With the exception of Italians only during Costa Deliziosa's first three cruises, through Sept. 20, and the first sailing of Costa Diadema on Sept. 19 from Genoa, this winter season 2020/21 — starting Sept. 27 — will be open to residents of European countries included in the Italian government's Sept. 7 decree.
These (List A and List B countries) include Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Costa will adapt should the government make changes.
Details and opening of sales for the new winter itineraries will soon be available on the company's websites and from travel agencies. Costa said it continues working with national governments and local authorities to implement the Costa Safety Protocol in all destinations.
China ship Costa Firenze to debut in the Med
Costa Firenze, under construction at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard and designed for China, initially will be sailing in the Mediterranean. Starting Dec. 27, it will operate a weeklong cruise including Savona, La Spezia, Naples, Valencia, Barcelona and Marseille.
Costa did not mention China but, so far, the government there has not given the green light to ocean cruises.
Deliziosa to sail Trieste-Greece, then world cruise
Costa Deliziosa's weeklong all-Italy itinerary will become available for residents of European countries beyond Italy on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4. Starting Oct. 10, Costa Deliziosa will sail one-week cruises from Trieste to Greece. The ship's world cruise, departing Jan. 3, is also confirmed.
Add Smeralda from Savona, Diadema to Canaries, Egypt, Greece
Flagship Costa Smeralda, which is LNG-powered, is planned to resume sailing Oct. 10 from Savona to the Western Mediterranean.
Starting in November, Costa Diadema will offer a 12-day itinerary to the Canary Islands and a 14-day itinerary to Egypt and Greece.
Other sailings canceled to March, with Favolosa's Caribbean pending
Apart from these itineraries, all of Costa's other cruises scheduled from October to March are canceled with the exception of Costa Favolosa in the Caribbean. Costa promised information about Costa Favolosa 'as soon as possible.'
Antigen swab tests for all, controlled excursions
The Costa Safety Protocol will be implemented throughout these 2020/21 winter season cruises. This includes COVID-19 antigen swab tests for all before embarkation and protected shore excursions.