D cinema; a roller skating track; a golf simulator with an outdoor putting green, a Grand Prix race car driving simulator with the same software and technology used by the F1 champion drivers in training; the award-winning 20,000 square-foot Samsara Spa; a PlayStation World area dedicated exclusively to PlayStation3, as well as the PlayStation â€œon demandâ€ in cabins.
Costa Cruises is Italyâ€™s largest tourism group and Europeâ€™s Number One Cruise Line. For more than 60 years its ships have sailed the seas of the world, offering the best in Italian style, hospitality and cuisine and providing dream vacations filled with fun and relaxation. The companyâ€™s 14 fleet members, each with her own distinctive characteristics and unique style, all fly the Italian flag and sail each year to 250 destinations in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, Canada/New England, South America, the United Arab Emirates, the Far East and the Indian Ocean. Two more new ships are due to enter service by 2012.