Venue & Accommodation

Enjoy an 8-day*, round-trip cruise aboard the Dream-Class cruise ship Costa Diadema: Marseille - Barcelona - Palma de Mallorca - Cagliari - Roma - Savona - Marseille


META 2018 will be held onboard a 7 night Western Mediteranean Cruise on the Costa Diadema Cruise Ship. Costa Diadema is the biggest, most spacious and most modern ship in the Costa fleet. It offers the most complete, innovative and surprising experiences you could have on a cruise. Enchanting you with its many different styles, all coexisting in harmony. Surrounding you with the majestic and refined elegance of its different environments and atmospheres. Captivating you with a wide range of attractions for you to experience, from an endless selection of food, with flavours from around the world for you to enjoy, to the most spectacular Samsara Spa in the entire fleet, for maximum pleasure and well-being.


Embarkation port

Porte 4, Port de Marseille, Chemin du Littoral 
13015 Marseille


Getting to the Cruise Port/Terminal

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Cruise Itinerary

Sun June 24 Marseille, France
- 5:00 pm
Mon June 25 Barcelona, Spain
9:00 am 7:00 pm
Tue June 26 Palma de Mallorca, Spain
9:00 am -
Wed June 27 Palma de Mallorca, Spain
- 1:00 am
Thu June 28 Cagliari, Sardinia - Italy 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri June 29 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy 8:00 am 7:00 pm
Sat June 30 Savona, Italy 7:00 am 5:00 pm
Sun July 1 Marseille, France 8:00 am -


Marseille, France (Embark and Debark) - Marseille offers an unexpected view of a mosaic of buildings and National Heritage Sites from the terraces of Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica that towers above and watches over the city. Alongside the port the towers of Saint Victor Abbey house crypts that already existed when Christianity was introduced into Provence. The columns of the Palais de la Bourse, the noble facades of the Prefecture and the fountains of the Palais Longchamp are part of the triumphant architecture from the 19th Century that is scattered throughout the city and that gave Marseille renewed splendour.   In the old quarter the houses are built on the sunny slopes ; the clock in the Accoules Bell tower, which was the old Sauveterre tower, still marks the hours of life around the Town Hall, while beyond the dome of the Vieille Charite hospice, Pierre Puget's masterpiece, stands out against the sky. The small streets of the Panier quarter lie a little further on.

Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona is a one of a kind, world-class city. While away the day exploring the beautiful, tree-shaded Las Ramblas. Or, marvel at its fantastic Art Nouveau architecture, with dozens of buildings that seem to have been sculpted from the stuff of dreams, like the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. For the more worldly, shop for exquisite Lladro ceramics, chic spanish fashions or enjoy a cuisine that many say has rival's the French for the title of world's best.

Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain - Floating gemlike off Spain's Mediterranean Riviera, these islands offer you pearls, pottery and perfectly sublime sandy beaches. Visit Valldemosa, where George Sand and Frederic Chopin spent a romantic winter in 1838.

Cagliari, Sardinia - Italy - Visually stunning, Sardinia’s capital and main cruise port Cagliari can trace its history back thousands of years to Roman times and features many museums, historic churches and ancient artefacts.  Most of the city’s impressive attractions can be seen just by walking through the walled Castello area with its winding alleyways and open piazzas. Do not miss the 2nd Century Roman amphitheatre and the colourful botanical gardens featuring 500 different plants.  There is a lively covered market every weekday and Saturdays just north of the Castello and you will be spoilt for choice with restaurants in the marina area, with fish and seafood a speciality.  There are numerous bars, pizzerias, and ice cream stalls along the seafront.  While, for pure relaxation, search out the superb sandy beaches in Poetto, just 15 minutes from the city.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Plan your time here carefully, as the Eternal City's sights are endless: the Colosseum, the Forum, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican and so much more.

Savona, Italy - Behind Savona's sprawling port facilities, the city's unexpectedly graceful medieval centre is well worth a stop. Among the old-town treasures to survive destruction by Genoese forces in the 16th century are the baroque Cattedrale di Nostra Signora Assunta and the lumbering Fortezza del Priamàr.

Is it possible to disembark before cruise is over?

Yes, it's possible to disembark at one of the stopover ports, but has to be arranged with the conference organizers ahead of time.

Cruise Package

In addition to the conference registration fee, all attendees are required to purchase separately in advance a Costa Diadema 7-Night Cruise Package to attend META 2018

There are different all-inclusive cruise packages available to suit any budget. From affordable Interior cabins (€121 per person per day, all-inclusive, including breakfast, lunch and dinner) to luxurious Ocean Balcony cabins. Cruise package types, rates and availability are subject to change so book early to secure your preferred package at our current group discount rates. 

Interior Premium Oceanview Balcony
per person
(€137/night, all-inclusive)
per person
(€184/night, all-inclusive) 

Interior Cabins

The ideal cabin if you are looking for a place to rest,  sleep and leave your belongings while you make the most of the ship. The most advantageous rate, without giving up comfort. 15m², no window.

Oceanview cabin with balcony

The large balconies overlooking the sea offer you every day a new panorama bathed in sun or moonlight, with every comfort. 22m².

*All prices are per-person, based on a double occupancy of the room and are quoted in EURO.

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From relaxing by the pool to spa treatments, live shows, dancing and casino games, our cruise package includes all you could ask for on a vacation!

What’s Included

CABINS: The cabins have every comfort you need for a pleasent stay: spacious bathrooms with lush soaps and lotions, air conditioning, telephone, cable radio, satellite TV and a safe for your personal belongings. Your cabin is cleaned daily and all the linen you require is supplied and changed regularly.

FOOD: A full onboard cuisine selection is available to all guests, including coffee in the morning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and buffets. Meals by the pool and mouthwatering dinners at the restaurant: every day you have the choice of a relaxed bite to eat at the buffet, or a more traditional dinner in the main restaurant.

SNACKS AND SPECIAL MENUS: Delicious culinary events. Gala dinners with a special menu, created by Bruno Barbieri, the Italian chef with seven Michelin stars. Light, vegetarian and vegan menus. Special diets, gluten-free dishes for coeliacs, hypoglycaemic dishes for guests with diabetes, and special dishes for those with food allergies and intolerances.

ENTERTAINMENT: A world of entertainment activities: games, competitions, treasure hunts, tournaments, parties, karaoke, theme evenings. Children's entertainment, Squok and Teen Clubs divided by age group: Mini Club with special Peppa Pig-themed activities (ages 3-6 years), Maxi Club (ages 7-11), Teen Club Junior (ages 12-14), Teen Club (ages 15-17). Music shows, cabaret and talent shows in the theatre, dance and parties every night. Disco.

TIME TO RELAX: Use of the pools and jacuzzis on the lidos, sun loungers and beach towels. Use of the ship's special areas and facilities: library and card room.

SPORT: Use of the ship's exercise areas and facilities: gym, multi-sport pitches, jogging track. Gym classes (aerobics, stretching, dance exercises, step aerobics) led by gym instructors.



What’s not Included 

  • Drinks;
  • The Costa insurance package;
  • Personal services (aesthetic treatments, dry cleaning, telephone, etc.);
  • Excursions;
  • Possible fuel surcharges.






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