After this month’s restart with Costa Deliziosa and Costa Diadema, Costa Cruises will gradually increase the number of ships that will resume operations. The cruises will be available for residents in Europe as prescribed by the decree of the Italian government.
Costa Cruises is ready to set sail for a 2020-2021 winter season full of in exciting holiday opportunities. After Costa Deliziosa set sail for its first cruise, the Italian company has redesigned its itineraries from October 2020 to March 2021.
Like Costa Deliziosa, Costa Diadema, scheduled to leave from Genoa on September 19, will only be calling at Italian ports and carrying guests resident in Italy, with stopovers in Civitavecchia/Rome, Naples, Palermo, Cagliari and La Spezia.
Starting from September 27, 2020, cruises will be on sale for residents in the European countries. This includes the one-week itinerary of Costa Deliziosa from Trieste, dedicated to the rediscovery of the best of Italy, on September 27 and October 4. Starting from October 10, Costa Deliziosa will sail on one-week cruises from Trieste to Greece.
Costa’s offer in the Mediterranean will be further enriched by flagship Costa Smeralda, the first Costa ship fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), planned to depart on October 10 from Savona for itineraries in the West Mediterranean.
Starting from November, Costa Diadema will offer two wonderful travels: a 12-day itinerary to the Canary Islands and a 14-day itinerary to discover Egypt and Greece. The World Cruise is also confirmed with Costa Deliziosa, departing on January 3, 2021, for its 13th edition.
Costa Firenze makes debut in the Mediterranean
The big news in the new itineraries is the debut of the new ship Costa Firenze, which is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera (Venice). Starting December 27, guests will be able to discover this latest generation vessel on a seven-day tasteful holiday experience in the Mediterranean, visiting Savona, La Spezia, Naples, Valencia, Barcelona and Marseille. Costa Firenze represents the inimitable Italian taste and draws inspiration for her design from the beauty of Florence during the Renaissance
With the aim to provide the latest health safety procedures for guests, crew and local communities, the Costa Safety Protocol will be implemented on 2020-21 winter season cruises. The Costa Safety Protocol is a comprehensive set of procedures in response to the COVID-19 situation, relating to all aspects of the cruise experience, both on board and ashore.
The protocol measures include antigen swab tests for all guests before embarkation and protected shore excursions. Supported by a panel of independent scientific experts in public health, the Costa Safety Protocol is consistent with the health protocols defined by the Italian government and European authorities, and goes even beyond. The protocol will be constantly updated based on the evolution of the scenario and medical knowledge.
Costa is working with the national governments and the local authorities to offer a safe and positive experience for all its guests through the effective implementation of the Costa Safety Protocol in all destinations. Find out more on the Costa Safety Protocol here.
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Apart from the itineraries included in this announcement, all the other cruises scheduled from October 2020 to March 2021 are canceled. Costa Favolosa cruises in the Caribbean are also excluded from cancellations; the company will give information about these cruises as soon as possible.
Costa cruises in winter season 2020-2021 will be open to European citizens residing in the countries included in the decree of the Italian Government, while limitation to Italians only is confirmed in September for the first three departures of Costa Deliziosa (September 6, 13, 20) and the first departure of Costa Diadema (September 19).