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Published on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Costa Cruises targets cruise restart in May



Italy cruise brand Costa Cruises has revised plans by moving its restart to May.


It made the change due to the restrictions still in place in Italy and other European countries to contain Covid-19.


In line with the new plan, Costa Smeralda's departure in Italy is planned for 1 May, with an unchanged itinerary, sailing guests on three- and four-day mini-cruises or a seven-day cruise, calling at Savona, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Naples, Messina and Cagliari.


From 12 June, Costa Smeralda will return to sailing one-week cruises in the western Mediterranean, with visits to Italy (Savona, Civitavecchia and Palermo), France (Marseille) and Spain (Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca).





The departure date of Costa Luminosa, the second Costa ship scheduled to resume service, is postponed until 16 May depating from Trieste, and the following day from Bari, confirming its program of one-week cruises in Greece and Croatia.


The restart will continue to be supported by the implementation of the Costa Safety Protocol. Measures include limited capacity, swab tests for all guests and crew, temperature checks when disembarking and re-embarking, and protected shore excursions.


All other cruises scheduled until the end of May, and not included in the Costa Smeralda and Costa Luminosa programs just updated, are cancelled. 


The cruise line is in the process of informing travel agents and customers affected by these changes.


 

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