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Costa Smeralda’s new Sicily and Sardinia schedule

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Costa Cruises’ Costa Smeralda
Costa Cruises’ Costa Smeralda, currently nearing completion at Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland is booked to make 18 new calls to Sardinia’s capital Cagliari during the 2020 summer season, from May 28 to September 24.

Over a one-week itinerary the ship will call Savona Saturday, Marseilles Sunday, Barcelona Monday, Palma de Mallorca Tuesday, Cagliari Thursday and Civitavecchia Friday.

From October 1 2020 to April 8 2021, Southern Italy’s Palermo's will receive Costa Smeralda on a new Thursday itinerary, for a total of 28 calls. The itinerary will remain unchanged, with Palermo replacing Cagliari.

Costa Diadema and Costa Fortuna

In addition to Costa Smeralda, Costa Diadema will also call Palermo every Tuesday from April to the end of September 2020, while during the winter of 2020/21, Costa Fortuna will call every Friday.

Costa's calls in Palermo from January 2020 to April 2021 will increase to 77 in total.

Costa Pacifica

Costa Pacifica’s calls to Catania will replace Cagliari every Wednesday from June 3, 2020 to November 2020. Itinerary highlights will include Genoa, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Malta, Catania and Civitavecchia. As a result, Costa's stopovers in Catania will increase to 36 during 2020.

Economic impact

A study conducted by Deloitte & Touche and the University of Genoa showed that average Costa guest spend was €74.60 in every European port visited by Costa ships.

Sustainable tourism

Costa Smeralda is the first Costa ship to be fuelled by liquefied natural gas followed by sister ship Costa Toscana due for delivery in 2021, which will also be powered by LNG.

Costa Smeralda’s delivery has been moved back to mid-November, from mid-October.