‘In the Mediterranean from May 2022, we will for the first time deploy our three most innovative ships,’ said Mario Zanetti, president, Costa Cruises.
‘As a result of positive feedback and requests we received after the opening of sales, we have made improvements and additions to our programs, continuing our plan for a gradual, phased-in restart in a still-evolving situation.’
From April 2022 Costa Firenze will offer week-long cruises in Italy, France and Spain.
Departing Savona on July 4, 2021 the ship will sail the Mediterranean until the end of November this year, before embarking on cruises from Dubai for the UAE, Oman and Qatar with visits to Expo 2020 Dubai planned.
Throughout 2022, Costa Toscana will sail seven-day cruises in the Western Mediterranean, calling Barcelona and Valencia in spring or Ibiza and Valencia in summer.
In winter 2021-2022, Costa Smeralda will replace sister ship Costa Toscana's South America programme, before returning to the Med for cruises in Italy, France and Spain.
LNG-powered, the ship is scheduled to make its debut this December.
Four additional vessels operating winter 2021-22
Costa Deliziosa, Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica will sail the Eastern Med in summer 2022.
Costa Diadema will depart Savona on September 26, 2021 offering cruises in Turkey and Greece or Spain and Portugal. From December, the ship will be deployed in the Caribbean, sailing three different itineraries.
Costa Fascinosa will return to service on September 23 from Savona for 10-day cruises to Lisbon; the ship will offer cruises in South America during winter.
Costa Deliziosa will cruise in the Eastern Med until January 8, 2022 ahead of its Around the World cruise.
Currently operating in the Eastern Med, Costa Luminosa will sail two-week cruises to the Canary Islands or Israel.
In 2022, Costa Diadema, Costa Fascinosa, Costa Favolosa and Costa Fortuna will operate in Northern Europe, offering cruises to Baltic cities and the Norwegian fjords.