Costa Cruises has abandoned plans to return to Europe in March, moving its restart to May. The decision has been taken in consideration of the restrictions still in place in Italy,
The Carnival Corporation-owned line hopes to see flagship Costa Smeralda sail on March 27th, taking guests to a series of Italian locations, ahead of a wider resumption of services.
Costa, a part of Carnival Corporation, said the decision comes as a result of measures enacted by the Greek government in response to the number of coronavirus cases.
Costa Cruises will see a third ship return to operations this week, with sailing again from October 10th. She joins Costa Deliziosa and Costa Diadema in their European departures.
From April through November next year Costa Cruises will further extend its Mediterranean offer with a large variety of options and the convenience of multiple ports of departure.
All cruises aboard Costa Fascinosa, Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica ships in South America, with embarkations scheduled before April next year have been cancelled.
The first ship to set sail will be Costa Deliziosa, on September 6th, offering weekly cruises from Trieste to discover the most beautiful destinations in Greece.
P&O Cruises and Seabourn have both extended the suspension of operations into 2021 for a number of vessels. Costa Cruises will, however, return in September.
Built in 1993 and extensively refurbished in 2012, the 1,800-guest ship has 789 cabins, 132 of which feature balconies, as well as a variety of dining and entertainment venues, bars and lounges, two pools, a gym and a panoramic spa.
Costa Cruises, Aida Cruises and Marella Cruises have all delayed the return of sailings in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Celebrations were held earlier in Savona for the naming ceremony of Costa Smeralda, Costa Cruises’ new flagship. The ship’s godmother and star of the event was international celebrity Penélope Cruz, who performed the ribbon-cutting duties with the traditional breaking of the bottle against the bow of the ship.
Passengers onboard Costa Smeralda have been released from quarantine after two Chinese guests tested negative for the coronavirus at the centre of a global outbreak.