Costa Cruises resumes operations with 4 ships in the Med

Costa Cruises is resuming cruise operations in May. The Italian company’s summer itineraries will feature cruises with longer port stops, new excursion programs and revamped food experiences. Costa Smeralda and Costa Firenze will sail in the Western Mediterranean, while Costa Deliziosa and Costa Luminosa will sail in the Eastern part.

Summer is approaching and with it the desire to finally plan a much needed vacation near the blue sea under the yellow sun. These are precisely the colors of Costa Cruises, which has announced its programs for summer 2021. With enhanced health and safety protocols and exciting new features the cruise line is sailing to the most beautiful destinations in the Mediterranean.

A summer of new experiences

The new summer itineraries feature extended stops in ports of call to allow guests to spend more time on shore. Costa is also introducing a renewed program of excursions that allows guests to discover off-the-beaten-path locations that are exclusive for Costa guests. The onboard experience is further enriched by new menu options featuring “destination dishes” linked to the locations visited.

Costa’s two newest and most innovative ships will operate in the Western Mediterranean: Costa Smeralda, the LNG-powered flagship, and Costa Firenze, the new ship inspired by the Florentine Renaissance and delivered last December, which will experience a real debut.

Costa Smeralda will resume operations on May 1. The ship will take guests to beautiful Italian locations on three- and four-day mini-cruises making it possible to enjoy a shorter experience or, alternatively, a week-long cruise. Ports of call will include Savona, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Naples, Messina and Cagliari. This Italian itinerary will be extended until July 3, when the ship will return to offer week-long cruises visiting Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Palermo and Civitavecchia. Find out more about Costa Smeralda in ‘A taste of Italy on board Costa Smeralda‘.

Cruises in Italy will continue to be available on Costa Firenze, which will set sail on her first trip on July 4, with an all-Italian itinerary that includes Savona, Civitavecchia, Palermo, Naples, Messina and Cagliari. From September 12 until mid-October, Costa Firenze will also be offering one-week international cruises including Savona, Civitavecchia, Naples, Ibiza, Barcelona and Marseilles. You can find out more about Costa Firenze in ‘Costa welcomes Costa Firenze to the fleet‘.

Costa Luminosa and Costa Deliziosa will sail the eastern side of the Mediterranean.

Costa Luminosa is confirmed to depart on May 16 from Trieste, and the following day from Bari, focusing on the Greek destinations of Corfu,  Piraeus (Athens), Mykonos and Katakolon.

Costa Deliziosa will resume cruises from June 26, offering a week-long itinerary with Venice, an extended one-day and one-night stop in Mykonos, followed by Katakolon, Corfu and Bari.

Each ship will feature the Costa Safety Protocol, which includes enhanced health and safety procedures for all aspects of the cruise experience, both on board and ashore, which were implemented in the past months of cruise operations.

The summer season in Northern Europe and all other cruises scheduled until mid-September 2021 not included in the itineraries mentioned above are cancelled due to the level of uncertainty on the reopening of several destinations.

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