Costa Cruises introduces COVID-19 tests for all guests

In view of the restart of its operations, and considering current situation and the opinion of experts, Costa Cruises will carry out swab tests to all guests before boarding. Costa is also the first cruise operator to obtain certification of the biological risk prevention system on board, developed by RINA.

As Costa Cruises continues to work for a responsible and safe restart of its operations, scheduled for September, the cruise line has becomes the first cruise company to earn the Biosafety Trust Certification from RINA.

RINA is the over 150-year-old testing, inspection, certification and ship classification company that developed the innovative management system certification program. 

The certification process examines all aspects of life on board and ashore – from the embarkation procedures to hotel services, catering, fitness, relaxation areas and shore excursions – and assesses the compliance of the system with the scheme procedures aimed at the prevention and control of infections. 

To obtain certification from RINA, specific training modules for crews have been created in strict compliance with the new health protocols and with the associated shipboard management system implemented by Costa. These training programs reinforce the already strict procedures in place on board Costa’s ships, in the embarkation terminals and during shore excursions, introduced with the Costa Safety Protocol, the new health protocol developed by Costa, with the scientific support
of independent experts, in response to the COVID-19 situation.

Swab tests

Based on the actual epidemiological situation and considering the opinion of experts, from the first departure of Costa Deliziosa, scheduled for September 6 from Trieste, and to follow on all ships that will return later into operations, Costa Cruises will perform the antigenic Covid-19 swab tests to all embarking guests.

The test will be carried out within the wider pre-boarding procedures that have been defined according to the protocols of the health authorities and the Costa Safety Protocol. The quick antigenic test will identify any suspicious cases that may be subjected to a PCR test for further check, thus determining the possibility of embarkation.

Further reading: Costa Cruises introduces new health and safety protocol

Costa Cruises is also offering guests the option to subscribe a dedicated insurance, with specific services in case of need.

New itineraries

The return of Costa cruises will be progressive and in the name of maximum safety for guests, crews and destination communities. For this reason, the company has chosen to offer itineraries only in Italy, reserved exclusively for Italian guests, for its September cruises.

The first ship to sail on September 6 will be Costa Deliziosa, which will sail every Sunday until September 27 offering cruises from Trieste to visit Bari, Brindisi, Corigliano-Rossano, Siracusa and Catania.

Costa Diadema will follow on September 19, 2020, with a seven-day cruise from Genoa in the Western Mediterranean, to visit Civitavecchia/Rome, Naples, Palermo, Cagliari and La Spezia.

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