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.
Carnival Corporation will launch four new cruise ships in 2020 across four of its global cruise line brands. On the slipway are Iona for P&O Cruises UK; Enchanted Princess for Princess Cruises; Mardi Gras for Carnival Cruise Line; and Costa Firenze for Italian brand Costa Cruises.
Costa Cruises has taken delivery of Costa Smeralda, the brand’s first ship powered by liquefied natural gas. The handover ceremony was held at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, where the new flagship was built.