Universiade: Naples 2019 village ready

Sports, food, and relaxation on cruise ships

(ANSA) - Naples, June 21 - Four thousand athletes and delegates of the 8,000 taking part in the Naples Universiade 2019 will be hosted in the Naples village onboard the MSC Lirica and Costa Victoria cruise ships.
    The ships, which will be docked in the Naples port between June 28 and July 16, have been equipped - according to a statement - "to offer the best hospitality in high-level lodgings" and are ready to welcome guests. Some 2,114 from 71 countries will be host onboard the MSC Lirica and 1,888 from 38 will be lodged on the Costa Victoria. Both ships will make will make available to athletes "all equipment to train as well as comfortable services to use to relax between one competition and another, and to enjoy beautiful scenery very close to the city centre", the statement said. "Onboard the MSC Lirica there will be a panoramic gym with the latest Technogym machines with sophisticated technology to make workouts as complete and effective as possible. There will also be a cardio section, a weights one, and one for aerobics," it added The same equipment will be used by athletes on the Costa Victoria, which is making available a gym and open-air space for training, including a sports field. Both the ships have places for open-air jogging and a spa area. A great deal of attention will be paid to healthy diets, based on the Mediterranean diet alongside international cuisine and typical dishes from the guests' countries of origin. Onboard the two ships all the menus will be made specifically for the event on the basis of the athletes' nutritional needs. A total of over 20,000 meals will be served every day, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On the Costa Victoria there will be two restaurants linked to Italian and Mediterranean traditions, with a special corner entirely for pizza. Break and mozzarella will be produced onboard. The guests of the Costa Victoria will also be able to opt for traditional dishes from their countries of origin - such as those in a special Asian cuisine corner - as well as vegetarian and vegan menus, and lactose-intolerant, gluten-intolerant, and halal ones. Three restaurants will be available for MSC Lirica guests as well as eight snack points that will offer a wide range of Italian, Mediterranean, and international specialties prepared fresh with carefully chosen ingredients. The menus will be Mediterranean, Halal, Vegetarian, Vegan, Asian and Local Cuisine, all of which will respect the nutritional and caloric needs of the athletes. Onboard the MSC Lirica will be a Naples traditional menu: from eggplant ragu with parmesan to mozzarella and tomatoes as well as pastries. Staff onboard - about 700 crew members for each ship - have bene trained to support the athletes and respect the indications given by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
    Specific areas will be set aside to promote city sights and cultural activities, enabling the athletes to plan - while onboard - routes, itineraries, and places of the city they want to discover during breaks in the competition. From sports to relaxation, from food to entertainment, onboard the MSC Lirica and Costa Victoria there will be "the best conditions guaranteed to make the Universiade and stay in Naples a unique experience", the statement stressed.