Costa Diadema is under construction for Carnival's Italian brand at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera (Italy), and the ship recently passed two symbolic milestones in its construction. The first was on September 16 (2013) with the delivery and installation of the ship's funnel in Costa's iconic yellow and blue colors. That was followed last week (on September 30) by the installation of the block for the ship's bow which contains the ship's name.
At 132,500 gross tons and carrying 4,947 passengers, Costa Diadema will be the largest ship flying the Italian flag. Delivery is set for October 2014.
Photos courtesy of Costa Crociere