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28 September 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 14:52 GMT+2

September 7, 2020

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Costa Cruises starts again in Italy, but cancels the season 2020-2021 in South America

In the following season in Latin America two ships

If yesterday Costa Cruises, with the departure of the ship Costa Delicious from the port of Trieste, it has resumed its activities cruise lines in Italy suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the company announced that it had decided to cancel the submission in South America of the ships of its fleet destined for that 2020-2021 season and have agreed to reactivate the market for the 2020-2021 season. cruise activities in Latin America in the season 2021-2022.

Costa has therefore cancelled all cruises to South America Costa Fascinosa, Costa Bright and Costa Pacifica with boardings planned in the period from November 2020 April 2021. In the 2021-2022 season, the cruises of the company in the South American market will be restarted on December 5 2021 with the departure of the Fabulous Coast from the port of Santos and a second ship, the Costa, will be used in the region. Pacifica,which will make departures from the ports of Rio de Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

Meanwhile, the restart of cruise activities in Italy is, because of the health crisis, with boarding reserved, at least for the first three cruises, only for passengers residents of Italy and with cruises that only touch ports Italian. Costa Delicious'sseven-day itinerary, In fact, it will only stop at the ports of Bari, Brindisi, Corigliano-Rossano, Syracuse and Catania. To ensure minimising health risks, in addition, the company developed a health and safety protocol that involves testing Covid-19 with tampon for all guests and crew, control visits to destinations with excursions physical distance also thanks to the reduction of the number of passengers, new ways of using services enhancement of sanitization and medical services.

The resumption of the company's cruises in Italy will continue September 19th with the departure of Costa Diadema from Genoa and from October two more ships will follow progressively, the flagship Emerald Coast followed in December by Costa Florence,new ship under construction at the plant Fincantieri of Marghera. "In the last few weeks," he explained Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia - we worked together with the authorities to implement the new health procedures that will allow guests to enjoy their cruise experience in accordance with the utmost Security. In the meantime, we are continuing to monitor situation for a progressive restart from October of other ships, with an extension of the itineraries also to the guests of the markets Europe in which we operate."

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